Illinois Casinos May Start Carding Everyone - Wednesday 8th of February 2006

ILLINOIS – As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "Even old, silver-haired gamblers should prepare to feel like they're in their 20s again . . . at least when it comes to entering casinos in Illinois.

"Illinois Gaming Board staffers are readying a plan that would require the 15.3 million people who visit the state's nine riverboats each year to show their driver's licenses before being allowed in.

"Carding all patrons, backers say, would vastly help catch compulsive gamblers who sign up to ban themselves from casinos but still try to enter them when they want to feed their addictions. A noteworthy offshoot of carding, they add, is that it would help casinos catch underage gamblers who try to board with fraudulent licenses.

"Technology now easily allows driver's licenses to be swiped through machines that can verify the information written on them, Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe said. The machines also can be synched with the state's casino self-ban database, which has grown to 3,170 people since being launched in July 2002.

"The carding plan expected to be discussed, but not necessarily approved, at the board's Feb. 14 meeting is rankling casino owners, who cite the potential of longer lines at casinos, especially on busy weekends…"

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