The Nevada Gaming Control Board late last week recommended that the state gaming commission approve a new rule that would allow consumers to register casino accounts from their digital devices, rather than in person. The idea for digital identity verification was put forward by Sightline Payments, a digital payment provider.
The board on Thursday considered the request after the state attorney general ruled that it would not violate anti-money laundering laws. The group previously held a work session to discuss remote registration.
“Sightline applauds today’s Nevada Gaming Control Board decision to recommend a regulatory change that would allow digital identity verification for on-premise casino wagering — in line with current FinCEN guidance for remote identity verification at casinos,” Sightline Payments Co-CEO Omer Sattar said in a statement to US Bets. “Today’s recommendation is a further step toward modernizing Nevada’s cashless infrastructure and ensuring Nevada remains the gold standard for gaming innovation.”
Rule would be step toward embracing technology
Nevada has been modernizing its gambling industry recently, most notably in June, when regulators implemented rule changes that enhanced Nevada’s cashless gaming regulations and, following that, updated policies around cashless gaming technology.
Casino operators have taken note. Resorts World earlier this year introduced a cashless experience at its on-Strip location, where consumers can pay for everything from food to clothes to gambling with a unique card. The hitch was that getting or registering that card had to be done in person, meaning patrons potentially had to wait in long lines.
Sightline works with Resorts World, in addition to other properties in Nevada that allow for cashless gaming. This particular change would allow for remote registration and funding of casino accounts. It also does not have any effect on digital sports betting accounts, which still must be registered for in person in Nevada, making it the only state with legal digital wagering to require a visit to a sportsbook to open a mobile account. The state already allows remote registration for peer-to-peer poker.
Sightline Payments SVP of Strategic Development and Government Affairs Jonathan Michaels previously told US Bets that he believes remote registration is more comprehensive than in-person signup, as it allows operators to track what bettors are doing. By having that ability, operators can better identify potential problem gaming issues and set more controls to help manage them, he said.
The Nevada Gaming Commission could act on the recommendation as early as its Jan. 20 meeting.