Rivers Casino fined $100,000

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Rivers Casino has been fined $100,000 by the state gaming control board for violations that included mailing promotional material to people who asked to be barred from gambling facilities.

The fines, approved Wednesday, were the result of a consent agreement reached between the board's office of enforcement counsel and the North Shore venue.

A violation of casino internal controls relating to procedures in the count room resulted in a $50,000 fine. A second violation involved three incidents in which table games employees ignored a red light on an automatic shuffler that indicated an error with the cards, resulting in a $40,000 fine.

The $10,000 fine over the promotional materials stems from regulations which require casinos to have in place procedures to prevent a person on the state's self-exclusion list from receiving advertisements, promotions, or other targeted mailing. Besides the fine, the casino has sent a letter of apology to each of the 93 people who received the material.

In response, the casino stated, "We take these matters very seriously and have introduced new internal procedures to help prevent reoccurrences."

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