Australian Google Play Store to allow gambling apps from March
Australian residents who use an Android mobile device will soon be able to use their favourite wagering apps, with Google announcing it will begin allowing gambling apps on the Play Store from March 1.
EFTM reports the policy change, which was announced on the Google Play Developer Console, will allow real money gambling apps, ads related to real money gambling and daily fantasy sports apps to be listed on the store.
Having the apps officially available through the store will allow Google to scan the app, like they do all apps on the Play Store, in order to protect users from any malicious code.
The change affects users in 14 markets, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Spain and the United States.
Previously only users in Brazil, Ireland, France and the United Kingdom were able to install these types of apps.
Apple has allowed gambling apps in the iOS app store for some time, though with restrictions on age, location and more.
Google will have similar restrictions when they go live, requiring an adults only rating attached to them, among other things.
In Australia, Google said it will specifically allow sports betting, lotteries and daily fantasy sports apps, subject to its application and licensing requirements.
The addition of gambling apps will have to be done carefully, according to executive director at the Alliance for Gambling Reform Tony Mohr.
“Providing online gambling to Australians is illegal unless the gambling company is registered and licensed in Australia for Australian operations,” Mr Mohr said.
The Australian Media and Communications Authority has previously forced the shutdown of dozens of illegal online gambling providers.
Any entity attempting to make an app available on Google Play without jumping through the correct hoops would be similarly shut down.
Having easier access to gambling apps on phones “can greatly increase the risk of people experiencing gambling harm,” Mr Mohr said.
Californian casino adds cashless gaming technology
A Californian gaming destination has launched a cashless wagering program, calling the move historic.
Casino Beats reported in December that Morongo Casino Resort and Spa has partnered with Marker Trax, which will run through the Konami Gaming’s Synkros casino management system, for a debut that Morongo says will make it the nation’s first tribal casino to offer cashless casino poker machines.
The aim is to allow guests to conveniently and securely apply, get approved and begin using their digital market, all in under five minutes, and electronically, rather than retrieving cash.
Those enrolled in a PIN-protected Synkros cashless wagering account can use their Marker Trax credit line to play electronically on any machine in the casino.
“We’re excited to be working with Marker Trax to introduce cashless wagering markers to our guests,” chief operating officer of Morongo Casino Richard St Jean said.
“The convenience and ease of Marker Trax will be a huge bonus for our players and underscores Morongo’s history of embracing state-of-the-art technology to enhance our gaming experience.
With Marker Trax, our guests can be approved for a gaming line and at the machine in minutes.”
Marker Trax will offer Morongo access to its players’ data analytics and marker tracking, with the information able to be accessed from any machine on the property.
When players wish to withdraw from their cashless wagering accounts, the system, along with Synkros, settles any outstanding balance prior to payout.
“Morongo guests will be the first outside Nevada to enjoy Marker Trax cashless slot markers, thanks to the leadership of Richard St Jean and his team, Marker Trax’s strong launch success, and Synkros’ robust core environment,” executive vice president and chief operating officer at Konami Gaming Tom Jingoli said.
“Konami’s Synkros casino management system is designed with the agility, data architecture and integration capabilities to help deliver these types of collaborative tech opportunities to players and properties.”
Marker Trax is a patented cashless wagering technology that allows casinos to digitally and securely issue funds, with the process digitally monitored through the casino management system.
Prior to signing up for Marker Trax, guests must first enrol in Morongo’s loyalty program.
“We’re looking forward to a successful launch at Morongo,” chief operating officer of Market Trax Charlie Skinner said.
“The technology behind the product is truly unmatched by any other product in the casino industry today and we could not be happier to be launching with the team at Morongo.”