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Gambling was a part of the culture of Nevada even before it was a state. As a territory, Nevada passed laws that punished gambling harshly. But, even though the territory tried to control it, gaming still flourished. After the territory became a state in 1864, the Nevada legislature moved first to lessen punishments, and then to regulate. The 1869 legislature overrode the governor's veto and decriminalized many forms of gaming. Subsequent legislation attempted to control the negative effects of gambling. Between 1877 and 1907, regulations were passed that addressed gambling issues, such as locality, density and corruption. During that time, gambling became a steady source of revenue for the state.

In late 1910, anti-gambling forces thought they scored a victory by passing legislation that outlawed games of chance. But lax enforcement combined with creative work-arounds allowed gaming to continue.

New legislation in 1931 saw the emergence of the modernization of legalized gambling in the state. The reliance on gaming revenue for public welfare was apparent. In 1945, the Nevada Tax Commission was given responsibility for gambling, and by 1955 the Commission was granted far-reaching powers to administer the provisions of the 1931 Act. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) was created as its enforcement and investigative unit, yet this did not eliminate the problems afflicting the industry.

As a way of easing the industry of its difficulties, Governor Grant Sawyer asked the 1959 legislature to overhaul the gaming control structure. The result was the Nevada Gaming Control Act, passed on 30 March 1959. The act created the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) and assigned the NGCB as its audit and investigative arm, thus taking the Tax Commission out of gaming control. In March 1961, a Gaming Policy Board was approved by the legislature, giving the governor more authority over gaming. In 1993, the Nevada Racing Commission was eliminated and its responsibilities moved under the NGC.

Today, the NGC and the NGCB regulate the state's gaming industry. The NGC administers gaming regulations, grants licenses, collects state gaming taxes and fees, and rules on disciplinary matters brought by the NGCB. The gaming tax in Nevada is 6.75%.

Nevada has four distinct license groups for commercial casino operations: Restricted Licenses – an operation consisting of not more than 15 slot machines and no other game or gaming device; Non-Restricted License Group 1 – $3 million or more in revenue or an operation that consists primarily of a racebook or sports pool that accepts $50 million or more in wagers during the 12-month period ending June 30 each year; Non-Restricted License Group 2 – between $1 million and $3 million in revenue or an operation that consists primarily of a racebook or sports pool that accepts between $10 million and $50 million in wagers during the 12-month period ending June 30 each year; and Non-Restricted License Group 3 – $1 million or less in revenue or an operation that consists primarily of a racebook or sports pool that accepts less than $10 million in wagers during the 12-month period ending 30 June each year.

In June 2005, the Sparks City Council extended a ban on unrestricted gambling facilities outside the downtown area after a public protest against a proposed casino in Spanish Springs. The ban applied to new casinos without at least 200 hotel rooms.

In March 2006, Nevada became the first state in the nation to approve the use of handheld mobile gaming devices. With these devices, players are able to gamble in any public area of the state's casinos, including restaurants and poolside.

In November 2007, the Nevada State Education Association submitted a petition to increase the gaming tax rate by 3%. After prolonged negotiations and heavy lobbying from casino groups, in March 2009 Nevada legislators passed a revised bill mandating a 3% increase in the hotel room tax instead of the gaming tax.

In December 2008, the NGCB passed regulation changes for operators of private gaming salons. Under the former rules, players needed to open a minimum $500,000 credit line (or combination cash and credit line) and bet a minimum of $500 per hand. Under the new regulations, the minimum credit line (or credit and cash combination) was reduced to $300,000 and the minimum bet requirement was removed.

Under pressure from Nevada's big casinos, on 25 August 2011, the NGC amended Regulation 3(.015) Licensing Qualifications, for (small) restricted license casinos. The amended regulation required "a bar, tavern, saloon or other similar location licensed to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink, for on-premises consumption" to have a permanent bar with seating for at least nine customers; maintain a contract or service agreement with a licensed liquor distributor; and house a restaurant. For licensees wanting more than four slot machines, the restaurant must have at least 2,000 square feet, seat at least 20 customers, and be open at least half of the hours as the location. To preserve their licenses, existing licensees were given up to two years (until 25 August 2013) in which to meet the new requirements. However, the revised regulation did provide for a waiver from the new requirements; all waivers were decided on a case-by-case basis. There is a limit of no more than seven slot machines at a convenience store and no more than four slot machines at a liquor store.

