Las Vegas casinos warm up to Bitcoin payments for hotel stays

las vegas casinos warm bitcoin hotel stays

Announced on the casino’s site earlier today, two Las Vegas casinos, The Golden Gate and The D, will start accepting Bitcoin tomorrow as payment for hotel rooms. Located off the strip at Las Vegas’ Fremont Street location, Bitcoin will be accepted at the front desk of the two hotels and The D’s gift shop.

It will also be accepted as payment at two restaurant locations within The D hotel, Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and American Coney Island. Since the digital currency is accepted at the front desk of the hotel, it’s likely that guests will be able to pay for hotel services like room service and pay-per-view content utilizing Bitcoin at checkout. 

According to details of the launch, all Bitcoin payments will be processed through a service called BitPay. Guests of the hotel will interact with tablets at the hotel’s front desk and other locations in order to pay for services using their Bitcoin wallets.

Bitcoin

Utilized by many businesses and charities for a flat monthly fee or a transaction-based percentage fee, BitPay is slowly becoming the PayPal of Bitcoin payment processors. At the time of each transaction, Bitcoin is converted into U.S. currency for the two hotels.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that guests will be able to gamble with Bitcoin at the two casinos. It’s highly unlikely that the Nevada Gaming Control Board would approve the direct use of Bitcoin in the near future. Bitcoin would have to be converted to U.S. currency first before any gambling could occur and that transaction would likely have to be regulated.

However, this small step towards further acceptance of the Bitcoin currency could be a sign that more hotels will jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon. That being said, a smattering of small travel agencies have already started to accept Bitcoin as payment. In addition, online travel site Cheapair.com started accepting Bitcoin during November 2013 as payment when booking air travel. 

Mobile

OpenTable points can now be used to whittle down cost of a hotel stay

Have some OpenTable Dining Points built up? Now those points can also be used to make your own hotel discounts. OpenTable is teaming up with Kayak to use points as discounts on participating hotels.
Podcasts

Hotel bots, Autonomous hotels, Brainscans, Comedians, A robot named Marty

On today's podcast we're joined by comedians Jeremiah Coughlan and Tyler Boeh! We'll take a look at the use of 'future technology' that is is about to be deployed soon. From automobiles, to grocery store assistants, to a japanese hotel that…
Emerging Tech

A Japanese hotel fires half its robot staff for being bad at their jobs

Japan’s oddball Henn na Hotel has fired half of its 243 robot staff. The reason? Because these labor-saving machines turned out to be causing way more problems than they were solving.
Home Theater

Roku adds automatic sign-out mode, for those with regular houseguests

Being able to use a Roku device while staying at a hotel or Airbnb is awesome. What is less awesome is leaving yourself signed in after you leave. With a new automatic sign-out feature, Roku is making it easier to relax.
Emerging Tech

Fears about kids’ screen use may have been overblown, Oxford researchers find

Many people take it as gospel that digital technologies are harmful to young people’s mental health. But is this true? A recent study from the University of Oxford takes a closer look.
Emerging Tech

Meet Wiliot, a battery-less Bluetooth chip that pulls power from thin air

A tiny chip from a semiconductor company called Wiliot could harvest energy out of thin air, the company claims. No battery needed. The paper-thin device pulls power from ambient radio frequencies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cell signals.
Emerging Tech

Hexbot is a modular robot arm that does everything from drawing to playing chess

Who wouldn’t want their own personal robot arm to do everything from laser engraving to competing against you in a game of chess? That's what Hexbot, a new modular robot, promises to deliver.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world will take your breath away

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Emerging Tech

Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

It might just be the best or worst idea that we've ever heard: A self-driving robot bartender you can summon with an app, which promises to mix you the perfect drink wherever you happen to be.
Emerging Tech

Scientists successfully grow human blood vessels in a Petri dish

Researchers have managed to grow human blood vessels in a Petri dish for the first time, and even to successfully implant them into live mice. The results could be a game-changer for diabetes.
Emerging Tech

Tiny animals discovered in Antarctic lake deep beneath the ice

Scientists have made a surprising discovery in Antarctica: the carcasses of tiny animals including crustaceans and a tardigrade were found in a lake that sits deep beneath over half a mile of Antarctic ice.
Emerging Tech

How long is a day on Saturn? Scientists finally have an answer

The length of Saturn's day has always been a challenge to calculate because of the planet's non-solid surface and magnetic field. But now scientists have tracked vibrations in the rings to pin down a final answer.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Google plots radar-sensing tech that could make any object smart

Computer scientists have shown how Google’s Soli sensor can be used to make dumb objects smart. Here's why radar-powered computing could finally make the dream of smart homes a reality.