|Las Vegas casino operators are worried “about possible violations of guest privacy policies in the wake of reports that 'internal casino documents' about morals czar William Bennett's gambling habits may have been leaked to reporters.”|
Their concern may be well justified, according to industry sources who suggested that “details about Bennett's playing habits could have been leaked to reporters because of the way casinos use in-house slot cards to track customers' activities.”
However, Newsmax.com quoted Brian Cahill, of Park Place Entertainment in Atlantic City, as saying: “We're going to do all we can to find out how this information was disclosed.” Newsmax reported that casino officials were “concerned that Bennett's ‘outing,’ especially if the information did come from casino sources, could chill other high rollers' zeal for gaming in casinos.”
Park Place's senior vice president for corporate communications, Robert Stewart, would neither confirm or deny that Park Place Entertainment is conducting an investigation into the possible leaks, but claimed that his company “views with great concern the disclosure of any information about any of its guests and said the release of information is contrary to all policies the company has about the privacy of its guests.”
According to The Washington Monthly, Bennett, Education Secretary for the Bush administration, lost over $8 million in four Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos over the past ten years. “internal casino documents” where used in its exposure of Bennett.