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St. Louis state senator cited in casino incident



BOONVILLE, Mo. – A state senator faces charges after gambling officials say he used a fake ID to enter a casino.

Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis said he was on a legislative tour of the Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville and later to gamble.

Smith acknowledged using someone else's access card to enter the gaming area. He said a casino employee gave him the card.

Presenting false identification at a casino is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Smith said he wasn't carrying his driver's license and so couldn't register for the card required to enter Missouri casinos.

The card allows casinos to track gamblers and enforce a law limiting them to $500 in chips or tokens in a two-hour period.


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