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Casino security may soon detain underage patrons

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Security guards at Atlantic City's 11 casinos may soon be able to detain suspected underage gamblers or drinkers on their own without waiting for police to show up.

The presence of too-young customers has been a continuing problem in the nation's second-largest gambling resort.

On Wednesday, a casino was hit with a $20,000 fine for serving drinks to two underage women, and five casinos were ordered to forfeit more than $17,000 that had been won by underage gamblers playing illegally.

Once the underage players were identified, the casinos were obligated to hold onto money the gamblers had won. It now goes to the state, which will split it between the Casino Revenue Fund, which provides help to senior citizens and others, and programs to combat compulsive gambling.

The legal age for casino gambling and drinking in New Jersey is 21.

The state Casino Control Commission plans within 90 days to grant casino security the right to detain suspected underage gamblers or drinkers on the casino floor.

The commission fined the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort $20,000 for serving underage women in Sept. 2007, and suspended a beverage server for three days.

It also seized money won by underage gamblers and people who had signed up for a voluntary self-exclusion list that forbids them from entering a casino.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, a joint venture between Boyd Gaming and MGM Mirage, allowed five people on the self-exclusion list to gamble earlier this year, winning $4,606; The Taj Mahal allowed 55 underage patrons to gamble this year and last, winning $3,863; Trump Plaza allowed two self-excluded gamblers to win $4,808 earlier this year; the Tropicana Casino and resort allowed 22 underage gamblers to win $2,463 this year and last; and Bally's Atlantic City allowed 25 underage gamblers to win $1,855 this year and last.

Last month, the commission fined Bally's a $157,500 for allowing an underage woman to gamble numerous times. In February, the Borgata was fined $105,000 for allowing underage gambling.

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1. Re: Casino security may soon detain underage patrons

Dang. I knew the crowd was starting to look younger and younger, but I thought it was because I was getting older . . .

We were sitting along the outer rail at the Metropolitan in Borgata one morning having breakfast when a really young looking kid came over to ask if we had any cigarettes. Then he asked my friend if he could drink her glass of water and said,"My mother is so going to kill me. I just lost $6000." My friend said, "Well, do you work? You can pay her back." He said, ""She doesn't need it. She's a millionaire. Look, will you call her up and tell her for me? She won't be mad if you tell her."

My friend begged off and he asked us which direction the ATM was and wandered away . . . Just your typical American kid. ..

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2. Re: Casino security may soon detain underage patrons

What security, I see less and less each visit.

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18 should be the legal age to drink and gamble. You can do anything else when you are that age. Buy a home, register with the military, enter into a contract.

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I'm actually surprised that they didn't already have the right to hold someone breaking the law on their property until the police arrive. Isn't that what security does?

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Why is it that every single one of the cases it lists involve people who WON money? It seems as if they're only busting underage people who are winning, not losing...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Maybe I need to start hanging out with underage kids, apparently they're luckier.

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The last time I remember being caught for being underage in AC, I was actually on my way out because I had lost all my money. I wish they had caught me sooner.

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It is amazing that casino security can’t detain underage gamblers or drinkers. Try and walk off with casino money & I’m sure you will be detained! Either the news posted here mangled the fact that the kids had LOST, or the AC press has it backwards? They may have been identified as underage when someone wanted their money back:

“casinos also were ordered to forfeit more than $17,000 they received from gamblers who were under the legal age of 21.”

pressofatlanticcity.com/180/story/342669.html

It must be hard for casinos to get “caught” allowing underagers if they cannot detain them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen outside police or state troopers available that might have that authority in any of the casinos.

Many of these “kids” are quite sophisticated these days with obtaining phony proof. Many have older brothers or sisters who look like them. They just borrow proof from them with a picture from a few years ago. Many kids are also able to make very passable IDs on their computers. They laminate them at school. Just ask any kid where the laminating machine is at their high school. LOL

It’s also so easy for older patrons [maybe some of those oatrons?] to pass drinks to their underage pals or gals, especially when it’s busy.

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8. Re: Casino security may soon detain underage patrons

If the kids have to forfit the money they won, do the casinos have to give them back the money they lost? (I'm sure they do not.)

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i was at trop when someone hit a handpay jackpot and they checked his ID he was underage, i saw him walk away with security and was curious as to what happened to the jackpot and the money he wagered.

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