On Tuesday, Apple took the wraps off its much-anticipated Apple Watch. OK, they actually previewed it a few months back, but this week we got a closer look at the game-changing smart watch that could revolutionize a lot of industries.
Much talk has been devoted to how the Apple Watch might change paying for goods and services. In Tim Cook’s keynote, he highlighted how Coca Cola machines are starting to accept Apple Pay, which is Apple’s proprietary method of paying for goods and services via an iPhone. The Apple Watch supports Apple Pay as long as you’ve got a supported iPhone within range. So, essentially, you could pay for a Coke by tapping your wrist against a vending machine and be on your way without ever having to reach into your pocket.
This is exciting, but even more amazing is the prospect of how the Apple Watch could forever change how we gamble, online and off. Here’s a look at some ideas that could be true game-changers.
No more loyalty cards
Tired of fumbling through your wallet at the casino to find your loyalty card? Or worse, did you forget your loyalty card and have to wait in line to grab a new one so you can be rewarded for playing? That could be a thing of the past with the Apple Watch. Very soon, casinos could simply create a digital loyalty card. Step up to the Blackjack table, scan your wrist, and be rewarded for your bets. Easy.
Pay at the table
Do you know why land-based casinos use casino chips instead of letting you bet with money? It’s not because it’s way more convenient. That’s part of it, sure. But the reality is that when you play with chips, the psychological barrier that comes with throwing real money down on the table is gone. Putting down $200 in chips on a single bet is easy when you’re dealing with little round discs. Doing the same with $20 bills is much harder.
But no matter what, when you sit down to play, you do need to exchange your currency for chips. Casinos could soon jump at the opportunity of once again removing the psychological barrier that comes with parting with your money that initial time (or when you need more chips because you’ve busted out). Simply tap your watch, confirm your amount, and boom. Chips are yours.
Make live dealer games more interesting
Some industry ‘experts’ are talking about playing slots and table games on the Apple Watch. To be honest, I don’t really see it that way. The screen is too small to make that fun. I do, however, see the Apple Watch making live dealer games more interesting.
Imagine sitting in front of your PC, Mac, or tablet and playing with a live dealer. Instead of clicking or tapping a screen to accept a card or wave ‘stay’ at the Blackjack tables, you simple wave your wrist. The Apple Watch detects your motion and signals to the dealer what you want to do. It could make the game way more realistic.
These are just a few ideas about how the Apple Watch could make things way more interesting in the gambling world, online and off. And we don’t just hope to sit back and watch (pardon the pun). We hope to be a big part of the changes ahead.