Dave & Buster’s Bets That You Want To Bet On Arcade Games

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The stakes will be raised at Dave & Buster’s in the coming months, as the national arcade chain will allow customers 18 and older to gamble on games. That means you could bet money against a friend or loved one on Skee-Ball or ping pong–let alone any arcade games available at your local location.

CNBC reports Dave & Buster’s is teaming up with Lucra, a self-described “technology provider of gamification services,” for this new gambling initiative. Wagering will be possible within the Dave & Buster’s app for loyalty members.

“This new partnership gives our loyalty members real-time, unrivaled gaming experiences, and reinforces our commitment to continuing to elevate our customer experience through innovative, cutting-edge technology,” said Simon Murray, senior VP of entertainment and attractions at Dave & Buster’s in a press release.

There reportedly will be a cap on how high people can wager on games at Dave & Buster’s, though this limit wasn’t detailed. Lucra says it will “destigmatize cash-based competition by evolving it into a fun, friendly, and social experience.”

Dave & Buster’s also has food and adult beverages for customers–along with games. The goal with this upcoming gambling initiative is to keep people at the company’s locations longer and for them to spend more money.

Sports gambling has been becoming legalized in states across the US over the years. It’s also led to NBA player Jontay Porter being banned from the league as well as NBA 2K24.