Gamers to ‘fix’ work cards

Aug 13, 2002 11:57 AM

Work cards will be fewer and farther between under a plan considered by state regulators.

The State Gaming Control Board is working to streamline issuance of the cards so they will be recognized and honored statewide. Currently, gaming employees must hold a card for every jurisdiction in which they do business ”” which can mean dozens of cards for slot route operators, for example.

Some 22 jurisdictions issue 255,000 work cards, with 70,000 new cards processed every year, gaming agent Keith Copher reported.

The new universal cards, which would cost $75, would be good for five years. The Legislature has ordered the Gaming Commission to implement the new program by Jan. 1.

Before then, however, regulators expect to conduct more public hearings to hash out concerns over privacy and confidentiality issues.

In other action, the board recommended approval of:

”¡ Mark Rittorno to head Caesars Tahoe. The former exec at the Las Vegas Hilton, Bally’s, Paris and Flamingo said Park Place is committed to bringing the Tahoe resort "back up to its previous standards."

”¡ Mark Lipparelli as president and secretary of Shuffle Master. A chief financial officer with the game maker, Lipparelli has also served as a state gaming agent.

”¡ A sports book at the El Capitan in Hawthorne. American Wagering initially proposed an unmanned kiosk, but regulators delayed that application. American Wagering (Leroy’s) is continuing to develop the kiosk concept. Meanwhile, a subsidiary, AWI Keno, has changed its name to AWI Manufacturing.

”¡ A transfer of AC Coin assets. Owner Max Seelig is conveying 8 percent shares to three sons, Jason, Jerald and Jeffrey, with Max retaining a 76 percent share. AC Coin is IGT’s exclusive distributor in Atlantic City.

”¡ A license for Steven Hampe at the Lake Mead Lounge in Henderson. Because Hampe is a police officer, a waiver is required. Board members recommended the waiver since Hampe is assigned to the police department in Boulder City, which prohibits gaming.