On Thursday, 6PR, a radio station reported that Crown Perth is going to launch the EFTPOS or “electronic funds transfer at point of sale” system which would allow guests to rely on contactless payment solutions.
The system is only released as a trial and has been approved by the state's Gaming & Wagering Commission. Guests may use their debit and credit cards to buy chips without having to touch them in the first place or go to the casino cage.
While some problem gambling bodies have said that facilitating cash payments might lead to higher incidence of gambling addiction, Crown Resorts has simply said that the company is trying to stay on-par with societal developments.
The cryptocurrency Bitcoin SV has been championing similar processes. The BitBoss project has been trying to digitalise the casino experience, using blockchain tech, to allow for payments for chips in cryptocurrenct.
The company reported that there had been a noticeable shift towards cashless payments in the community, and that EFTPOS is the next step, assuming that the trial is successful. There is an AU$500 daily limit on deposits, which exemplifies that through the use of contactless payments, each gamer can have a profile at the casino and therefore not be able to overspend.
This is not the first example of cashless payment systems in the world. The American Gaming Association (AGA0 has long been pushing for the adoption of solutions that allow players to circumnavigate the need to buy chips from the casino.
The Nevada Gaming Commission recently introduced eight changes to its regulation to allow cashless payments to go ahead. Strip Ellis Island Casino in Las Vegas has just secured a partnership with Konami Gaming to introduce the so-called digital slot marker, which opens a credit line, and allows players to make wagers without using any money.