Without a doubt, state-of-the-art security paired with amazing customer service are at the heart of every great casino. But being on top of your game can require staying up-to-date in these key areas, which can be a daunting challenge.

Fortunately, new ID scanning and facial recognition technologies, particularly in mobile versions, are making life easier for casino executives and staff. Moreover, these new tools are bringing tangible, bottom-line value through reduced liability and an enhanced customer experience.

Full disclosure: I founded a company that develops ID scanning and facial recognition solutions to a range of retailers and entertainment venues, including the gaming industry. So while I may have a bias in favor of using identity verification technology, my bigger purpose is to point out the benefits that such technologies bring.

The value benefit to casino operations can be divided into two main categories: security and compliance, and customer service and marketing.


I don’t need to tell you that the responsibility of holding a gaming license is immense and the compliance requirements are plentiful. Undoubtedly, one of the biggest worries for gaming venues is protecting their licenses. Keeping disallowed individuals off of the casino floor is a good place to start, and gathering information about guests at the entrance is vital to this. ID scanning systems can tell you instantly if a person is of age and whether their ID passes muster.

Casinos routinely have to remove guests for cheating and bad behavior, and some of them earn a place on internal banned lists. It can be vital to a casino’s security to ensure that they do not enter the premises again. But how do you recognize them? Logging, storing and sharing information in real time allows security teams to take action should banned individuals ever attempt to re-enter. ID scanning systems immediately let you know if someone seeking entry has a history of causing trouble via cross-referencing with your own internal banned lists. Your security staff will immediately be alerted and can take quick action.

In addition to managing an internal banned lists to improve security, keeping out certain individuals can keep your casino in compliance. Whether you need to prevent individuals from a self-limit or self-exclusion list from entering your casino or you need to check OFAC and anti-money laundering lists before giving a payout, having this information at your fingertips in real time can help your business comply with laws and avoid costly fines. For example, you wouldn’t want to get to a jackpot payout only to learn that the individual should not have been in your casino to begin with because they were on a self-exclusion list. ID scanning solutions can access internal and third-party databases and tell you in an instant if an individual appears on any of those lists.

Facial recognition technology can be added to give you all the same security and compliance features, but instead of waiting until the person scans their ID, a video camera will spot them and run their information before they even arrive at your access point.

An additional feature that can mean real monetary benefits to your operation is the ability of ID scanning technology to combat the perennial problem of chargebacks. These scans can deliver a time-stamped image of the ID along with custom agreements that patrons must sign for larger purchases, such as bottle service. This feature provides important evidence that makes it easier for you to prevail in chargeback disputes.


Tracking customer habits is not only a valuable asset for contending with the things you have to do, it can help you with the things you should be doing to outwork your competitors. This technology helps you gather information about your most important customers and gives you actionable data that helps you ensure amazing experiences for your VIPs, while making your staff look like super-intuitive heroes.

Knowing your VIPs is essential to keeping them happy and playing. Tracking how often they visit, how much they spend, their favorite drinks, room preferences, and even preferred staff members, a great customer experience apart from a good one—and your casino apart from the competition.

 ID scanning and player loyalty programs can track all of this information and make it easy to act upon for staff at every level. And with advances in facial recognition, hosts can access this information before the VIP ever passes through your doors. The same solution that can spot banned individuals as they approach can notify staff that a whale is coming—and serve up all the information needed to greet them with a personalized customer experience. It’s seamless and simple without requiring VIPs to stop to scan their loyalty card- something most VIPs don’t like.

And while there’s no inconvenience to the customer, the amount of real-time, actionable data is immense and allows staff to act upon it immediately. Up until recently, this sort of technology seemed the stuff of sci-fi films and the distant future, but casinos of all sizes are seeing that, far from pie-in-the-sky, facial recognition is now an attainable, reasonable way to take customer experiences to the next level, while also enhancing security. But beyond the “buzz” associated with this promising tool, it’s my belief that most in the industry have yet to completely understand its potential or how to use it to its full advantage.

As an active partner with many of the biggest names on The Strip, I believe we’re at the beginning of a very exciting and truly revolutionary time in the way the gaming industry collects and utilizes customer information and builds its customer loyalty for outstanding and more profitable futures.

New 2019 Cybercrime Report tracks growing threat of networked cybercrime


LexisNexis Risk Solutions recently released its Cybercrime Report providing a comprehensive view into the shifting global fraud landscape from January 2019 through June 2019. During this period, the LexisNexis Digital Identity Network recorded 16.4 billion transactions, of which 277 million were human-initiated attacks, a 13 percent increase over the second half of 2018.

The report highlights a shift toward networked, cross-organizational and cross-industry fraud, and gives insight into the evolution of bot attacks targeting new accounts in media and e-commerce.

Topics explored in the Cybercrime Report include:

Networked cybercrime

Cybercrime networks emerge when digital identities are associated with confirmed fraud attempts across more than one organization in the digital identity network. Organizations within the same industry, particularly banking, lending and stock brokerage, are most acutely affected. The new report details an example of how the digital identity network tracked one fraudster across three industries and six different organizations (several financial services organizations, a media streaming company and a credit reporting agency) as the fraudster attempted to create new accounts, initiate repeated login attempts and make fraudulent payments in an effort to monetize stolen credentials, launder money and abuse bonus incentives.




Bot attacks

Fraudsters have shifted bot attacks to target new account creation transactions, which is the only transaction use case which recorded a growth in attacks during the first half of the year. Fraudsters are using these new account creation attempts to test, validate and build online identities for financial gain.

Within media, for example, bot attacks targeting new account creations saw a 65 percent increase in just six months; The Digital Identity Network revealed a number of bonus abuse attempts where fraudsters attempted to sign up for a number of new accounts in order to capitalize on free trials and streaming bonuses to sell for profit. E-commerce companies also saw bot attacks on new account creations increase 305 percent and were most prevalent in online marketplaces, virtual gift card companies and ridesharing sites.

Mobile app registration

While mobile continues to prove more secure than desktop, fraudsters are seeing new mobile account creations and app registrations as opportunities to intercept one-time passcodes to fraudulently register mobile apps. This provides fraudsters with a wealth of personal information and bank account access. Globally, attacks on mobile apps rose 148 percent in six months and are skewed towards media organizations, particularly social media and gaming organizations, where bad actors register for new player bonuses to sell for profit.

“Fraudsters no longer operate in silos, they are attacking across industries and organizations,” said Rebekah Moody, director of fraud and identity at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “As seen by a detailed example in the report, one fraudster can carry out a large number of transactions against a series of global organizations using a single mobile device.

“In the end, corporations benefit the most when fraud defense platforms include a multilayered approach that comprise digital identity intelligence, physical identity and authentication capabilities,” Moody added. “This approach, when executable in near real time and touching the entire customer journey, extends beyond detecting complex fraud—it also allows for more streamlined regulatory compliance processes and reduces friction across the customer experience.”

LexisNexis Risk Solutions is a leader in providing essential information to help customers across industry and government assess, predict and manage risk. For more information, visit www.risk.lexisnexis.com.