Rules of the game

Hear about Caesars Palace’s $250,000 fine for letting a patron dance on a card table? Just the shard from a glacier, according to Dennis Neilander, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, who says properties really have to watch their p’s and q’s to avoid fines. For instance, did you know that if a property were to detain someone (think Robert De Niro and a hammer in Casino) and not notify the Board or Metro police afterward, it can be fined $100,000? And if a patron has a gaming dispute with a property (“My machine didn’t pay out enough!”) and the dispute isn’t reported to the Board, fines can be anywhere from a few thousand dollars to “the sky’s the limit,” Neilander says. Gambling, indeed.

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