Bitcoin Accepted at Two Las Vegas Hotels

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  • 01.21.14
The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino and the D Las Vegas Casino and Hotel are the first casino properties to accept the digital currency, Bitcoin.

The D and Golden Gate will begin accepting the digital currency beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Between the two co-owned properties, Bitcoin will be accepted at five locations, including both hotels’ front desks and in the D’s gift shop. Guests at the D will also be able to purchase Detroit’s legendary Coney Dogs at American Coney Island and enjoy fine dining at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo italian steakhouse.

Bitcoin purchases at the casino hotels will be processed through BitPay, a service that streamlines transactions using a tablet and mobile interfaces. Tablets programmed with BitPay will be installed at each cashier, allowing Bitcoin users to easily pay for services using their mobile wallets.

Although plans to process Bitcoin had been discussed, Stevens, who is locally known to socialize with customers at the casino’s LONGBAR, says that several patrons approached him asking if his properties accept the virtual currency. The guest demand provided the impetus to quickly move forward with incorporating the option to pay with Bitcoin at the D and Golden Gate.

“I’m proud that the D and Golden Gate will be the first casino properties to accept Bitcoin,” said Derek Stevens, co-owner and CEO of the D and Golden Gate. “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.”

Built in 1906, Golden Gate is one of Las Vegas’ oldest casinos. The historic hotel has always been a forerunner in adopting technology. The city’s first telephone was installed in 1907. In a unique juxtaposition of the old and new, Golden Gate’s lobby will now house Bitcoin processing technology just steps from an artifact display case containing an authentic model of the 1907 Kellogg telephone.



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