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Banned Exec Wants Back into Gambling Industry

21 June 2004

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Banned from working in New Jersey casinos for lying about his gambling habit, a former casino executive wants back in the game. But state investigators are recommending against it.

"Gary DiBartolomeo, 49, of Margate, lost his $362,000-a-year job as president of Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino and was banned from the business here for five years in 2001.

"DiBartolomeo, who once referred to himself as 'the David Copperfield of deception,' unsuccessfully sought early reapplication for a casino license last year and is now trying again.

"Despite character references from compulsive gambling experts, rival casino operators and others, however, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement contends DiBartolomeo's failure to come clean about his lies makes him unsuitable to hold a casino license.

"…DiBartolomeo, who rose from craps dealer to casino president, made his name as a player development executive who wooed high rollers while working at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Caesars.

"But he got hooked on gambling in the process and became a high roller himself, betting thousands of dollars per hand in Las Vegas casinos and elsewhere.

"New Jersey regulators found out about his betting and ordered him to quit gambling as a condition of his license renewal in 1995. But he violated the restriction and lied to state investigators to cover it up, prompting them to impose the five-year ban.

"…The state Casino Control Commission will vote July 7 on whether to let DiBartolomeo reapply for a casino license."

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