Casino Markers / Casino Debts Charges in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the main tourist attractions for the state of Nevada. People are attracted to the nightlife, the shows, and the gambling. In order to accommodate the people that gamble, it is relatively easy to get a casino marker in Las Vegas casinos. However, when you leave Las Vegas, it’s imperative that you make sure your debts are paid.

Below is a list of related topics that involve casino markers and casino debt:

  • Unpaid Markers
  • Bad Checks
  • Fraud

Due to the large gaming industry in the state of Nevada, casino markers are treated very differently in Nevada compared to other states with casinos. Nevada is the only gaming state that imposes both criminal and civil penalties for people that do not pay their casino debts.

The Nevada state legislature has enacted several laws that make failure to repay casino markers and other forms of casino debt a fraud punishable as a felony offense. Defaulting on a casino marker is tantamount to writing a bad check according to state laws in Nevada.

Casino Markers Unpaid?

It is a very serious offense in Nevada not to pay casino debt. You need to have an experienced Las Vegas attorney to handle your case if you are being accused of a casino debt. Casinos aggressively prosecute people who do not pay casino markers. If you are a tourist and fail to pay the casino markers, there will be warrants issued for your arrest. You cannot just ignore the casino if they send notices about casino marker repayment. Contact a Las Vegas casino debt lawyer to help you settle the case.

Las Vegas Casino Marker Defense Attorney


Joel Mann is a committed Nevada criminal defense lawyer who takes a collaborative approach when helping his clients. He will go to court as many times as possible without you to try to settle the case so your life is disrupted as little as possible. Especially if you do not live in the Las Vegas area, Mr. Mann will try to resolve your case without you having to come back to Las Vegas. He will also educate you about the legal process and allow you to make informed decisions on how to resolve your case.

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General Information about Casino Markers and Fraud

Historically, casino markers were not legally enforceable as collectible debt. That viewpoint shifted when Nevada law allowed a casino marker to function essentially the same way as a check. Treating a casino marker like a check allows the casino to draw the money from an individual’s bank account if they do not pay the funds.

Generally, casinos do not do detailed credit checks nor do they verify your funds before issuing you a casino marker. If you know that you do not have enough money in your bank account to cover the marker, you are perpetrating a fraud on the casino under Nevada law. However, many people are charged with the crime of fraud or casino marker even if they have money in the bank at the time of the gambling but no longer have it when the casino cashes in on the marker. Nevada law presumes that you intended to defraud the casino when you do not pay the debt back.

Typical Fraud Charges associated with Casino Markers

Under NRS 616D.300 you can be charged with making false statements to obtain benefits. This means that you lied about your ability to pay back the marker because you knew that you did not have enough cash, credit or collateral to cover the marker. This crime is punishable by a fine of $250 if it is a misdemeanor and stiffer penalties apply if it is a felony offense.

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Forgery under NRS 205.090 is defined as a person using counterfeit records with the intent to defraud. It is a category D felony carrying prison time of 1-4 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Identity theft and misrepresentation of asset charges can also accompany the forgery charge.

The crime of obtaining money by false pretenses is laid out in NRS 205.380. Basically, to commit the crime of obtaining money by false pretenses, the individual has to use trickery in order to convince someone to hand over the money. The people can use many means such as forgery or making false statements in order to get the money. This crime is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a $250 fine.

Because a casino marker is similar to a bad check under Nevada law, passing a bad check also can refer to casino markers. Under NRS 205.130 the crime of passing a bad check is defined as a person willfully passes a check knowing there are insufficient funds in the account to cover the amount of the check.

Las Vegas Area Casinos

MGM Grand Casino and Hotel

3799 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-1111

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

3355 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-1000

Luxor Hotel and Casino

3900 Las Vegas Blvd SouthLas Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 262-4400

Hotel Mirage

3400 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 791-7111

Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino

3570 Las Vegas Blvd SouthLas Vegas, NV 89119

New York New York Hotel and Casino

3790 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino

2880 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 434-9175

Excalibur Hotel and Casino

3850 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 750-5464

Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino

3770 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 529-4828

Riviera

2901 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 734-5110

Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

3645 Las Vegas Blvd, South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 603-4390

Harrah’s

3475 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(800) 214-9110

Casino Royale

3411 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(800) 854-7666

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

3300 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 894-7111

Boulder Station

4111 Boulder Hwy
Las Vegas, NV 89121
702-432-7777

Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall

5111 Boulder Hwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89122
702-456-7777

Santa Fe Station Hotel Casino

4949 North Rancho Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
702-658-4900

Green Valley Ranch

2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052

Gold Coast Hotel and Casino

4000 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 367-7111

Texas Station

2101 Texas Star LN
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
(702) 631-1000

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery

4178 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 733-8901

Tuscany Suites & Casino

255 East Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169
(702)-893-8933

Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 777-7777

South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa

9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
(702) 796-7111

Palms

4321 West Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 942-7777

Fiesta Henderson

777 West Lake Mead Parkway
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 558-7000

Silverton Casino Lodge

3333 Blue Diamond Road
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 263-7777

Law Office of Joel M. Mann | Las Vegas Casino Markers Attorney

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