|GameCast Live LLC, a subsidiary of Station Casinos Inc. has developed remote gaming technology that enables players to gamble using video terminals, wireless pads, television sets and home computers. |
The technology was first put on show at the World Gaming Congress and Expo with a video terminal designed for use in Station casino’s sportsbooks. Using the terminal a player can watch the game, place a bet and play a slot machine all at the same time.
The technology, which is primarily aimed at the internet, means that gamers can play slot machines without being physically at the machine. Slot machines will instead reside in a ‘slot farm’ where the actual machines are stripped down to a computer screen a few circuit boards in a steel box. The terminals send out a message when activated by the gamer, this signal in turn activates the slot which sends back images of the outcome.
Although the technology is currently best suited to online use, remote gaming could be present in land-based casinos as early as 2002. Companies interested in the project include MGM Mirage, Park Place Entertainment Corp. and Mandalay resort Group according to Tony Fontaine, vice president of complex business solutions.
“We’ll prove the concept by putting it in our places first,” said Fontaine. “We’re talking with a lot of people. A lot of people are interested, because it makes sense.”
GameCast are also developing a system that uses the same method to allow gamblers to play blackjack against a remote live dealer.