Complaints Of Public Sexual Displays Haunt Las Vegas Eagle

November 7th, 2012

Las Vegas may have its reputation as Sin City, but that label does have limits.  The Nevada State Gaming Control Board filed a complaint against the Las Vegas Eagle because customers had witnessed other customers performing sexually suggestive acts on the premises.  The Eagle is a bar with a restricted gaming license that allows slot machines to be operated on site.

The complaint made it to the Nevada Gaming Commission and cites “sexually suggestive postings” on craigslist that fully display the Eagle’s main room.  Eagle owner Judy R. Nelson has owned the bar for 25 years.  She claims not to own a computer, and therefore was unaware of the craigslist posting.

Nelson did admit there were concerns of public sexual displays during an ‘underwear night’ on November 19, 2011.  She says she did not approve of the event, and the bartender who was responsible is no longer employed at the Eagle.

The complaint alleges it was not just this one incident that has raised a red flag.  Nevada Gaming licensing agents visited the Eagle multiple times between the time of last year’s incident and the spring of this year.  The agents reportedly witnessed several incidents of public sex in front of other customers.

As a result of the complaint, the Nevada Gaming Commission will schedule a hearing to discuss any further action that should be taken, or the two sides could settle the matter out of court.  Nelson says she is most concerned for any lost business.  She says this is the first time in all her years owning the Eagle that she’s crossed a line with the state gaming regulators.

“If they pull my machines, I’m out of business.”

Las Vegas Sports Books Feel The Pain From Sunday’s Burn

November 5th, 2012

Las Vegas sports books did not enjoy the ninth week of the NFL, while betters loved every minute.  Every team that was a favorite to win their game managed to cover the spread, and turn even the smallest of bets into thousands of dollars in winnings.  Las Vegas Hotels Super book Vice President Jay Kornegay, says there are weeks where extra money is needed for payouts, but nothing like this past Sunday.

“I’ve been in this business for 26 years, and I have never seen what I saw yesterday.”

Kornegay says the most lucrative ways to win are when gamers put their bets together on one card, and all the teams manage to cover the spread.  Many of this past weekend’s matches had clear favorites to win the games, and one after the other, Kornegay says his employees watched as teams pulled through to cost the sports books more money.

“But the thing is, we could have done exactly the same thing and had a gigantic day. It’s just the way the chips fall.”

William Hill reported its sportsbooks also felt the pain of Sunday’s matches.  Hill spokesman Jimmy Vaccaro called Sunday “the worst single, regular-season day I’ve ever seen.” He says his group paid over $10,000 out to one player who bet only $100, and thousands of dollars were paid out on similar wagers.  Vaccaro says for gamers, weeks like this are great, but for the sports books that have to pay out these large wins, it hurts.

“When all the favorites win, it’s a bad week. I just wish this would have happened over a three- or four-week period instead of on the same day.”

Monday night’s matchup features the New Orleans Saints facing off with the Philadelphia Eagles, with money heavily wagered on this game’s outcome as well.

Three New Companies Recommended for Online Poker Licenses in Nevada

November 2nd, 2012

The state of Nevada is already known as the gambling capital of the world, and efforts are underway to make it one of the top online gambling locations as well.  Online poker licenses have officially been recommended for three companies including MGM Resorts International, Z4 Poker LLC of Las Vegas, and Cams LLC of Los Angeles.

The licenses were reviewed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, who met yesterday to discuss the proposals.  The recommendations complete one more step in the online gaming licensing process, which now awaits official approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission.

The Commission has already granted approval for online poker licenses to over a dozen different companies including Boyd Gaming.  Boyd is expected to partner with MGM once its approval has been made official, in order to create an online poker room using technology from bwin.party digital entertainment.  A license for bwin.party to operate in the state of Nevada is expected to be completed early next year, and MGM and Boyd have said their poker room will be available online shortly after the license is granted.

Z4 Poker is developing plans for its own online poker room, while also expected to create its own line of eBingo and Keno games.  Meanwhile, Cams has established its own technology to authenticate player activity, and prevent controversies like money laundering or problem gambling.  This also allows Cams to manage player accounts to determine their appropriate age and location.

Casino operators, gaming providers, and state politicians are also lobbying for legalized online poker across the entire United States.