Bitcoin Acceptance by Las Vegas Casinos: One Year Later

One of the things many Bitcoin enthusiasts enjoy is when a brick-and-mortar location starts accepting Bitcoin payments. In Las Vegas, Nevada, the chances of finding a casino property that handles Bitcoin is growing larger every day. And now the Golden Gate Casino is openly advertising Bitcoin acceptance on the front of their building.

The D Las Vegas Casino and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

Since January of 2014 – which is over a year ago, mind you – both of these casino properties started accepting Bitcoin payments at their physical location. In doing so, they became the very first casino properties to openly accept this disruptive digital currency, setting a precedent in not just the United States, but the entire world.

Both the D Las Vegas Casino and the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino are co-owned properties, which is why they both started accepting Bitcoin payments at the same time. Whenever a customer checks in at the hotel’s front desks, they are presented with the option to pay in Bitcoin. On top of that, the D’s Gift Shop accepts payment in Bitcoin as well.

But that is not all, as these casino properties come with influential connections to other interesting places where you can spend hard earned bitcoins. Both American Coney island – home of Detroit’s legendary Coney Dogs – and Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse accept Bitcoin payments as well, as long as you are a guest at the D Las Vegas Casino.

Both casino properties are accepting Bitcoin payment through BitPay, the world’s leading bitcoin payment processor to date. Because of BitPay’s simple implementation of accepting Bitcoin payments – all it takes is a pre-configured tablet with a BitPay application – the choice was easy to make.

“I’m proud that the D and Golden Gate will be the first casino properties to accept Bitcoin. We’re located in the growing high-tech sector of downtown Las Vegas, and like all things downtown, we’re quickly adaptive to new technology. The timing is right for us to launch this initiative, and I’m happy to be able to offer this to our customers,” said co-owner and CEO of the D and Golden Gate, Derek Stevens In January 2014.

Fast Forward To Present Day

Just yesterday, I came across a post on Reddit which talks about the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino accepting Bitcoin, and how their neon sign clearly shows a Bitcoin logo. At this point, it’s hard to image it took them over a year to publicly display the acceptance of Bitcoin, but it’s nice to see it appear in real life regardless.

According to some other reports on Reddit, one of the main issues remains finding staff members who know a thing or two about Bitcoin and whether or not their workplace accepts this payment method.  Education on Bitcoin needs to be the focus of attention for Bitcoin enthusiasts around the world, as, without education, there will be no mass adoption.

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/30rgs4/bitcoins_accepted_at_las_vegas_casino/

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