Las Vegas casinos could ditch cash amid coronavirus fears

  • New rules approved by the Nevada Gaming Regulators allow casinos to expand the use of cashless betting during the time of the pandemic. 
  • “The faster you can access your funds and in some cases drain an entire bank account is a concern for people with gambling problems,” Whyte
  • The spread of COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives and this includes how we process our payments.
  • An employee working for a Caesars owned casino in Las Vegas died after testing positive for COVID-19. 
  • Caesars implemented mandatory wearing of face masks for all employees one day after the death of their employee

Gamblers frequenting Las Vegas’ casinos might soon have to bet with their cellphones. 

According to the new rules approved by the Nevada Gaming Regulators, casinos will be allowed to expand the use of cashless betting during the time of the pandemic. 

This helps reduce interactions with cashiers raising the safety of everyone involved from catching the virus.

Gambling experts have raised concerns in regards to casinos increasing their cashless capabilities. Experts believe that the ease of withdrawing cash can pose a problem, especially for gambling addicts.  

“The faster you can access your funds and in some cases drain an entire bank account is a concern for people with gambling problems who tend to be highly impulsive,” Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling. 

Penn National tests phone-based payment systems 

The spread of COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives including how we process payments. 

Penn National Gaming has plans to start testing phone-bases systems in four of its Pennsylvania properties. 


According to Phil Katsaros, Nevada Gaming Control Board member, “The success of this hinges on player acceptance. The player acceptance hinges on the operators themselves who convince players to sign up for this.”

Las Vegas casino employee dies after testing positive for coronavirus

An employee working for a Caesars owned casino in Las Vegas died after testing positive for COVID-19. 

The 51-year-old Adolfo Fernandez tested positive o June 22 and died two days later. 

Caesars Entertainment released a statement after Fernandez death that stated, “Sadly, we can confirm that one of our colleagues has passed away after testing positive for COVID-19.”

The statement added, “We are heartbroken by this development and are expressing our deepest sympathies to their family and friends.”


The family of Fernandez announced that they believe Caesars Entertainment did not protect him. 


Fernandez’s daughter said, “I am going to fight for justice because he told me constantly that they are not using the correct safety precautions at work. They are not protecting their employees.”

It is worth mentioning that Caesars implemented mandatory wearing of face masks for all employees one day after the death of Fernandez. 


“We promised that Caesars would continue to evaluate the latest recommendations, directives, and medical science regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and modify our enhanced health and safety protocols accordingly.”

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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