Atlantic City Casinos Aggressively Enforce Underage Gambling Law Blog
You must be 21-years-old to gamble in New Jersey and Atlantic City Casinos aggressively enforce the underage gambling law. The casinos all have their own security officers who patrol all areas of the casino hotel, including the casino floors. The security officers keep a watchful eye for underage gamblers.
The typical scenario has a security officer approaching a young gambler at a slot machine and requesting identification to verify her age. If she is under 21, the security officer will escort her off the casino floor to a security holding area and a police officer will be called. The person will be issued a criminal complaint for underage gambling under the casino control act – N.J.S.A. 5:12-119. The law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from gambling in an Atlantic City casino or any simulcast facility. This is a criminal disorderly persons offense which results in a criminal record if convicted. There is a fine up to $1,000.00 and mandatory loss of driver’s license for six months. A lot of individuals actually believe the legal age to gamble is 18 years old. However, absence of knowledge that the legal age is 21 is no defense to an underage gambling charge.
The Casino Control Commission frequently assesses substantial fines against the casinos for allowing underage gamblers to place bets. Three Atlantic City Casinos were just fined over $14,000.00 for allowing 117 underage or self-excluded gamblers to place bets. The financial penalties incentivizes the casinos to be vigilant in apprehending underage gamblers and enforcing the law.