RFID technology in gaming chips isn't new to Las Vegas - we've seen it at the Hard Rock and Wynn Las Vegas already.
This is news that the technology is spreading to Harrah's Las Vegas - are more properties coming soon?
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This is very good news. This technology really helps table game players build rewards much faster.
Nope, that's not what that means. I just don't see any new Harrah's projects coming in LV anytime soon. In fact I just heard IP was now taking reservations through 2009, that really made me sad. I think their debt is just too great to attempt anything like a PCC. I was really hoping they would answer MGM, but I just don't think its going to happen.
Faster? Hunter R., you must be a high roller. I'd read long ago that a primary reason for RFID (besided foiling counterfeiters) was to cut down on *over*comping players. Whatever the case, it is certainly more accurate.
Generally speaking, the idea is that $10 table game players on the strip aren't even worth tracking, but since RFID takes the difficulty and inaccuracy out, they can rate everyone. The problem is whether or not Harrah's will go through the expense of making every single chip RFID or just stick to higher denomination ones as Wynn does.
I've talked to a few people that are "in the business" and the main problem is over comping by casino hosts and this system would do away with discretionary comps and maybe even some hosts as well.
By the way I believe Wynn is using RFID but it's not actively tracking every bet every game. (not yet anyway)
WYNN has the RFID chips in denominations of $25 and above, however the technology is only being used at the cage, not on the tables.
I'm curious as to whether the other casinos utilizing RFID technology are putting the RFID into $5 chips? Personally, I look forward to RFID being used on the tables.
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