Gamers OK shower for Caesars’ whales

Oct 1, 2002 7:48 AM

  Caesar got his shower after all. Reversing a vote by the Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission OK’d the use of a shower in Caesars Palace’s new private betting salon.

  "Dealers might actually appreciate players taking a shower,’’ mused commissioner Augie Gurrola.

  Commissioners last week approved plans for Caesars’ high-roller salons as submitted. Dismissing the control board’s concern that a shower adjoining one of the betting parlors constituted "living quarters," the commission said it was pleased to give Caesars "the tools it needs to be competitive.’’

  MGM Grand earlier received approval for its international betting salon. It has no showers  . . . for now.

  In other action, the commission:

 ”¡ Ratified a $25,000 fine against MGM Mirage for an illegal exchange of $20,000 in cash. The transaction, reported by GamingToday last week, exceeded the $3,000 legal limit.

”¡ Extended until February 2003 the deadline for American Wagering to divest itself of Mega$ports. Tougher Internet gaming regulations in Australia stalled a proposed purchase by Eurast Ltd. of Perth.

”¡ Learned that gaming control board member Scott Scherer has been named vice president of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.

”¡ Heard that business at the expanded Stratosphere hotel-casino has "rebounded" under Carl Icahn. "We’re $1.6 million ahead of our revenue plan,’’ said Richard Brown, who was approved as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Stratosphere Gaming.

”¡ Asked Bally Gaming to provide precise explanation of what jackpot winners would earn through its new Cash for Life slot game. Mark Lerner, counsel of Bally, said details will be forthcoming.

”¡ Expects to have final rules submitted this month for a streamlined and unified work card policy.