Louisiana Slot Machines In Some Tech Trouble
Louisiana offers the featured online casinos
video poker in its land based casinos. However, rumor has it that these
machines are out of date and the centralized computer system that keeps
track of the money that goes in and out of the casinos is not working
properly. Land based casinos have been using video poker since 1992 and
it has been said that hundreds of millions of dollars has been put into
the machine by gamblers. It is said to cost $100 million to change the
out dated machine of the land based slots.
Many commentators have already suggested that putting
online casinos video poker is opposed to the land based ones in the casinos may
be the better investment. It would mean that instead of putting cash into the
machine, the payment and withdrawal method would mimic that of online casinos
where payments would happen through pay mediums or wire transfers and bank
drafts. It is questionable how legally online casinos can operate out of a land
based casino and some people have stated that if no video poker was available in
the land casinos, people would not be too bewildered because of the fad to game
in online casinos that is only increasing in magnitude.
In the meantime, contracts are being given out that will
determine if certain slot machines are mandated to change their system and if
they will be in a 10 year contract. Each system costs $11 million to change and
it would be cheaper to set up as basic online casinos system. Reports have
claimed that between 10,000 to 11,000 machines out of the 14,500 in Louisiana
will have to be replaced and it is said to cost Louisiana a lot of money.
Online casino investors have been looking around the
Louisiana land based casinos to see if there is anything they can pick up. The
problem is that United States laws forbid online casinos to base out of the
states themselves. An option that the online casinos can take is to operate from
a country where online casinos are legal and just provide Louisiana with gaming.
As of right now however, new policies would have to be made in Louisiana that
would allow its citizens to participate in online casinos.
Louisiana Amusement and Music Operator Association lobbyist, Alton Ashy, states
that it is vital to get some type of new computer system for the productivity of
the slots. Ashy claims that having a computer system 10 to twelve years old in
this day’s technological advancement is impossible. Just like banks, hospitals
and many other fields have had to replace much of their technology with new and
quick technology, so too does the land based casino industry.
Online casinos seem to be the best route to go because
online casinos have the right technology. However, there is not enough
definitive decision on the status of online casinos and that needs to first be
resolved. Either way, online casinos are also said to continue growing.