Casino Rouge to pay $60,000 for violating exclusion rule - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Louisiana will receive almost $60,000 from Casino Rouge because a person on the Voluntary Exclusion List was repeatedly allowed to gamble there.

The casino has agreed to pay $50,000 to the State Police Casino Gambling Enforcement Division and $9,950 to the Compulsive and Problem Gaming Fund.

State Attorney General Charles C. Foti Jr. announced the settlement in a news release Monday.

He called it possibly the largest payment ever in a case involving a single self-excluded person.

The state's Voluntary Exclusion List is made up of compulsive or problem gamblers who have asked to be prohibited from entering or playing in all casinos in Louisiana.

In this case, a patron, despite being on the list, was able to visit Casino Rouge several times in April, not getting stopped until attempting to cash a $1,250 jackpot April 26.

During the course of numerous visits, the casino gave the patron 22 credit card advances totaling $8,350, investigators determined.

The Gaming Control Board recommended administrative action.

The casino has implemented new procedures to identify patrons on the self-exclusion list, the release said.

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