Crooked dealers, brawling poker players and other true tales from Md. casinos


Karen Shinham, right, Maryland Live’s director of security, speaks with security officer Marcus Hebron on the casino floor in December. (Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency’s compliance division publishes a monthly summary of incidents and infractions at the state’s four casinos, and they’re never, ever dull. Here are a few entries from the February report. Square brackets [like these] indicate where I’ve added or translated something to explain the state’s shorthand; the summaries are otherwise verbatim.

Feb. 1, Maryland Live: “Security responded to a call for a male subject chasing another male subject and a female subject out of the casino. The male subject accused the two of taking his wallet. The male and female suspects were arrested by [Anne Arundel County Police] for theft.”

Feb. 7, Maryland Live: “A housekeeping employee reported to security that a male subject had stolen the money from the tip jar in the restroom.”

Feb. 8, Maryland Live: “Management terminated a table games dealer for theft of $420.00 from the table he was working at. [Anne Arundel County Police] responded and the subject was arrested for theft. The money was located on his person at the time of arrest. The suspect further advised that he had stolen money on several prior occasions.”

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Feb. 9, Hollywood Casino Perryville: “A casino employee performing grounds maintenance located a leather case containing drug paraphernalia on the property. [Perryville Police] responded and seized the items.”

Feb. 9, Hollywood Casino Perryville: “A male subject departed the property without paying his $63.73 bill at the Celebrity Grill.”

Feb. 10, Maryland Live: “A male patron was evicted for intoxication. He attempted to re-enter the casino and was subsequently arrested by [Anne Arundel County Police].”

Feb. 15, Casino at Ocean Downs: “A female patron reported to security that she was missing a voucher valued at $205.99. A review by surveillance revealed that the female had dropped the voucher and a male subject picked it up and cashed it out at a redemption kiosk.”

Feb. 16, Maryland Live: “An underage male subject found to have played blackjack at table BJ- 66 for almost two (2) hours. The subject did not consume any alcohol while on the gaming floor.”

Feb. 22, Maryland Live: “Security responded to a report of a fight in the Noodles Restaurant. [Anne Arundel County Police] responded and the subjects were evicted from the property.”

Feb. 23, Hollywood Casino Perryville“Two (2) male subjects became involved in a physical altercation inside of the Celebrity Grill.”

Feb. 23, Maryland Live: “Security responded to the poker room in reference to a fight. They were both evicted from the property.”

You can read the February compliance summary in its entirety here (PDF).

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Previous true tales

January: Bloody cards, false robbery reports

December: Stolen hubcaps, concealed handguns

November: Belligerent gamblers, stolen tip jars

October: Drunken seniors, fistfights, larceny

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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