Feb 24, 2002 3:50 AM

Delta Downs, a Louisiana slot casino owned by Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp., was temporarily shut down today by the Louisiana State Police after officers found large amounts of money out in the open and other serious rule violations.

The failure to follow state rules for handling slot receipts prompted the shutdown, control board principal assistant Lana Tramonte said today.

"We shut 'em down," Tramonte said. "I'm not sure how long it's going to last."

Boyd spokesman Rob Stillwell confirmed that the 1,500-machine, 15,000-square-foot casino was shut dwon about 5 a.m

Delta Downs, whose casino opened on Feb. 13, had been purchased from Sean Scott.