Google Glass Not Welcome by Nevada Casinos

When the month of June began, gaming regulators in the state of Nevada announced they are not big fans of the new technology behind Google Glass. The new device has the ability to take video as well a pictures among other features and regulators are worried the new technology is a threat to their industry. Because of the threat, regulators have released a statement and have asked operators to ban the device.

The statement by the board read:

The Gaming Control Board (“Board”) has recently received inquiries regarding the use of “Google Glass” inside gaming establishments and, specifically, on the casino floor. Google Glass is essentially a light-weight, wearable computer designed to be attached to eye glass frames. Google Glass has the ability to display information, take pictures, record video, and transmit and receive data via the internet.

While there is nothing specifically illegal regarding the possession and/or general use of these devices, the potential for inappropriate and/or illegal use in a casino does exist. For example, these devices could be used to share card information between players in poker and other table games, which could give those players an unfair advantage or allow them to cheat, in violation of NRS 465.075 and 083. In addition, the use of these devices in the casino area or on gaming tables could potentially undermine the public’s confidence that gaming in Nevada is “conducted honestly, competitively and free of criminal and corruptive elements.”

Therefore, the Board encourages all nonrestricted gaming licensees to prohibit the wearing and use of Google Glass…while on the gaming floor or while playing any gambling game. Policies regarding the wearing of these devices in other areas within the licensed establishment should be considered but are left to the discretion of the licensee.

Most gaming facilities should follow the request of the board as the device might be a an inhibitor to cheaters. It will be interesting to see how the facilities will handle this information and if they will ban the device from the gaming floor.


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