Nevada approves testing labs; Ohio sniffing out cheats; Biloxi casino approved

nevada testingGaming Laboratories International (GLI) has been approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board as a Registered Independent Testing Lab as part of reforms initiated by Governor Brian Sandoval. They came as part of AB279 that sets out the privatization of testing. GLI president and CEO James Maida commented: “Our goal is to keep testing costs where they were while striving to increase value to customers and to maintain or improve upon the current testing times. Our overall objective is to make sure the tests are done with unparalleled quality, accuracy, speed and independence for the Nevada Gaming Control Board.”

GLI weren’t the only ones celebrating, as BMM International were awarded the same licence and the two become Nevada’s first independent testing labs. Commenting on the approvals, NGCB chairman Mark Lipparelli said: “The registration of independent test labs ensures Nevada’s longer term competitive standing in the gaming industry.”

He added: “Innovation in gaming technology is advancing at an increasing speed. Registered independent test labs allow our state to materially expand its resource base with respect to testing new technologies.”

One of America’s newest casino destinations, Ohio, is already catching up with cheats and is compiling information in preparation to press charges. Matthew Schuler, executive director of Ohio Casino Control Commission, told that agents are trying to find information on the cases, of which there are thought to be 25 across the state’s two venues. They had been expecting “scam artists” to try and gain from the new security systems that are in place as well as the fact a number of the dealers are rookies.

Biloxi’s latest casino business has been approved by the Mississippi Gaming Commission making it the 10th casino in the city. The Biloxi Boardwalk Casino & Resort is the brainchild of Chris Ferrara and is being built on the site of a former Heinz factory. It will contain a 50,000 square foot casino and 100,000 square foot convention centre and mean a $100 million investment on the businessman’s behalf.