Casino manager penalized for helping Barbra win


Foxwoods casino in Connecticut has suspended and fined one of its managers and "counseled" two other workers for helping Barbra Streisand win at blackjack July 1, Foxwoods president G. Michael Brown said Thursday.

The manager and the two other employees were not identified, and Mr. Brown would not say how much the manager was fined or how long his suspension would be, saying only that the fine was "substantial" and the suspension "lengthy."

Mr. Brown issued a statement saying that the manager "violated certain procedures in order to encourage entertainer Barbra Streisand to win at blackjack when she shouldn't have."

Ms. Streisand's spokesman, Dick Guttman, said the performer was vacationing in Europe and could not be reached for comment.

The actress and singer visited the casino while vacationing on a boat off New England in June and July. Mr. Brown said she was not performing at Foxwoods.

Mr. Brown wouldn't describe how the manager helped Ms. Streisand, but said it was the first time in the three-year history of the casino that Foxwoods had discovered a case of an employee assisting a player.

The manager reported himself to the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Commission, Mr. Brown said, and was suspended pending an investigation, which resulted in the suspension and fine. He wouldn't say when the commission issued its decision.

The two who were "counseled" were the dealer who played with Ms. Streisand and the floor manager. A notice was also sent to all supervisors warning that "relaxation of rules for celebrity players will not be tolerated," Mr. Brown said.

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