Cheating at gambling is the unlawful act of altering or manipulating a game of chance in a person’s favor. Nevada has various laws enacted to stop individuals from cheating at gambling. For instance, gambling fraud is the illegal act of deceiving a gambling organization or another individual about a bet, device, or game.
What Is a Cheating Device in Gambling?
A cheating device in gambling is any outside device created, designed, or used to give a person an advantage in a casino game. These devices achieve this by:
- Projecting or changing an outcome
- Analyzing gambling probabilities
- Giving a person a strategy in any type of casino game
- Keeping track of cards
Is Using a Cheating Device the Same as Using Counterfeit Chips?
No. Using counterfeit chips in Nevada means to recreate any type of casino wagering instrument to use at a casino. Wagering instruments include chips, wagering credits, and/or tokens. Using a counterfeit wagering instrument is not the same as using a cheating device to make it easier to win at a casino game.
Are Teaching People How to Cheat and Using a Cheating Device the Same Crime in Nevada?
Although they have the same criminal punishment, they are not the same crime. Teaching a person how to cheat is to attempt to or actually teach an individual how to cheat by showing them how to use a cheating device.
What Is the Punishment for a Conviction of Using a Cheating Device?
A use of a cheating device conviction is a category B felony. The punishment for this type of conviction is:
- One to six years in prison
- $10,000 fine
- Fine and prison time
For a first-time conviction, probation may be available as an alternative to being sent to prison. However, probation is not available for any subsequent convictions of using a cheating device.
Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Criminal Case?
Yes. You should always hire legal representation to fight your criminal charge. Contact a Nevada lawyer immediately.