Casinos Public or Private Property? – It’s All About the Mask

So, you think you have the right to do anything you want at a casino? You can’t if casinos are private property. For example, shopping malls are private, but the public uses them. What about a casino? Casinos Public or Private Property? – It’s All About the Mask

In fact, casinos are public places that are privately owned. Consequently, They can let whomever they want in or keep whomever they want out. If you don’t follow the property’s directions or guidelines, you may be asked to leave. Don’t want to leave? Simple, you’ll be arrested! 

Casino Can Enforce CDC or State Guidelines

The basic law for casinos, just like any other business, is that it doesn’t have to do business with you. Many laws, such as smoking in restaurants, consider public health and safety as the utmost importance. “We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to Anyone.” Many places post this sign. The rule is still implied if businesses don’t post these signs.

Federal laws are the exception. Those laws prohibit discrimination based on a person’s national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. Casinos must follow such federal laws as well.

Banned or Trespassed from a Casino

The difference between banned and trespassed has to do with the degree of your actions.  The obvious ones involve prostitution, vagrancy, intoxication, and obnoxious behavior. Casinos consider abusing promotional programs, drawings, or contests undesirable and cheating. By the way, counting cards (sorry, Blackjack players) is considered negatively as well.

Casinos Public or Private Property? – It’s All About the Mask

If you refuse to wear your mask in a casino, a mandatory guideline, they are within their rights to ask you to leave. If you don’t leave and refuse to mask up, you can be arrested for trespassing. Your right to refuse ended when you stepped on private property. (Medical exceptions do exist)

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Sovereign Nations

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Native American territory is sovereign and not entirely subject to U.S. laws. Think of a tribe as a 51st state. It can govern itself and make its own laws.  But if it does something that overtly disturbs the rest of the country’s public good, federal authorities will step in.

In some instances, players may have less flexibility at tribal casinos. Civil Law has little power on tribal land. Tribes will trespass or ban casino guests according to the tribe rules and its gaming commission.

Summary – It’s All About the Mask

Casinos are private property.  If they ask you to stop yelling the “F” word at the table, you need to do it. And if they expect you to wear a mask at all times, do that, too. It’s a free country, and you have a choice to visit another private casino property that doesn’t consider it important. You also have a right for those of you who are uncomfortable with those who won’t follow guidelines. You have a right to let staff know.

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