Archive for Friday, October 26, 2001

Harrah’s casino may face fines for allowing underage gambler

October 26, 2001


— State regulators have proposed $100,000 in fines against Harrah's North Kansas City Casino over the presence of an underage gambler and various alleged security lapses.

Harrah's officials have 30 days to contest or pay the fines, proposed Wednesday by the Missouri Gaming Commission. No decision has been made, officials said.

Of the total proposed fines, $75,000 stems from the May 15 entry of a 20-year-old woman onto the gambling floor. State law requires casino patrons to be at least 21 years old.

Challenged by a Missouri Highway Patrol gaming agent, the woman admitted it was the fifth time she had used the same false identification card to gain admission to Harrah's, the commission said.

Player tracking systems at the casino verified her story, the commission said.

The 20-year-old was arrested and faces prosecution on a misdemeanor gambling charge that carries penalties of up to a $500 fine and six months in jail, Kevin Mullaly, Gaming Commission director, said.

Other cases involving underage gamblers at Missouri casinos have drawn much higher fines including $250,000 against the former Station Casino St. Charles when a 12-year-old girl was caught playing slots there in 1997.

Mullaly said proposed fines are tailored to the facts of each case, including the age of the violator and whether casino workers or state gaming agents detected the violation.

The other alleged violations at Harrah's North Kansas City were three security breaches involving mishandled keys and an unlocked storage device for gambling chips, the commission said.

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