Gamers pull the plug on shower for high rollers!

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Citing concerns about a high-roller “nap room,” regulators have shut
off a private shower proposed for the international gaming salon at Caesars
Palace.

  
“I’m very nervous about this
shower,’’ gaming control board member Bobby Siller told Park Place
Entertainment execs. “It opens a Pandora’s Box.’’

  
The control board, enforcing a
legislative prohibition against “living quarters” in the exclusive gaming
area, ruled that a shower was just too much. “When you’ve got an reclining
chair, a TV and a shower, you basically have a Motel 6,’’ Siller said.

  
Caesars President John Groom agreed to
close off the shower while leaving a wash basin and commode intact. Another
shower not directly connected to the private salon was approved.

  
Sources told GamingToday that
high-roller salons in other countries routinely provide creature comforts, such
as showers, to accommodate the assorted “whims and eccentricities” of
whales.

  
If ratified by the Gaming Commission,
Caesars will open four exclusive betting parlors at the rear of Palace Court by
year-end. The 3,000-square-foot area, whose construction and technology tab ran
$15 million, will feature more than 20 tables games-but no slots. By law,
minimum bets are set at $500.

  
MGM Grand received approval for its
high-roller salons last month-sans showers.

  
“We’re throwing everything we have
at this,’’ Groom said. “There are new billionaires created in the Far East
every day. It’s a new world of competition.’’

  
Groom added that the
multimillion-dollar upgrades at Caesars will continue over the next few years.
“Park Place is spending $2 for every dollar it earns here. It’s a loss
leader.’’

  
In other action, the board:

  
Recommended approval of a bridge loan
for the Cannery Casino. The North Las Vegas casino, due to open in December,
will receive funding through Vestin Mortgage, which will, in turn, receive a
membership interest in the Rampart Casino. Bill Paulos operates both gaming
properties. Partner Guy Hillyer said the financing arrangement will run through
December 2003.

  
Recommended approval of a Bally Gaming
slot that will pay winners $1,000 a week. The so-called “cash for life” game
requires operators to maintain cash reserves to cover the long-term obligations.

  
Accepted, with prejudice, the
withdrawal of a license application from Bruno Clemente Sciotto. Sciotta had
applied to be race and sports book director at the old Showboat hotel-casino.
The board noted that he had failed to disclose a series of civilian and military
arrests in his past.

  
Delayed action on Donald Julius
Deseranno as an independent agent (junket host). Deseranno, who is not currently
employed in the industry, reportedly had gambling problems and filed for
bankruptcy. The board returned the matter to staff before making a determination
on suitability.

  
Heard continued testimony on work card
revisions. Police agencies and civil liberties groups expressed concern about
cost and privacy issues. New drafts will be discussed at future meetings as the
board seeks to streamline the work card process. By law, regulators must
implement revisions by Jan. 1

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