Behnen's spouse, Nicholas "Nick" Behnen, applied to the Gaming Control Board for a "key employee" license on Feb. 24. Behnen said earlier this year that he worked in "marketing" at Binion's Horseshoe, and state officials said he had applied for and received a gaming work card, separate from the key employee license, which requires an extensive background investigation. On Dec. 2, Behnen formally asked the control board to withdraw his key employee license application, said Michael Lackey, Investigations Division supervisor.
...Lackey, control board Chairman Dennis Neilander and board member Scott Scherer declined to comment on the withdrawal of the application, and both Becky and Nick Behnen failed to return several phone messages.
In 1977, Behnen
withdrew an earlier application for a Nevada gaming license after state investigators discovered that he
had been arrested in the 1960s on charges of operating an illegal gambling room in Michigan and then failed to accurately complete his
Nevada application, according to control board records. Las Vegas gaming lawyer Bob Faiss, representing Becky Behnen, assured commissioners at the 1998 transfer hearing that Nick Behnen would not be involved in the Horseshoe's daily operations.
Since then, there have been frequent allegations that Nick Behnen
remains involved in management of the property, but the control board has yet to file a complaint against him.
Industry insiders believe gaming regulators forced Behnen
to apply for a license, probably because of the persistent charges about his
involvement at the property.