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Top Gambling Firm IGT Obtains US Patent for a System to Enable Customers to Fund Their Bets via Crypto

A gambling tech giant received the green light from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to start offering cryptocurrency payment options to their users. The company is known for manufacturing slot gambling machines.

Gamblers Could Also Transfer Crypto From Their Wallets to the Casino’s Ones

Per records from the USPTO, International Game Technology (IGT) received a patent that allows gamblers to pay their bets via bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), and bitcoin cash (BCH).

As described in the patent’s filings, IGT’s system will consist of the following:

A system that enables cryptocurrency funds to be transferred between a gaming establishment account associated with a player and an external cryptocurrency account.

The document shows graphics of phones with illustrations of what seems to be mobile applications which uses QR codes that transfer cryptos onto the slot machines. The app also seems to act as a wallet.

Moreover, the cryptocurrency would convert to fiat after the user pays a fee. Technically, the patent extends beyond the slot machines, as it covers services such as moving crypto into the users’ account.

During an interview with Bloomberg Law, Phil O’Shaughnessy, IGT’s spokesperson, commented on the announcement, stressing the need of the company to prepare the ground for the future:

IGT secured this patent to bolster its industry-leading patent portfolio in anticipation of any possible future direction in regulated gaming involving cryptocurrency.

Trends in Crypto Gambling Industry

The announcement comes in the midst of another that involved IGT, who gained approval from Nevada’s regulatory authorities to establish a cashless wagering system through gamblers’ phones.

On April 2, 2020, news.Bitcoin.com reported on Chainalysis researchers’ find that the downward trend in gambling activity appears unrelated to the bitcoin price drop during the decline witnessed during such a period of time.

According to the analysis, it can be explained by the fact that such market times has proven to be more resilient to the dips in the crypto sphere.

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Bitcoin Gambling, Casino, Gambling, gambling operators, Las Vegas, United States, US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Felipe Erazo

Born in Colombia, Felipe earned a degree in journalism at the University of Chile with the highest honor in the overall ranking and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Communication. He is a writer with more than nine years of experience, first in the Forex field and later in the crypto industry as an analyst/news junkie. Among his interest topics include human rights, decentralization, financial markets, geopolitics, sports, and new technologies. An inveterate traveler, and always attracted to a good plate of food.

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