Casino operator reprimanded after playing blackjack

Tilman FertittaThe New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has ordered Tilman Fertitta to pay a $15,000 fine. Fertitta enjoyed a couple of blackjack sessions at two casinos based in Atlantic City, which is prohibited for ‘key license holders’. The man behind the Golden Nugget Atlantic City claimed he didn’t know he was violating the law in New Jersey.

Gambling ban

According to court documents, the 55-year-old billionaire didn’t try to cover up the blackjack sessions. Under the ban, holders of so-called ‘key casino employee licenses’ are not allowed to gamble at casinos in Atlantic City. This purpose of the ban is to prevent holders of such licenses from manipulating casino workers or conspiring at the gambling tables.

Key license in Nevada

New Jersey is the only state with such a ban. Fertitta also owns a key license in Nevada, which allows him to gamble at all casinos across the state. The only restriction is that he isn’t allowed to gamble at his casinos that are based in Nevada. Fertitta admitted he had gambled at the Revel Atlantic City and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa on three occasions.
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