U.S. casinos push for Apple Pay, other cashless gambling payments, citing virus

The casino industry in America wants gambling regulators to make it easier to adopt Apple Pay and other cashless payment transactions on the casino floor, citing a desire to help customers avoid handling money during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Apple Pay is easy and works with the Apple devices you use every day. You can make secure purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web. And you can send and receive money from friends and family right in Messages. Apple Pay is even simpler than using your physical card, and safer too.
Apple Pay is easy and works with the Apple devices you use every day.

In a report released Tuesday, the American Gaming Association, the gambling industry’s national trade group, called on regulators in states where gambling is allowed to update their rules or laws to integrate cashless options for gamblers.

Wayne Parry for The Associated Press:

The push follows an 18-month study of the issue by both commercial and tribal casinos, and equipment suppliers to try to pave the way for cashless transactions on a wider basis.

Presently, a small number of casinos use such payments, which include debit or credit cards, as well as apps like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and PayPal. Wider acceptance of these options has long been a goal of the gambling industry.

“Advancing opportunities for digital payments has been one of our top priorities since my first day at the AGA,” said Bill Miller, the gambling group’s president and CEO. “It aligns with gaming’s role as a modern, 21st century industry and bolsters our already rigorous regulatory and responsible gaming measures. The COVID-19 pandemic made it all the more important to advance our efforts to provide customers with the payment choice they are more comfortable with and have increasingly come to expect in their daily lives.”

Health officials say the coronavirus can survive on paper currency, but that risk is low compared to person-to-person spread, which is the main way people get infected. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says using touchless payment methods is a good idea where possible.

MacDailyNews Take: A silver lining for Apple Pay is the least the COVID-19 cloud could offer.

10 Comments

  1. Easier for big gub’mnt to track people’s lives, behaviors, attitudes to create a better profile of which terrorist suspect might be a potential terrorist risk worthy of surveillance and perhaps apprehension should any level of gov. wish. This could be done without court order as has been done more and more. Thank the US Patriot Act, now the US Freedom Act. So I do not favor eliminating cash unless a card is merely another of the options such as cash or check, yes, even check to maintain more personal monetary rights.
    A society that loses the cash option is a society that can be herded which is absolutism or totalitarianism.

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