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October 17, 2017

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Aria agrees to $100,000 fine for preventing viewing of roulette game


Steve Marcus

A tram passes in front of Aria during a tour of MGM Mirage’s CityCenter project Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. Properties in the $8.5 billion project will open next month.

CARSON CITY — The Aria on the Las Vegas Strip has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for preventing a pair of state gaming agents from observing a high-stakes roulette game that, under state law, must remain open to the public.

The law states that “access of the general public to gaming activities must not be restricted in any manner except provided by the Legislature.”

In February, the state Gaming Control Board accused the casino, operated by MGM Resorts International, of preventing the agents from watching the roulette game in the casino’s Salon Prive in October 2013.

According to a complaint, a floor supervisor told the agents that the players did not want them watching and threatened to have them removed by security.

The Aria had been warned twice before by the Gaming Control Board of similar violations, according to the complaint.

In a stipulation released Monday, the Aria did not contest the allegations and agreed to the settlement with the board. MGM Resorts noted that it has taken “significant steps” to ensure compliance with state regulations, including educating floor employees about the regulation.

The state Gaming Commission must approve the settlement.

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