CARSON CITY — Members of the state Gaming Control Board are not happy with the operation at Siegel Slots & Suites in Las Vegas.
“There’s been a high level of calls to Metro,” board Chairman Mark Lipparelli said.
And Golden Route Operations took over the gaming operation from United Coin at Siegel before getting approval from state regulatory officials.
A Golden Route official told the board there have been “heated discussions” with Siegel Slots, which has control of the parking lot and the rooms.
Steve Arcana, chief operating officer of Golden Route, told the board that the music in the lounge attracts a “different element” that must be controlled. “We asked them to turn down the music,” he said.
“Outside of the building, we lose control,” Arcana said. He said two off-duty Metro Police officers have been hired to better control the gambling area.
The board recommended a one-year limited license with slot machines only. The board wants to see if things improve with Golden Route, which has been at the club for only a few months.
The board also approved Golden Route’s application to replace United Coin at Gold Spike in downtown Las Vegas.
Board members A.G. Burnett and Shawn Reid questioned Golden officials on why they failed to get a license for table games when they took over gaming at the Gold Spike.
Attorney Mike Alonzo, representing Golden Route, said it was a technical violation and not intentional. Initially Golden sought licensing for the slot machine operation but not table games.
Arcana told the board that security issues “are not as prevalent” at Gold Spike as at Siegel.
The board recommended license approval without a limitation. It will be able to operate 300 slot machines and four blackjack tables.