Club fined over cover charge; group vowsto picket title fight

Mar 26, 2002 8:18 AM

Standing up for gamblers, the Nevada Gaming Commission has smacked Olympic Garden with a five-figure fine.

Regulators determined that the Las Vegas Boulevard strip club broke the law because it failed to reimburse its cover charge to slot players.

Gaming investigators uncovered other irregularities as well, including six dancers arrested on prostitution charges and steamy content appearing on Olympic Gardens’ website. The violations warranted a $25,000 fine. But it could have been worse; the club could have been hit with a $100,000 penalty. 

While not admitting wrongdoing, Olympic Gardens pledged to fully reimburse the cover charges of all slot players who enter the club.

In other action, the commission:

”¡Â Heard black civil rights Gene Collins threaten to picket an upcoming title fight at the MGM. Claiming that minority hiring at MGM Mirage “is the same as it was two years ago,” Collins said “this foolishness has to stop.” He was seconded by ACLU Director Gary Peck, who argued for closer scrutiny of age, race and gender issues.

Uri Clinton, a diversity attorney with MGM Mirage, disputed the claims, saying the company’s “commitment to diversity is well known.” He stated that half of all employees are minority.

”¡Â Unanimously approved Gary Jacobs for licensure at MGM Mirage. He reported that roughly two-thirds of the company’s 9-11 layoffs have been rehired “in one capacity or ­­another.”

”¡Â Unanimously approved Bill Paulos to head the Regent Casino in Summerlin. Paulos’ group holds a 10-year lease at the property. Paulos’ eldest son, Joe, will be his No.1 assistant.

”¡Â Heard John Michael Schaefer complain that casinos are not doling out comps fairly. He said he lost $2,500 gambling, but was still unable to obtain complimentary tickets for a Cirque du Soleil show.

The commission took no ­­action and made no comment on either Collins’ or Schaefer’s claims.

”¡Â Heard the state attorney general’s report that Internet gaming remains illegal at this time. Nevada and 11 other states have passed laws supporting interactive wagering, but the 1961 federal wire act and pending legislation keep web wagering at bay, according to a 37-page analysis by Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rodefer.

Rodefer, by the way, is leaving the AG’s office to become chief of compliance with Boyd Gaming.