The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement sometimes fines casinos for misdirected underage winnings, but this week’s announcement that four of the state’s casinos were fined a total of five for violations dating back to 2019 was nonetheless telling.
Tropicana was by far the biggest offender, with a $59,860.30 forfeiture from 40 players on November 10, 2021, who were found guilty of “failing to produce adequate identification, abandoning certain assets or were prohibited from engaging in gambling activities”. ”
Then there was Harrah’s, which on October 9, 2019 was initially found liable for forfeiting $6,857 from seven players who failed to provide proper identification. But one of the seven later produced proper identification, reducing the fine to $4,622.
Caesars had a pair of fines – $1,632.59 from a Feb. 22, 2022 violation involving seven players, and an additional $901.02 forfeited from Nov. 10, 2021, in a case involving 20 youth takers. risks. Finally, Hard Rock lost $1,632.59 following a February 3, 2022 breach involving “30 minors.”
Who is most often guilty in Atlantic City?
First of all, the good news: after an in-depth analysis of NJ online game of all minor violations dating back to the beginning of 2020, Golden Nugget, one of three casinos in the Marina District of Atlantic City, was found to have not received a single violation from the Division of Gaming Enforcement of New Jersey.
The same cannot be said for the other eight casinos.
While Tropicana was the hardest hit in the last of the DGE’s biweekly announcements, there have only been two previous breaches in more than two years, totaling $15,945.35. The biggest offender, with 11 violations ranging from $276.33 to $28,624.79, was industry revenue leader Borgata with a grand total of $95,803.91.
Caesars’ two recent offenses, meanwhile, weren’t aberrations. The venerable Boardwalk property has had eight more breaches over the past two years, ranging from $362.92 to $15,419.89. The grand total was $57,073.87.
Bally’s was hit by DGE five times, dropping from a paltry $58.75 to a more substantial $23,286.11. His final figure came to $34,319.04.
Harrah’s committed three violations in total, which cost the casino $18,861.11. And for Hard Rock, a $10,000 forfeiture was one of four penalties totaling $14,947.70.
Ocean Casino only had one violation, but for $10,659.81. Resorts — Atlantic City’s first casino, having opened in 1978 — fared better with a single $4,105 violation.
The NJ DGE has also occasionally fined online casino operators, with the biggest hit since the start of 2020 being the $20,000.01 confiscated by Rush Street Interactive. BetMGM, meanwhile, had a pair of breaches totaling $4,528.01.