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Md. casinos face fines for gaming law violations

Two Maryland Casinos are facing potential fines for alleged violations of state gaming laws.

Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore and Ocean Downs Casino on the Eastern Shore are expected to enter into consent agreements with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency during a Thursday meeting of the state gaming commission.

Horseshoe Casino faces potential fines of up to $5,000 per instance for allowing underage persons on the gaming floor, including five people in an Aug. 18 citation and 11 others stemming from a May 28 citation that was amended in last month, according to Erica Palmisano, a spokeswoman for the agency.

The Baltimore Casino also faces sanctions for a regulatory violation that was discovered in an audit earlier this year. Details about the nature of the violation were not immediately available.

Ocean Downs will face potential sanctions for an August citation for an underage person who was allowed onto the gambling floor in May.

The violations and resulting consent agreements between the agency and casinos are likely to be similar to those handled by the gaming commission last month.

Details of the consent agreements will not be released until the commission meets on Thursday, Palmisano said.

Typically, those agreements allow the commission to avoid the expense of a formal hearing and the casino typically avoids a formal finding on the merits of the allegations.

The agreements can contain some fine or payment to the agency as well as an agreement by the casino to take steps to mitigate future similar violations.

Generally, the agreements do not contain details about what specific steps will be taken.

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