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Atlantic City hotel fined $115,000 for underage gambling

6 August 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by The Press of Atlantic City: "He liked playing blackjack, poker, roulette and Spanish 21. He would also try his luck on the slot machines. Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort considered him a 'rated player' and even comped him with a hotel room.

"But this would-be high roller actually was a teenager whose gambling spree between March 2007 and April 2008 cost Hilton a $115,000 fine Wednesday in one of the most egregious cases of underage gambling in Atlantic City's 31-year history of casinos.

"'We take these matters very, very seriously,' Linda M. Kassekert, chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, said after the board voted 3-0 to impose the fine.

"...With some irony, Kassekert noted that Hilton's fine coincides with Responsible Gaming Education Week, an annual campaign by the nation's gaming industry to tout measures it has taken to prevent underage and compulsive gambling.

"The Hilton fine was the second largest ever against an individual casino for underage gambling. Bally's Atlantic City was fined $157,500 in November for allowing a 20-year-old woman to play the slot machines and gaming tables during an 18-day gambling binge in 2006. In Atlantic City's most infamous case of underage gambling, five casinos collectively paid $180,000 in fines and donations in 1989 after they treated a teenage girl as a high roller..."

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