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Bally's Atlantic City Settles Liquor Dispute

27 March 2003

ATLANTIC CITY – The Press of Atlantic City: "That less expensive liquor used by Bally's Atlantic City wasn't so cheap after all.

"The casino paid $80,000 on Wednesday to settle charges that its electronic liquor dispensers displayed one brand of whiskey or rum but dispensed another brand.

"And in each case, according to an area liquor retailer, the dispensed brand was much cheaper than the displayed brand.

"… For three years beginning in 1997, the Bally's bar guns displayed three different brands of rum but were actually serving three other brands: CoCo Rum was identified as Malibu Rum, Bacardi Spiced Rum was identified as Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, and Bacardi Select Rum was identified as Myers Rum.

"…The DGE said Bally's made an honest mistake.

"`The division's investigation concluded that Bally's did not knowingly or willfully incorrectly label any of the EZ Bar guns at issue,' Deputy Attorney General Timothy Ficchi said in his report.

"The Casino Control Commission voted 4-0 to accept the $80,000 settlement negotiated by Bally's and the DGE…"

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