Sands Casino CEO resigns

January 01, 2002 12:19 AM
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Two years as president and CEO of Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City was apparently enough for Alfred Luciani.

Last Wednesday, Luciani announced his resignation from both positions. However, people close to the matter believe it Luciani’s departure was forced. The unnamed sources cited growing friction between Luciani and several officers, along with concerns over the casino’s spending.

Luciani’s announcement came a week after Sands majority owner Carl Icahn sent executives from his Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas to visit the Sands, according to three Sands executives.

Oneidas in demand

Sullivan County officials will visit the Oneida Indian nation and its Turning Stone Casino Resort this week in an effort to expand gaming in New York.

Sullivan leaders want the Oneidas to build a casino in the county. The Oneidas have received offers from numerous groups in the state to open casinos.

The Oneidas had proposed a casino at Monticello Raceway in Sullivan County about six years ago, but the offer stalled.

Wheeling wants slots

The West Virginia State Lottery Commission has scheduled a Jan. 30 public meeting to hear requests for the addition of 674 video machines to Wheeling Downs Racetrack and Gaming Center.

The additions are part of a proposed expansion at the Downs that is set to include a nine-story, 151-room hotel among other changes.