Editorial


EDITORIAL   June 24, 2018
The Ideologues of the Gaming Control Board

For the most part the rank and file members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board are above and beyond reproach. They are hardworking, dedicated and good citizens serving Nevada and keeping casino gambling on the straight and narrow. The following comments are not directed to these fine people. These comments are directed to the powers to be that allows the GCB to continually hide and suppress public information behind an archaic Nevada law: NRS 463.335(16) and under the provisions of NRS Chapter 239.
This law keeps the facts, historical data and the truth from the public. The law makes it illegal for the GCB to release anything about a gaming licensee or investigation to practically anyone.  This means they won’t give you a photo of a past legendary deceased hotel owner, or a picture of an interior of an imploded casino, if they had one.  And what about the interesting cases that were investigated 30 or 40 years ago.  Everyone in the case has passed away, and yet they won’t reveal anything to a person requesting some information.  A STONE WALL!
Nevada’s gaming regulators use this law as dictators over the public in a manner that is unjust competition. When they need to inspect, peruse or examine a fact in a file, they can do so under the precept that it is within the law, yet if a subject of the file needs to defend him or herself it practically take an act of Congress to even look at what is even contained in the secret file. Even a person who has been investigated by the secretive Gaming Control Board isn’t even allowed to view their own file.

Even a researcher who wants to historical facts about a deceased gaming operator regarding confirmation of employment in a vintage casino in the 1970s is denied.
This is beyond reasonable and in the spirit of fair dealing and there must be a reason that the GBC wants to keep this information secret. Perhaps a legitimate right of privacy excuse would apply in some cases. Certainly sensitive personal information should not be disclosed that could cause harm to a living subject if the file. But in the case of deceased gaming licensees and investigations of these persons, keeping this information in a vault is akin to a dictatorship running our state.
The reason of protecting Nevada Gaming from innuendo, speculation and the possibility of bad press is not acceptable in this new age of social media and 24/7 worldwide news facilities.

The files in the secret vaults of the Gaming Control Board are valuable to history and accuracy. The FBI has released much of the information via the FOIA and is available to the public for a postage stamp. So why then, has the GCB not released the same information. Is it because of the fear of a lawsuit? The last time this writer checked the law, a dead man could not file a law suit.

There are hundreds if not thousands of files in the secret protected filing cabinets of the Nevada’s Gaming Control Board that belong to the educational curriculum of gaming history.  Try to search the internet to find a picture of Ed Torres or Maurice Friedman.  Good luck!

The reason the Fascist high lamas at the GCB may have another reason that they don’t want this information released and open for research is because there may be many smoking guns in the files that implicate past Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board members in wrongdoing, unfair dealing and flat out criminal activity.

I say fellow Nevadans, petition your Assembly persons, write letters to your State Senators and initiate action to change NRS 463.335(16) certain provisions of NRS Chapter 239, and rewrite this archaic law to a more reasonable and open legislation.

Here is an example of a request for a simple request of verification of employment of Larry Snow (Snofsky), a former Baccarat gaming executive at Caesars Palace and who was once turned down for a gaming license at the historic Moulin Rouge in 1951-52.

Mr. Munari,

We have looked into your Public Records Request dated, November 19, 2017. It is our understanding that you are looking for all documents pertaining to Larry Snofsky’s (aka Snow) employment at either the Dunes Hotel or Sands Hotel. The Nevada Gaming Control Board does not maintain employment records from the Dunes Hotel or Sands Hotel. Please contact those companies directly.

Thank you,

XXXX XXXXXXXXX
Administrative Assistant III
Administrative Division
Nevada Gaming Control Board

COMMENT ON THE ABOVE RESPONSE     Does the Gaming Control Board realize that the Sands and the Dunes are out of business?  And to tell me that they have NO records on a man that they once turned down for a license, then allowed him to work as the Baccarat Manager at Caesars Palace,  is ridiculous!

