Nevada Gaming Officials Close Silver Spur
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) _ Thirty gaming control board agents swept into the Silver Spur Casino on Wednesday and closed the property, citing skimming, fake jackpots and other gaming violations.
The agents picked 7:30 a.m. as the time to raid the Silver Sput so there would be few customers, Gaming Control Board Chairman Mike Rumbolz said.
As the raid began, 30 agents pulled up to the casino in a dozen separate vehicles, surrounding the club. They entered the casino and swarmed around machines, with one taking photographs and another shutting down the machines.
No one was allowed to enter or leave the casino immediately after the raid began.
Warrants were served at the casino and three other locations as gaming officials searched for records involving the property, Rumbolz said.
The warrants, Rumbolz said, were issued based on a nine-count complaint alleging skimming and failing to properly report revenues. He added state investigators have records detailing some alleged skimming, an illegal practice whereby casinos fail to accurately report their receipts.
The complaint seeks fines of at least $3 million and revocation of all gaming licenses held by the club and its owners.
Rumbolz identified the Silver Spur licensees as Sidney Rudich and Jeff Jolcover. The club and a slot route operation are part of Rujo Inc. operated by the two men.
The state action also requires the club owners to stay off the premises while the investigation is pending and prevents them from getting any profits from the club.
The Nevada Gaming Commission approved the forced closure on Tuesday in an emergency two-hour, closed-door session.