Gaming Control Board Nominates Man Who Stole Casino Chips from Tables to Expelled List | Casinos and games

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The Nevada Gaming Control Board has added a man who stole handfuls of gambling chips from patrons and table game boards at Clark County casinos to the state’s disbarred list.

If the Nevada Gaming Commission approves it at a future meeting, Neal Ahmed Hearne would be added as the 37th person to the list, commonly referred to as Nevada’s “Black Book.”

During a Wednesday meeting, board members viewed surveillance video of a man identified as Hearne grabbing casino chips from a table game at Aria.

According to Assistant Attorney General John Michela, Hearne met three criteria for inclusion on the list, including a prior felony conviction, a conviction for a crime of moral turpitude and a court order banning him from a casino.

Michela noted Hearne’s felony conviction at Aria in January 2018, but said 13 other charges involving Hearne stealing chips from tables were dismissed.

Gaming Control Board Chairman Kirk Hendrick said Hearne’s “brazen” actions could have escalated into an even more dangerous situation and that it was important to add him to the list of people banned from the state’s major casinos.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on X

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