Nevada Gaming Commission to rule on five casino cases

By Violeta Prockyte

The Nevada Gaming Commission has taken action in 5 complaint cases involving gaming operators. Four of these cases were for violating the state’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and protocols. The fifth one involved a wrongful detainment of a guest in Las Vegas’ Fremont resort, with Fremont receiving a $300,000 fine. The Gaming Commission should present its rulings on the settlements on Thursday. 

The complaint against Fremont venue, which is owned by Boyd Gaming Corp, was filed over a November 24 2019 incident when the property’s security officers detained a female guest after another player accused her of stealing wagering credits. To avoid being arrested, the wrongfully accused customer paid $202 to the person who made the allegation. Gaming regulators began their investigation in December. 

The Gaming Control Board filed a four-count complaint on September 16. Allegedly, both the security officers and venue officials provided incorrect information to the gaming regulators and police. Fremont General Manager Andre Filosi signed a resolution and agreed to a settlement. Fremont didn’t admit the allegations were right; it maintained that “the commission could determine, from the allegations set forth in the complaint, that violations of the Nevada Gaming Control Act or NGC Regulations occurred.” 

Complaint by the Gaming Control Board stated, “Although there were ample avenues available to reconstruct the alleged events, Fremont personnel failed to pursue those avenues. A proper investigation would have revealed that the claim against the patron was not valid.” 

The other four settlements include Waldman Investments fined for $5,000 for not disabling the bar top games on July 10, with Century Gaming paying $15,000 over a similar case. Hotel Nevada in Ely has to pay $10,000 after some of its employees and customers were seen not wearing face coverings on the casino floor, while C.O.D. Casino in Minden was fined for $30,000 for mask violations. 



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