Issue 257
August 15 - August 21, 2005
Volume 5
page 2

'Jethro' Gets License Approved
As Reported by the Las Vegas Sun

CARSON CITY, Nevada -- Let me tell you the story 'bout a man named Jethro.

Max, that is.

Actor Max Baer Jr., one of the stars of the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" has gained preliminary approval from state gaming regulators to own a minor percentage in a small casino in North Las Vegas.

Baer, son of boxing legend Max Baer, played Jethro, the not-too-sharp son on the TV show.

Baer told the state Gaming Control Board Wednesday that he's going to "turn a shovel in the ground" in the next year on a location for a casino in Northern Nevada.

Through Max Baer Productions, Ltd., Baer and his partner Roger S. Camras will own a 10 percent stake in the Beverly Hillbillies Gambler Casino at 2501 E. Lake Mead Blvd.

The casino's primary owner will be John George Karras with a 90 percent share. Karras has worked in casinos in New Jersey and was a consultant to Harrah's Entertainment on a Louisiana gaming venture.

The North Las Vegas casino is licensed for 30 slot machines.

Baer owns a former Wal Mart store in Carson City but his plans to develop a hotel-casino on the 12.8 acres in a shopping center have run into opposition from nearby property owners. He said his primary goal in getting the license for the North Las Vegas casino is to make it easier to get a state license when he builds his new project.

The gaming regulators would only have to update his background investigation if he applied for a new license.

Baer said he lives in Lake Tahoe, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas.

Preston Howard, attorney for Karras, said the new majority owner intends to "invigorate" the small North Las Vegas casino. It's in a shopping mall and it will target neighborhood clientele.

Howard said Karras will use Baer's "marketing expertise."

Baer said there are already Beverly Hillbilly slot machines at the location.

The control board recommended approval; the state Gaming Commission meets Aug. 25 to take final action on the application.

Other applications recommend for approval included:

- Rodolfo E. Prieto as chief executive officer and general manager of the Las Vegas Hilton. He told the board business has been "fantastic" at the near-Strip resort and it has started a $20 million remodeling that could be completed in December. Conventions account for 40-45 percent of the property's business and Prieto told the board he was "bullish" on the monorail's effect on the Hilton.

- Saeed Reza Shakeri for his 100 percent stake in the Silver Saddle Saloon at 2501 E. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas. Attorney Jeff Silver, representing Shakeri, told the board the club has "been plagued by criminal activity" in the area. He said he and Shakeri met with Metro police representatives and have worked out a plan to cut down the problems in the vicinity.




Bear River Casino Opening Draws Crowds

As Reported by the Eureka Reporter

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Eureka Reporter: "The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria's Bear River Casino and its parking lot filled to their maximum capacity on Wednesday, leading to some traffic and neighborhood problems.

"'(Last night's grand opening) was a fantastic success, said Art Collins, Bear River Casino's marketing manager. "There were many more people than we could possibly accommodate. The response from Humboldt County has been absolutely overwhelming.'

"Traffic jams ensued and some people who could not find available parking spots at the casino parked their cars along Singley Road and onto U.S. Highway 101.

"…When the casino filled to its maximum capacity, people had to wait for others to leave the casino before they could enter.

"Some people waited two hours to get into the casino, Collins said.

"Inside the casino, there were long lines of people waiting to eat at the Rivers Edge restaurant, purchase drinks at the Thirsty Bear Sports Bar and Grill and to sign up for membership in the casino's players' club…"

Foxwoods Online Game Deemed Illegal
As Reported by the Connecticut Day

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "State regulators told Foxwoods Resort Casino officials Thursday that the casino's new online game, PlayAway, is illegal and cannot be restarted.

"Foxwoods officials had obeyed a state order last month to remove the game from their Web site but said they intended to restart the game Monday after submitting information to the state Division of Special Revenue.

"Paul A. Young, director of the special revenue division, said the game violates a state law that prohibits interactive online lottery games as well as the state/tribal gaming compact and the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which allows tribes to offer on their reservations only those games approved in the state.

"Young also said the game might constitute Internet gambling, which is illegal under state and federal law.

"…The Mashantuckets had ventured into new ground when they put the game on their casino's Web site last month, and casino managers and legal advisers must decide whether to press forward.

"State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who has taken a strong stance against Internet gambling, said he is prepared to defend the ruling in court should Foxwoods resume the game.

"…Foxwoods officials contended the PlayAway game was simply a way for casino patrons to determine the outcome of Keno tickets purchased at the casino…"


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