Nevada regulators are considering a rule change to allow casino patrons to sign up for cashless payments on table game bets, slot machines and hotel purchases without physically presenting identification. The change would not apply to betting on sporting events or racing.
Current law allows patrons to set up and fund cashless betting accounts remotely, but they must appear in person to verify their identity with a casino employee.
The proposed change would permit a patron to complete the process, including ID verification, on an app and begin spending immediately upon entering the casino.
“We allow the exact same thing already for an online operation but to not allow for that in the terrestrial world where the player has to come into the casino…” complained Gaming Control Board member Philip Katsaros during a workshop on the measure Thursday
The American Gaming Association says eight states, including Nevada, currently allow mobile wallets.
“Cashless payments bring casinos more in line with everyday life,” says the website for Sightline Payments, a digital commerce platform that submitted a petition to gaming regulators in September 2020 at the height of the pandemic to allow remote verification of ID for in-house patrons. “Fears over the spread of COVID-19 are leading to broader consumer adoption of mobile-phone payment systems to avoid contact at cash registers.”
“Cashless transactions are quickly replacing traditional cash-based payment methods and the conversion has been further accelerated by the worldwide pandemic,” says a document submitted to regulators by Sightline. “Players are now accustomed to cashless transactions outside of gaming in their daily lives, seeking out touchless transactions due to social distancing and health concerns. …The ability for a player to establish a wagering account remotely is a critical component of this technological evolution.“
Joe Pappano, CEO of Sightline, told Control Board members of