Gaming Issue

Probe highlights responsible Gaming issue

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., which prides itself for its work on problem gambling issues, hasn’t yet offered comprehensive responsible gaming training to some of the 930 employees at its Binion’s Horseshoe property in downtown Las Vegas.

The lack of training was cited Thursday in discussions about an alleged incident under investigation by the state Gaming Control Board.

Harrah’s spokesman Gary Thompson said Thursday that under normal circumstances, company employees are given responsible gaming training before they go to work on the casino floor.

“The problem is that this is one of the busiest times of the year for us with the World Series of Poker under way,” Thompson said.

Legislature weighs higher tax on Casinos

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate, exploring ways to raise money for the struggling state budget, might consider a bill that would double a state tax on Detroit’s three casinos.

The bill approved by the House on Wednesday would raise a wager-related tax from 18 percent to 36 percent. House Republicans said the change would generate an additional $90 million to support the city of Detroit, the state’s school aid fund and the state’s general fund.

The state Senate could consider the bill as part of a solution to Michigan’s budget problems, said Bill Nowling, spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema of Wyoming.

Nowling said the bill won’t be referred to a committee but could be taken up at any time by the full Senate.