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Golden Gaming subsidiary agrees to pay $20,000 fine to settle complaint

11 November 2013

LAS VEGAS -- The slot machine route operation subsidiary of tavern and casino owner Golden Gaming, Inc. agreed to pay a $20,000 fine to settle a three-count complaint with the Gaming Control Board for failing to notify regulators that it was operating 10 games at a Las Vegas tavern.

The complaint was filed last month and said Golden Route operations added 10 slot machines to The 25 Bar & Grill, 4531 Las Vegas Blvd. North, between September 2011 and December 2011. The company had been facing $30,000 in fines — $10,000 per complaint.

The Nevada Gaming Commission will need to approve the settlement at its meeting in Las Vegas later this month.

According to the complaint, neither Golden Route Operations nor the operator of the tavern, had been issued a gaming license for the business.

In the complaint, Golden Route Operations told gaming agents the company was unaware the tavern’s manager did not have approval from the owner to enter into a participation agreement with the slot machine route operator.

Golden Route reportedly paid gaming revenues of $20,552 to the bar’s operator over an undisclosed time period, according to the complaint.

In September, the tavern’s owner, Burdett Edward Jones, agreed to pay a $2,000 fine to the Nevada Gaming Commission to settle a four-count complaint that included similar charges, as well as an unlawful transfer of interest in a gaming operation.

Golden Gaming’s slot machine route operations is the largest in the state, with 8,500 games in some 650 locations.