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Palms casino in Vegas faces $1M fine in drug sting

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:58 p.m. HST, Jan 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS >> Gambling regulators are fining the Palms casino in Las Vegas $1 million for providing undercover agents with prostitutes and drugs, including cocaine and the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

The state Gaming Control Board detailed the transactions in a complaint filed Friday after agents conducted more than a dozen stings last March.

Among other offenses, the complaint says employees of the Palms Casino Resort agreed to sell agents $18,000 worth of cocaine.

Palms spokesman Alex Acuna says in a statement that the company is concerned and disappointed.

Acuna says the Palms has implemented mandatory drug testing, set up a whistle-blower system and made changes in its security department to avoid future incidents.

The $1 million fine must be approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

The Palms will also pay $78,000 for investigation expenses.

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loquaciousone wrote:
How about pulling their license too? Stuff like that can't go on without the management knowing.
on January 11,2013 | 01:05PM
cojef wrote:
Right, this sends a bad message to the public that it's business as usual business practice of all casinos.
on January 11,2013 | 03:41PM
st1d wrote:
assuming a minimum of $72 million annual reported casino profit, that works out to 5 days income for palms. lot less when skim is included.
on January 11,2013 | 01:10PM
hawaiifivo wrote:
Dang, better cancel my trip
on January 11,2013 | 01:47PM
kukui_nut wrote:
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.
on January 11,2013 | 02:42PM
HOSSANA wrote:
No wonder the Maloof brothers, owners of the Palm casino and the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise, are endeavoring to sell the Kings to a Seattle conglomerate. It is reported they needed the monies as they are currently going broke.....you wonder why the prostitutes and drugs are infesting the Palm casino as the owners lack the resources to maintain their casino and are using every resource to entice players into the casino.......
on January 11,2013 | 04:40PM
bodai808 wrote:
This happpens in all Las Vegas hotels not just the Palms, I was a bellman at one of the larger hotels on the strip and the VIP hosts told me on my very first day of work that we had to take care of their big clients, aka "whales", and we needed to get them anything they asked for. I even asked what they meant by anything, and they said ANYTHING!! I've had to deliver call-girls, strippers and paper bags of "stuff" to the suites late at night....I walked into the biggest suite one time and it looked like a party at Charlie Sheens house, drugs and naked people were everywhere, but sadly, as long as the money was good our mouths were shut. The owners either don't know or don't care what goes on behind closed doors as long as the casino games and tables are packed.
on January 11,2013 | 06:50PM
Bdpapa wrote:
The pressure from dealing with "whales". They carry a lot of weight.
on January 12,2013 | 07:19AM
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