|Las Vegas will allow punters to bet from the comfort of their own barstool soon, as state gaming officials gave preliminary approval to the gaming companies VirtGame and United Coin Machine Co. to jointly operate the first statewide betting system for state-licensed bars and taverns.|
The service is called Sports Bet Express, and it will use VirtGame’s Primeline sports book software, linking betting kiosks at subscribing bars and taverns to the sports books of participating Nevada casinos, where the bets would be taken.
United Coin is to place sports betting stations in 25 of its bars, taverns and other businesses with state gambling licenses in Southern Nevada.
Following the trial period, the system would need final approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission.
United Coin officials said that if VirtGame’s system receives state approval, they would expand the system to the rest of Nevada. The company has 8,400 gaming machines operating in 675 taverns, restaurants, drug stores, supermarkets and convenience stores in Nevada.
“The ability to offer remote sports wagering throughout Nevada in local licensed gaming locations, such as bars and taverns with slot machines, is a tremendous milestone for the industry,” said Bill Nader, president of United Coin.
“We are pleased to be in partnership with the largest slot route operator in the U.S.,” said Bruce Merati, chief executive officer of VirtGame. “We believe strongly that the Sport Bet Express will transform the market to the benefit of consumers, casinos, and taverns.”