Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sapphire Topless Pool Closes @ The Rio

The Rio decided to indefinitely close its adult-themed Sapphire Pool after it failed an "integrity check" by Metro police on Saturday, the property's owner confirmed late Tuesday.
Harrah's Entertainment, which owns the Rio, asks the police to conduct periodic integrity checks on its nightclubs, pools and other amenities to make sure they are operating within the law.The company would not discuss what was found on Saturday during the police inspection.
The closing of the pool, which featured dancers from the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club topless, comes as Nevada gaming regulators are taking a closer look at the amenities that operate at businesses in casinos."We have made a decision to terminate the relationship we have with Sapphire," Marybel Batjer, Harrah's vice president of communications, said. "We no longer offer a European-style pool choice at the Rio."
Gaming Control Board member Randall Sayre issued a letter in April saying regulators were taking a closer look at nightclubs, ultralounges and European pools where licensees might be found to "be indifferent to the conduct or welfare of patrons."

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