Gaming Commission fines four Missouri casinos

The Missouri Gaming Commission met Wednesday to discuss disciplinary actions against four casinos from around the state among other business.

Ameristar in St. Charles, Bally Technologies, Harrah’s in North Kansas City, and Tropicana of St. Louis, better known as Lumiere Place, all faced disciplinary actions for findings in audits from 2015.

The most debated of the four actions was the one levied against Lumiere Place in which dozens of casino employees failed to properly identify a minor drinking and gambling on the casino floor using a fake ID over several days.

While the auditors recommended a $10,000 fine, the Board of Commissioners argued that a customer should not have to be carded by over a dozen employees in a day and that many of those workers on the floor had cause to believe she was of age because she had been carded by a licensee. The board eventually decided on a $5,000 fine.

Other disciplinary actions included an approval of a $20,000 fine against the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. An audit found the casino had five violations after a follow-up to a May 2015 compliance audit.

The Harrah’s in North Kansas City was fined $5,000 because terminated employees were found to have access to casino slot counting system more than 72 hours after their termination. After a follow-up on the initial audit, some employees still had that access.

Read more: Missouri Times

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