Underage Cubs player strikes out at St. Louis casino

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Underage Cubs player strikes out at St. Louis casino

by Russell Kinsaul
Posted on September 14, 2010 at 7:51 PM
Updated today at 7:54 PM

(KMOV) -- Chicago Cubs rookie shortstop Starlin Castro may be old enough to play Major League baseball but he's not old enough to gamble.

News4 has learned that Castro was involved in a violation of Missouri gaming laws at Lumiere Place Casino on August 13th. The Cubs were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel and after their game that night with the St. Louis Cardinals, Castro and some of the players went downstairs to Lumiere Place Casino.

According to the Missouri Gaming Commission, a security guard failed to check Castro's identification which would have shown that he's only 20 years old. In less than 10 minutes another employee noticed he looked young, asked to see his ID and realized Castro was too young to be in the casino.
The state investigated and decided that criminal charges were not warranted. A Lumiere spokesman said that the casino provides training and equipment to its employees to try to prevent underage gambling. The gaming commission has not decided whether to fine Lumiere for the violation. Lumiere and other St. Louis area casinos have been fined for violations of underage gambling laws earlier this year. Click here to read about those incidents and the fines that were imposed.