Mr. Munari,
The Board has no information to confirm whether Larry Snofsky was employed with the Sands Hotel. Please call me if you need further clarification.
Thank you,
Barbara Bolton, MBA
Information Management Coordinator
Custodian of Records
Nevada Gaming Control Board
From: Geno Munari
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 5:53 PM
To: Bolton, Barbara
Cc: Administration – RecordsResearch – CC <RecordsResearchCC@gcb.nv.gov>
Subject: Re: Public Records Request – Munari
TO: Barbara Bolton
I am an receipt of your letter explaining your position regarding my request for verification of employment of Larry Snofsky. You write, “The Board is entrusted with maintaining the confidential nature of the Board’s work product, employment registration information, and privileged information and, therefore, is unable to comply with the request.”
What I question is why is a simple employment verification from a period of 40 plus years ago, of a person that is deceased, considered a confidential nature and privileged information?
No harm can come from the release of this information, and appears to me that it could be released if the GCB wanted to release it. From what you replied it appears that you do have discretion in releasing certain information.
Please explain what the criterion is for the GCB to release information if it decides to do so, or better put: what constitutes the information to be sensitive after 40 years?
The reason I am asking this is because you indicated in a previous email that you needed to check with the Attorney General’s office. The mere fact that you suggested this indicates that the NRS statue permits release of information that the GCB does not consider confidential and privileged.
Most sincerely
Geno Munari
________________________________________
From: Bolton, Barbara
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:48:59 PM
To: munari@msn.com
Cc: Administration – RecordsResearch – CC
Subject: Public Records Request – Munari
Mr. Munari,
I am in receipt of your two emails: November 19, 2017 Public Records Request to the Gaming Control Board and December 13, 2017 to Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Alamo. Both emails seek information/verification with regard to Larry Snofsky aka Larry Snow and his employment history at the Sands Hotel and Dunes Hotel and Country Club.
The Nevada Public Records Act does not mandate that state agencies provide information upon request by the public but, instead, requires the production of documentation that it maintains as public record. In addition, documentation maintained by the Board related to gaming employee registrations is deemed confidential pursuant to NRS 463.335(16) and under the provisions of NRS Chapter 239, the Board is only required to produce public records, upon request, that are not otherwise deemed confidential. Pursuant to NRS 239.010, confidential documents are not public records. The Board is entrusted with maintaining the confidential nature of the Board’s work product, employment registration information, and privileged information and, therefore, is unable to comply with the request.
Separately, and in your December 13, 2017 email, you mentioned the Moulin Rouge. I have attached a copy of the only public document the Board can provide relative to Mr. Snofsky’s. No other information can be provided to you at this time.
Thank you,
Barbara Bolton, MBA
Information Management Coordinator
Custodian of Records
Nevada Gaming Control Board

​EDITORIAL OCT.  23, 2017

Carlos Marcello. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell)

Carlos Marcello and the Edward Becker Incident

I did not believe that the sealed files relating to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination would ever be released.  But I am wrong.  This week President Donald Trump is releasing them, excepting any last minute security delays.

I have decided this is the perfect time to release my sealed files on information regarding Edward N. Becker’s claim that Carlos Marcello threatened the life of John F. Kennedy.  A  detailed report on this important information can be located here.

 

 

EDITORIAL Oct. 8, 2017

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EDITORIAL Oct. 6, 2017

Clang of the Slot Machines and the Gaming Global Expo
A reoccurring theme that seems to being espoused by several companies at the recent 2017 Gaming Global Expo in Las Vegas is that the public is getting tired of slot machines as they have existed in casinos since 2008. The companies trying to promote and sell new devices seem to have arrived at a false conclusion that these “esports” devices, which are a combination of video slot machines and video gaming machines, is the cure-all for declining slot play in Las Vegas and elsewhere.
The Nevada Gaming Abstract indicates that slot machine play has been on the downtrend since 2008 and that the average Las Vegas strip casino has decreased the amount of slot machines by 450 machines. That is interesting because a few years ago the operators of the Desert Inn learned that the slot machine count on the casino floor of around 450 machines total indeed hampered the casino’s earning abilities. This was about 1 machine for every two rooms. This was an inefficient amount of machines to handle the average amount of guests per room. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority there are approximately 2.2 people per room per room night stay.

Are the assumptions that people are getting tired of the standard slot machine and millennials in need of more computer look-a-like gaming slot machines? Not necessarily so.
With the elimination of coins in slot machine play which means that there are no handling of coins, no clinking of coins and no familiar hopper sounds of coins dropping into the metal bowl. All the winners play annoying music and the dropping coins have been replaced by silent printed cash tickets.

This is the difference. People want to participate and handle the coins. The casino should take surveys and see exactly how the people who gamble feel. Another interesting fact is that there are more people in the Las Vegas area, more than 2.1 million. The people that have played these machines are living longer therefore there is no shortage of players. Did the casinos ever think that their patrons just don’t like these new marketing changes? Why don’t they ask them?
Slot manufacturers want to sell product and need to give reasons to the casino that may not be valid reasons to buy these new devices. Let’s go back to clang of the coin and see how the slot play increases.

