Nevada casino eyed for roulette simulcast

Apr 16, 2002 8:32 AM

Gaming equipment manufacturer Kenilworth Systems recently revealed that it has entered into a contract with a Nevada casino to test a live roulette table game that would be simulcast on the Internet. The hope is that the system would someday allow players worldwide to wager along with table players at Archon’s Pioneer Casino in Laughlin.

If the test is carried out, it would demonstrate to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and other gaming regulators the possibilities of the Kenilworth “Play Along with Nevada Live” concept.

The Nevada Gaming Authorities must approve both the contract between Kenilworth and Archon, as well as the simulcast test proposal before any test can take place.

An official with the Nevada Gaming Control Board said no action on the issue has yet been scheduled. Nevada law currently forbids statewide casinos from taking bets from outside the state.

Officials from Kenilworth said that, when playing along with live table games from a regulated jurisdiction such as Nevada, players should be assured that the game results are exactly what they see.

Moreover, playing along with casino table games such as roulette, craps and baccarat provides interaction with a “live” game, rather than playing make believe on animated (virtual) games.

During the proposed 30-day test, live table game play will be simulcast within the state of Nevada, and wagering will only be allowed at the actual roulette table.

Eventually, backers said, players around the world may “play along live” via several different wagering methods, including INTERACTIVE TV services like AOLTV and Microsoft’s MSNTV. Satellite broadcasters in the U.S., Europe and Asia would be subject to regulatory requirements in the various jurisdictions in which the broadcasts are directed.

It is expected that the simulcast may be monitored at strategic locations by State Gaming Regulators, lawmakers, and other authorities and if permitted, in public gathering places, to gauge the entertainment acceptance of the broadcasts. The test will be conducted entirely without using any wire communication facility.

Kenilworth said it intends to franchise the broadcasts. It said it will pay lotteries or other local government gaming entities a commission to manage the wagers for their constituents, not unlike OTB players placing wagers with prepaid telephone accounts within their state.

Once the test is successfully completed, Kenilworth wants to invite Las Vegas casinos to participate in the simulcasts in daily and weekly rotations.

Kenilworth has broad electronic gaming experience. In 1990 it developed and operated the first cashless wagering system for the State of Victoria, Australia. More than 6,500 PC based animated video slot machines, at approximately 100 statewide locations, were managed with a single computer.