Security having a difficult time
Security personnel at the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett are having a difficult time dealing with the number of minors trying to enter the facility with fake IDs.
turning away between 600 and 800 guests each month due to invalid or fake IDs
The facility is turning away between 600 and 800 guests each month due to invalid or fake IDs. Minors are using sophisticated fake IDs to fool security personnel. Therefore, the casino is set to introduce new measures.
Changes are being made
Security personnel at the Encore Boston Harbor have had to be on their toes since the facility opened at the end of June 2019.
The minors who gained entry to the casino were able to spend at least an hour on average on the gaming floor. Legally, players must be 21 years of age or older to access this area of the property.
During the facility’s last quarterly report, Jacqui Krum, vice president of the Encore Boston Harbor, told commissioners that changes were being made to deal with the issues involving minors. She said:
We will continue to address the minors on the gaming floor at every level.”
The casino now has less entrances to the gaming floor. The property will also install hardwired scanners in the future to detect fake and invalid IDs.
Fight against fake IDs
Most of the rejected IDs are fakes. According to Krum, the fakes are very good, or they belong to a family member that is of age and the minor is trying to use the card to get in.
The worst case involving a minor gaining access to the casino involved an individual that spent three-and-a-half hours on the gaming floor before being removed by security. The individual played table games. The dealers assumed that security checked the individuals’s ID before entry.
The Encore Boston Harbor has received help from the Gaming Enforcement Unit, which includes State Police, of the commission to decrease the number of fake IDs being used by minors.