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Analysis CASH HANDLING


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The traditional life-blood of gaming, has technology eclipsed the use of cash or transformed the handling of what remains the favoured gaming currency of European gambling venues?


Cash handling is essential to the gaming industry. Put simply, it is the port of entry for players. How important is cash handling? Well, take away the cash handling peripherals and then you’ll see. Cash handling enables the traditional gaming market to exist… like the wheels on a car, if they aren’t there, you’ll be going nowhere.


The market for cash handling, albeit a niche one, is well contested and extremely competitive. A whole world of solutions exist. In this report we’ll be taking a look at how these solutions came to being and examine the real operator and player benefits. Moreover, we’ll be asking how these products fit together, why did they evolve, and where do they fit in your location? We’ll take a look at the journey of cash, the strategies adopted by manufacturers and the perceived benefits of different strategies.


With an ever-increasing cash-handling choice, the question of which product(s) to choose becomes more complicated. This report is a guide to those looking to discern the wood from the trees within cash handling jungle.


THEDEFINITION We are referring to automatic cash


handling, in other words a mechanical, electro-mechanical or electronic solution to process money. This can be in the form of coins, banknotes, cards or tickets. This includes both cash handling on the components side, such as coin validators, banknote readers and coin pay-out hoppers. Furthermore, it includes cash processing machines, such as coin sorters and coin counters, right up to money changing machines. Naturally in the casino and VLT world the focus on TITO and cashless solutions will also be thoroughly investigated.


PASTCHANGE It was pioneers such as Walter Hanke of wh Münzprüfer in Germany and David Bellis in England that enabled street gaming growth with the development of mechanical coin validators. These were fine tuned throughout the years and today wh Münzprüfer still produces mechanical validators, even if not for the gaming industry. These were predominantly for single coin validation. Multi-coin validation came with the evolution of electronic technology. The obvious advantage for the player is that a whole range of coins could be accepted. Coil payout tubes were arranged in such a way to be able pay out in enough coins to cover potential wins.


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