Hearings on Delta Downs Slots Canceled

by Hector San Miguel

Two separate meetings set for Feb. 27 to look into problems at Delta Downs were canceled.

Boyd Racing was ordered last week to attend an administrative hearing in Baton Rouge, La., at the offices of the Gaming Control Board, but the hearing was canceled. Meanwhile, a Louisiana Racing Commission meeting also was canceled.

The administrative hearing was ordered after Boyd ran into problems with its slot-machine parlor Feb. 21 that resulted in the temporary suspension of Boyd Racing's license to operate the slots. The parlor was closed for the better part of the day.

The racing commission meeting was expected to address whether Boyd Racing should be fined for not timely filing attendance reports.

Rob Stillwell, a Boyd spokesman based in Las Vegas, Nev., said the administrative hearing was canceled because the casino was able to address the problems found by state police. "Things are going very well," he said.

Boyd voluntarily agreed to close the Delta Downs slots operation Feb. 27 from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. as a "precautionary drill that we are going through to make sure everything is still going as good as it has been," Stillwell said.

The problemsat the track were in the areas of accounting, underage gamblers, jackpot payouts, and surveillance. Boyd officials and state police blamed the "overwhelming" number of patrons that have visited the slot parlor since it opened Feb. 13.