Nevada Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Nevada

Nevada has one of the oldest, most-established gambling markets in the US.  The state relies heavily on its casinos for revenue and has developed policies and protocols that have been adopted for use by other states as they have begun to enter the gaming market.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 41.462-466
Definitions Game or gambling machine: Any game played with cards, dice, equipment or any mechanical, electromechanical or electronic device or machine for money, property, checks, credit or any representative of value, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, faro, monte, roulette, keno, bingo, fan-tan, twenty-one, blackjack, seven-and-a-half, big injun, klondike, craps, poker, chuck-a-luck, Chinese chuck-a-luck (dai shu), wheel of fortune, chemin de fer, baccarat, pai gow, beat the banker, panguingui, slot machine, any banking or percentage game or any other game or device approved by the Commission, but does not include games played with cards in private homes or residences in which no person makes money for operating the game, except as a player, or games operated by charitable or educational organizations which are approved by the Board.

Interactive gaming: Conduct of gambling games through the use of communications technology that allows a person, utilizing money, checks, electronic checks, electronic transfers of money, credit cards, debit cards or any other instrumentality, to transmit to a computer information to assist in the placing of a bet or wager and corresponding information related to the display of the game, game outcomes or other similar information. The term includes, without limitation, Internet poker.

Communications technology for interactive gaming: Any method used and the components employed by an establishment to facilitate the transmission of information, including, without limitation, transmission and reception by systems based on wire, cable, radio, microwave, light, optics or computer data networks, including, without limitation, the Internet and intranets.

Interactive gaming facility: Any Internet website, or similar communications facility in which transmissions may cross any state’s boundaries, through which any person operates interactive gaming through the use of communications technology.

Mobile gaming: Conduct of gambling games through communications devices operated solely in an establishment which holds a non-restricted gaming license and which operates at least 100 slot machines and at least one other game by the use of communications technology that allows a person to transmit information to a computer to assist in the placing of a bet or wager and corresponding information related to the display of the game, game outcomes or other similar information. For the purposes of this section, “communications technology” means any method used and the components employed by an establishment to facilitate the transmission of information, including, without limitation, transmission and reception by systems based on wireless network, wireless fidelity, wire, cable, radio, microwave, light, optics or computer data networks. The term does not include the Internet.

Online Poker/Gambling Nevada was the first state in America to legalize and regulate online poker within its borders. It has and continues to exclude other casino games offered via the internet.
Live Poker Many of the casinos in Nevada include live poker rooms at their establishments, which can offer cash games and tournaments at all stakes.
Casinos There are more than 300 casinos across the state of Nevada, most of which offer everything from slot machines to table games.
Sports Betting Nevada was one of the few states exempted from PASPA, the federal law that prohibited most states from offering sports betting until it was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2018. Sports betting is common throughout the state and offered at many of its casinos.
DFS Considered gambling and legal, daily fantasy sports is allowed in Nevada, but gaming commission officials are working with operators to encourage licenses for offering DFS, which most of them do not currently possess.
Other Forms of Gambling Charitable lotteries and gambling, social gambling, licensed horse and dog racing, off-track race wagering.