Boyd Gaming on Wednesday took another step toward its eventual move to cashless gaming with the announcement of a partnership with Sightline Payments and Aristocrat Technologies.
Las Vegas-based Sightline, which offers cashless gaming and betting solutions, will serve as the funding solution for the new cashless gaming offering Boyd is preparing to roll out at in its Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana.
The three parties said their jointly developed solution will represent a “true end-to-end digital cashless ecosystem.”
According to officials with the companies, patrons of Blue Chip Casino will be able to load funds electronically from an account of their choice, and then use the digital cash to make wagers directly on their favorite slot machines.
Any funds left on the slot machine can be transferred back to a player’s digital wallet to be used at another game in the casino. In future phases, the solution will be expanded to include table games, restaurants and other amenities at Blue Chip.
In the coming months, pending regulatory approvals, Boyd said it intends to expand these capabilities to its properties nationwide, including all patron-facing touchpoints.
“Building on our partnership with Sightline and Aristocrat, we are proud to introduce a solution that has been designed from the ground-up to give our guests an unmatched cashless experience offering convenience, safety and security,” Blake Rampmaier, senior VP and CIO of Boyd Gaming, said in a statement.
“Sightline thanks Boyd Gaming for its vision and congratulates Blue Chip and Aristocrat on this launch,” added Joe Pappano, CEO of Sightline. “A mobile-centric payments ecosystem that works across all channels and verticals is the future of all regulated gaming in the United States.”
In addition, Cath Burns, EVP of customer experience solutions for Aristocrat said: “At Aristocrat, we are deeply grateful to Boyd in entrusting us to create such an experience for their patrons. This collaboration between Boyd Gaming, Sightline Payments and Aristocrat Technology will serve as a blueprint for the path forward for the industry.”