Nevada Gaming Commission

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The Nevada Gaming Commission is a Nevada state governmental agency involved in the regulation of casinos throughout the state, along with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It was founded in 1959 by the Nevada Legislature.

The Commission is responsible for administering regulations, granting licenses and ruling on disciplinary matters brought before it by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It has five members appointed by the governor. Commission members serve for four years in a part-time capacity.[1]

License types[edit]

While numerous types of licenses and approvals can be granted by the commission, the key gaming licenses are:

  • the restricted gaming license which applies to the operation of 15 or fewer gaming devices (and no table games) at a location. The number of restricted licenses changes monthly, but Clark County has around 2,000 restricted licenses, with a cumulative of about 15,000 slot machines in 2008;
  • the nonrestricted gaming license which is granted for the operation of:
  1. a property having 16 or more slot machines;
  2. a property having any number of slot machines together with any other game, gaming device, race book or sports pool at one location.

Popular culture[edit]

In the 1995 film Casino the commission, at a public hearing, denies a gaming license to Sam Rothstein, a character based on Frank Rosenthal and portrayed by Robert De Niro. In actual history the chairman of The Commission at this hearing was Harry Reid.[2]

In the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven the NGC has a (fictitious) stipulation requiring casinos to hold in reserve enough cash to cover every chip at play on their floor. In the film, Matt Damon plays a thief who passes himself off as an NGC agent.

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