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Is it legal to take photos in a casino's gaming area?

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Posted: 19 Mar, 2012
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Updated: 17 Jun, 2014
by vegasgroom.

Many of us who get married in Vegas want to take pictures on wedding day in the casino, whether it be at a slot machine or around the craps table, etc.  Here are a few tips to make that a possibility:

  • All casinos have a no photography policy for the gaming area; so you need to go into this knowing you're going to be breaking the rules.  However, it is not illegal, contrary to what casino staff will sometimes say so don't worry about it from that perspective; the worst thing that can happen is they ask you to stop, to leave and/or to see and delete the photo(s) you just took.  Note that I said "ask", not "require," because they have no legal right to take your camera, inspect your camera or ask/make you delete any photos.  Keep in mind that most of the time you'll only get hassled if the cashier cage is in the direction your lens is pointing; so avoid that and you'll typically avoid trouble.
  • Do not ask if you can take pictures; just do it!  Since you already know it's not allowed, no reason to ask; if you ask, they'll often tell you no and it's a lot less likely to cause problems if you just do it versus being told no and then doing it anyway.
  • Never have your photographer oriented where the cashier area, a pit boss or a security stand would be in the background.  That is a surefire way to be asked to leave immediately.
  • Plan your photos in advance so you can get in, take the pics, and get out quickly.
  • If you want photos with slot machines, try to do it in one of the remote areas of the gaming area; then you have a good chance of being able to take the pics before anyone asks you to leave.
  • If you want a picture at the craps table, again, plan it in advance, know where all of the tables are in the casino you're at and see if you can find a closed pit so there's not anyone around it.  If you have to use just a closed table, but at an open pit, go to the far end away from the pit boss and get your picture quickly.

As long as you're quick about it, and heed my warning about the cashier area, pit bosses, etc., you can get your pictures with no problems.  We took four or five pictures with our entire wedding party around a craps table in Mandalay and were in and out in less than a minute and no one said anything to us.

Of course you may also find casino employees who don't know, or don't care, about the policy and will even help you take pictures; this typically occurs at the more party atmosphere casinos.  My wife and I have successfully had casino employees take pictures of us at gaming tables (no cashier in the background) at Margaritaville casino, O'Sheas and Bill's Gamblin' Hall.

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