A new radio ad talks about Rush Street Gaming (of the Schenectady propose casino) and slots games for kids.
From a press release:
There's nothing cute about slots games for kids.
But the casino operator behind two bids for upstate New York gambling resorts has managed to sidestep Internet casino regulations by becoming a primary investor in a startup that is producing casino game simulations of and making them available to kids as young as 13.
The games feature cartoon animals and can be played on Facebook and on smartphones. These "social casino" games adopt real-life slot game designs and are free to start but cost money to buy credits for continuous play or upgrades.
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Cats vs Dogs Slots boasts "realistic slot machines, and the cutest puppies and kittens" while Fire and Ice Slots offers "the scorching hot social version of the hit slot machine played in real casinos."
The Rush Street Gaming-backed venture has hit on a strategy that so far requires no license in any jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Rush Street is pursuing casino licenses in Schenectady and Newburgh. The casino operator has also been pursuing tools to "cross-market services between brick-and-mortar and online properties."
Rush Street's app partner, Ruby Seven Studios, openly seeks to "bridge the space between land-based, online, and social casinos."
"Betting on Kids Online," a new report released by UNITE HERE Gaming Research, raises questions about Rush Street Gaming's social casino app strategy including whether it could undermine the emerging legal and regulatory framework for internet gaming in the United States.
“Experts on compulsive gambling are increasingly concerned about teens' exposure to online casino games,” said the report’s author Jon Scolnik. "What risk do unregulated casino simulations pose when tied to social networks, cellphones, and a real-world casino company?"