A casino in Sioux City, Iowa has been handed a $3,000 fine for letting a man play craps. While the man was over the legal gambling age, he had signed a self-exclusion agreement, ultimately banning himself from the casino.
The man had a history of violating his own ban. Last November, he popped a jackpot a year after banning himself from the casino. With the repeat violations, many believe that the casino should have been more vigilant in making sure the banned individual couldn’t play.
The Hard Rock Casino fine wasn’t the only one handed down in recent days. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has hand down fines to two separate Western Pennsylvania casinos.
Rivers Casino has been issued a $27,5000 fine for conducting table games incorrectly and violating check-cashing rules. And The Washington Trotting Association was handed a $15,000 fine for letting a 20-year-old gamble on slots at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in North Strabane.
These types of violations are more common than we’d like to see, but we’re not surprised. After all, it’s hard for a brick-and-mortar casino to keep tabs on every visitor to its property. Many casinos have multiple entrances, and aside from putting up signage banning players at the entrance, it’s tough to police.
Sure, a casino could tie a ban list to a driver’s license. When the license is swiped upon entry, security could be alerted of the ban. However, this would require security to swipe in every casino patron. Most casinos only scan driver’s licenses of those who look underage. Everyone else is simply waved on through. And some casinos don’t even have door security, particularly those in Vegas that are attached to big hotels.
Online, we don’t have this problem. If you’re under 21, you simply can’t play at Slots of Vegas. We verify your identity before you can play for real money. And if you’ve put yourself on a self-exclusion list, you won’t be able to play for as long as your self-exclusion lasts. If you try to create a new account, we’ll know about it since your account is tied to your identity, which we always verify.
The land-based community definitely needs a new approach if it wants to avoid these types of fines – and more importantly to make sure they’re doing the right thing.