Nevada Gaming Control Board Investigating Sands’ Shill Allegations
We recently reported on the fascinating world of high-stakes back room gambling by Chinese nationals in Las Vegas Casinos. The whole story came to light when Reuters reported on two “housekeepers” who were been sued for $6.4 million by the Sands for gambling debts accrued to the Sands’ Venetian and Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas.
What came to light was the two “housekeepers” were what are known as shills who are used by Chinese VIP gamblers to hide their real identities. Both women claim they were given a few thousand dollars to sign IOU’s for the real VIP players.
It is now been confirmed that the Nevada Gaming Control Board will be investigating the allegations and are looking to see if the use of shills violates state bookkeeping rules as well as “ decency” requirements of gaming licensees.
The investigation by the Nevada Gaming Control Board was confirmed by Sands Spokesman Ron Reese who said that the GCB “has made inquiries related to this matter and we’ve responded in a timely and transparent manner, as we always do.”
The GCB are not strangers to probing the Sands as they have imposed a $2m fine in May this year for them violating two counts of their Nevada Gaming license.