The current rise in Bitcoin, a digital Internet currency payment system, has now reached Las Vegas, according to iGaming Post website.
The site reports two casinos in downtown Las Vegas – The D and Golden Gate – will start accepting Bitcoins on Wednesday, Jan. 22. It may be used for payment in their gift shops, restaurants and hotel front desks. However, the casinos will not allow use of the online currency on the casino floor.
Derek Stevens, co-owner of both casinos, says he has been intrigued by the currency for years and had talked with patrons who wondered if the casinos would use it. He added that it is difficult to forecast how many customers will pay with Bitcoin, but predicts other casinos will start adopting it in the future.
Currently, one Bitcoin is valued at $820 U.S. dollars, according to the Bitcoin Exchange website (www.bitcoinexchangerate.org). Many online gaming operators are already accepting the currency.
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