Downtown Las Vegas has been slowly coming back to life over the past few months. Unfortunately, not everything has been going perfectly for the casinos that are now open here. New reports indicate the Fremont Hotel-Casino is in trouble with the NGCB over the wrongful detainment of a patron.
The reports certainly give this venue a bad look. It comes at an unfortunate time, too, as all casinos in Las Vegas are working hard to attract new players right now. Today, we’re going to look at the details of these new reports.
Let’s get into it!
Andrew Simon is the New CEO of the Fremont Street Experience
In December of 1995, the Fremont Street Experience officially opened to the public. At the time, it was one of the impressive structures ever built in Las Vegas. Several renovations have taken place here over the years and it remains one of the most-visited areas of the city.
A huge number of famous hotel-casinos are located on the Fremont Street Experience. That includes the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, The D Las Vegas, and Fremont Hotel-Casino. Of course, the number of tourists here has plummeted in 2020.
Back in July, Patrick Hughes announced he was stepping down as the CEO of this popular outdoor venue. Last week, news broke that Andrew Simon was named as the new CEO of the Fremont Street Experience. The longtime marketing expert enters the role coming from AXS TV and should help to boost tourism numbers here over the next six months.
“There is an unprecedented level of excitement at Fremont Street Experience with the $32 million upgrade in Viva Vision, the upcoming opening of Circa Resort & Casino, and the milestone celebration of our 25th anniversary this December,” Simon said in a statement to the media.
Simon is right about the excitement surrounding the Fremont Street Experience. Several new gambling venues are opening here over the next few years. Most of the focus is on Circa Resort & Casino. This new venue will feature the largest and most impressive swimming pool ever built in Las Vegas.
Things are still difficult for all of the casinos in Las Vegas. One has recently been hit with new complaints from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Fremont Hotel-Casino Faces Official Complains From the NGCB
As we just mentioned, several popular casinos are located directly on the Fremont Street Experience. One of the most popular is the Fremont Hotel and Casino, which first opened its doors back in 1956. This venue has seen its room occupancy and casino revenue drop considerably over the past six months.
Things seemed to be slowly improving. Tourism rates in Las Vegas have been gradually increasing as the months go on. Gambling revenue remains significantly lower in the city than it was in 2019, though.
The progress that the Fremont Hotel-Casino might be coming to an end soon. New reports claim this venue is facing four official complaints from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. These complaints allege this property unrightfully detained one of their patrons and failed to properly investigate the incident.
Back in November of 2019, a female patron inside this venue’s casino was detained for more than 90 minutes for allegedly using another player’s money to gamble at a slot machine. Video footage investigated by the NGBC shows the patron did not, in fact, do anything wrong inside the casino.
“Under the circumstances, there was no need to detain the patron or subject her to the treatment given to her and the threats to try and force a confession out of her. The matter could have been resolved without even speaking to her, let alone detaining her for 90 minutes,” the NGCB claims.
This is not the type of publicity that this casino needs right now. All of the major hotel-casinos in Las Vegas are struggling to attract players. This new report may give the Fremont Hotel-Casino the image of a casino that illegally detains its players.
We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks!
Is it Time for Las Vegas Casinos to Ramp Up Security?
2020 has been the worst year in history for the city of Las Vegas. Prior to March, the idea of shutting down all of the city’s casinos would have seemed impossible. Even now, Las Vegas is seeing its tourism and casino revenue down from last year.
Most of the top casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are now open. Intense safety measures are set in place to help protect guests and employees from the new coronavirus. Some now feel it’s time for these properties to ramp up with security, as well.
Just a few weeks ago, a massive fight broke out at the Wynn Las Vegas Casino-Resort. It didn’t take long for the hotel to file charges against those involved. This Wednesday, a shooting was reported at the Aria Hotel-Casino.
These violent incidents are not unheard of in Las Vegas. Some feel they are ramping up this year, though. Several major hotels, including the Aria, have announced they are increasing their security as a result of this rise in violence.
It’s been a tough year for the city of Las Vegas. The latest news on the Fremont Hotel-Casino certainly won’t help things. It will be interesting to see how things look at the end of the year.
Do you plan to visit Las Vegas before the end of the year? Which hotel are you staying at? Let us know in the comments section below!