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Casinos on a hot streak get help from TITO ticket readers

Money and ticket counters are great tools in boom times.

Casinos can benefit from using money and ticket counters, no matter how well they're doing in their operations. In many ways, they help cover a key portion of operations and build up customer service. By automating the process of delivering winnings to players through a combination of ticket-in, ticket-out technology and barcode scanning, it's much simpler to handle runs at slots or video-based gaming machines. Gaming centers across the country can benefit from this process, enabling a greater focus on making visitors happy and satisfied all throughout their stay. The machines work in both great and lean times, strengthening bottom line.

When casinos do well, money and ticket counters can be a boon

While the state of the casino industry is volatile, any part of the country that gets an excellent run at its gaming centers is only a good thing to consider. The businesses profit, customers keep coming back and the governments gain significant tax revenue that can go into areas such as education and infrastructure that need it most. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved, except for players that may have lost a bit of money.

Colorado in particular is seeing a lucky streak in play right now, according to various sources. Gaming Today reported that the three dozen casinos in the state generated $281.7 million in revenue in the first four months of the fiscal year, up 7 percent from the same period last year. Tax revenues were at $27.5 million, an increase of 11 percent from the prior year. This was particularly strong in the communities of Cripple Creek, Black Hawk and Central City.

Multiple factors played a role in the success of operations in the last few months, enough that no single figure could be the reason why, as noted by Lois Rice, executive director of the Colorado Gaming Association. That's a good thing, as it means that if one were to suddenly disappear or reverse course, the effects won't be dire. According to the Denver Post, one major reason was changes to certain regulations that benefited casinos. Namely, wager limits went from $5 to $100, and many casinos could now serve alcohol past the usual cut-off time of 2 a.m.

Another important factor that affects casinos going in the winter months is unseasonably warm weather. Due to the effects of an extremely strong El Nino affecting international weather patterns, there has been less snow in Colorado than usual. It's possible that this will continue throughout the winter, which will benefit casinos since more people will get out and visit them. Revenue records will likely break if the pattern continues to hold.

With such growth attracting investors and other important figures, it's essential to have efficient operations to ensure a strong bottom line. Money and ticket counters can help by reducing overhead in terms of labor costs. By placing an emphasis on speed and customer service, casinos can benefit from good times while planning ahead for the future.

February 11, 2016