Multiplatform Gambling: Internet Gaming KiosksAsk most people where they gamble online and they’ll say at home or in the office. But several casino software companies are coming out with a whole new way for people to play at their favorite Internet casino: gaming kiosks.
Gaming kiosks are stand-alone computers connected to the Internet that allow you to place a bet from just about anywhere. Kiosks have been used for everything from computerized museum displays to public Internet access terminals for several years, and they’re starting to break into the online wagering industry.
That industry is growing very quickly these days, but there are still people who don’t know about it. Gaming kiosks in sports bars, cruise ships, betting shops, bingo halls, and even airport lounges will introduce Net casinos to a different audience, and provide hotels and resorts with an exciting new alternative to the traditional land-based gaming experience.
Kiosks are designed to be simple to operate. They run a modified version of a regular casino software package, and use a touch screen rather than a keyboard or mouse. Players can use cash or credit cards, and payouts are usually handled by the establishment where the kiosk is located.
Some big names in the online casino business are getting into kiosks. World Gaming is working with a company called PC Kiosk to launch a kiosk version of its casino, bingo, and lottery games, as well as its sportsbook and pari-mutuel wagering services.
IQ-Ludorum has also developed a kiosk software package with 12 different games, including Blackjack, roulette, slots, and video poker. The company is currently conducting product tests in Brazil, and keep your eyes open for gaming kiosks on the north side of the equator in the not-too-distant future. Who knows? They might even make the wait for your flight bearable.