For want of a working fax, a license was lost

Jan 15, 2008 6:28 AM

Some former gaming executives with Las Vegas based companies have found that the road to success in other jurisdictions is not necessarily as smooth as those found in Nevada.

Just last week, Dave Hanlon, CEO of Empire Resorts Inc. (NYNY) found out his plans for a $600 million Las Vegas-styled casino at Monticello Raceway in upstate New York were rejected by a recent appointee as head of the Department of Interior.

And a few days later, John Groom, CEO of Epic Gaming, saw his efforts to acquire a casino license in Kansas thwarted by a malfunctioning fax machine.

Groom, also a graduate of the Caesars Palace school of gaming executives, formed a group called Epic Gaming Dodge City LLC in a bid for a gaming license in Ford County, Kansas.

In order to be considered for the license, all necessary information regarding the company’s casino application had to be submitted to the Ford County Commission by 5 p.m. on Dec. 26.

Unfortunately, because the applicant’s fax machine was on the fritz the company couldn’t get the application papers to the commission by the deadline. A consultant for the company called the director of gaming at the Kansas Lottery Commission to explain the problem and promised to hand-deliver the 20-odd pages of the application in person the following day.

Which he did.

But, unfortunately for Groom and his company, the Lottery Commission rejected the bid for having failed to meet the posted deadline.

That was good news to two other applicants. They are Butler National Service Corp. and Dodge City Resort and Gaming Co., both of whom apparently had fax machines that worked in good order.