MGM, Aria Face Fines for Blocking Gaming Agents

Two state gaming agents watching a game of roulette at the Aria were told they were “not welcome,” according to a two-count complaint. The law mandates that all gaming be public.

MGM could face 0,000 fine

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has filed a complaint against the Aria Hotel-Casino and MGM Resorts International for keeping state gaming agents from surveying Aria’s high-limit gaming floor. Aria could be fined between $25,000 and $250,000 for each of two counts in the complaint, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The resort reportedly could settle the matter or face a hearing before the Nevada Gaming Commission.

According to the complaint, two gaming agents were watching customers play roulette in Aria’s exclusive Salon Prive when their view was blocked. A casino supervisor told the agents the players “did not want to be watched.” An agent reportedly was told observation of the roulette game was “not welcome.” The agents did not identify themselves, according to the Associated Press.

The resort’s floor supervisor even threatened to summon security to keep the agents away from the table.

The complaint says MGM has been involved in similar violations at the company’s “other luxury brands” and “has historically been aware of the need for vigilance in ensuring that the public has access to gaming.”

MGM Resorts spokesman Gordon Absher said the company “respects the Gaming Control Board greatly and acknowledge that our employee did not follow company procedures in this instance. Aria is committed to a high level of regulatory compliance and looks forward to resolving this matter in the near future.”

The Gaming Board typically issues warnings before bringing formal complaints, the AP reported.

“We expect to present this matter to the Gaming Commission, and we trust that this process will produce a fair result,” Absher said.