May 26, 2011       110526

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$250,000 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 Sankiewicz. 
The 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.

Panel 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.

Bankruptcy 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 bankruptcy.

Station 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.

Gaming 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.

Chicago 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 Jimmer for providing the above link.

Artichoke Joe's, Card Club in Emeryville to Each Pay $575,000 in Loansharking Settlement

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 regulators.

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.

Hard 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.

Trump Marina becomes Golden Nugget; new owner to give casino $100 million face-lift

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.

Second 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.

Casino 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.

Fired 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.

Columbus 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

Nevada 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.

Bill 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.

Brothel 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.

George 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.

Gauntlet 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.

The 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 briefly.  

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 website,

Beat the Players - Casinos, Cops and the Game Inside the Game  by Bob Nersesian

This 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 was the subject of a feature in USA Today.

Bob 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.

Chapters 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.

Appendices include Nevada Cheating and Detention Laws with Commentary; Other Nevada Gaming Laws of Interest; Gaming Cases of Interest, and Nevada Gaming Regulations with Commentary.

The 320-page book includes a bibliography and an index.

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