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STATESIDE Antonioguillem/Adobe Stock The rush to develop cashless gaming has now accelerated.


Anything that can be contactless is an important selling point. Fewer people want to exchange cash and I have found that many credit card terminals no longer require signatures or codes. After the 2019 G2E, I wrote of several cashless gaming options. Many used a simple card to complete almost any task within the casino property. What about this year at G2E? Will there even be a


convention? I continue to question it as we are now three months out, with no decision. How many foreign travelers will attend? Can they enter the US and then return to their own countries? How will airline travel be handled by October? Analyzing the expo floor, we know that machines and lounges


occupy enormous space. Few aisles are in a straight line. Will attendees have to make reservations at specific booths? How about the educational sessions? Will tickets be awarded for spacing, which will cut the audience in half or more? What about hotel space and dining if at half capacity? It’s not the first time the industry has faced uncertainty. Three


performing markets. Landry’s operates more than 500 restaurants under different brands. Food prices have also risen, causing more restaurant problems. Across the US, how will small town locals’ casinos


survive? Gaming locations like Central City, Cripple Creek and Blackhawk, Colorado or in South Dakota still resemble the Old West, will they successfully lure customers and out-of-town visitors? So far, there is an appetite for gaming. In West Virginia,


betting on the state’s 7,000 video lottery machines tripled from its prior $500,000 daily average when machines restarted. Las Vegas Strip customers mostly agreed that returning


to their favorite casinos – many off the Strip – was worth the inconvenience. New Jersey residents and visitors are now used to wearing masks whenever in a public business. I keep mine in the car. It boils down to personal acceptance of risk. I have friends


who have basically remained home since March. Internet options and video chatting have kept them quite content. Others are pacing the floors to let loose. Me? I’m a mix of both. Norman and I have joined friends on


outside decks and the beach, both perfect for social distancing. As a society, we cannot live this way forever. If necessity is the “mother of invention,” then gaming should see some fabulous innovations going forward.


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weeks after September 11, 2001, no one knew who would attend a smaller G2E. Flying became a more rigorous experience, but we came.


This is different. Everyone I’ve asked has a similar answer.


They are not thinking that far ahead because of the unknowns. I agree, so if you hear anything definitive, could you let me know? Stay safe.


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