The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has levied a hefty fine on Caesars Entertainment for repeated regulatory infractions.
During one year, Caesars failed to properly register and license key employees, forcing the DGE to fine Caesars $50,000. Caesars is a huge gaming conglomerate that operates several US casinos
New Jersey is an important market for Caesars. It has three retail casinos in the state – Caesars, Harrah’s and Tropicana – and also operates NJ online casino components of these brands.
Repeated infractions at NJ casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment
In a letter on July 7, DGE Director David Rebuck said Caesars failed to obtain casino licenses for 49 employees. Under New Jersey law, employees are required to achieve such permits.
The NJ Casino Control Act states:
“The act requires certain casino employees become registered with the DGE. The gaming regulator performs background checks and other probes of those individuals to assure that the state gaming industry remains free of bad actors.”
In 2021, Caesars notified the DGE that seven IT staffers had inactive casino registrations. But since Caesars self-reported, Rebuck and the DGE opted not to penalize the company.
However, upon further investigation, Caesars discovered dozens of other employees who were supposed to be registered but were not. As a result, Rebuck was forced to take action.
As Rebuck explained:
“Caesars provided the Division with multiple reports which revealed further issues regarding the lack of necessary casino employee registrations. As of November 2021, Caesars appeared to have approximately 49 employees who were not properly credentialed due to either holding no casino employee registrations or holding inactive casino employee registrations.”
Caesars has notified the DGE that it intends to pay the $50,000 fine. Rebuck said the company recognizes the seriousness of its failures and non-compliance.
Incident won’t dampen other exciting Caesars developments
Caesars recently partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) for a new sportsbook at Chase Field. The company also inked a partnership with Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in May.
The Caesars Chase Field Sportsbook is adjacent to the stadium, has over 22,000 square feet, and spans two stories. Because of these unique features, Caesars calls it the largest freestanding sportsbook in Arizona and the largest retail sportsbook in partnership with a major sports team.
The sportsbook has 13-self service kiosks and can seat over 400 people on each floor.
As for Indianapolis, the deal in Indiana comes with access to IMS trademarked logos, digital signage, and social media assets. There will also be a Caesars Sportsbook Lounge at Pagoda Plaza. But unlike in Arizona, the IMS lounge will not have betting kiosks or betting windows.
Caesars will provide updates on company developments when it announces its Q2 earnings on August 2.