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On this visit to the Casino I was about to get a good close-up of one of the roulette wheels when a young guy in a suit and two identification badges affixed to his lapels stopped me. “No photography is permitted on the casino floor,” he said.

I replied that I had been earlier informed by security personnel that photography was permitted, with the exception of the individual slot machines. “No, I’m sorry,” he said. “No photographs are permitted.”

I gave him a friendly smile and said, “Well, all right,” and walked away.

When I got to the other side of the enormous floor, I gripped my Nikon dangling from its strap and, holding it very steady, took a series of shots. Many of them were of people at—you guessed it—the individual slot machines.

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As I walked away from the nay-sayer I saw a guy at the bar raising his cellphone or iPhone or whatever, screen glowing, and taking a picture. Apparenty nobody told HIM about the rules.

Most of the patrons were tourists, out-of-towners, and to them my dangling camera was invisible. And given the ubiquity of their cell phones and small point-and-shoots, prohibiting photography is unenforceable and absoloutly ridiculous.

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