Las Vegas Leisure Guide receives hundreds of emailed questions a month from people planning their visit to Las Vegas. Here are a few of the more common ones. Yes, some may appear to be overly detailed, but this is due to the myriad of actual detailed questions we have received over the years. If after reading this page you find you still have an inquiry, please click on the link at the bottom for a personal reply.
What is the legal age for gambling?
At the current time the legal age for gambling or gaming in the State of Nevada is 21 years of age. There have been rumors that local goverment officials are considering reducing it to 18. If that happens this is the first place you will read about it, but until then assume it is still 21. Casinos are expected to adhere to very strict rules to maintain their gaming licenses. No one under the age of 21 is allowed in the casino area nor allowed to linger in the casino area while a parent is gambling. If under 21, passing through gaming areas to access other facilities should be done only via the designated paths often indicated by a lack of carpeting and/or along outer walls away from gambling devices.
Any person under 21 who plays and wins a hand-payable jackpot will routinely be asked for ID for tax purposes and if discovered as underage the jackpot is automatically forfeited. Don't try to switch places with an older friend as it is also routine to check the overhead camera recordings on most jackpots to see who was actually playing the machine when it hit.
Most casinos do not allow photography of any type in the gaming machine or table areas. A few expressly permit it. Another strictly enforced rule is no use of cellular telephones in the sports book betting areas.
Can my spouse / child / friend who is under 21 gamble with me if I'm over 21?
Under what obscure circumstances can someone under the age of 21 legally gamble in Las Vegas?
Since this STILL seems to be our most commonly asked question we would like to reiterate: First, RE-READ PREVIOUS ANSWER! It says NO ONE under the age of 21 is legally permitted to gamble or to loiter in or about ANY gambling area under ANY circumstances. They WILL be asked for picture ID and likely escorted out of the area or off the property, or in some circumstances conceivably even arrested and fined, if caught.
It does NOT matter if an over 21 spouse, parent, concubine or nursemaid constantly accompanies them, holds their hand, pushes, drags or carries them.
It does NOT matter if your 21st birthday is coming up next week.
It does NOT matter if you were just married, divorced, or neutered.
It does NOT matter if you are over 21 in "dog years".
It does NOT matter if you have only days left to live and will likely never make it to your 21st birthday.
It does NOT matter if you're from another state, country or planet where gambling is permitted under the age of 21.
It does NOT matter if your father is ruler of his own country or your mother is a famous actress.
It does NOT even matter if you plan to gamble an amount equivalent to the Gross National Product of a small country.
The law is the law. We do hope this finally serves to answer this question completely.
(See also "legal drinking age" and how to determine your birthday below.) Under 21 Clubs in Las Vegas.