ATMs at Las Vegas Casino Table Games Are Officially a Thing

The D casino announced it now offers what amounts to ATMs at its table games, and the Internet sort of lost its mind.

In a news release, The D shared it has “officially debuted a new automated cashless gaming system, ACS PlayOn, for all table games.”

The release continues, “Offering a convenient experience for guests, PlayOn is a modern technology that allows players to purchase casino chips using a debit card, eliminating the need to use an ATM machine or cashier’s window between hands.”

Cue the mind-losing.

Here’s a look at the kerfuffle-causer in question.

cashless table game system

Reminder: PIN stands for “personal identification number,” so please don’t say “PIN number.” It’s like saying “please RSVP.” Really annoying.

Simply put, when you’re at the table (roulette, craps, blackjack, whatever), you can use your debit card to get chips.

That’s pretty much it.

Yes, there’s a fee. We know how you are.

The fee is $4, plus 2.5% of whatever you withdraw. So, for $100, that’s a total of $6.50, or about the same as an ATM fee. (Reminder: ATM stands for “automated teller machine,” so please don’t say “ATM machine.” Sorry to call you out, news release, but common mistake.)

It’s worth noting the PlayOn machines don’t accept credit cards. They also won’t let you exceed your debit card’s maximum daily withdrawal limit.

This seemingly straightforward service has already been in place at Palms since December 2019. The system will also be available at Golden Gate (same owners as The D) and The Strat in the next few days (as yet unannounced).

News of the system’s debut at The D seems to have hit a nerve.

Most of the feedback on the Twitters relates to the belief people will gamble more than they typically would because the cashless system makes money (or chips) too readily available.

There was also some discussion of the fee being too high. At The D, players can withdraw $50-$3,000. The 2.5% fee on $3,000 would be $75, presumably.

We didn’t read the fine print. We were drunk. Full disclosure: We still are. You’re not our mom.

Our brilliant response to most of the criticism of this system was, “It’s an ATM, just closer.”

A good number of people expressed that in the heat of the moment, a player having to stand up and walk to an ATM might give them time to ponder their life choices and avoid the impulse to throw good money after bad.

Interestingly, few mentioned people often win in casinos when they throw good money after bad. Glass half empty, much?

The controversy about “tabletop ATMs” in casinos isn’t new. When Palms got its system in 2019, the news coverage ranged from balanced to outright damning.

All we know for sure is if we’re playing blackjack and out of cash but want to double down, now we can do it without leaving the table (and without borrowing the money using a “marker,” or casino credit).

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this, as the amount of negative feedback was genuinely surprising, and we tend to know everything.

Another disclosure: We work in digital marketing at Fremont Street Experience. The D is a member casino of that organization. Our opinions are our own.

Here’s the official site for PlayOn, the cashless casino table games system we expect is here to stay.

27 thoughts on “ATMs at Las Vegas Casino Table Games Are Officially a Thing

  1. Kevzilla

    My bank has an ATM a couple of blocks behind the D. If I, umm, “miscalculate my bankroll,” I can go there.

    I don’t have an issue with these machines, but I am unlikely to ever use them. I have to exercise discipline *somewhere* and it isn’t going to be the drinks.

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  2. Coop

    I don’t see a problem here. Sounds like Derek “The D” Stevens (great name for porn) actually knows how to solve problems for guests. He is not your mom either. Gamble accordingly. If you have a gambling problem do not expect the casino to slow your descent.

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  3. Sara Hambly

    As somebody who has played blackjack at a Downtown casino & had to “lend” a $100 to a friend so he could split the third 8 against a 7, this seems like an amazing idea! Especially since finding an ATM downtown is almost as difficult as remembering what room you’re in after having won aforementioned hand of blackjack. Yes, he won all 3. And immediately asked the pit boss for breakfast. That was a good morning.

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  4. DJ

    I don’t have a problem with these at all. I think it’s a great idea. People tend to overreact and go straight to the worst case scenario. I’m sure there will be some who withdraw more than they should, but they are the same ones who would withdraw more than they should at an ATM as well. The vast majority of people will be smart about how much they withdraw.

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  5. Dan Roushia

    The negative comments are not coming from responsible gamblers. They are either compulsive gamblers that will spend all their money anyway, or people that dont gamble and want to control what others do.

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  6. Mark A Erichson

    These machines are the work of SATAN!!!

