Galaxy Gaming Nixed for California Casino Licensing

Posted on: July 14, 2013, 05:30h. 

Last updated on: August 5, 2013, 07:06h.

The four-member California Gambling Control Commission has voted unanimously to uphold a previous ruling that said Galaxy Gaming California LLC is unfit to do business with the state of California.  The California company is a subsidiary of its Las Vegas-based parent, Galaxy Gaming Inc. Even more scathing, the Commission specifically stated that Galaxy CEO Robert Saucier is unsuitable for business dealings in the Golden State.

Indian Casino Table Game Supplier

Galaxy and Saucier had submitted applications to the Commission, hoping to be approved as a supplier for Indian casinos in California.  The company makes various table games, as well as an automated dealerless blackjack game called TableMAX.

While the Commission refused to comment on the closed-door vote, a previous judge said in an April 2013 ruling that “cause exists to deny both applicants.”

The judge said that both applicants had supplied false or misleading information, and additionally discovered that Galaxy had been illegally making deals with numerous California Indian casinos for product licensing before receiving any kind of go-ahead from the Gambling Control Commission. In fact, the unapproved deals were bringing in close to $2,000 a piece per month from each Indian casino. Whoops.

Not Playing by the Rules

All the issues apparently cropped up in the last three-year investigation into Galaxy, as back in 2010, they were approved for a Nevada gaming license with no problems. But the judge in April claimed that Saucier “engaged in activities that created the danger of unsuitable, unfair or illegal practices.” She went on to say that although Galaxy Gaming had been operating in California for 14 years already, that it had done so ” in large part, because of (their) own dilatory tactics during the application and appeal process.”