"They got two names in there for the whole country and one
of them is still Al Capone."
That line, uttered by Joe Pesce's character Nicky Santoro in
the 1995 hit movie Casino, may have reflected a common
view in the past toward casino exclusion lists – the
lists maintained by gaming regulators in each jurisdiction of
persons who are not permitted to enter casinos.
An article in today's Press of Atlantic City
discusses the evolution of New Jersey's exclusion list. As the
article notes, when the New Jersey exclusion list was established,
it consisted mostly of organized crime figures or people who
committed crimes within casinos, such as cheating and swindling.
Recently, however, New Jersey regulators have been adding more
names to the exclusion list as part of law enforcement efforts to
make Atlantic City safer. Now, people are being placed on the
exclusion list for reasons such as prostitution and defiant
As the article also notes, Pennsylvania's exclusion list has
a number of career criminals and cheaters or swindlers. But, a
problem that has arisen in Pennsylvania over the last few years has
created a new category on the exclusion list – people who
leave children in cars while they go into the casino. Not only is
this obviously dangerous, it is a crime, and also results in
placement on Pennsylvania's exclusion list. The Pennsylvania
Gaming Control Board has been paying significant attention to this
problem, working with casino licensees to take measures to combat
The burden is on a casino to make sure that persons on the
exclusion list do not enter the property. Section 71 of the New
Jersey Casino Control Act provides that the Division of Gaming
Enforcement may sanction a casino licensee who knowingly fails to
exclude or eject any person who is on the exclusion list. Thus,
careful attention to the growing exclusion list is important to all
casino licensees and their employees.
Clearly, Nicky Santoro's line was quite the
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