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New rules target underage people in South Dakota casinos

April 2, 2018

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Commission on Gaming has approved two new rules regarding underage people in casinos.

Casinos would be required to prominently display signs at entrances and on gambling machines notifying people that they must be 21 years old to gamble. The other rule bans people under 21 from loitering in a casino or being present at a gambling table or machine, the Black Hills Pioneer reported .

The rules now go to the legislative Interim Rules Review Committee for consideration on April 9. If they’re approved, the rules will take effect 20 days later.

The move came in the wake of $75,000 in fines levied against Cadillac Jack’s in Deadwood for three August incidents involving underage gamblers.

Deadwood Gaming Association attorney Roger Tellinghuisen asked prior to the Tuesday approval for clarification on whether the gaming commission could develop a uniform sticker to place on each gaming machine notifying the 21 and older rule. Commission Executive Director Larry Eliason confirmed that the group could pursue the idea to bring uniformity in verbiage and size.

Another commissioner questioned how loitering would be defined in regard to families passing through the casino with children and stopping to gamble.

“The casinos are going to manage their patrons. we’re a little bit unique in Deadwood. We don’t have a ‘no children on the gaming floor rule,’” said Craig Sparrow, an official with the Gaming Enforcement Division.

“You can’t let the casino be your babysitter,” said Mike Shaw, an attorney for the gaming commission. “That’s what it boils down to.”

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com

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