By HOWARD STUTZ
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The primary owner of a slot machine route operation, whose wife is an investor in a potential Clark County medical marijuana dispensary, said state gaming regulators “blindsided” him when they told owners of a Las Vegas restaurant — where he was set to manage five slot machines — to find a new partner.
In an interview Monday, Nevada Gaming Partners owner Bruce Familian said several of his current clients have been told by state gaming agents they need to find another route operator because of Thursday’s ruling. Nevada Gaming Partners manages slot machines in roughly 40 Las Vegas bars, taverns, convenience stores, and restaurants.
“Right now, I’m in damage control,” Familian said.
Familian said he “was taken by complete surprise” when the Gaming Control Board stipulated the Crab Corner on South Rainbow Boulevard could only have its slot machine license if it contracted with a different slot route operator.