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Gaming executive says Ensign not tough enough on sports betting plan

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas gaming executive has criticized John Ensign’s reaction to anti-sports betting legislation in Congress.

“This legislation would be absolutely disastrous for the state of Nevada and its economy,” said Stephen Cloobeck, president of Diamond Resorts.

“I was extremely disturbed by John Ensign’s tepid reaction to this proposal and obvious lack of influence with Senator Brownback, his friend and former roommate,” he said.

The comments were made after Ensign, who is running for U.S. Senate, acknowledged that his appeal to Sam Brownback, R-Kan, would probably not stop him from introducing a bill to ban college sports betting.

Ensign and Brownback were roommates at one point and the candidate had hoped to be able to convince the Kansas Republican to either stop pushing for a ban on NCAA betting or soften his attack.

“Nevada needs someone in Washington who will not take no for an answer and who has the strong negotiating skills to make things happen for the state,” said Cloobeck, whose corporation operates the Polo Towers, Jockey Club and Carriage House in Las Vegas as well as the Kona Reef in Hawaii.