On-the-Go Bingo

Handheld gaming devices will soon become the next big thing on the Las Vegas strip. Black Jack and Bingo will be featured on the new handheld devices that will be available at major casinos.

Nevada’s state gambling authorities have agreed to allow the use of handheld devices for gambling in public areas outside of casinos’ gaming halls, such as restaurants and poolsides.

Automated, portable bingo devices like FortuNet Inc’s BingoStar have been around since the early 1990s – and are now available in 26 jurisdictions in North America – but they are not allowed outside bingo halls.

With the recent decision, Nevada became the first US state to approve the use of the handheld devices in public areas of casinos. The rules allow a range of games, including bingo, poker, blackjack and horse race betting. Use in hotel rooms and other places that cannot be supervised is prohibited.

Those in favor of the new form of gambling say the move will better use resort space that is increasingly being devoted to non-gambling activities, such as shopping, dining and clubbing.

For those who can’t make it out to Sin City for some handheld action, there are still the popular online gaming sites for several gambling games including internet bingo. Users can play their favorite games from the comfort of their home which makes for an easy way to have some fun and win some money.