Casinos bringing video games to gaming floor

Gaming and gambling are coming together in some of the newest casino game concepts. In this photo, Sergio Avila is playing a virtual reality game and gambling at the same time. 9/27/16 (Sergio Avila | KSNV)

The future of the gaming industry is shaping up to make part of the casino floor look an old video game arcade.

This year much of the focus of the Global Gaming Expo is on gambling machines that are video games.

"I have 45 seconds to take out as many robots as possible," said Blaine Graboyes, CEO of GameCo.

Graboyes created the game Danger Arena. A game that pits gamblers against robots in a first person shooter.

The goal is to get video gamers to gamble.

"A better player is going to get the best possible outcome more often but they're still going to lose sometimes," said Graboyes.

They look like video games but the payouts are similar to traditional slots.

From shooting games to those that put you behind the wheel against other drivers.

"People like to game and people like to gamble," said Keith Winters, Principal of Competition Interactive.

The Running Rich racing game was created by Winters. He says it's a way to reach all the people who played video games growing up.

"It's taking the living room experience of trash talking while playing video games and taking it to the casino floor," said Winters.

Then, there's gambling games that really immerse you into the game. The Brookhaven Experiment uses virtual reality. You bet and earn money by completing challenges while shooting zombies.

"We're trying to bring a new wave of games that appeal to that 21 to 45 demographic that's already on the casino floor, but they don't necessarily have anything that appeals to them," said Darion Lowenstein, Chief Marketing Officer for Gamblit Gaming.

Gamblit designs interactive gaming platforms, including a virtual reality cube where gamers can climb in, attach eyewear and earphones, and virtually shoot zombies.

The more zombies you shoot the more money you make. If they get you first, you lose.

For many of these games, spectators also get in on the action by betting on how well you'll do.

Making the future of gaming look a little more familiar to the millions of video game players around the world.

The games all have complex math formulas to make sure no one can always win.

Some of them are expected to hit the casino floor late this year while you can expect others the first few months of next year.

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