Scientific Games Offers Contactless Gaming Options to Casinos

  • Scientific Games has developed a solution to allow players to play slots and table games without cash at casinos
  • It has also created a social distancing tool and a gaming machine sanitization alert tool for casinos
  • Casinos across the United States are gradually reopening with enhanced health and safety protocols
  • Nevada casinos are set to reopen on June 4
Row of slot machines in a casino
Scientific Games has developed a number of solutions, including contactless gaming technology, to help casinos keep their customers safe as they reopen. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Safer gambling

Scientific Games has launched a number of new health and safety gaming tools as gambling venues across the globe are looking to reopen following the coronavirus pandemic. 

allow people to play table games and slots by using a mobile app for payment

The company is offering a selection of new tools to casinos and other gaming establishments, including a cashless service that can allow people to play table games and slots by using a mobile app for payment, rather than having to handle cash. 

Scientific Games also has a social distancing tool to ensure that players are properly spaced apart on the gaming floor and a game sanitization solution which alerts casino staff to machines that need to be sanitized after use. 

Importance of health and safety protocols

In order to allow casinos to open safely, many precautions have to be taken. One of the main changes will be the reduction in the number of guests permitted on the casino floor. Slot machines will be spaced apart and the number of people who can sit at table games will be limited.

The use of cash and chips is also an issue, which is where Scientific Games’ solution can help. Protective, clear barriers will be also used around casinos to protect players and dealers alike. 

A number of casino companies are testing workers for the virus before they can return to work, with some requiring temperature checks for employees at the start of each shift. Digital solutions are also becoming more prevalent, with digital room and restaurant keys being encouraged where possible.

Some of the leading casino companies such as Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, and Caesars Entertainment have released their own updated health and safety guidelines for reopening in recent weeks. 

Casinos starting to reopen

In the United States, casinos have gradually begun to reopen on a state-by-state basis. Health and safety protocols have been revamped to follow advice from leading public health organizations. 

casinos in Nevada have been closed since mid-March

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the state’s casinos will be permitted to reopen on June 4. All of the casinos in Nevada have been closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Casinos in other states such as Mississippi and Louisiana have already reopened. 

Tribal casinos across the country do not have to follow the orders of state governments as they are located on sovereign land. While some have reopened, most tribal casinos are following the advice of state officials. Some casinos have closed permanently because of the disastrous financial impact of the pandemic.