Is It Illegal to Live Stream in a Casino?

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Brian filming at a casino

Some casinos have rather strict policies when it comes to recording or live streaming, leading a player to ask:

Hello, is it illegal to live stream in a casino? Why has tik tok banned this type of activity? I’ve heard that all casinos have put a no live stream policy in hand?

Ray

First off, we’re happy to share that you’ve heard wrong – not all casinos have put a no live stream policy in place. Brian Christopher continues to live stream regularly from casinos, as do many others, but the important note is that they stream at casinos that accept that as a practice.

Some casinos are more permissive than others when it comes to live streaming. Some have a pretty permissive policy, others require permission and registration, and still others simply don’t allow it. 

With more than 1,000 gaming locations in the United States alone and growing, it’s not surprising there’s a diversity of rules on the topic.

As far as TikTok is concerned, different platforms have their own rules and regulations on activities that are meant for adults. TikTok in particular has had to fend with issues of people gambling with other peoples’ money on their behalf on live streams, which violates federal law. 

It’s likely that’s factored into their decision to simply ban the practice of streaming in a casino altogether vs. try to police it. That’s also led some casinos to tighten their rules, but it’s not a universal change, as other casinos, like MGM, have finally formalized photo and recording policies that make it much more clear how to get permission to do so.

So rest assured that there are definitely still casinos out there that allow live streaming, and actually the list has slowly grown over time. But it often comes with a set of rules to follow, and confirmation of permission in advance, so the casinos now who is doing it and can ensure they’re following the rules.

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