A couple of downtown Las Vegas casinos are taking a gamble with Bitcoin payments. The D casino and the Golden Gate have announced that customers are free to use the virtual currency when paying to stay at their hotels, according to the Associated Press.
D's will also take Bitcoin at its restaurants and gift shop. While these Bitcoin payment options are a first for Las Vegas casinos, the establishments will not accept the virtual currency for gambling.
"For us, it's going to be somewhat exciting to see what kind of impact it'll have," co-owner of the two casinos Derek Stevens told the Associated Press.Bitcoin has grown exponentially over the past year. It's been around since 2009, but didn't really get going until 2011 when it was worth $2 per coin. By 2013, the currency had climbed to $20 per coin, and then last April. Within the past couple of months, it had and is now hovering around $1,000.
While some governmentsabout the virtual currency, Bitcoin has grown in acceptance in recent months with some observers believing the digital currency could be the . A Bank of America research report last month indicated that the decentralized currency to other types of online money-transfer providers.
Bitcoin has also gained popularity with retailers and in online marketplaces. Earlier this month gaming company Zynga beganfor some online games and the Sacramento Kings became the first professional sports team to to process payments for team merchandise and tickets. On Monday it was revealed that eBay will under a "virtual currency" category on its US and UK sites.