On Feb. 10, 2010, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) issued a 12-page industry letter providing updates and additional clarification regarding the review and approval process of associated equipment. Unlike the manufacture of gaming devices, persons who manufacture associated equipment (with the exception of cashless wagering systems) are not required to mandatorily be licensed manufacturers in Nevada. [Note: Once an associated equipment manufacturer is registered, it comes under the authority of the NGCB and is subject to discretionarily being called forward for full licensure.] Nevertheless, all associated equipment must be reviewed and approved by the NGCB prior to installation and use at any gaming licensee establishment. This article, therefore, serves as a guide to the regulatory governance of associated equipment in Nevada in light of the recent industry letter.
Associated equipment is defined in the Nevada Revised Statutes as “[a]ny equipment or mechanical, electromechanical or electronic contrivance, component or machine used remotely or directly in connection with gaming or mobile gaming, any game, race book or sports pool that would not otherwise be classified as a gaming device …” or a computerized system for the recordation of sales for use in an area subject to the live entertainment tax. Associated equipment, therefore, is a category of gaming equipment that is distinct from“gaming devices.” As defined, the term encompasses dice, playing cards, links that connect to progressive slot machines, equipment that affects the proper reporting of gross revenue, computerized systems of betting at a race book or sports pool, computerized systems for monitoring slot machines, and devices for weighing or counting money.
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