CCC fines Caesars - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Caesars Atlantic City was fined $75,000 by state casino regulators Wednesday for a series of violations involving the cash boxes at its gaming tables.

In another case, the Casino Control Commission slapped Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort with a $10,000 fine for allowing a prohibited gambler to wager in its simulcasting parlor.

Caesars committed six separate violations between October 2002 and November 2003 by mishandling the so-called drop boxes that contain cash and credit slips from the gaming tables, according to commission documents.

In one particularly egregious incident on Oct. 9, 2002, Caesars managers used a screwdriver to pry open the slot on one drop box after it had been closed. They tampered with the locked box not to steal the money, but rather to submit paperwork reflecting the right amount of money that had been deposited.

Drop boxes are supposed to remain sealed once they are removed from the gaming tables and transported to the casino count room. In addition to cash and credit slips, the boxes contain forms that verify the amount of money inside.

The Taj Mahal, meanwhile, was fined because it failed to catch a gambler who was supposed to be barred from the casino.

The gambler, whose identity was not divulged in commission documents, won $2,028 on July 24, 2004, while betting in the Taj's simulcasting room.

Only after submitting tax forms for the simulcast winnings did the Taj discover that the gambler was on the state's self-exclusion list. The self-exclusion program was started in 2001 to help keep compulsive gamblers from entering the casinos.

Gamblers voluntarily place themselves on the list, and once they do casinos are given their photograph and other personal information. Casinos are required to have procedures to prevent self-excluded gamblers from placing bets, getting credit or receiving any promotional offers for gaming.
 

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