Outfoxing the Gaming Club: A Former Worker Reveals All

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CLARION REVIEW

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

It raises some important questions about wage labor and the struggle of Native American tribes to succeed economically.

The prose is thick and bombastic. The best and most colorful writing comes in the form of lighter alliterative indulgences.

Pascale Batieufaye’s fi ery personal treatise, offers insights on Indian gaming in the United States and a host of other topics from the perspective of a former casino employee.

The book also takes a number of asides into politics and the author’s personal views on everything from world history to the pharmaceutical industry.

 

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In this debut memoir, a former casino employee discusses how he thinks his former bosses acted on his many suggestions.

Batieufaye tells of working for a Resort Casino, operated by Pequot tribal leaders from 1996 to 2004. He began as a kitchen worker and later moved on to guest services.

In this book, he says that he believes his company acted upon ideas he submitted through the company’s suggestion program without recognizing his contributions. (However, he notes several times that he’s not seeking “reimbursement for any written suggestion that I submitted that made them tons of moneys.”)

Batieufaye focuses primarily on his grievances regarding the casino management, but he also discusses the importance of “putting the accent on alternative natural methods over antidepressant pills.

He also weighs in on various sociopolitical issues, from animal cruelty to world leadership, saying that President Ronald Reagan “did a lot better” than other presidents “both nationally and internationally (minus three hundred blustered marines in Beirut) as far as impeccable leadership is concerned.”

The author includes an “excerpt” of an unidentified news item that says an FBI probe uncovered corruption among the casino’s tribal leadership. His suggestion submissions, reproduced in the text, expound lengthily on concepts that may have occurred simultaneously to many other people. His mention of his willingness to donate any proceeds of this book to charitable and civic causes is admirable, though, and he does effectively convey how he’s suffered in life.

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Pascale Batieufaye dutifully submits an idea via the Employee Suggestion Program (ESP) in his revealing non-fiction book Outfoxing the Gaming Club: A Former Worker Reveals All.  Knossos Resort Casino (KRC), where he works, promises prizes to employees ranging from a $25 sum to an unsinkable titanic $10,000 figure, depending on if someone’s idea was a top one, benefiting the company more than other suggestions. The tribal leaders pull from more than six thousand employee suggestions. Without following through with their ESP promises and taking full credit for the suggestion, the KRC ultimately rises to become one of the world's most successful and lucrative gaming house before the 2008 downward spiral hit in the red.

Pascale’s main purpose for participating in the ESP was a hope that the tribal leaders would help other Indian clans if his suggestions for a bigger expansion would make them billions. By following through with the specific projects and promotional ideas which he designed, this lucrative proposition would double Knossos Inc. annual gross income to around $2 billion. Learning that many of the changes that unfold at KRC Guest Services Department are his creations, Pascale reports his observations. Instead of recognition, as mentioned in the ESP, Pascale is subjected to company bullying and is forced into regimented psychotherapy sessions supplemented with antidepressants. In the meantime, Pascale’s suggestions for expansion are taken seriously, though he’s never given credit nor sees its completion take place after Pascale is let go in 2004.

While Batieufaye’s memoir covers his eight-year (1996-2004) unappreciated or unsung employment experience, the real focus of this book is meant to raise awareness about the corruption of Native American gambling. Batieufaye provides his audience with interesting information, to the degree of recognizing two main concepts: 1) that he has brilliant entrepreneurial ideas, and 2) that the casino exploited them. Outfoxing the Gaming Club is one late-blooming whistleblower's scathing account that sends a message of caution to the underhand machinations of the gambling industry. 

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Batieufaye lays out the facts of an Employer Suggestion Program implemented by a tribal-owned gaming club that prompted his zealous and continuing submission of ideas. These original ideas resulted from having taken a Travel and Tourism college course at Johnson & Wales and then applying that knowledge with experience gained working six years on the club floor as a Guest Services Representative. Those who have lived there over the past decades will immediately recognize the thinly veiled name used for the Gaming club, which the author charges with employee mistreatment.

The puzzling question is why this case, with documented evidence to prove its merit, has neither shown up in court nor in the local media. Batieufaye explains his reluctance to seek a lawyer, which is the same reason he refused to get notary validation for his submissions. He admired the tribal leaders and expected that his efforts would simply be praised. Now he charges the gaming club with appropriation without credit of his suggested marketing anonymous slogan and likewise his recommendations for a large tower to accommodate overnight guests and an upscale restaurant.

This brought a "cautious ultimatum" to see a therapist or lose employment. Finally forced to leave in 2004, he observed that his ideas were being implemented without acknowledgment by any management official. Batieufaye expects this book to sell off the shelves and vindicate him. He promises royalties will go to support animal safety. His written submissions were well-formulated and business-like. Wherever passion takes over, word choices seem adapted from current media.

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