LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Day clubs and nightclubs are becoming a bigger part of the Las Vegas experience for many but along with the fun comes some of the illicit activities that have landed some big name hotels and casinos in serious trouble.
On any given night, it’s a party in Sin City.
“Any clubs of our size, you’re talking 3,000 to 5,000 people every time those doors open,” said Todd Fasulo, Wynn Las Vegas Vice President of Security and Crisis Management.
There is a constant choreography of searching, metal detection, ID checks and a look out for what doesn’t belong.
“We don’t tolerate one single bit,” said Fasulo.
The Wynn and Encore were recently ranked in the top 2 among the 50 best casinos in America, as determined by people using TripAdvisor.
Fasulo, a former Assistant Sheriff with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, is tasked with keeping the properties safe.
“I think a lot of it comes from by previous experience being a police officer for so long,” said Fasulo.
Fasulo says the club industry as a whole has changed a lot in the past decade.
“Years ago, we recognized at Metro [police] that we needed to get out in front of the club industry and actually put some best practices into place,” said Fasulo.
13 Investigates reviewed documents from the Nevada Gaming Control Board dating back to 2009 which show some prominent Las Vegas casinos have run afoul of state regulators when it comes to clubs.
Specifically, the documents show state regulators were concerned with “Incidences of excessive inebriation, drug distribution and abuse, violence, the involvement of minors and the handling of those individuals who became incapacitated while at the club[s]”
Documents show several hotel and casinos including, Mandalay Bay, Planet Hollywood, The Palms, and Hard Rock