Updated April 8, 2020 - 7:55 am
Professional gamblers would normally not be allowed to file for unemployment insurance benefits in Nevada, but circumstances have changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
These workers may qualify as independent contractors or self-employed “during this unprecedented time and under the CARES Act,” said Rosa Mendez, a spokeswoman for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
Professional poker player Chris Konvalinka told the Review-Journal last month that he was considering filing for unemployment benefits.
“We’ll see. I’m going to give it a shot,” he said. “It seems like a free roll to me. Worst case, they say no.”
For 2019, Nevada had a total of 119,232 weekly initial claims. In the past three weeks alone, 170,596 initial claims have been filed, according to a Friday statement from DETR.