Underage gambling is a big no-no in the United States. Casinos across the country have restricted gaming to a certain age limit and work hard to see the limit enforced. In the state of New Jersey, gamblers have to be at least 21 years of age to be able to enjoy the gaming options on the casino floor. Just recently, gambling regulators of the state seized jackpots from three venues as the players could not verify their age in order to claim the prize.
Regulators seized just over $69,000 in jackpots that were unclaimed at three casinos as the winners were unable to prove they were old enough to be gambling legally. The State Division of Gaming Enforcement actually took jackpots from two casinos that are not closed. The Trump Taj Mahal and the Trump Plaza were part of the seizure while the Tropicana, still open, was also included.
The Trump Taj Mahal had the largest seizure with $66,364 taken from the casino due to player snot being able to verify age or leaving the venue without claiming their winnings via vouchers or other ways. The amount seized included $28,000 won by poker players.
The state regulators decided to reach back over two years ago to confiscate the money that was seized from the Trump Plaza, a venue that shut down in September 2014. The Tropicana saw only a small amount of cash sized, with $437 in slot payouts and roulette monies along with $5 in gambling chips that were unclaimed.
The state approved the seizures last month and the information was provided to the public just a few days ago. The casinos as well as gamblers involved did not contest the orders of fine or forfeit. The money taken will now go towards the state fund where it will be used for senior citizen programs and for disabled individuals.