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Las Vegas casinos begin accepting Bitcoin

Published on Jan 22, 2014 7:31 AM
 
Bitcoin slugs sitting in a box ready to be minted on April 26, 2013 in Sandy, Utah. Two Las Vegas casinos will become the city's first to accept the Bitcoin virtual currency from this week, their owners announced on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Two Las Vegas casinos will become the city's first to accept the Bitcoin virtual currency from this week, their owners announced on Tuesday.

The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, which are owned by the same company, announced that as of Wednesday they would process transactions through BitPay, among other regular payment options.

"I'm proud that the D and Golden Gate will be the first casino properties to accept Bitcoin," said the two properties' chief executive Derek Stevens, who said he decided to do so after several customers asked him about using Bitcoin.

Bitcoin will be accepted at five locations, including the two hotels' front desks, a gift shop and Italian restaurant.

 
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