States Regulate a Number of Aspects of Gambling, to Keep Gambling Fair and Protect Players

How Casinos Are Regulated

When a state decides to legalize gambling, it is with the promise that any gambling establishment will be strictly regulated. Some of these regulations come from the state; some come from the federal government.

Regulated Games

First and foremost, the governing gaming commission regulates every game that is played in the casino. The commission sets limits on what the house can legally make on any game. It also regulates the way the games themselves are played, to ensure that the casino is not cheating. The gaming board sets up the general rules of play and betting for each game, and to remain in business, the casino needs to follow these rules.

Casinos also cannot limit the number of times a player wins. The gaming boards regularly check up on the casinos, which keep the casino honest and the games fair.

Regulated Casinos

The state and the gaming commissions decide on what happens beyond the games, as well. The state regulates alcohol service – if alcohol can be served and when alcohol can be served. It also regulates the age one can be to gamble or to be in the casino. Some states allow 18-year-olds to gamble; other states set the age at 21. Some states may allow minor children to accompany their parents, while others allow no children at all.

The state also has a say in the casino’s operating hours. With more states looking at various forms of legalized gambling, the gaming commission decides what games can be offered in particular venues, as well as deciding what constitutes a casino. In Pennsylvania, for example, race track and other venues are allowed to apply for a license to offer slot machine gambling. Casinos are still illegal in Pennsylvania, so any other type of gaming will be prohibited, and the slot machine gambling strictly regulated.

Other Regulations

These vary from state to state, but some gaming commissions have decided it was important to regulate players from excess. Some states, like New Jersey, regulate how much money a player can lose. States also require help for gambling addictions and to provide awareness programs to prevent addictions.