Remote betting providers ready to hawk their wares

May 21, 2002 7:27 AM
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As Nevada regulators move closer to approving in-state, interactive gaming, various manufacturers have surfaced, ready to slice into the potentially lucrative high-tech gaming pie.

From blackjack on Palm Pilots to in-room slot machines to closed-loop video poker to sports action kiosks, a smorgasbord of gaming options are ready to be served, once state gamers give the go-ahead.

Station Casinos, among others, already offers remote sports betting via dial-up modem. And other closed-loop systems, such as GameCast Live ”” gaming on slot and video poker games by remote control ”” are in development. Expanding to broadband Internet delivery, bettors could watch horse races and other contests.

Another company that is working on a "closed loop" system, in which actual licensed slot and video gaming machines can be accessed by remote control, is Legal iGaming, Inc.

Based in Las Vegas, Legal iGaming is offering a technology that allows a player to connect directly to a specific slot or video gaming machine in a licensed casino, and play the game from home.

Company officials said the new technology also "positively identifies the player’s location and identity," ensuring compliance of appropriate gaming laws.

The start-up company is headed by President Michael Saunders, who has extensive gaming experience in Australia (Ainsworth Consolidated Industries, Mikohn Gaming’s subsidiaries), and the United States (Mikohn Gaming and Coinless Systems Inc.).

Other officers of Legal iGaming include Dr. Rolf Carlson, vice president of research and development, Lon Shepard, corporate gaming compliance, Chester I. Wright III, director of corporate finance, Vince Lindstrom, corporate development and sales, William D. Miller, chief financial officer, and Larry Schulties, director of engineering operations.

Other technologies searching for a platform in Nevada include wireless systems that would permit casino customers to play blackjack or video poker while at the pool or standing in the buffet line.

"There are dozens of different approaches, from wireless to smart cards. What we need now are standards,’’ said Richard Fitzpatrick, president of the Interactive Gaming Institute. "Real-world tests are the only way to validate industry claims that off-site wagering is 99 percent secure. Nevada just needs to keep moving forward.’’