The CEO of Gamblit Gaming, Eric Meyerhofer, reports that early returns are positive for its Cannonbeard’s Treasure and Gamblit Poker, the first skill-based gaming machines to be introduced in Nevada, currently in field trial at Planet Hollywood Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The field trial began March 30 under Nevada’s Innovation Beta streamlined testing program. Cannonbeard’s Treasure is a fast-paced game of cards, skill and naval warfare. Players build a hand by grabbing the cards needed and reaching an objective first to win a chest of gold. Gamblit Poker is a head-to-head poker competition involving two to four players.
Meyerhofer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the skill games have an average play time of around 45 minutes, with players remaining at the game for hours at a time.
He told the newspaper the games are appealing to a young demographic. “Things are going great,” he said. “The people were younger. I saw some great crowd enthusiasm. People were fist-bumping even when they were losing, which is a great sign. I saw a lot of families playing and people sitting for an hour and a half jawing with each other.
“The big thing to know is ‘Are we finding new dollars? Are we growing the market?’” he said. “And it looks like we are skewing younger.”