RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A casino faces a $1 million fine in a settlement after regulators say an employee used a special key to gather proprietary information about other casinos' slot machines.
Regulators say a Peppermill Corporate Analyst, Ryan Tors, was caught using a reset key in slot machines at the Grand Sierra Resort in July. Security detained him and contacted the Gaming Control Board, which started to investigate. They found that Tors used the key in at least 10 other casinos.
Authorities say the Peppermill encouraged employees to visit competitors' casinos and use the key, which unlocks information about a slot machine's payout. "We don't have any evidence to indicate that they actually did that," said A.G. Burnett, Chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board. "However once you have that information, we still consider obtaining that information in the way that they did, to be a breach of our regulations."
The Peppermill released a statement that reads, in part, "This is certainly a regrettable situation, and the Peppermill apologizes for the obvious lack of judgment on the part of its executive staff. The Peppermill takes full responsibility for the actions of its executives."
The settlement requires final approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission.