Lumiere Place, Ameristar Casino fined thousands for underage gamblers

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 1:12 p.m. CDT; updated 2:33 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ST. CHARLES — Two casino companies are facing substantial fines for allowing underage gamblers on casinos in Missouri.

The Missouri Gaming Commission on Wednesday fined Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. $60,000 and Ameristar Casino Inc. $25,000. A Pinnacle spokeswoman declined comment. Calls seeking comment from Ameristar were not returned.

A report to the commission said a 20-year-old gambled at Lumiere Place in St. Louis and was also served alcohol three times. A hearing officer recommended a fine of $25,000, but commissioners increased that to $60,000.

The other infraction occurred at Ameristar's Kansas City casino and involved a 19-year-old who onto the gambling floor but did not gamble or drink. The fine recommendation was $10,000, but commissioners increased it to $25,000.


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