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Regulators accept settlement for $100,000 fine for Caesars

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday accepted a settlement on a disciplinary matter with Caesars Entertainment Corp., which agreed to pay a $100,000 fine to the state over multiple charges of gambling and alcohol consumption by under-age customers at several of the company’s Strip resorts between 2010 and May of this year.

According to the settlement, Caesars admitted to all violations noted by state gaming agents and agreed to pay the fine, which is large by Nevada gaming standards.

Gaming commissioners agreed to accept the settlement, but they didn’t believe the amount was enough.

“This is not an isolated incident, but a pattern of abuse,” Commissioner Randolph Townsend. “If it happens again, “I want a seven-figure settlement or else we will litigate it.”

According to the complaint, employees of Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Rio and Flamingo allowed customers between the ages of 17 and 20 to play table games at the properties even though the employees were presented identification showing gamblers were under the age of 21.

Gaming control agents reportedly notified casino officials of the violations as they occurred, including an incident in May where a dealer at Caesars Palace misread the passport of a 19-year-old and allowed him to play blackjack.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.

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