    What’s next?! Mobile devices you carry with you on which you can speak with another person, anytime, anywhere in the world?! Electronic signals that come right through the wall into your TV?! Some evil system that lets your car know where it is?!

    We need to get back to BASICS!!! Land-lines, rabbit-ears, paper maps, and friendly tellers at the local bank.

    I WILL be alerting One Million Moms about this evil travesty!!!

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  7. Berta

    No different than running to an ATM…those that want to risk the bet will do it.
    1 Don’t spend more than you can afford
    * If you don’t like this philosophy ask the financial institutions to stop giving out debit/ATM cards to account holders. HAHAHA
    2 Don’t bring your ATM/ Debit card with you to the table or to the casino. Leave it in your room or at home.

    Stop coddling people. They will gamble whatever they have available and that is on them. If it’s easier for them to access that isn’t the casino/merchant/ATM owner’s fault. We live in a society that we make excuses and don’t hold people accountable.

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  8. Anonymous

    What about the dealers? Another way to take away tips from the dealers! Side bets on all the games take away tips from the dealers now this! Why? This industry is over for the hard working Casino dealers. it’s a crying shame these Corporations don’t give a crap about the employees. Shame on all of you owners and Corporate Executives.

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    1. Berta

      What the heck are you talking about? A tip is a tip is a tip to the dealer. You are so off topic to this thread…

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      1. Mark A Erichson

        Amen, Berta.
        It doesn’t matter to me how I get the money to play (cash in pocket, chips in pocket, quick run to the ATM) or whether I’m playing Lucky Ladies or not. I tip my dealer.

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  9. Lang Wiche

    If I ran the world, “ATM” actually would stand for “All The Money.”
    Jokes aside, I try to avoid paying ATM fees … so I probably wouldn’t pay to use this.

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  10. Funkhouser

    I’m all for convenience, that being said all of these casino’s are exploiting the guests with the fees they charge for access to money. The cost for delivery is not that much exponentially higher in Las Vegas. They just feel justified in robbing the customer because they happen to physically be located in a casino. They will make an argument that attaching a credit card swiper at a gaming table is a little harder, but given the fact I can buy a square and attach it to an iphone for $10.00 and process secure transactions doesn’t really justify the fee structure. I hope at $6.50 per $100 withdraw this thing is a colossal failure.

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    1. Jeremy

      I agree, convenience is nice but attaching a 2.5% charge is pure robbery. ATM fees in casinos are crazy high as it is before this tacked on 2.5% for the “convenience” of not walking your lazy ass to a normal ATM. Vegas is getting out of hand with their resort fees/convenience fees/entertainment fees/etc. Eventually people get tired of being nickel and dimed and they will stop coming.

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  11. Mike L

    “They also won’t let you exceed your debit card’s maximum daily withdrawal limit.”

    To me, this is key. Unless you have very little money, you can’t ‘drain your bank account’ as people are suggesting. I don’t see why people are complaining – this is just a lazy man’s ATM.

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    1. Mark A Erichson

      Except that if the gambler gets his or her lazy ass offa the table for a minute, there are “Limit Breaker” machines nearby that will allow you to far exceed your credit union’s daily withdrawal restrictions.

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  12. meed18

    I don’t understand the fee. Not only are these machines cheaper and smaller than an ATM, they don’t even have to spit out cash. They are exponentially cheaper to use and maintain. They just have to coordinate with the house so that the dealer can hand over some chips (something he’s doing constantly anyway). That could be done as easily as pushing the receipt into the cash box slot, or it could be some other electronic method. Considering that and the fact that the casino would prefer the player not leave the table to get more cash, the fee for this machine should be way less than the ATM a few feet away.

    I would gladly use one of these if it were a cheaper flat fee than the ATM nearby. I would never pay more or pay a percentage of the withdrawal. As they become more common, look out for my suggestion to become the norm.

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      1. Funkhouser

        Sound capitalism does not believe you rip off your customers because you can exploit the supply and demand rule. Short term thinking says, maximize profit until you reach the level of pricing that sales fall off. I suggest they are price gouging at the cost of consumer loyalty. Or in simpler terms price gouging is short term thinking.

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  13. WILLIAM WINGO

    The fee has the same effect as increasing the house edge; but people playing 6-5 Blackjack probably won’t mind.
    I don’t remember the last time I paid an ATM Fee, but it was a ***long*** time ago. Longer ago even than last time I set foot in downtown Las Vegas.
    Go ahead, call me a cheap b______. Feel better now?

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