Proposed Nevada gaming salon rules unveiled
CARSON CITY (AP) – The Nevada Gaming Control Board has released the first draft of private gaming salons regulations, which state lawmakers believe will allow Nevada resorts to compete with international casinos catering to high rollers.
To be considered a higher roller, a player must wager at least $20,000 a hand in table games or $500 a pull on a slot machine.
The 2001 Legislature passed a law permitting casinos to set up private gaming salons so high-end players would not have to rub shoulders with the general public. Nevada law had required all casino play to be public.
To open gaming salons under the new rules, casinos would apply to the state for a license and pay a non-refundable $5,000 fee. The private rooms would have to be equipped with high-powered surveillance equipment that would be connected to the Gaming Control Board offices, allowing agents to monitor the games.
Resorts also must establish the financial standards they would require of salon players and submit a plan on how they intend to attract high-end players.
Entrance to the private rooms would be based solely on the financial ability of the player, and access could not be denied based on race, color, religion, sex or physical disability.
Players could be accompanied by as many non-wagering guests as the casino permits, but no more than three of them would be allowed to gamble on the tables or at the slot machines. The so-called ”secondary patrons” must play at least $500 a hand.
The private casinos could not be in a bedroom or suite, and no direct entry or exit would be allowed to or from any living accommodation, the regulations state.
The board will hold a workshop Sept. 25 in Las Vegas on the proposed rules to allow the industry to comment and suggest changes to the regulations, which must be approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission before any of the salons can open, Chairman Dennis Neilander said.
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