Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 | 12:51 p.m.
Cantor Gaming has signed a deal with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to offer mobile gambling services at the Las Vegas property, the third Las Vegas casino to offer the company's gambling devices.
Cantor, a Las Vegas company, makes a small, PDA-like device, called eDeck, allowing gamblers to play table games, video poker and slots away from the gambling floor. Hard Rock customers will be able to use the devices in public areas throughout the property such as bars, restaurants and by the pool.
The device also will contain gambling games developed exclusively for eDeck, including blackjack and baccarat with side bets.
Cantor offers eDeck at the Venetian and M resorts in addition to "in-running" betting, which allows gamblers to bet on live sporting events throughout the game. Prior to this technology, gamblers had to post bets prior to the start of a game.
In a statement, Cantor Gaming CEO Lee Amaitis said the reaction to eDeck since its March 2009 launch at M Resort has been "extremely positive."
"The ability to play casino games away from the casino floor adds a whole new dimension to the Vegas experience, and the flexibility of mobile gaming appeals to customers who are already used to the freedom of using mobile devices in many other aspects of their lives."
"Now, gamers are able to enjoy all the Hard Rock has to offer such as our pool and beach club, fine dining and exciting nightlife" while they gamble, Hard Rock President Randy Kwasniewski said in a statement.
Cantor, affiliated with bond trading giant Cantor Fitzgerald, offers mobile gambling in Britain and is the first company licensed to manufacture, distribute and offer a mobile gambling system in Nevada.