Belligerent gamblers, stolen tip jars and other true tales from Maryland’s casinos

December 24, 2013

Cash on a craps table at Maryland Live. (Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post)

What happens in Maryland’s casinos doesn’t necessarily stay in Maryland’s casinos.

Each month, the Lottery and Gaming Control Agency’s compliance division publishes summaries of the incidents and infractions reported at the state’s four casinos.

Here are a few entries from the November compliance report. Square brackets — [like these] — indicate that I’ve added something to explain the state’s shorthand; the summaries are otherwise verbatim.

Nov. 2, Hollywood Casino at Perryville: “A male patron who was identified as being too intoxicated to remain on the gaming floor became verbally abusive to security and casino staff when he was asked to leave. PPD [Perryville Police] responded and the subject was escorted outside and a cab was called for him. He continued to be abusive while waiting for the cab and was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct.”

Nov. 3, Maryland Live: “Surveillance observed what appeared to be person(s) smoking marijuana on the 7th floor of the parking garage. One of the subjects was identified as a chef from the casino. The employee was requested to submit to a drug screening which she refused. She was then told to turn in her casino ID along with her gaming license. She refused, at which time AACOPD [Anne Arundel County Police] advised her that refusal to turn over the items would constitute theft. She continued to refuse and was arrested for theft. No drugs were found in her possession at the time of her arrest.”

Nov. 6, Maryland Live: “A male patron reported to security that someone had removed approximately $10,000.00 from his jacket. A review by surveillance did not reveal any information that would lead to a suspect.”

Nov. 6, Hollywood Casino at Perryville: “Members of the Pennsylvania State Police responded to the casino in reference to obtaining information on a patron who is suspected of passing rare US currency that was obtained through a burglary in their jurisdiction. Information on the suspect was obtained.”

Nov. 6, Casino at Ocean Downs: “MSP [State Police] responded in reference to a dog locked in a vehicle. The owner was located and was issued a citation.”

 Nov. 7, Maryland Live: “A housekeeping employee reported that someone had taken tip money and vouchers from the tip jar in the women’s restroom. A female subject was identified and confronted however she denied any involvement. The employee could not identify the subject as being the one who took the tips.”

Nov. 8, Casino at Ocean Downs: “MLGCA CCRs [state casino compliance representatives], along with a slots supervisor, responded to the electronic blackjack table in reference to a complaint from three (3) male patrons about the machine malfunctioning. A slots technician checked the machine and found no issues with it. A review by surveillance revealed that the subjects were not playing the machine correctly. When all of this was explained to them, they became increasingly disorderly with MLGCA staff, at which time they were cut off from any further purchases of alcohol due to their apparent intoxicated state. They were then escorted from the building.”

Nov. 11, Maryland Live: “AACOPD [Anne Arundel County Police] responded to assist security with a male patron who was found sleeping in the poker room. The subject had been awakened and warned about sleeping several times by security and when advised he had to leave, he became disorderly. The subject was evicted from the casino.”

Nov. 12, Casino at Ocean Downs: “A male subject departed the casino without paying a bar tab of $18.50. He was identified and the casino will make efforts to collect payment.”

Nov. 19, Hollywood Casino at Perryville: “PPD [Perryville Police] responded in reference to a counterfeit $20.00 bill.”

Nov. 21, Rocky Gap Casino: “MSP [State Police] responded in reference to a counterfeit $100.00 bill.”

Nov. 24, Maryland Live: “A power outage occurred causing all table games play to be suspended until the power was restored. The lights were off for approximately forty five (45) minutes.”

Nov. 24, Rocky Gap Casino: “The lights over the table games went dim, but not completely out. Surveillance reported there was no loss of coverage. A faulty breaker was determined to be the problem.”

Nov. 24, Casino at Ocean Downs: “Security noticed a male subject passed out on the blackjack table. After waking the subject, it was determined that he was intoxicated and he was advised he would have to leave the casino. Two (2) other male subjects who were with him became involved and became disorderly. All of the subjects were evicted.”

Last month:  Drunken seniors, fistfights, larceny.

For more coverage of Maryland casinos, click here.

J. Freedom du Lac is the editor of The Post's general assignment news desk. He was previously a Local enterprise reporter and, before that, the paper’s pop music critic.
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