Casino Auditing for Gaming Regulators


Feb. 5, 2019 - Feb. 7, 2019 (All day)

Office/Remote Location

Room 220
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Casino Auditing for Gaming Regulators

The objective of this three-day course is to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the complexities of auditing casinos from a regulatory perspective. Attendees will also learn the process of developing effective internal control standards using a risk-based approach. Course agenda*:

Day One:

  • Casino Management Systems and Financial Accounting. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of a casino management system, ticket-in; ticket-out systems, cage and credit operations, financial reporting systems and risks for fraudulent activity.
  • Planning a Casino Regulatory Audit & Assessing Risk. Attendees will learn effective aspects of effectively planning an audit, assess key risk factors, and development of audit programs.
  • Casino Internal Control Standards. Attendees will learn how to use a risk-based approach for developing and evaluating casino internal control standards, assessing mitigating controls and consideration of cost-benefit factors.

Day Two:

  • Cage Operations. Attendees will learn the components of cage operations, including analyzing typical cage documentation.
  • Credit Play and Collections. This session provides insights into the extension of casino credit and the collection process, including understanding the pitfalls.
  • Analyzing Casino Financial Statements. This session examines the types of financial information typically developed in the casino environment, key components of financial information, and analytical tools for analyzing financial information.
  • Understanding Table Games Performance. Attendees will learn about house advantages of various games, techniques used to analyze statistical information and the impacts of credit play and promotional schemes

Day Three:

  • Understanding Slot Machine Performance. This session discusses the development of theoretical hold percentages, analyzing actual hold percentages and the impacts of progressive payouts, bonus pays and other promotions.
  • Internal Audit Function. This session analyzes the casino internal audit function, including assessing independence, evaluating the effectiveness of internal audit and using internal audit results in determining the scope of a regulatory audit.

*Daily schedule may change based on instructor availability.


Lynda Hartzell, CPA; CFE is a former Chief of the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Audit Division. She has served as a consulting manager for a CPA firm, a Senior Accountant and Senior Audit Manager.

Rick Hector has over 30 years of experience auditing casinos for the Internal Revenue Service and has provided training for hundreds of gaming regulators around the world.

Stephanie Maddocks is an expert in casino IT systems. She has assisted numerous casinos in the implementation of casino management systems and the integration of systems within the resort casino environment.

* Instructors are subject to change.

Admission Information

Registration fee: $1300.00

Who can attend this event?

This "regulator only" program is available exclusively for gaming regulators and policy makers who work in a commercial, tribal or international gaming jurisdiction. No industry or operator participation. Gaming Control Board and Commission members, or other governmental officials, with regulatory oversight or policy making responsibilities, are also welcome to attend.

What is the refund policy?

  1. In the event a course is canceled, registrants will be notified as soon as possible and receive a full refund of their registration fee. The International Center for Gaming Regulation is not responsible for any travel and related expenses or other expenses incurred by any participant due to a course cancellation.
  2. A service fee of Twenty Percent (20%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received three (3) weeks prior to the event.
  3. A service fee of Fifty Percent (50%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received two (2) weeks (14 days or less) prior to the event. In the event you need to cancel, you may substitute another person to attend in your place. However, you will need to inform us in writing no later than two (2) business days prior to the start of the event.
  4. All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing. Refunds granted for credit card charges will be credited to the original account charged. No refunds will be given in the event of “No Shows.” Refunds may take up to 4 weeks for processing.

Contact Information

International Center for Gaming Regulation
Craig Ferreira

External Sponsor

The International Center for Gaming Regulation is one of three research centers within the International Gaming Institute, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Center's mission is to promote research and learning in the areas of gaming regulation in jurisdictions around the world.