Every now and then the discussion flares up again: should the casinos in Las Vegas give people access to their gambling floor from the age of 18? Or not?
For more than sixty years there has been a strict age limit of 21 years to gamble in the state of Nevada, in which Las Vegas is located.
But since the turn of the century, a local politician has appeared in Nevada every now and then who thinks that the gambling limit of 21 is an outdated state. Because why are you allowed to vote, smoke and fight in the army at the age of 18, but only to press a button on a slot machine three years later?
In addition: in some other states in the US, for example in Minnesota and Wyoming, young people may try their luck at the casino from the age of eighteen.
Republican politician Jim Wheeler submitted a bill to the Nevada Assembly at the beginning of this month, say the Nevada Parliament, which is also raising the minimum age to 18 in Las Vegas.
If Wheeler gets his way, then the Nevada gambling law will soon look like this:
NRS 463,350 Gaming or employment in gaming prohibited for persons under
1. A person under the age of
21 18 years of age shall not:
(a) Play, be allowed to play, place wagers at, or collect winnings from, whether personally or through an agent, any gambling game, slot machine, race book, sports pool or par-mutuel operator.
That would be special, because the above original legal text has been around since 1955.
It may be a sympathetic proposal from Wheeler, but it is unlikely that it will be adopted.
You would think the mega casino's on the Strip are cheering at the idea, but that is disappointing. On the contrary, it poses a major problem for casinos. Since the minimum age for alcohol would remain at just 21 years, casino staff should ask for identification when they order a drink and look young. So a lot of hassle.
Moreover: how much money do most 18-20 year olds have to spend entirely?
The boss of the Nevada Gaming Commission, Tony Alamo, is also not enthusiastic in the local media: "The industry has not come to us with any wants for dropping this. Everyone’s happy with 21 years of age. "
So do not book a ticket to Las Vegas for the time being if you are not yet 21.
As a minor you can walk through a casino in Las Vegas. For example, to eat there or to visit a show. As long as you don't get stuck near the gaming tables or slots. Let alone gamble yourself. This can result in a fine of 1000 dollars and / or a prison sentence of up to 6 months.
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