March 13, 2000 |
Ex-Chicago cop Fred Pascente couldn't believe his rotten luck: Here was a crony calling with news that his days as a Vegas gambler were gone for good. Like a snake-eyes roll of the dice, the former detective had just landed on a not-so-elite index of desert undesirables: Nevada's 40-year-old casino "Black Book."
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November 18, 1999 |
When Manuel Osvaldo Nacrur stepped off a plane in Miami last year, he got a rude surprise. Instead of catching his connecting flight home to Los Angeles, Nacrur was handcuffed, jailed 10 days, then hauled around the country in a prisoner van for more than two weeks. Finally, a federal lawsuit charges, he was delivered to the Las Vegas authorities who had issued a warrant for his arrest. His alleged crime? The San Fernando Valley resident owed the MGM Grand casino $45,000 in gambling debts.
February 10, 1991 |
Each year, millions of vacationers stream into Nevada's resorts to see fabulous floor shows, play golf and frolic in cerulean swimming pools. Oh, yes. They gamble, too. Most arrive by car or, particularly in the case of Las Vegas, by plane. But a small number--about a tenth of Las Vegas's 18.1 million visitors and a fifth of Laughlin's nearly 3 million visitors--arrived by buses in 1989, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
October 7, 2001 |
This gambling boom town helped make Grant Thornton the man he is today, and now it's not quite sure how best to help him and those who share his plight. As a successful concrete contractor riding the wave of new construction, Thornton owned a big home, a ski boat to play at Lake Mead and off-road vehicles to play in the desert. But he also liked to play in the casinos. And over the years, he funneled his wealth down the slots of the gambling machines that drive this town.
December 15, 1988 |
Developer Donald J. Trump, who is seeking federal approval to buy a controlling interest in Los Angeles-based Caesars World Inc., could also face stiff scrutiny from Nevada gaming officials if either he or the casino company amass substantial debt in trying to consummate or fight the deal.
September 9, 1994 |
In what appears to be the first case of its kind, Nevada authorities have charged a top Las Vegas casino with allowing a minor to gamble in an incident in which a 19-year-old lost more than $6,200 in three hours of pre-dawn play at the blackjack tables. The incident occurred at Bally's Las Vegas, known as one of the Strip's most resolutely adult-oriented casino-hotels.