Grandstand Casino Fined $80,000 by AGCO for Alleged Cheating Scheme Involving Craps Dealer

Following charges of a cheating scheme involving a craps dealer, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) fined Grandstand Casino, formerly known as Woodbine Casino, $80,000.

The AGCO claims that Grandstand Casino did not act appropriately based on accessible information, such as financial data and letters indicating “heavy and unusual” losses from electronic craps over a six-month period.

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The AGCO further claims that supervisors were frequently absent from the craps table, and that the casino permitted a dealer to continue operating the computerized craps game after incurring seven procedural infractions. The violations were imposed because the dealer was improperly pushing dice to customers prior to closing bets.

Craps is a dice game where players bet on the outcome of rolls of two six-sided dice. It is one of 145 table games featured at the casino, which also boasts 4,800 slot machines and e-tables.

The casino, which recently opened its doors, is part of the Great Canadian Casino Resort and reportedly cost $1 billion to construct over a five-year period.

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The AGCO’s fine comes after an Ontario Provincial Police investigation led to charges against five individuals in April, including a dealer and four patrons.

Following these charges, the AGCO conducted a compliance review to assess Grandstand Casino’s adherence to the Gaming Control Act, which governs and regulates various aspects of gaming and gambling within the province, and the Registrar’s Standards for Gaming, which provide specific guidelines and requirements for various aspects of gaming operations in the province.

The Registrar found that Grandstand Casino failed to detect or take appropriate action on available information to prevent the alleged cheat-at-play and dealer collusion scheme.

According to the AGCO, the establishment fully cooperated with the regulatory review and has committed to addressing deficiencies.

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The commission intends to continue monitoring the casino to ensure it appropriately addresses its controls to detect casino cheats and dealer collusion.

The casino operator has the right to appeal the fine to the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT), which is an adjudicative tribunal independent of the AGCO and part of Tribunals Ontario.

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