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NHL betting is about to get a facelift, and you just know it had to start in Las Vegas.
BetGenius, a company that supplies casinos, sportsbooks and leagues with live data for gambling purposes, created an on-screen virtual reality prototype for the NHL. The device contains a headset and stick (no puck) that helps users practice their basic skills on the virtual ice.
The technology was unveiled on Thursday as the San Jose Sharks traveled to Sin City on Thursday night to face the defending Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights.
This unbelievable experience gives users an in-person look at what's actually going on between the boards, from seeing the puck in front of you to having defenders attack you – it's all there. Users can even change angles to see the plays that the players could have made.
Even more so, it gives bettors a more in-depth look at the players they're wagering on.
A company is demonstrating a virtual reality hockey trainer at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. There's a VR headset and stick, but no puck, and it allows a hockey player to practice position and passing skills. (Jan. 10) https://t.co/LE8FxXSXi0— USA TODAY Money (@USATODAYmoney) January 10, 2019
Vegas hosted two games this week: Tuesday against the New York Rangers and Thursday against the Sharks. Given approval from the NHL Players' Association, players on all three teams wore tracking chips on their jerseys and there was even a specially-made puck with a computer chip in it.
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