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verdict against Imperial Palace for false imprisionment
LAS VEGAS - <>A
Clark County District Court jury last month returned a verdict of
$250,000 in favor of plaintiff/victim Chad Johnson against Harrahs
Imperial Palace Inc. and its former Security Chief John Bezrutczyk, in
a case involving false imprisonment and fabricated claims that Johnson,
a former employee, had attacked Bezrutczyk. Punitive damages were
agreed upon in a confidential settlement after the verdict. Bezrutczyk
was involved in a previous six-figure jury award when he was Security
Chief at the now-defunct Frontier and participated in another
false imprisonment, that time of a skilled blackjack player.
The victims in both cases were represented by Bob Nersesian, author
of Beat the Players, and Thea
Next Wave - Ten Online Gambling Sites Stung ...
Another indictment against multiple US-facing online gambling operators
surfaced Monday. This time it's the Maryland District Court, and
this time investigators set up a sting operation.
Bank Accounts and Domain Names for Internet Gambling Sites Seized
BALTIMORE - A federal grand jury has returned indictments charging two
gambling businesses and three defendants with conducting an illegal
gambling business and money laundering. The two indictments were
returned on April 26, 2011 and unsealed today. As part of the
investigation, 11 bank accounts located in Charlotte, North Carolina;
Guam; Panama; Malta; Portugal; and the Netherlands; and domain names
associated with 10 internet gambling sites were also seized today.
says Internet gaming is future of casino industry
ATLANTIC CITY -- Internet gambling is the future of the casino
industry, whether it's approved at the federal or state level, a panel
of online and brick-and-mortar casino executives said Tuesday.
judge approves plan to turn over Aliante Station to lenders
A federal bankruptcy judge Wednesday approved Station Casinos Inc.'s
plan to turn over its Aliante Station casino to lenders owed more than
$378 million as part of restructuring the company as it emerges from
Casinos seeks control of Green Valley Ranch Resort
Station Casinos Inc. today will ask a bankruptcy court judge in Reno to
sign off on its plan to take control of Green Valley Ranch Resort.
Commission OKs Station Casinos restructuring
The Nevada Gaming Commission approved the restructuring and licensing
of locals casino giant Station Casinos LLC from bankruptcy in a
standing-room-only special meeting Thursday.
casino plan fails first test in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, IL - A measure to let Chicago run a city-owned casino, put
four new casinos elsewhere and install slot machines at Midway and
O’Hare airports failed today in an Illinois House panel, but its
sponsor plans another try.
Thanks to Green Chip member Joliet
for providing the above link.
Joe's, Card Club in Emeryville to Each Pay $575,000 in Loansharking
CALIFORNIA - Two Bay Area card clubs that were raided in March on
suspicion of allowing racketeering, loan sharking and drug dealing in
their establishments have agreed to each pay $575,000 in fines to state
Meet the blackjack player who beat the Trop for $6 million, Borgata for
$5 million and Caesars for $4 million
ATLANTIC CITY - He took Caesars for more than $4 million, burned
Borgata for about $5 million and then topped it off by beating
Tropicana out of $5.8 million. Thanks to newsletter reader Dan
for providing the above link.
Rock poised to seek permits for Atlantic City, N.J., casino
ATLANTIC CITY - Hard Rock International is moving ahead with its
planned $300 million venture at the southern end of the Boardwalk by
seeking the permits necessary to build the resort's first boutique
casino hotel, with fewer than 500 rooms.
Marina becomes Golden Nugget; new owner to give casino $100 million
ATLANTIC CITY - Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta has a Texas-size
challenge ahead of him — reviving an aging, money-losing casino in the
slumping Atlantic City market.
grand jury report blasts Pa. gaming board
A state grand jury on Tuesday slammed the Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board, characterizing it as a patronage-filled, secretive agency that
failed to safeguard the public by inadequately investigating casino
operators and vendors.
MonteLago reopening seen as positive step for Lake Las Vegas community
LAS VEGAS - The reopening of a 275-slot machine casino normally
wouldn't merit a blip in the land of megaresorts.
Las Vegas Sands official seeks defamation trial
Lawyers for Steven Jacobs, the fired top Macau executive of Las Vegas
Sands Corp., filed court papers this week arguing that his claim
Chairman Sheldon Adelson defamed him should be allowed to go to trial.
casino to go foward after city, developer reach settlement
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A dog fight between Columbus and the developer of a
casino over water and sewer service appears to be ending, with both
sides battered but happy that the $400 million project appears to be
back on track, officials said Wednesday
wants piece of unclaimed casino winnings
CARSON CITY - The 2011 Legislature, through Assembly Bill 219, seeks to
redirect a majority of such "unclaimed property" to the state's
cash-starved coffers with the remainder staying at the casinos.
that would enable gambling from hotel rooms advances
CARSON CITY - Gambling in Las Vegas hotel rooms took one step closer to
legality Friday morning in the state Legislature.
Herbst Gaming announces name change to Affinity Gaming
LAS VEGAS - Herbst Gaming is out and Affinity Gaming is in. Members of
the founding Herbst family lost control of the company's casinos and
slot machine route operation in December after a bankruptcy
court-administered reorganization. They no longer have any involvement
in the business.
industry falls short in desire to pay state taxes
CARSON CITY — After decades of pleading, Nevada’s legal brothel
industry was about to get its wish of paying taxes, giving prostitution
the legitimacy that comes with contributing to the state’s bank account.
Maloof pleads no contest to DUI charge
LAS VEGAS - Palms owner George Maloof pleaded no contest Thursday to a
drunken driving charge he picked up in October.
of Parasites: The Seamy Side of Tribal Gaming Business
Nearly a quarter century after enactment of the Indian Gaming
Regulatory Act, one must wonder why Indian country remains among the
most impoverished communities in the nation.
Fine Point Group Statement Regarding Buffalo Thunder Casino Resort
Out of respect for the financial institutions who invested in Buffalo
Thunder and who recommended FPG to Buffalo Thunder as part of its
financial restructuring, FPG has remained silent as to the
circumstances surrounding its terminating its arrangement with Buffalo
Thunder. Now, in light of the announcement by Full House Resorts,
we believe it is necessary and appropriate to address this matter
The Bear Growls
Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent
contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go
wrong in the world of casinos.
Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's
Beat the Players - Casinos, Cops and the
Game Inside the Game by Bob Nersesian
book should be read by everyone who sets foot in a casino: average
casino patrons, skilled players, casino employees, and anyone else. It
should be required reading for police officers, regulators, other
public officials, and attorneys who may represent any of the
aforementioned. Beat the Players
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feature in USA Today.
Nersesian is an attorney who represents victims of casino wrongdoing
against patrons. In an enjoyable writing style, he takes a look at the
often too-cozy relationship between casinos, police, and regulators. He
discusses specific cases and dispenses sound, practical advice that
patrons, casinos and public officials would be wise to heed. Cases
discussed are from Nevada and other jurisdictions.
include: Your Money or Your Liberty; Scary Cop Statements; They'll Take
Your Liberty Anyway; Gaming Agents Speak; The Take of the State; Rules
for Casino Patrons; Gambling at the Legal Limits; Cops Hate Card
Counters; Griffin Investigations; Casinos Cheat With Impunity; A
Judicial and Government Overlay; Finding a Nickel Brings Trouble; Names
and Aliases; The Security Office and Surveillance Functions, and
Casinos and Cops.
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