Sightline unveils ‘next generation’ of cashless gaming technology

Photo: The casino pits area during opening night at Resorts World Las Vegas on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)

Sightline unveils ‘next generation’ of cashless gaming technology

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
December 14, 2022 8:39 PM
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
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With two dozen legislators from nearly a dozen states and U.S. territories in the building, Sightline Payments used Resorts World Las Vegas casino last weekend as a live showroom to display the next generation of its cashless gaming technology.

Consider the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) a captive audience.

When it opened in June 2021, Resorts World said the Strip property would be the first casino in Nevada that allowed customers to utilize financial technology to fund gaming on both slot machines and table games.

Las Vegas-based Sightline provides the systems for transferring funds with digital wallets used in roughly 50 gaming properties in seven states.

At Resorts World, Sightline partners with four other companies, including Konami Gaming, in powering the resort’s digital wallet, which can also be used for non-gaming purchases at retail shops and entertainment. Konami provides the casino with its management system.

The newest version includes upgrades to the technology used by customers to remotely begin the enrollment process for loyalty and payments, which reduces the wait time when first arriving at the casino. The enhancements also include biometric authentication and facial recognition.

Sightline Senior Vice President Jonathan Michaels, who oversees government affairs for the company, called Resorts World “our showcase experience.” He said the property provides “documentary evidence” on the usage and capabilities for cashless gaming.

“I think there’s a real opportunity for the industry as a whole to enhance their security efforts,” Michaels said. “The evidence is a way operators can really up their game.”

Cashless gaming has expanded its reach throughout the casino landscape in the past year.

Everi Holdings, another financial technology provider, launched mobile wallets and digital payments at regional casinos operated by Penn Entertainment. International Game Technology recently announced a planned rollout of a cashless gaming system for the Las Vegas casinos operated by Red Rock Resorts.

In addition to Resorts World Las Vegas, Sightline and Konami provide a cashless payment/mobile wallet system to Boyd Gaming, which was launched at the company’s regional properties in several states and its 10 casinos in Southern Nevada.

During the Global Gaming Expo in October, Sightline, in partnership with Acres Manufacturing, invested $300 million in an effort to implement cashless wagering on 250,000 slot machines in casinos across the U.S.

Sightline co-CEO Omer Sattar said the current Resorts World effort would lead to additional enhancements.

“Groundbreaking technology builds on itself, and this second generation makes cashless gaming more accessible and a better overall experience for patrons,” Sattar said.