Ontario casino fined for letting ‘high risk’ player buy $80K in chips with cash, then leave

Ontario casino fined for letting ‘high risk’ player buy $80K in chips with cash, then leave

Article brief provided by CTV News Toronto
  • Phil Tsekouras, CTV News Toronto
January 24, 2024 8:49 PM

Ontario’s gambling watchdog has slapped a popular Niagara Falls casino with a fine after it allegedly allowed a “high-risk” player to exchange $80,000 [US$59K] in cash for chips and walk out without gambling.

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In a news release, the Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced the $70,000 [US$52k] fine — $10,000 less than the value of money that was allegedly laundered — against MGE Niagara Entertainment Inc., which operates Fallsview Casino Resort.

The AGCO alleges that in April 2023, a patron went to Salon Privé, a “high-limit” gaming area within the casino that offers players “sophistication and discretion,” according to the Fallsview website.