A marker is a short-term, interest free loan that casinos extend to patrons. This service removes the barriers to gambling. Many people like to use markers because they don’t have to carry large sums of cash. You can’t purchase chips with a credit card. Casinos won’t cash a check over a certain amount, and ATMs only dispense a limited amount of money each day. Markers enable gamblers to avoid these limitations.
In order to obtain a marker, the player must complete an application to establish a line of credit with the casino. Once the casino approves your application, you can use the service. The downside is that markers are so easy to use that you can quickly get into trouble. Unfortunately, some people can’t afford to pay the money back.
Nevada law treats casino markers like checks. If you don’t repay the marker, you are subject to the same penalties as someone who wrote a check but didn’t have the funds to cover the amount. The district attorney’s office and the casino will take legal action. Failure to repay a marker that exceeds $250 is considered a felony. The casino can also file a civil lawsuit to recoup the money that you owe.
Contact our office if you’re facing charges for failing to repay a casino marker. You need a veteran Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience resolving these cases. We will work with you, the casino and the district attorney to achieve the best possible outcome.