The Ohio Casino Control Commission voted at its November meeting to accept a settlement agreement with Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati for failing to obtain the required certifications for third-party vendors as well as the improper acceptance of tips and gratuities by licensed employees. The settlement agreement includes a $40,000 fine.
“Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati was found to be engaging in practices that required us to take action to maintain the integrity of gaming in Ohio,” said Jo Ann Davidson, Chair of the Ohio Casino Control Commission. “Today’s fine, along with other remedial measures, will help ensure all policies and procedures are being followed in accordance with the law and the casino’s own internal rules.”
The violations were discovered during routine compliance audits by Commission staff. These audits determined the casino had entered into contracts with third-party vendors without first obtaining the required certifications. The casino also repeatedly permitted licensed employees to accept tips and gratuities without authorization to do so. In both instances, the casino violated the law and its own internal controls.
In addition to the fine, the settlement agreement requires Horsehsoe Casino Cinncinati to implement a process to consistently obtain the proper certifications for third-party vendors and to also provide proper training to all employees regarding the policies and procedures related to the acceptance of tips and gratuities.
This is the second time sanctions have been levied against Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. The Commission fined the casino in February for violating patron credit procedures.
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