THE BEAR GROWLS
Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequentBJ21.com contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go wrong in the world of casinos. Current and past growls can be read, and comments posted, at LVBear's website, TheBearGrowls.com.
Editors Note: Las Vegas has been embroiled in a controversy over remodeling work done at several Harrah's owned hotels that were found to be in violation of building codes mainly due to improper inspection by county inspectors. LVBear addresses this issue with his growls.
County employees allegedly admit taking bribes from casinos -- Will Gaming Control Board do anything about it?
... some Building Division and CCFD inspectors did not want to create a hostile environment at the hotels where they were assigned to inspect complaints since it was alleged that certain inspectors receive comps from the hotels including meals, show tickets, stays at other properties and branded clothing.
From the Nevada Revised Statutes:
5.010 Methods of operation.
1. It is the policy of the commission and the board to require that all establishments wherein gaming is conducted in this state be operated in a manner suitable to protect the public health, safety, morals, good order and general welfare of the inhabitants of the State of Nevada.
2. Responsibility for the employment and maintenance of suitable methods of operation rests with the licensee, and willful or persistent use or toleration of methods of operation deemed unsuitable will constitute grounds for license revocation or other disciplinary action.
5.011 Grounds for disciplinary action. The board and the commission deem any activity on the part of any licensee, his agents or employees, that is inimical to the public health, safety, morals, good order and general welfare of the people of the State of Nevada, or that would reflect or tend to reflect discredit upon the State of Nevada or the gaming industry, to be an unsuitable method of operation and shall be grounds for disciplinary action by the board and the commission in accordance with the Nevada Gaming Control Act and the regulations of the board and the commission. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following acts or omissions may be determined to be unsuitable methods of operation:
1. Failure to exercise discretion and sound judgment to prevent incidents which might reflect on the repute of the State of Nevada and act as a detriment to the development of the industry. ...
It is obvious to me that issuing comps including stays at other properties to county inspectors who then falsify public records, ignore obvious code violations, and allow shoddy construction work, putting countless patrons’ lives at risk, are unsuitable methods of operation.
Will the Gaming Control Board belatedly make an effort to do its duty, or will it continue, by its inaction, to help enable these crimes to go on being committed? I suspect the usual "see no evil, hear no evil" do-nothing attitude of the Board will prevail once again. I hope I am wrong.
County inspector who apparently falsified records for Rio no longer employed by county
The movie was awful. I wanted to leave about thirty minutes into it, but my wife talked me into staying. I thought the movie would never end — it got worse and worse as it went on. There were so many errors it was ridiculous. I don’t think even a Kate Bosworth nude scene would have saved this turkey of a movie. I realize it was supposed to be “entertainment,” but one would think that moviemakers would at least try to get simple facts correct. It seemed like they went out of their way to get things wrong. I felt like asking for a refund. I don’t think the movie will have any effect on anything related to blackjack or any other form of advantage play.
Rather than rehash the dozens of stupid things that have been mentioned by others, here are links to good comments about this awful movie:
21 the movie — A review by Bootlegger, author of 200 Proof Blackjack
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