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Game-changer: Vegas moves toward arcade-style video gambling

Discussion in 'CASINO NEWS' started by Sookie, Jun 30, 2015.

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bragging rights are usually the only reward at the end of a well-played video game. But what if high scores came with cash, too?

    Nevada is on the cusp of what could be a casino revolution, drawing up plans for the introduction of arcade-style video games that would pay out winnings based on a gambler's skill at, say, blasting aliens out of the sky, destroying enemy tanks or driving a virtual race car around a track.

    The idea is aimed largely at attracting younger people who have been raised on Xbox, PlayStation and mobile game apps and don't get much of a thrill out of sitting in front of slot machines, watching reels of lucky 7s and cherries.

    "It's certainly not your father's one-armed bandit anymore," said Marcus Prater, executive director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, which pushed for a Nevada law, passed unanimously this year, that directs regulators to craft rules for new kinds of skill-based games.

    And what happens in Vegas is likely to influence Atlantic City, tribal casinos and other gambling spots around the country.

    Video poker and blackjack, which have been around for decades across the U.S., involve at least some skill in putting together a winning hand from the cards you're dealt. But Nevada's 151,000 slot machines are, by law, purely games of chance, meaning everyone has the same chance of winning.

    Game developers, slot machine makers, lawmakers and regulators are betting new skill-based games could give a bottom-line boost to Nevada's casinos, which have seen gambling revenue slump from nearly $12.9 billion in 2007 to about $11 billion in 2014, with slot proceeds alone plunging 20 percent.

    The drop-off is attributed mainly to the recession and a lack of interest among young people in slots, which have come to be regarded as entertainment for middle-aged women and retirees ... continue reading
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