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Atlantic City Casino Security Can Detain Underage Gamblers, Drinkers

By Matthew Harwood

Underage drinkers and gamblers trying to illegally live it up in America's Playground have more to worry about than just being carded, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Security guards at Atlantic City's 11 casinos can now detain suspected underage gamblers or drinkers on their own without waiting for police to show up.

The presence of too-young customers has been a continuing problem in the nation's second-largest gambling resort.

The state Casino Control Commission approved a measure on Wednesday granting casino security officers expanded power to detain people suspected of being too young.

Last year, 403 underage gamblers were caught inside the city's casinos, reports the Inquirer.

Casinos caught with underage gamblers can be fined for their negligence. In November 2008, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined Bally's Atlantic City $157,500 for allowing an underage female to gamble, while in February of this year, the commission fined the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa $105,000 for underage gambling.

You can find the proposed amendment that gives casino security "explicit authority" to detain underage drinkers and gamblers on casino grounds here. The commission has provided 60 days for public comment on the proposed amendment.


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