The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino located in downtown Las Vegas became the first casino properties to accept Bitcoin. The D and Golden Gate started accepting the popular digital currency January 22, 2014.
Between the two co-owned properties, Bitcoin is accepted at five locations, including both hotels’ front desks and in the D’s Gift Shop. Guests at the D will also be able to purchase Detroit’s Coney Dogs at American Coney Island and experience find dining at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
Bitcoin purchases at the casino hotels will be process through BitPay, a service that streamlines transactions using tablet and mobile interfaces. Tablets programmed with BitPay will be installed at each cashier, allowing Bitcoin users to easily pay for services using their mobile wallets.
Even though plans to process Bitcoin had been discussed, Derek Stevens, co-owner and CEO of the D and Golden Gate, says that a number of patrons at the casino’s Longbar approached him asking if his properties accept the virtual currency. The guest demand offered the drive to move forward with incorporating the option to pay with Bitcoin at the D and Golden Gate.