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Nevada Bets on Hand-Held Gambling Devices in Casinos
It won’t be long before gamblers are shooting dice while queued up to
see their favorite comedian. Or playing poker and roulette under a
poolside umbrella. Even a trip to the buffet will no longer keep casino
patrons from playing slots.
A law signed last month by Gov. Kenny Guinn made Nevada the first
U.S. state to approve the use of wireless, hand-held gambling devices at
It’s a step forward for casino companies aching to offer
Internet-based gambling – a business that federal law bars them from
entering, even as offshore competitors reap huge profits.
"I think every major casino company wants to get into online gaming,
but without access to the U.S. market it becomes a costly venture," said
Deutsche Bank gambling analyst Marc Falcone.
The gadgets, Falcone said, are the "first step in a long process."
Under the law, the devices can be used only in public areas of
casinos that have 100 or more slot machines and that offer at least one
other gambling game. The devices would be barred from hotel rooms and
other private areas.
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