 

EDITORIAL  July 1, 2017

More on the Want-to-be Big Shot
The local guy that keeps telling everyone that he has the inside on the mob and Lansky,  really has pulled the wool over a local organization.  If someone in the organization asked a few questions and did a little research before booking their speakers they might stumble on the problems with his story.  We aren’t being mysterious writing about this character by not revealing his name at this time, but rather we would prefer to give the person enough rope to do himself in.  He certainly may have met Meyer Lansky on a train and he may have worked at the Flamingo, but the other part of his story that he is not telling you will make you doubt if he was really close to Meyer Lansky at all.
He says Meyer Lansky was his mentor. If he was Meyer’s boy, Meyer certainly would not approve of what this creep admitted doing.  We actually have this person on tape, with his permission,  revealing things he did that would embarrass himself and his associates.  If a few of his associates were still alive and they heard about this information he freely admitted to, this guy’s safety could have been at risk.  It would also anger some people in the Nevada gaming industry, including owners,  operators, stockholders, Gaming Control Board members, and perhaps the FBI. He also admitted, with a witness present,  that he lied about a certain incident concerning his so-called friend, Johnny Rosselli.  He said he lied because it would help his book sales.
Perhaps  the  whole thing is made up? Who knows for sure.   But one thing that is known for sure is this man’s FOIA.  He gave the FOIA to a certain person, freely and not being under duress.  This official FBI document tells a story that Meyer would not find too Kosher. Chances are he hoodwinked the FBI as well. This  local organization should look to people who really know the truth before promoting someone that could lead to a big embarrassment and the promotion of an un-true story about Las Vegas.

 

EDITORIAL   April 29, 2017

It is appalling to listen and see reports on a local TV station about a person that  distorts history and misrepresents the truth to be associated with or be recognized as a “mob” pal.  There have been many legendary characters that have worked and lived in Las Vegas with connections to the hidden bosses, sometime called the “mob”, the “Outfit”, the Syndicate, the LCN, the Mafia and other similar names.  There is no question that these operators controlled many casinos in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe and other locations in Nevada.  They were brilliant operators that worked without computers, board meetings and corporate jets.  They hired many local individuals and imported many soldiers to man the trenches in the casinos.  Those that had the opportunity to work for these operators were bound by loyalty, pride and ability.  They possessed the skills to perform their jobs.  But there is nothing worse and grave as misrepresenting the truth and changing history by making falsehoods up about who they represented and what they did.  These untruths have been put forth for money, attention and wanting others to have a high regard for them.   They basically want to change history to suit their fantasy.  It is not going to happen under this watch.
This individual enlisted this writer for a project that included research and writing on stories about the individual and Las Vegas.  After months of work, I was at a stumbling point about a major part of the work because the facts did not jive.  After a serious meeting and confrontation, the individual admitted that he lied about the incident and did so to increase interest in the book.  That was the reason to terminate the relationship for me.  This is not sour grapes in any fashion.  I will not be a party to a lie that would have changed history, period.   There is more, but I will save this for a sequel.
Anyone can say anything about any past hotel or legendary owner because almost everyone that really knows the truth is dead.  Who can argue or correct the falsehood and present the truth?  However there still are a few of the real old timers around who know the real story and can fact check and correct the many falsehoods that are presented by speakers and barkers of books about Las Vegas and the mob.
You creeps know who you are!  Beware! Every word you write, every statement you make is recorded for history and you will be found out.  It is just a matter of time.  Bye the way, the individual I am speaking about was referred to as a creep by one of the highest officers in the corporation.  I know because this person told me so, in person.  My research verifies the fitting description.
The enablers who assist these fairy tale spreading maggots are just as guilty.  You enablers will be embarrassed when the real facts are revealed with details, names, places and evidence. If the enablers did a little checking, they would suddenly stumble upon all the true facts that expose this person.  Hint: check out the documents that the individual proudly shows off: they may be fake!
This individual likes to brag how he knows this certain big time individual in business.  Well let me tell you this:  If this big time businessman knew what this individual had done in the past when they were associated together, (which is basically a big no-no in this business) he would never speak to him again.  And I mean NEVER!
There is one individual boasting about how he was the eyes and ears of a certain well known gangster.  If this gangster were alive today, he would probably put a contract out on the guy’s life for his actions and allegations.  The individual is so far off, he must be on medication, to even think he is believable.  He is not even aware of the many contradictions in his story.  In fact, the true story of a situation the individual refers to, cannot be written about, because of serious respect for the family of the real subjects in the matter.  Trust me on this one.  This story, that has never appeared anywhere, is a blockbuster that will turn the town upside down.  But I promise it will be told in due time for generations to come.
Your probably saying: why don’t you tell his name?  I might in time, hoping he would sue me.  Then through the legal term called discovery, shocking evidence would be discovered.