It use to be forbidden to take photos at gaming tables and slot machines inside casinos in Las Vegas, but now some properties are starting to encourage it for advertising purposes.
Brian Stanton, The Stratosphere’s vice president of table games said: “We want our guests to have fun playing table games. If part of that fun is taking a photo to capture that moment, we welcome it.”
A fabric that supports the Strat’s social media handle (@Stratvegas) and hashtag (# STRATelfie) covers the blackjack, craps and roulette tables of the casino.
The Four Queens Resort and Casino in Downtown often invites guests to take photos (but not videos) throughout the property and share them with friends, reports from the Los Angeles Times. A prominent brass sign attached to the casino’s brick wall reads:”Please feel free to take photos in the Four Queens. We want you to remember your visit.”
Rampart Casino in Summerlin also welcomes selfies, “as long as it’s not interrupting the guest experience,” said Alissa Kelly, spokeswoman.
Other casinos are less excited about slot machine pulls or blackjack hands being recorded by guests. Caesar’s assets, including Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Linq, Harrah’s and Flamingo, will not allow table games to be filmed. With the Aria, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Bellagio and Mirage, MGM Resorts embraces the capturing of selfies providing they are not in the gaming areas. “We typically don’t allow photography at our table games to avoid disrupting other players,” said Stacy Hamilton, spokeswoman for MGM.
Disrupting matches, disturbing players or compromising security operations are often cited warnings by casino owners when explaining their policies on photography. The brass sign of the Four Queens encouraging photos also includes this admonition: “Please do not be disruptive to games or our other guests.” Vegas casinos also generally do not allow guests to set up tripods or lights.
Video or live streaming in gaming areas are usually off-limits, including in the social media-savvy Strat.
Technically, taking photographs or filming private videos inside a casino in Las Vegas is not illegal. The Nevada Gaming Control Board, which oversees all forms of wagering in the state from horse racing to casino games, has no “specific regulation or statute that prohibits photos being taken inside a casino,” board spokesman Michael Lawton wrote in an email.
Lawton said casinos are able to establish their own photography rules. “A decision by a licensee to not allow such activity is strictly a policy decision a casino would make internally,” he wrote.