Massachusetts: The Number Of Minors Trying To Enter Casinos With Fake IDs Is Alarming

Massachusetts: The Number Of Minors Trying To Enter Casinos With Fake IDs Is Alarming

Gambling addiction has been on the rise in Massachusetts as the state is struggling to have adequate infrastructure to support problem gamblers with necessary treatment.

What’s alarming is the number of minors trying to enter the casino with a fake ID. Not only the underage are lured by the charm of newly opened casinos in the state, but they are also so much willing to spin the wheel that they are even going to the extent of having a fake ID.

The latest coming from the Encore Boston Harbor casino at Everett is that just within the first few months of its opening, the security personnel at the venue had turned away nearly 600 to 800 minors trying to enter the casino with invalid or fake ids.

The casino started welcoming guests in June 2019. It claims that about 2,500 minors approached the casino entrance between June and September, however, the security did not allow them entry.

But, there were also 128 minors who made through the security and got to the casino floor. The minors reportedly spent on average about one hour and twenty minutes on the action floor.

Encore Boston Harbor has told the regulators that it is committed to keeping minors away from the gambling facility.

“We will continue to address the minors on the gaming floor at every level,” said EBH Vice President Jacqui Krum.

The minimum age to access a casino floor is 21.

The casino authorities have said that they would soon be updating the gambling regulators with the stats for the final quarter of 2019.

The issue is not unique to Encore Boston Harbor. At MGM’s Springfield casino, they have been dealing with a similar crisis. The casino has already been taking measures to ensure that there are no minors on the gaming floor.

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