Casinos ban gamblers from using Google Glass (Update)
U.S. casinos are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet.
Regulators say the devices can be used to cheat in card games.
The New Jersey State Game Executive issued guidelines Monday banning casino customers from using devices at 12 casinos in Atlantic City. The guidelines were first reported by Atlantic City’s Press of Atlantic City.
Casinos in Las Vegas and Ohio have similar bans.
“If you wore these glasses during the poker game, they could be used to deliver the sponsor’s hand to the Confederacy, otherwise they could be used as collusion,” David Lebuck, the director of the division, said in a note to the casino.
That kind of use would constitute a crime in New Jersey. However, Rebuck wrote that it would be difficult to establish grounds beyond a reasonable doubt that the glasses were actually used to cheat. For those reasons and other reasons, he decided to ban the glasses from the casino floor and to ban them from other gambling places.
“Even if those glasses weren’t used for cheating… Having them on the game table will lead to the perception that something unpredictable can happen, thereby undermining public confidence in the integrity of the game,” he wrote in the directive.
In a statement released Wednesday, Google said, “New technologies always cause new problems, so we’re thinking very carefully about how to design glasses.” Google said the “Glass Explorer” pilot program will “make our users active participants in shaping the future of this technology.”
New Jersey casinos require people wearing glasses to take them off, and customers who refuse to do so can be kicked out.
It’s not just Google Glass to ban photos and videos from casinos. New Jersey’s regulators must give five days’ notice in advance of all kinds of photos or videos taken on the casino floor and obtain explicit approval from the game execution department, and Las Vegas has similar restrictions. But as a new technology, the glasses are attracting the attention of regulators, who are updating the rules to keep pace.
Las Vegas’ Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have instructed security personnel to ask customers to remove their devices before starting gambling.
Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson said Las Vegas guests will have to take off their glasses when they arrive at the table.
“Game regulations prohibit the use of computers or recording devices while gambling, so customers cannot wear Google Glass while gambling,” Thompson said. “These devices will not be available in the showroom either.”
The edict will also apply to casinos in Cincinnati and Cleveland.