On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I was very surprised when I was told by my casino host that portable gaming systems like the PSP and Nintendo DS were no longer allowed on the casino floor of the hotel that I was staying at. He informed me that most of the casinos in Las Vegas are switching to this rule in an attempt to crack down on cheaters, and to reduce injuries inside the casino.
Since the second reason is faster to explain, I will start with explaining how portable gaming systems like the PSP and Nintendo DS can cause injuries in a Las Vegas casino. Granted, it is also the most obvious reason why Las Vegas casinos would not want you to bring your PSP or Nintendo DS on to the casino floor.
There are many video gamers (myself included) that have been known to become so entrenched in a game that they have no clue as to what is going on in the world around them. By putting blinders on while paying attention to nothing but your portable gaming device, gamers have been known to accidentally trip someone, or bump into someone. This can cause injuries, and has led Las Vegas casinos to tell anyone who has a PSP or Nintendo DS to leave them in their room.
The other reason is the potential that some of the portable game systems, like the PSP and the Nintendo DS could be used for cheating. Calculator, odds calculating, and frequency finding programs can all be downloaded for both the PSP and the Nintendo DS. These could give a player an increased advantage at some casino games.
There is also a chance that someone will come up with some kind of program in the future that could cause a PSP or Nintendo DS to somehow send out a frequency that could compromise slot machines, or video poker machines. This is something that concerns many of the casinos, and has caused the PSP and Nintendo DS to become banned in many Las Vegas casinos.
I know what you are thinking (if you are an avid gamer like myself) – the PSP and Ni9ntendo DS do not have the capability to compromise a slot machine or video poker machine. Think, though, about a good hacker hiding another type of device that could compromise a slot machine inside of a PSP 1000. It is much larger than a cell phone, and could have a large storage capacity. This is something that worries Las Vegas casinos.
The next time I head to Las Vegas, it is going to be hard for me to leave my PSP in my hotel room. I will usually take it with me to play while I am relaxing at the pool. I understand, though, that the ban being placed on the PSP and Nintendo DS at casinos is something that can eliminate a large number of issues and possible issues.