BAER-ING HIS SOUL: It may be that Max Baer, Jr., who starred in the sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” might build a casino in northern Nevada but it won’t be in Reno. That’s the word he gave John Stearns, who was covering the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas last week for his newspaper, the Reno Gazette-Journal.
A couple of years ago, Baer failed in his attempt to build a Reno casino and apparently the experience has cooled him on any further try.
“I personally would love to do a casino in northern Nevada,” he told Stearns but added that he would prefer looking for a location in Cason Valley, Douglas County or Carson City, “somewhere around in there, if the right opportunity showed itself.”
A $25,000 SLAP ON THE WRIST: The Bellagio is bracing for a $25,000 hit from the Nevada Gaming Commission this week. Apparently, the casino exchanged $20,000 in cash with a blackjack player, who had requested the swap, saying that he wanted old bills to replace the new bills he was carrying. Playing with cash instead of chips, he said the new bills gave him paper cuts!
“Because he was a regular customer, the request was approved,’’ said Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Carvalho. The resort then self-reported the transaction.
Because gaming regulations prohibit cash-for-cash transactions over $3,000, the Bellagio deal constituted a “black and white” violation, Carvalho said. The minimum fine in such cases is $25,000 and that was the amount recommended by Gaming Control Board members.
DONUTS TO DOLLARS FOR BILL: News accounts about the death of Bill Rosenberg Sunday focused only on the fact that he founded Dunkin Donuts and grew the company to the point where he had more than 5,000 outlets.
At 86, Rosenberg had lived a full life but what was not noted in the news reports was that while still a young man 35 years ago, he turned the reins of the donut business over to his son so that he could concentrate on becoming a major player in harness racing. He imported a New Zealand stallion that set world records while racing in Australia. The world’s fastest pacer, at that time, would be Rosenberg’s vehicle in establishing a major stud farm.
To establish a breeding operation, Rosenberg purchased a farm in East Kingston, N.H., where his stallion would stand to service some of the owner’s fastest mares. Unfortunately, even the best laid plans sometimes fail, especially when your best stallion hasn’t the necessary sperm to impregnate the mares.
With no hope of recouping his investment, Rosenberg donated his breeding facility to the University of New Hampshire and moved to Boca Raton, Fla. Although he failed to achieve his harness racing dream, he still took pride in his success with Dunkin Donuts. And, rightly so!
THE GOV. STALLS AGAIN: For those who thought former Gov. Edwin Edwards was finally going to jail following his conviction on extortion charges, the former Louisiana political leader pulled another trick from his sleeve. He went to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and got the judges to order that he be permitted to remain free while he appeals his conviction.
The ruling of the three-judge panel was a major defeat for the federal prosecutors who asked that the court put Edwards, his won and another co-defendant in jail immediately.
There was no indication just how long it would take for the ex-governor’s lawyers to file their appeal or just how long it would take for the appeals court to act.