$1 million keno game
set for 14 casinos

Mar 25, 2003 6:04 AM

A new keno game with an instant $1 million jackpot is ticketed to roll out within a month.

Million Dollar Ticket, developed by Las Vegas Gaming Inc., offers players a seven-figure payout if they select 10 winning balls from an 80-ball lot. The system draws 20 balls in all.

Russell Roth, chairman of the board and president, said Las Vegas Gaming has signed contracts with 14 casinos statewide: Imperial Palace, Four Queens, Caesars Tahoe, Bonanza, Jerry’s Nugget, Red Lion, Avi, Golden Phoenix, River Palms, Saddle West, Stockmans, Stateline Nugget, Pahrump Nugget and New Frontier.

Las Vegas Gaming also developed the highly successful Nevada Numbers keno game, which is in 40 casinos statewide. Another 10 casinos are expected to add the game within the month, Roth said.

A new bingo game ”” touted as Las Vegas Gaming’s "biggest game yet" ”” is currently in development, Roth told the Nevada Gaming Commission last week.

In other action, the commission:

”¡ Approved a sports book for the MonteLago Casino at Lake Las Vegas. Operator Dan Reichartz reported that delays in a neighboring condominium development have pushed back the opening of the casino until late April or, more likely, early May. The casino will open with 675 slots and 15 table games.

”¡ Expressed concern about the future of the Imperial Palace. Attorney Owen Nitz assured officials that operations in Las Vegas and Mississippi continue as usual in the wake of founder Ralph Engelstad’s death. Nitz noted that the Strip resort acquired nine acres of property from the Howard Hughes Corp. for potential future expansion.

”¡ Deferred action on American Wagering’s sale of Mega$ports Web-based betting site. Attorney Jeff Silver said divestiture will be accomplished by April 3 and Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander indicated that the situation was no longer a concern.

”¡ Approved a 30-day trial period for American Wagering’s sports betting kiosks at the Silverton, Sahara, Riviera and Gold Rush casinos.

”¡ Adopted revisions to the state’s cash-handling rules to conform to federal regulations under the USA PATRIOT Act. The new guidelines, effective today, apply to all gaming premises, including grocery stores, with more than $1 million in monthly revenues. The state threshold had been $14 million.

"We tried to convince [federal officials] that our rules were better, but they didn’t agree,’’ Neilander said.