Starting on Feb. 18, guests at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., will be able to gamble by way of the TV sets in their hotel rooms. The new E-Casino program will let guests use their player's cards to set up electronic accounts and risk up to $2,500 a day.
According to the New York Daily News, slots and four kinds of video poker will be the first games offered.
If the technology used in the program is expanded, visitors to the casino would be able to gamble using hand-held devices anywhere on casino property. Full Internet gambling could also be coming in the future.
“This puts us in a position to leverage the technology into true mobile gaming and Internet betting later on,” said Tom Balance, the Borgata's president and chief operating officer. “We're moving forward with the future of gaming, and this is that first step.”
Although it would seem logical that guests gambling in their rooms would detract from business on the casino floor, the Borgata does not expect that to happen. Instead, the casino believes that the in-room gambling will be an added attraction for customers trying to decide which of many East Coast casino destinations they would like to visit.
At least one gambler won’t be trying out the new E-Casino system when it goes live later this month.
“I like the ambience of being down here on the casino floor,” Susan Marzetti, a casino patron from Staten Island, N.Y., said. “I like the noise of the machines. In my room, I'd find it depressing, to be honest.”
Another casino patron, William Frawley, disagrees with Marzetti and is willing to give gambling via his television a shot.
“I think it would be a great added feature,” he said. “I'd be willing to invest $100 and run it through there. Video poker, I'd definitely play.”
The E-Casino program is subject to a 90-day trial period by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Borgata officials have said they had no estimates of how much cash they expect to take in through the new system.
Source: (New York Daily News)