Despite threatened disciplinary action against his company, the CEO of Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment was recommended for licensing by the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday.
During his licensing testimony, Raymond Pineault, who was appointed President and CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority on May 27, apologized to the members of the Control Board for violating state law at the opening of the Virgin Hotel Las Vegas on March 25 Violated health and safety regulations.
The board members unanimously voted to recommend Pineault’s eligibility application to the Nevada Gaming Commission, which is expected to be released on Jan.
Rule 5 complaint 5
The board of directors filed a 17-page complaint against MGNV, LLC, which operates as Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas. The Mohegan Tribe is one of three partners that operate Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
In the five-tier complaint, Assistant Attorney General John Michela said the company was violating Ordinance 5 because it “failed to use discretion and good judgment to prevent incidents that reflected the reputation of the state of Nevada and could act as harm”. to develop the industry ”for the operation of his casino.
The complaint expressly mentioned guests who did not wear face coverings and who did not distance themselves appropriately during the party at the opening of the hotel casino.
For three of the five alleged violations, the Board of Trustees cited photos from the Las Vegas Review-Journal as evidence, and for the other two it noted social media postings on the official Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Twitter account with photos of people without face coverings or not respecting social distancing. The Virgin Hotels posts have since been removed.
One of Virgin Hotels’ posts identified guests, including photos of actor, television and radio host Mario Lopez. The complaint found that Lopez did not eat, drink or smoke in the photos, which was allowed under the emergency instructions ordered by Governor Steve Sisolak.
A settlement and clause were drafted for the consideration of the Nevada Gaming Commission recommending a $ 600,000 fine for Mohegan Sun.
It is unclear when the Gambling Commission will examine the complaint of the control committee and the settlement agreement.
Take incidents “very seriously”
Pineault, who has been the first license applicant to appear in person before the supervisory body since March 2020, took a proactive approach to discussing the disciplinary measure with the board members.
“We agreed to reach an agreement on our property in Nevada and based on incidents the night we opened,” Pineault told the board members.
“As the head of the organization, I take full responsibility for the lack of judgment and failure of our team to comply with Gaming Control Board and state standards on the date in question. There is nothing more important to me and our organization than the safety of our team, our guests and the community, and I know there is no excuse for this behavior, ”he said.
“However, I would like to assure the board that I am not like this as an individual and not as an organization,” he said. “We take the concerns and violations that have been expressed very seriously and have taken remedial action immediately after becoming aware of the incident.”
Pineault originally applied for licensing as the company’s chief operating officer and interim CEO, but on May 27, he was named full-time CEO by the company, replacing Mario Kontomerkos.
Pineault is based in Uncasville, Connecticut, the home of the company’s flagship Mohegan Sun resort. He has no plans to move to Nevada.
Following the opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, the company continues its growth plans with the development of a resort in Seoul, South Korea, attached to Incheon International Airport and opening in 2023. Pineault said the casino there is strictly for tourists and not open to South Koreans.
Another Mohegan property remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Pineault has held numerous positions with the company since 2005, including as an internal legal advisor. He was credited with relocating a Women’s National Basketball Association team from Orlando, Florida to Connecticut. The Connecticut Sun WNBA team plays in an arena at Mohegan Sun Resort.