Some Las Vegas properties now welcome photos at gaming tables

23 November, 02:34
Taking pictures at gaming tables and machines used to be forbidden at Las Vegas casinos, but now, some properties are beginning to allow it.

"We want our guests to have fun playing table games," said Brian Stanton, The Strat's vice president of table games. "If part of that fun is taking a photo to capture that moment, we welcome it."

The resort's blackjack, craps and roulette tables are covered with a fabric that promotes the Strat's social media handle (@Stratvegas) and hashtag (#STRATselfie).

Downtown's Four Queens Resort and Casino also encourages guests to take photos (but not videos) throughout the property and share them with friends, Los Angeles Times reports. A prominent brass sign affixed to a brick wall at the casino reads: "Please feel free to take photos in the Four Queens. We want you to remember your visit."

Rampart Casino in Summerlin embraces taking selfies too, "as long as it's not interrupting the guest experience," spokeswoman Alissa Kelly said.

Other casinos are less enthusiastic about guests recording slot machine pulls or blackjack hands. Caesars properties, which include Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Linq, Harrah's and Flamingo, don't permit photography of table games. MGM Resorts, which includes Aria, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Bellagio and Mirage, embraces selfies but not in gaming areas. "We typically don't allow photography at our table games to avoid disrupting other players," MGM spokeswoman Stacy Hamilton said.

Disrupting games, distracting players or compromising security operations are caveats casino operators often cite when discussing their photography policies. The Four Queens' brass sign encouraging photos also includes this admonition: "Please do not be disruptive to games or our other guests." In general, Vegas casinos also don't allow guests to set up tripods or lights.

Video or live streaming are usually off-limits in gaming areas, including at the social media-savvy Strat.

Technically, it's not illegal to take photographs or record personal videos inside a Las Vegas casino. The Nevada Gaming Control Board, which regulates every type 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 can establish their own rules regarding photography. "A decision by a licensee to not allow such activity is strictly a policy decision a casino would make internally," he wrote.