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October 4, 2007

Harrah's Cut Corners With Rio Renovation? Unsafe?

Posted by Hunter

Wow, another crazy story, this time involving Harrah's and the Rio.

Did officials cut corners during a recent renovation? It seems some contractors have come forward and alleged this may be the case.

Clark County is on the case.


Read archived comments (10 so far)
October 6, 2007 11:50 AM Posted by Mike T

This case disgusts me, and what disgusts me even more is that Harrah's may escape without enduring much in the way of penalties. I am absolutely flabbergasted as to how a company the size and stature of Harrah's could even conceive of doing such extensive remodeling work on one of their primary assets without obtaining the proper permits and inspections. There is absolutely no excuse for that at all.

October 6, 2007 12:42 PM Posted by Mark D
Here's a link to an earlier story in the investigation. They say that some of the electrical wiring they are accused of not having inspected could lead to a similar situation that sparked the infamous MGM Grand fire in 1980 that claimed 87 lives.

October 6, 2007 8:47 PM Posted by mike_ch

Those floors were shut down this morning as per county order.

October 7, 2007 1:07 AM Posted by Mike T

At the very least, Harrah's should incur a massive fine for this. Such reckless behavior by anyone, let alone a holder of a privileged license, is simply unacceptable. And to make matters worse, the RJ also reported that the managers who oversaw this remodel are now running a Harrah's subsidiary which is in charge of, you guessed it, casino remodels.

October 7, 2007 3:49 PM Posted by mike_ch

They won't. The state doesn't seem to really care that much, and they maintain building and fire codes. They might be concerned that if they punish Harrah's too hard for being sloppy in Vegas, Harrah's will compensate by cutting back elsewhere in the state such as Reno and Laughlin where they're a big fish in a small pond.

And the county? Heh, you gotta be kidding me.

October 9, 2007 9:47 AM Posted by BillyInLasVegas

It gets better, now that all the rooms at the Rio have reopened, they've shut down 600 rooms at Harrah's.

Here's the story from the RJ

October 11, 2007 10:56 PM Posted by ann

You should see the stuff they are pulling in Atlantic City... Think of the worst....

October 17, 2007 11:05 AM Posted by mike_ch

It just keeps getting worse. There's some concerns about the fire system at Harrah's now, although the reports to the press got less and less damning of Harrah's with each passing day.

Due to the dangerous, or not dangerous, or "maybe dangerous but not so dangerous that you shouldn't delay visiting Harrah's Las Vegas with haste" nature of the situation, a regular day/night watch of the closed floors is being conducted in case something catches ablaze.

November 15, 2007 8:02 AM Posted by detroit1051

Harrah's remodeling saga gets worse and worse. They're going private, so I can't sell my HET shares (which I did last year), but I can refuse to stay in any HET property. It is disgraceful behavior. You'd think the MGM and LV Hilton fires would have made companies want to do the right thing.

July 30, 2008 5:16 AM Posted by detroit1051

Harrah's renovation practices are back in the news with allegations of problems at Flamingo. Even if this is a disgruntled employee, Harrah's track record makes the company an easy target.