Sports book fined $25,815 over illegal Derby wagers, software glitch

The Nevada Gaming Commission met in Las Vegas today to consider several licenses and a complaint against a Las Vegas sports book.

The issue: The State Gaming Control Board accused Leroy’s Horse and Sports Place of operating kiosks with a software glitch enabling players to double their deposits and of taking wagers illegally for the 2012 Kentucky Derby at four locations not approved to take race bets.

The Control Board on Nov. 29 filed a two-count complaint that had to be considered by the Gaming Commission.

The vote: 5-0

What it means: The company settled the complaint by agreeing to pay a $25,815 fine and did not contest the charges. It could have been fined a maximum of $100,000 per count.

Leroy’s has since been acquired by Great Britain-based William Hill Plc.

The case involved wagers estimated to total $30,000. Leroy’s self-reported the problem and immediately closed the accounts of gamblers who took advantage of the software glitch. Commission Chairman Peter Bernhard said he was concerned about ongoing problems with kiosk wagers, and the state’s gaming equipment testing laboratory is continuing to monitor kiosk operations.


The issue: MGM Resorts International requested a license to operate a private gaming salon at Bellagio. The commission authorized private salons in 2002 to allow resorts to attract high-roller gamblers who prefer to play in private.

The vote: 5-0

What it means: Bellagio received approval to operate two rooms and MGM expects to have them open in time for Chinese New Year in early February. MGM officials say they expect to request a private salon at the Aria in the future.


The issue: Caesars Interactive, a division of Caesars Entertainment, became the 17th company to be licensed by regulators to offer online poker within the state. Using its World Series of Poker brand, the company will be able to offer real-time games with players competing against each other. Caesars currently offers a free poker site that Commission Chairman Peter Bernhard said he played to test the system.

The vote: 4-0-1, with Commissioner Joe Brown abstaining.

What it means: Caesars Interactive is now licensed, but its site won’t go live until its technology partner, 888 Holdings Plc. of Great Britain, is licensed by the state. The license gives Caesars the ability to offer online poker with real money to players within the borders of the state.