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Developing an airport casino? Money and ticket counters can help

Money and ticket counters can help make airport casinos possible.

Casinos can take different shapes and forms, but money and ticket counters do not. That's a good thing, as they represent something familiar and useful to their operators. Through the use of ticket-in, ticket-out and barcode scanning technologies, employees at the cash desk can quickly and reliably deliver winnings to their customers. People go home happy with their earnings, while casinos can smoothly continue operations even during busy hours. With this process in place, customers will have reasons to visit repeatedly, increasing revenue overall.

Airport becomes candidate for a casino, money and ticket counters can come in handy

Recently, the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes - gambling business rivals in Connecticut - joined forces in an attempt to best out-of-state competition coming from Massachusetts, especially in the form of another casino under construction in Springfield. The tribes fast-tracked its plans for a third casino with a deadline of Nov. 6, 2015 for proposals from various parts of the state, intending to make a decision by December 2015. This would be before the 2016 legislative session begins, giving the tribes enough time to develop a plan to deliver to lawmakers with the hopes of getting a referendum on the ballot soon.

The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes announced greater Hartford as their primary focus area, asking for support from area businesses. According to World Casino News, one of the groups expressing serious interest in the proposal is the Connecticut Airport Authority. The agency's executive director, Kevin Dillon, offered Bradley International Airport as a venue for the casino. The organization backs the idea and looked to speak with key figures for support, including government regulators, area developers and municipal authorities in Windsor Locks, where the majority of the airport's structures and land reside.

An airport casino would be quite unusual. While McCarran International Airport, serving Las Vegas, has slot machines in its terminals, and many airports like O'Hare International in Chicago have casinos in close proximity, there aren't any airports in the U.S. that have proper casinos in the terminals themselves. The idea itself is not completely unprecedented: Many airports in Europe, including Schiphol Airport serving Amsterdam, have full-fledged gaming halls integrated within. If the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots accept a Bradley-based proposal, it would be the first of its kind in the country. In this environment, the money and ticket counter will be a very useful tool at the cash desk. Unlike regular casinos, airport casinos will likely have travelers as customers. If they win at slots or video blackjack, they will want to get their money as fast as possible so they can make their flights. Having a machine that can quickly read tickets and count cash will become very handy as a result.

December 17, 2015