MGM denies making improper advances
July 27, 2016 10:22 AM
by Phil Hevener
Well-connected casino hosts have always been valued assets at casinos hoping to attract high-rollers and casinos will sometimes take desperate measures to keep a host or customer from being lured to the competition.
This fact of life about casino activity in the fast lane probably explains a Maryland casino suing MGM Resorts International over lists of high-rollers.
The Daily Record reports that the Maryland Live Casino is contending several MGM employees who used to work for Maryland Live allegedly provided lists of at least 3,000 high rollers to MGM, which plans to open a casino soon at National Harbor.
Maryland Live contends the former employees violated confidentiality and noncompete agreements. MGM is calling the lawsuit “baseless.” MGM’s polite but sneering response says Maryland Live is threatening former employees with “unenforceable non-compete agreements.”
After the employees were discovered sharing lists, the lawsuit says they signed documents stating they had destroyed or returned all copies of the lists to Maryland Live – after first copying them, an anonymous cynic suggested.
The employees then took jobs with MGM. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Baltimore.
“All’s fair in love, war and the competition for big players,” the late casino host Dan Chandler once joked.
Former Atlantic City resort boss Kevin DeSanctis remembers waiting at the front door of a Trump casino to welcome a deep-pocketed Asian player who he was expecting in a limo from one of the New York airports.
“I eventually got a call,” DeSanctis said. “The customer had been picked up by a Caesars casino.”
The Maryland Live employees have taken jobs with MGM. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Baltimore.