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Casino Marker Laws » Reno/Tahoe Casino Crime Can Deal You a Bad Hand
You can get in big trouble in the “Biggest Little City in the World” if you try to cheat your way to riches in one of Reno’s many casinos.
There are many crimes that take place in Reno’s casinos that could happen anywhere in the city – prostitution, battery, public intoxication, and pickpocketing just to name a few.
However, two crimes which are specifically related to casinos and gambling that both visitors and residents of Reno and Lake Tahoe should be aware of are:
If you take out a casino marker from a Reno or Lake Tahoe casino – essentially a no-interest line of credit extended so you can gamble – your failure to pay it back can land you in jail. The road to a conviction under Nevada casino marker laws is as follows:
Cheating at gambling in a Reno casino is a crime. (NRS 465.083). “Cheating” is broadly defined under the law and the number of “fraudulent acts” that are prohibited is long. (NRS 465.015, 465.070). Additionally, just attempting to cheat or participating in a conspiracy to cheat is also a criminal offense.
Cheating at gambling is a category B felony in Nevada. A first offense carries a punishment of:
If you have been charged with either defaulting on a casino marker or cheating at gambling in a Reno casino, there are defenses available that a skilled Reno/Tahoe criminal defense attorney can assert on your behalf. Please give us a call to discuss your situation.
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.
Playlist: Nevada laws for "casino markers"Watch this playlist on YouTube A casino marker is an interest-free line of credit that Nevada casinos offer patrons to gamble with. Patrons are expected to repay these loans soon, typically within 30 days. In most states, defaulting on a loan is just a civil offense. But Nevada makes it ...
Last month the Nevada Supreme Court once again affirmed the constitutionality of the state’s casino marker laws. Specifically, it upheld the conviction of defendant Harel Zahavi, who allegedly failed to pay back nearly $400,000 in casino markers to four different Las Vegas casinos. He had been placed on probation with a suspended prison sentence of ...
Playlist: Nevada laws for "casino markers"Watch this playlist on YouTube Nevada crime of not paying back a casino marker include both criminal charges and civil lawsuits. Since Nevada law presumes casino marker defendants have an “intent to defraud”, it is challenging for defendants to win these cases unless they can repay the full amount they ...
It depends. Occasionally Nevada casinos will agree to a payment plan for patrons to pay back outstanding casino markers without filing a criminal complaint. But in most casino marker cases under Nevada law, casinos demand all the money back in full. And if the patrons cannot pay back the gambling debt, then the casinos will ...