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Missouri Gaming Commission

Still Stiff Penalties for Underage Gambling

Underage gambling is one of the most common laws broken in Missouri casinos, and it’s usually because the players got in with a fake ID. But Ed Gewach, Chief Counsel for the Missouri Gaming Commission, says many times the person doesn’t realize the consequences of getting caught.

“If a minor came to the turnstile with a fake ID and it was determined to be fake, there [is] an agent on the boat,” Gewach says. “A Highway Patrolman on the boat would be notified and he would come and… arrest that minor.”

Governor Nixon recently vetoed a law that would have lessened the penalty for underage gamblers. The measure would have done away with up to six months of jail time, but kept a $500 fine in place.

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