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How’s the view through all those eyes in the sky at Maryland Live Casino?

Director of Surveillance Marco Valdez (standing) talks with “Operator #529″ (no name given) in the surveillance operations center at Maryland Live Casino. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

My front-page Sunday story on the surveillance operation at Maryland’s largest casino included the above photo along with some quotes and descriptions of what Maryland Live’s 1,200-plus cameras can and can’t see. Here are a few other examples that were provided by Maryland Live. You’ll notice that the faces in the two panoramic screen-caps are blurred; casino officials did that after grabbing the images, to protect the identities of the players.

Blackjack table close-up, as seen through a pan-tilt-zoom camera over Pit 4. (Courtesy photo.)

Craps table in Pit 4. (Courtesy photo.)

Long view of Pit 1. Facial images blurred to protect player identities. (Courtesy photo.)

Poker table close-up, as viewed through a pan-tilt-zoom camera. (Courtesy photo.)

Long view of the poker room. Facial images blurred to protect player identities. (Courtesy photo.)

Surveillance video from other properties periodically surfaces in the news, too. Last week, the Press of Atlantic City reported that a woman filed a lawsuit against Caesars Entertainment Corp. over a 2012 incident at Harrah’s Atlantic City Resort and Casino. According to the Press, the lawsuit — filed in Florida by Renee Binns, of Lee County, Fla. — alleges assault and battery, among other charges, and stems from an incident that was captured by the Harrah’s surveillance operation.

Her attorney provided the video to the Press:

From the Press:

According to the lawsuit, [Renee] Binns, her husband, John, and her then 17-year-old daughter, Andrea, were staying at Harrah’s in August 2012 when the the family had difficulty with the key cards issued to access their room and charge meals. As a result, the Binns’ names were not entered into the hotel system as guests, the lawsuits states.

The incident was allegedly sparked when John Binns asked to speak to a manager after he was informed by hotel staff that he could not be issued a new key card because he was not registered as a guest.

Casino hotel security video provided by Binns’ attorneys at Maggiano, DiGorolamo & Lizzi, of Fort Lee, N.J., shows John Binns speaking to hotel employees and gesturing. About one minute later, the video shows security guards in view, and two men pull Binns to the ground as a struggle ensues while Renee Binns and Andrea Binns watch.

John Binns was led away by security guards. Later, the video cuts to another hallway and shows security approaching Renee and Andrea Binns, who are walking alone. The guards then separate the mother and daughter and wrestle both to the ground in separate locations. The lawsuit states that Andrea Binns suffered a fractured nose and was knocked unconscious.

“It is abundantly clear that what happened to Ms. Binns and her family was by no means an isolated event, but indicative of a pattern of misconduct that is captured on video,” Binns’ attorney Michael Maggiano said.

Katie Dougherty, a spokeswoman for Caesars Entertainment, said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

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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J. Freedom du Lac · February 24, 2014