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Atlantic City Roundup

17 December 2001

by Joe Weinert

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey –- The No. 2 lawyer at Park Place Entertainment quickly remarried her current husband after New Jersey investigators found that their initial marriage was improper.

The Division of Gaming Enforcement discovered that Kim Sinatra, Park Place's deputy general counsel, listed a bogus date of Feb. 13, 1992, for the divorce from her first husband. In fact, a New York court had not formally entered her divorce until May 1, 1992.

In the meantime, she married her current husband on Feb. 28, 1992. Sinatra told DGE investigators that assumed that the New York decree would have occurred by the date she listed because she had filed it two months earlier.

Sinatra told investigators that she exercised poor judgment and it was "dumb, a bad thing" to have done.

The Casino Control Commission has called for a hearing into the matter as part of her application to qualify for New Jersey licensure.

The DGE, despite the negative information, recommended that Sinatra be qualified "because these events occurred nearly 10 years ago, she has demonstrated remose for her actions, no one was defrauded, misled or injured on account thereof, she made no effort to conceal this matter, and in view of her recent remarriage to Mr. (William) Silbey rectifying the situation."

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The New Jersey Casino Control Commission passed a stopgap equal-opportunity plan that governs Atlantic City casino hiring practices.

The agency was forced to gut affirmative-action rules from the plan after a federal judge found them unconstitutional in October. Casinos must still afford equal opportunity to all applicants but no longer can use regulations that they try to achieve "goals" of having 46 percent women in their workforce and 25 percent minority in most job categories.

Commission Chairman James Hurley said the agency did not have time to fully rework the so-called Equal Employment and Business Opportunity Plan before a Dec. 15. He said he wants help from casinos and incoming Gov. Jim McGreevey's administration in drafting a new plan.

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Slot-machine revenue at the two Connecticut Indian casinos, which represent Atlantic City's biggest competition, rose a combined 16.2 percent, to $120.4 million, in November.

Mohegan Sun, benefiting from its $1 billion expansion this fall, reported a 32.3 percent gain in slot revenue, to $57.3 million. Nearby Foxwoods reported a 4.6 percent gain, to $63.1 million.

The two casinos do not publicly report their table-games revenue, which analysts estimate accounts for slightly more than a quarter of their gaming revenue.

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