Pennsylvania Casino Plan On-Site Mobile Gambling
As part of its efforts to attract more patrons, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc is hoping to introduce gambling on smartphones and tablets at the Parx Casino in Bensalem.At a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hearing the Chief Technology Officer at Greenwood, John Dixon, said, “The idea is to try to expand our business, create more revenue both for us and the state by offering something that would appeal to a whole new generation of slots players.”
Dixon went on to explain that he thinks it would help to attract more young players. He said, “We’ve spent quite a lot of time and research on what would attract younger people … One of the things is they like to play things on mobile devices”.
He said that the devices would allow people to sit and play while having a drink, eating and talking to friends.
The company’s attorney, Alan Kohler, told the board that the company will be filing a petition in the next three to six months asking for permission to introduce a system called ‘betcloud’.
Betcloud would allow gambling on mobile devices that were in the casino thanks to a Bluetooth system which would disconnect once the device is outside the premises. The games would be taxed at the same rate as slot machines, 55%.