Missouri Gaming Association watches carefully for minors slipping into casinos

Sep 27, 2012

The Missouri Gaming Association told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.

The head of the Missouri Gaming Association told state gaming commission members that the use of fake identification is the most common way minors try to get in – but there have also been cases where they tried to climb over walls, blend in with crowds, and in a few cases, sneak in with the help of their parents.

“I think they’re doing a good job, but they certainly can do better, but they’re really focused on it, it shows a commitment for it," Gaming Commission chairman Barrett Hatches says. "I wouldn’t say it’s a really, really big problem, but any minor on any floor is a problem.”

Industry officials say approximately 850 minors tried to gain access to a casino floor in Missouri during fiscal year 2012, which ended in June.