The Drudgery Of US Gambling Licensing

The rating recently published at dgfev.de gambling stats resource claims the United States hits the world’s 10 most rigid legislations to acquire a gambling license. Taking into account the recent liberalization tendencies and rumors circulating around introduction of legal ground for gambling business owners, one may doubt the veracity of such list. So let us plunge into legal aspects and find it out.

Revealing the nuances

All the organizations, in one way or another involved in gambling business are required to undergo the procedure of obtaining an appropriate permit. The most common type of license is the operator’s permit, which enables you to organize and conduct business legally. This license type features a number of subspecies.

Limited License
Also called Restricted Gaming License Such, it is typically issued to small-scale operators running 15 gaming machines or less. This license doesn’t allow upgrading the facilities with tables or gaming machines. The typical holders of such licenses are the owners of entertainment centers, bars and restaurants. Limited licenses are issued by Gaming Commission of State.

Unlimited License
Also referred to as Non-restricted Gaming Licenses, these permits are subdivided into two types. The first one allows running an unlimited number of slots (N/R slots only), the second one empowers to have an unlimited number of machines as well as tables (N/R games & slots). The unlimited license is issued by the Commission after receiving the recommendations of the Council on the basis of full-scale investigation. As of May 1, 2010, the local authorities of Nevada issued 622 legal permits.

Additional licensing

Special licenses allow their owners to set their slot machines on the premises (bars, restaurants, clubs, etc.) are in someone else’s property (Slot Route Operator License). Conditions of placing equipment are determined solely mutually beneficial agreement with the owner of the establishment.

Just like gambling operators, manufacturers and sellers of the equipment are also subjected to licensing. Moreover, any new equipment supplied to the market always passes a series of obligatory tests (safety test, a math test and a few others).

Each member of the legal gambling market must comply with the requirements of state, gathered in the gambling legislation and the conditions of their licenses. In particular, a ban on participation in the game for those under 21 years (in Nevada), as well as for those listed by the Commission in the black list (in the first place – in connection with the crime, or the suspicion of such a connection). In addition, the Board of Control for gambling may at any time initiate an audit or an investigation of any company if there are serious grounds to issue a recommendation to the Commission to limit or revoke the license.

Apart from companies, the permit is required for all the employees of casinos, which implies acquiring the license of one of two types. The first one is issued to the staff not involved in the gameplay, the second one represents a license allowing occupying the position of the dealer, pit boss, manager and other positions that are directly related to the conduction of the game or control over it.