Love them or loathe them, it looks like Google Glass will be getting a tad more popular as time goes on. As technology in general gets cheaper Google Glass is yet another gadget we wouldn't have dreamed about a decade or so ago, but many, including casino owners around the world are not too happy about casino goers bringing them into their casinos. Google Glass allows the wearer to to do more than just browse the internet via a pair of specs, it also allows for taking photographs and indeed, and possibly more importantly as far as casinos are concerned, it allows for filming. Privacy issues regarding the gadget have already been raised, and not just by casinos and there are many stories floating around the web and elsewhere about the possible intrusions they could facilitate. Sitting having a coffee with friends and someone filming you from a nearby table, isn't many people's cup of tea, excuse the pun. Wearing Google Glass in casino has already been bought to the table for discussion and many casino in many states have now placed a block on them. Caesar's was indeed the first, but now many others have followed suit.
Possible to Cheat With Google Glass
There are now bans on the device in Las Vegas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut to name a few and indeed 12 of Atlantic City's casinos have now made the decision to block them. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has sent a memo around to all casinos and David Rebuck the divisions director stated, "If these eyeglasses were worn during a poker game, they could be used to broadcast a patron's hand to a confederate or otherwise be used in a collusive manner." While being difficult to prove, it is still indeed possible, and where there's a window for foul play, the casinos will always close it. In the memo it is said that, "Even if the glasses had not been used for cheating ... their presence at a gaming table would lead to the perception that something untoward could be occurring, thereby undermining public confidence in the integrity of gaming." This is true, how many poker players want to sit at a table with a player wearing these? None it has to be assumed. This is nothing new, and it's even hard to take cameras into a casino. In the Garden State, the casino must in fact have 5 days notice of any photographic equipment being allowed onto the casino floor, and permission from the Division of Gaming Enforcement before this can take place. There are similar rules in place in Las Vegas and Caesar's spokesman Gary Thompson informs us that, "Gaming regulations prohibit the use of computers or recording devices while gambling, so guests can't wear Google Glass while they're gambling, the devices will also not be able to be used in showrooms." Using devices in casinos in an attempt to gain an advantage and goes way back, in fact Edward O. Thorp, as well as his famous card counting system, also invented a computer that could be attached to the body in an effort to beat the roulette wheel. It wasn't long before that got black balled too.