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Caesars to pay $100,000 fine to settle under-age gambling, alcohol charges

19 July 2012

Caesars Entertainment Inc. has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine to Nevada gaming regulators to settle multiple charges of gambling and alcohol consumption by under-age customers at several of the company's Strip resorts between 2010 and May of this year.

The stipulation for settlement was signed by Caesars representatives on July 9 and filed by the Gaming Control Board the next day. The Nevada Gaming Commission will have to sign the settlement at its July 26 hearing in Las Vegas.

According to the settlement, Caesars admitted to all violations noted by state gaming agents and agreed to pay the fine, which is large by Nevada gaming standards.

Caesars Entertainment spokesman Gary Thompson would not comment on the case's specifics, but said the company is "committed to combating under-aged gambling" and considers itself "a leader" in that area.

However, according to the complaint, employees of Caesars Palace, Harrah's Las Vegas, Rio and Flamingo allowed customers between the ages of 17 and 20 to play table games at the properties even though the employees were presented identification showing gamblers were under the age of 21.

Gaming control agents reportedly notified casino officials of the violations as they occurred, including an incident in May where a dealer at Caesars Palace misread the passport of a 19-year-old and allowed him to play blackjack.

In January, Harrah's Las Vegas employees allowed a 20-year-old female customer to consume alcohol in the casino's Piano Bar for approximately two-and-a-half hours without requesting her identification. The woman then played craps at Harrah's for about two hours.

According to the complaint, the underage customer came into contact with 20 Harrah's Las Vegas employees - two bartenders, three cocktail waitresses, five floor people and 10 dealers - but none requested her identification.

In another count, a 17-year-old male gambled at Harrah's Las Vegas craps tables for five-and-a-half hours in August 2011. He also consumed six alcoholic beverages during that time. He also came into contact with some 20 Harrah's employees during that time, none of whom asked to see identification.

Las Vegas police arrested the minor when he was recognized as having an unspecified outstanding warrant.

"If Metro had not arrested the minor, it is possible the minor would have left Harrah's of his own volition and board would not have learned of this incident," according the complaint.

The control board said Caesars' actions "were not sufficient to prevent the incidents."

In the stipulation, Caesars and the control board said the company agreed to the settlement "to avoid litigation and economize resources."
Caesars to pay $100,000 fine to settle under-age gambling, alcohol charges is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.