Wynn-Encore dealers cheer ruling on tips

Feb 26, 2016 9:26 AM

Casino dealers at the Wynn-Encore are cheering an appeals court reversal of a lower court decision that approved the casino company’s decision to share tips with other employees.

There has not yet been any sign of the company’s intention to either accept the ruling or appeal it and some dealers are joking about the retroactive pay that they hope to eventually receive.

CEO Steve Wynn’s explanation of his controversial 2006 action to share tips with floormen and others was that it would improve customer service and ultimately lead to better tips.

The dealers who have been willing to share their thinking outside their private circles of friends generally sneered at that thinking. The issue ultimately went to district court where Wynn prevailed.

Other casinos never attempted to follow the action of Wynn Resorts.

The speculation among legal professionals is that Wynn Resorts will ask for a re-hearing before the full Ninth District Appeals Court panel and the case will eventually be sent to the Supreme Court, which may or may not decide to hear arguments.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].