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Banned Gambler Seeks Reprieve

30 October 2003

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "A man banished from casinos here for cheating at blackjack 22 days after the first casino opened in 1978 is asking regulators for the right to gamble again.

"Allen Perlman, 56, of Allentown, Pa., said he has complied with the Casino Control Commission's exclusion order for 25 years, gambled at Las Vegas casinos without incident and been punished long enough.

"'It is clear that Mr. Perlman is not a threat to the integrity of casino gaming in New Jersey,' his lawyer, John Donnelly, said in a petition.

"The commission on Wednesday unanimously referred Perlman's case to a hearing. Donnelly, though, said he expects to reach an agreement with the Division of Gaming Enforcement that would get Perlman off the Exclusion List, pending commission approval.

"...'There really are no issues. He was young then and now he's a grown man with grown kids,' Donnelly said. 'Rather than fly out to Vegas to go to a casino, he'd like to come here.'

"...Perlman is one of 168 people on the Exclusion List. Most are mobsters or cheats. Regulators routinely remove the names of those who have died, but removing a living person from the list is rare.

"...Perlman was arrested on June 17, 1978, for four instances of cheating at a Resorts International blackjack table..."

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