Resort Association seeks ban on slot taverns like Dotty’s

Dotty’s near Eastern and Serene in Henderson is shown Thursday, March 24, 2011.

Dotty's

Cindy Clark plays a slot machine at Dotty's near Eastern and Serene in Henderson on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Launch slideshow »

The Nevada Resort Association on Thursday petitioned the Nevada Gaming Commission to outlaw the so-called Dotty’s business model — gaming taverns that look more like miniature casinos than traditional bars.

The commission, which regulates gaming and is the chief arbiter on gaming policy in Nevada, plans to consider that and any competing ideas on how to change longstanding rules governing taverns with slot machines at a meeting next month. The public also can weigh in, commissioners said. The commission would decide on whether to change the regulations in July.

The resort association’s petition is similar to one adopted by the Clark County Commission last month. It would require that taverns with gambling machines have kitchens that serve food at least 12 hours a day, restaurants seating at least 25 people and bars with seating and where drinks are served. At least half of a tavern’s slot machines would be required to be embedded into the bartop.

“Slot arcades” like Dotty’s “have no other real purpose than to operate the slot machines,” the association petition reads. “Nevada has long prohibited this business model, because it does not enhance employment, capital investment, job opportunities and tax revenue to the extent as those operating a primary business to which the slot machine operations are merely incidental.”

The resort association, which represents many of the big casino chains in Las Vegas, began objecting to Dotty’s taverns and others like it last year.

Critics have called the opposition a boldfaced move by the taverns’ primary opponent, Station Casinos, to muscle out smaller competitors in a tough economy. The county ordinance prompted a lawsuit against the county and county commission from the owner of the Dotty’s chain, which claims its due process rights were violated.

Nevada regulators already have approved hundreds of Dotty’s and similar taverns over the years. They have recently acknowledged the need to revisit the tavern regulations, which are muddy and have been subject to debate in years past.

The association says its action stems from a proliferation of “slot arcades” after the passage of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act in 2006, which outlawed smoking in bars that serve meals and led many bars to preserve customers’ right to smoke by ditching food. Such bars, they argue, violate state regulations requiring that gambling be “incidental” to a bar’s business.

“Nevada has long emphasized the state’s public policy that the ability to conduct gaming is a privilege and not a right,” according to the petition. “To obtain and exercise that privilege, licenses are granted to those who are willing to make the necessary capital investment that creates jobs and generates tax revenue for the benefit of the state.”

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  1. SO THE GREEDY GAMING WHORES NEED MORE MONEY.NOT ENOUGH SUCKERS TO FILL THEIR GREEY TIGHT ASS SLOTS HUH?

    FUC GAMING AND ALL CASINOS

  2. Resort Association........Don't they mean the Casino lobby???

  3. Time to follow the money.

    Mr. Sisolak started all the uproar about Dotty's with the county. Now the county gets to defend a lawsuit by Dotty's and their right to do business since they have been approved by the county and state for years.

    Thank Mr. Sisolak for the loss of income and the legal expenses that the county is going to spend on.

    BTW, What happened to the promise the Resort Association made to all the smaller bar owners about them getting the Smoking ban overturned?

  4. If anything should be banned, it's the NV Resort Assoc. "Competition good! Monopolies bad!"

  5. VEGAS IS A HAS BEEN TOWN

    ITS TIME TO LEAVE FOLKS

    NOTHING GOOD WILL COME OUT OF THIS TOWN FOR A LONG LONG TIME

    RIP
    SUCKERS

  6. If it smells like a slot parlor, if it looks like a slot parlor, then it is a slot parlor.

  7. OK, if this ban goes into effect, all the operating slot parlors and approved slot parlors should be permitted and grandfathered in. It's not fair to change the rules in the middle of the game.