In 2013, Nevada adopted legislation that put more restrictions on licensing small slot arcades. The law, aimed largely at Dotty's slot parlors, requires operators applying for a restricted license for 15 or fewer slots to have a permanent physical bar and restaurant to host the slot machines. The location must be at least 2,500 square feet, with tables and booths in the restaurant seating a minimum of 25 people. Also, the restricted license locations would be barred from operating a racebook or a sports pool.

In 2014, The Cromwell (formerly Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon) and SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) opened their doors for business. The Cromwell is owned and operated by Caesars. SLS is owned by SBE Entertainment. The Rat Pack-era Sahara casino had been open for 59 years before closing its doors in 2011.

Also in 2014, Genting was given permission to begin construction on its $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas casino. The casino will sit on the site that used to house the Stardust Resort & Casino.

In spring 2015, a bill that would allow skill-based elements to be incorporated into slot machines passed unanimously in both the Senate and Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval on May 21.

Nevada Casino and Card Room Gaming Properties

Albertson's
Aliante Casino Hotel and Spa
Aquarius Casino Resort
Aria Resort & Casino
Arizona Charlie's Boulder
Arizona Charlie's Decatur
Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa
Aztec Casino
Baldini's Casino
Bally's - Las Vegas
Banc Club of Tonopah
Barley's Casino & Brewing Company
Barton's 93
Bellagio
Big Dog's Draft House
Big Wheel Casino & Truck Stop
Bighorn Casino
Binion's Gambling Hall
Bodines Casino
Bonanza Casino
Bonanza Inn & Casino
Bonanza Lounge
Boomtown Casino - Reno
Boonies Restaurant & Saloon
Border Inn Casino
Bordertown Casino RV Resort
Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
Broadway Colt Service Center & Casino
Bucket of Blood Saloon
Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino
C Punch Inn & Casino
Cactus Jack's Casino
Cactus Petes Resort Casino
Caesars Palace
California Hotel & Casino
Cal-Nev-Ari Casino
Cannery Casino and Hotel
Carson Nugget Casino Hotel
Carson Plains Casino
Carson Valley Inn
CasaBlanca Resort, Casino, Golf, & Spa
Casino Fandango
Casino Royale and Hotel
Casino Valle Verde
Charlie's Bar Down Under
Charlie's Lakeside Bar and Grill
Churchill Springs Casino
Circus Circus Hotel Casino - Las Vegas
Circus Circus Hotel Casino - Reno
Club Cal Neva Casino
Club Fortune
Colorado Belle Casino Resort & Microbrewery
Commercial Casino
Comstock Casino - Carson City
Comstock Casino - Fallon
Crystal Bay Club Casino
Depot Casino and Restaurant
Dini's Lucky Club
Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino
Dotty's 34
Dotty's 46
Dotty's 55
Dotty's 62
Dotty's 65
Dotty's 72
Downtown Grand Las Vegas
Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel
Edgewater Hotel and Casino
El Capitan Resort Casino
El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Eldorado Casino
Eldorado Resort Casino
Ellis Island Casino & Brewery
Emerald Island Casino
Encore Resort
Eureka Casino - Las Vegas
Eureka Casino Resort
Excalibur Hotel and Casino
Fallon Speedway Market
Fernley Nugget
Fiesta Henderson Casino Hotel
Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel
Flamingo Las Vegas
Four Jacks Hotel and Casino
Four Queens Hotel and Casino
Fremont Hotel & Casino
Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
Gold Country Inn & Casino
Gold Dust West - Carson City
Gold Dust West - Elko
Gold Dust West - Reno
Gold 'N Silver Inn
Gold Ranch Casino
Gold Ranch Casino & RV Resort
Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall
Gold Town Casino - Pahrump
Golden Gaming
Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
Golden Nugget - Las Vegas
Golden Nugget - Laughlin
Golden West Restaurant and Casino
Grand Lodge Casino
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino
Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel
Harrah's Laughlin Casino & Hotel
Harrah's Reno
Harvey's Lake Tahoe
Headquarters Bar and Casino
Hobey's Casino Restaurant
Hooters Casino Hotel
Hoover Dam Lodge
Horseshu Hotel and Casino
Hotel Nevada and Gambling Hall
Irene's Casino
Jackpot Crossing Casino - Carson City
Jackpot Joanie's
