Borgata Casino Hands Over $100k Received From Minors To NJDGE
Casinos have strict rules to prevent minors from accessing the gaming floor and placing bets. However, ever so often underage gamblers manage to evade the protocols set in place and play like adult gamblers at both land based and online casinos.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) is not having any of this as they recently pulled up the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City and asked the casino to remit over $100,000 that the house reportedly took in from underage gamblers.
Online casino Bwin.party which runs on a Borgata license was hit with an $81,000 fine. The fine was over indiscretions that allowed problem gamblers as well as underage gamblers access to online casino services. Problem gamblers who were on a self-exclusion list should not be able to access any betting or online casino games.
However, they were still able to do this while being on the self-exclusion list. Bwin.party accepted the fine and did not launch an appeal.
Borgata Admits Indiscretions
The Borgata is one of the most popular casinos in Atlantic City. Management at the Borgata said that the casino has a strict policy towards underage gambling and always looks to comply with regulations that only allow individuals over 21 to gamble. However, due to lapses these indiscretions took place and were reported by the Borgata as soon as it was discovered.
The casino also stated that it takes problem gambling very seriously and have trained staff to identify and deal with gamblers who are battling addiction concerns. The Borgata claimed that instead of keeping these winnings and dealing with a fine, it preferred to forfeit all revenue earned from underage gambling and problem gambling customers to show that the casino and management wanted to comply at all times with state gaming regulations.
NJDGE Pulls Up Multiple Casinos
The Borgata wasn’t the only casino in Atlantic City that had to deal with the NJDGE over revenue generated from problem gamblers and minor gamblers. The NJDGE issued fines to a number of casinos and their affiliates for similar gaming regulation breaches. Due to underage gambling breaches, Caesars had to part with $3,530; Bally’s returned $1,398 and Hard Rock $1,000.
SG Digital had to part with $1,000 for not complying with self-exclusion regulations while Gaming Innovation Group was hit with a $2,000 fine for violating online gambling regulations.