Gaming commission approves 'kiddie slots' regulations

LAS VEGAS -- It might seem like kids' stuff to some, but Nevada Gaming Commission officials approved what they called "landmark regulations" to discourage slot machines geared toward children.

Under new regulations aimed at reassuring parents that the gaming industry here is not targeting children, gamblers will not see a "South Park" theme on slot machines. Also unlikely are Spiderman and Pokemon themes.

In fact, officials said only names that have been around for more than 21 years, such as Elvis, are appropriate for slot machines. That means names such as "Monopoly" and "Wheel of Fortune" make the cut.

Gaming officials adopted guidelines that no slot machine can use a theme or product derived or based on a current product.

The debate over so-called "kiddie slots" began last year and intensified when some companies began introducing slot machines with names from television shows such as "The Munsters."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a presidential candidate and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is among those who have urged hearings on the subject.

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