Board Denies Virginia City Casino Owner Gambling License

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Regulators say a Northern California man who bought two casinos in Virginia City is unfit for a gambling license.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recommended Wednesday to deny Vincent Michael Malfitano a license and the ability to be the casinos' landlord.

Lacking both, Malfitano would be forced to close and sell the casinos. The Nevada Gaming Commission will consider the recommendation in two weeks.

Delta Saloon has 103 slots and a sports book. Bonanza Saloon has 39 slots.

Malfitano, a former dentist, owns Cypress Meadows Assisted Living in Antioch, California.

The board questioned why Malfitano omitted a prior citation for obstruction of a police officer, lawsuits against him and tax liens. They also disagreed with his handling of an employee's labor complaint. Malfitano says the omissions weren't deliberate.