Jailhouse Motel & Casino
Jerry's Nugget
Jokers Wild Casino
Klondike Sunset Casino
Lakeside Casino & RV Park
Lakeside Inn and Casino
Las Vegas Auto/Truck Plaza
Laughlin River Lodge
Longhorn Casino & Hotel
Longstreet Hotel, Casino, and RV Resort
Lovelock Chevron
Love's Casino
Lucky Club Hotel & Casino
Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino
Luxor Hotel and Casino
M Resort
Mad Matty's Casino
Main Street Station Casino Brewery and Hotel
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino
Mark Twain Saloon Casino
MAX Casino Carson City
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Michael Gaughan Airport Slots
Model T Hotel Casino & RV Park
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Montego Bay Hotel Casino Resort
Nevada Club
Nevada Nugget - Dayton
Nevada Trading Company
New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Nugget
Nugget - Fallon
Nugget - Silver Springs
Nugget Casino Resort
Oasis Springs Casino
Owl Club Bar & Steakhouse
Owl Club Casino and Restaurant
Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Gambling Hall
Palace Station Hotel and Casino
Paris Las Vegas
Peppermill Hotel Casino
Peppermill Reno
Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge
Pete's Gambling Hall
Pilot Casino - Carlin
Pilot Casino - Fernley
Pilot Casino - Wendover
Pilot Casino - Winnemucca
Pioneer Crossing Casino - Dayton
Pioneer Crossing Casino - Fernley
Pioneer Crossing Casino - Yerington
Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Plaza Hotel and Casino
Poker Palace Casino
Pony Express Casino
Primm Valley Resort and Casino
Prospector Hotel and Casino
PT's Place - East Sahara
PT's Place - North Nellis
PT's Place - Upper South Decatur
Rail City Casino
Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino
Rainbow Club Casino
Rainbow Hotel & Casino
Ramada Elko Hotel and Stockmen’s Casino
Ramada Inn and Copper Queen Casino
Ramada Reno Hotel and Casino
Rampart Casino Resort at Summerlin
Red Garter Hotel and Casino
Red Lion Hotel and Casino
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
Regency Casino
Reno-Tahoe International Airport Slots
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Saddle West Hotel Casino RV Park
Sak' N Save
Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
Sands Regency Casino Hotel
Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino
Say When Casino
Scolari's Food & Drug Company 1
Scolari's Food & Drug Company 18
Scolari's Food & Drug Company 19
Scolari's Food & Drug Company 20
Scolari's Food & Drug Company 8
Scoreboard Casino
Siegel Slots and Suites
Sierra Sid's Casino
Silver Legacy Resort Casino
Silver Nugget Casino
Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino
Silver Strike Casino
Silverado Casino
Silverton Casino Lodge Las Vegas
Siri's Casino
Skinny Dugan's Pub
Skyline Restaurant and Casino
SlotWorld Cabaret Casino
SlotWorld Casino
SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Smith's Food & Drug Center #370
South Point Hotel Casino and Spa
Stage Door Casino
Stagecoach Hotel and Casino
Stagestop Restaurant Lounge & Casino
Stateline Casino
Stockman's Casino
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
Suncoast Hotel and Casino
Sundance Casino
Sunset Station Hotel and Casino
TA Petro - Mill City
TA Petro - Sparks
TA Petro - Wells
Tahoe Biltmore Lodge and Casino
Tahoe Nugget
Tamarack Junction Casino & Restaurant
Terrible's Casino - Searchlight
Terrible's Road House
Terrible's Searchlight Nugget Casino
Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cromwell
The D Las Vegas
The Golden Nickel
The Greens Cafe
The Linq Hotel & Casino
The Mirage
The Orleans
The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
The Palms Casino Resort
The Venetian Las Vegas
Tonopah Station
Topaz Lodge and Casino
Treasure Island
Tropicana Laughlin Hotel & Casino
Tuscany Suites and Casino
Village Pub & Casino - Green Valley
Village Pub & Casino - Summerlin
Virgin River Hotel & Casino
Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino
Western Village Inn and Casino
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino
Wigwam Casino
Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel
Wildfire Boulder Casino
Wildfire Casino
Wildfire Casino & Lanes
Wildfire Rancho
Winnemucca Inn and Casino
Winners Inn Casino
Wynn Las Vegas
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