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New Jersey: Tropicana Allowed 14-Year-Old To Play Slots

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — A 14-year-old was reportedly caught gambling at an Atlantic City casino and that is leading to a crackdown.

New Jersey casino regulators are considering fines against several gambling halls for allowing people to gamble who shouldn’t have, including the 14-year-old boy who played slots at the Tropicana Casino & Resort.

According to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, a gambler with a “youthful appearance” was spotted playing two different slot machines at the Tropicana in August.

It was 11:20 p.m. when investigators allege the teen was gambling. According to the complaint filed by the state Attorney General’s Office, a security guard walked right past the teen and did nothing.

The teen was questioned by DGE investigators and admitted he was just 14. He was later released into the custody of his parents.

The Tropicana is facing a possible fine, but the exact amount has not been determined.

Gamblers must be 21 to wager in New Jersey casinos.

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  • Stacey L

    Oh, who gives a **** anyways. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that you must be 21 to gamble, among other things. The legal age to gamble in Canada is 18 years old, and rightfully so. The kid wanted to gamble his money what. I really don’t believe the casino should be fined for something so trivial. It’s not like he was sold a 26er of whiskey underage and succombed to alcohol poisoning.

    • Beth

      Actually in Caada, the legal age to gamble corresponds with the legal drinking age and differs from province to province. In most provinces the legal drinking age is 19 (in Quebec it is 18), The age of majority (to vote etc) is 18.

      • Beth

        * Canada

  • Dawn

    I use to be a Security Officer at Tropicana and if the incident happened at 1120 pm, that is Swing shift 4-12a. I personally know that officers were itimidated not to call for underage gamblers especially at the end of the shift because there is alot of paperwork involved. I use to do my job all the time that’s why i’m not there anymore. I hope they get fined!!!!

  • rmsbl4

    Abd this happened in Aug

  • Wise One

    “Build them and they will come.”

  • James K

    I doubt Tropicana reurned the mopney he lost. They never gave mine back after i gambled underage there

  • Nick

    Where we the kids parents in the first place??

  • Catfish Bob

    What gave him away? Asked for a Shirley Temple?

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