|STATION CASINOS PAYS STATE FINE
By JEFF SIMPSON
lasvegas.com GAMING WIRE
CARSON CITY, NEV. - Station Casinos was fined and
a $475,000 penalty Thursday to settle a Gaming Control Board
complaint for an anonymous mailer sent to voters earlier this year
discredit Clark County Commissioner Lance Malone.
The flier was produced by Station Casinos' former executive
president of government affairs, Mark Brown, and political consultant
Tom Skancke after a last-minute decision saw Malone support
construction of a neighborhood casino project opposed by the company.
A state law requires that political mailers identify their
Appearing at the Nevada Gaming Commission's monthly meeting
Carson City, Station Casinos Executive Vice President and general
counsel Scott Nielson blamed the company's rapid growth for its
failure to adequately supervise the actions of Brown and Skancke.
"It's clear that Mark Brown did not act with the approval
knowledge of the top executives of our company," Nielson said.
Brown, who resigned his position earlier this month, did
Nielson promised commissioners that Brown's old job will
filled, and said that he would personally supervise Station Casinos'
political activities with assistance of the company's regulatory
Brown and Skancke denied having anything to do with
before admitting their roles in producing the mailing sent in March
to 39,000 residents in Malone's northwest Las Vegas district.
The anonymous mailing portrayed Malone with cash stuffed
pants, shirt pocket and shoe, and carried the admonition: "You Just
Can't Trust Lance Malone."
Malone lost his Republican primary re-election bid last
civil engineer Chip Maxfield, who faces Democrat Lois Tarkanian in
the Nov. 7 general election.
The commission voted 5-0 to approve a Sept. 22 settlement
with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, although Commissioner Augie
Gurrola said he thought the fine was excessive.
"Mark Brown is more culpable than Station Casinos," Gurrola
Commissioners Arthur Marshall, Sue Wagner and panel Chairman
"I think the fine is appropriate," Marshall said. "We're
with corporate arrogance."
In other business, the commission:
-Voted 5-0 to approve Mikohn Gaming's new Battleship slot
despite concerns that the game could be viewed as a violation of a
state regulation that prohibits the distribution of gambling
that might attract children.
The slot game is loosely based on the Hasbro Inc.
board game of
the same name.
Nevada gaming lawyer Ellen Whittemore represented Mikohn,
explained that Hasbro no longer advertises the game.
"The evidence is that Battleship is not currently and
marketed to children," Whittemore said.
Sandoval said he thinks the Battleship board game and
games are marketed to children, but pointed to research indicating
that the game is primarily marketed to adults.
"My kids think Battleship is too slow," Sandoval said.
the game, but it's in the closet. It may not be scientific, but it's
The commission prohibited Battleship slots from being
gambling establishments where children may be present, such as
convenience stores and supermarkets.
-Approved the $365 million purchase of the Las Vegas Hilton
Angeles real estate developer Ed Roski Jr., who owns the Silverton
hotel-casino, just south of Las Vegas along Interstate 15. The sale
could be completed in November.
-Voted 3-2 to refund more than $1 million to MGM Mirage
revenue taxes the company argued it had erroneously paid on
discounted debts owed by gamblers.
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