Cantor Gaming applies for a slot route

Cantor Gaming, a mainly technology company that announced last year that it had ceased operating online casinos although it would continue to licence software, has applied for a slot route in Nevada, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Cantor is an offshoot of a major New York-based financial services provider and has a number of irons in the gambling industry fire. The company is operating the race and sports book at the month-old M Resort, using its "in-running" technology. It has also been successful in obtaining permission to offer land casinos its remote gambling device for use on-premises, branded eDeck, and last year acquired a Nevada holding company owned by Mickey Wichinsky (see previous InfoPowa report) that included several gambling-related businesses and an impressive library of slot machine games and technology.

Part of the latter acquisition was a small slot machine route operation, and it is this enterprise for which Cantor sought land operating permission last week. The operation is small by any standards - two dozen slot machines in five Southern Nevada locations, including a laundry and the Moose Lodge.

"The deal wasn't so much to get the slot route as it was to purchase 50 years of intellectual property," Phil Flaherty, a consultant to Cantor Gaming, told LVRJ, explaining that the main benefit to Cantor from the acquisition was Wichinsky's casino games so the titles could be integrated into Cantor's existing products.

However, the Wichinsky transaction brought with it a small slot machine route business, where the company manages the devices and shares in the revenues with the locations where the slots are situated.

"The route operation wasn't that large, maybe about 100 devices on the route," Flaherty said. "It was part of the entire transaction."

Last week Cantor asked the Nevada Gaming Control Board for approval to operate five slot machines at the Pecos Laundry in Las Vegas, five machines at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 1763 in Las Vegas, three slot machines at the North Las Vegas Elks No. 2353, seven slot machines at the SuperMercado Rincon Latino in Las Vegas and two games at Mr. Deli in Las Vegas, according to the LVRJ report.

Restricted slot machine locations allow for up to 15 machines per location.

If permission is given Cantor will hardly constitute a serious competitive threat to the market leader. Herbst Gaming is Nevada's largest slot machine route operator with a total of some 6 800 slot machines in roughly 600 locations statewide.

The sector has suffered in a tough economic environment in recent months, with Herbst reporting 10 to 20 percent quarterly declines in business.

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