Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of deceased singer Whitney Houston, is under investigation by the MGM Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after TMZ posted video of Brown and her rumored boyfriend, Nick Gordon, gambling on a slot machine. Nevada law requires a person to be 21 years of age or older to gamble, Bobbi Kristina is 19.
According to TMZ, MGM Resort and Casino has launched an internal investigation into the incident. Underage gambling is a misdemeanor offense in Nevada and is punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of $1,000. TMZ reports that the Nevada Gaming Commission has also launched an independent investigation of the incident.
Bobbi Kristina was in Las Vegas to attend a tribute to her late mother presented at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 20. Bobbi Kristina accepted her late mother’s Millennium Award at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. A video was released of her allegedly feeding slot machines during the twilight hours of Monday morning.
Gaming Control Board member Randall Sayre has stated that he gets about four or five reports a week involving underage gambling. Nevada law dictates casinos can face a $10,000 fine for allowing underage gambling; however, the fines for casinos can skyrocket well beyond ten thousand dollars.
Since 1998, eight businesses have been fined because of underage gambling. The Las Vegas Hilton received the largest fine, $350,000, when kids who were waiting to get into a Star Trek attraction waited inside the casino. A 19-year-old who enjoyed pleasures reserved for those over 21 for over an hour cost The Venetian a fine of $10,000.
In 1987, Debra Kim Cohen, 17, cost Caesars Atlantic City $100,000 when she was caught playing blackjack and drinking alcohol.
Regardless of how the MGM Resort and Casino internal investigation plays out, it is clear that the repercussions for the casino largely outweigh the blow the allegations will have on Bobbi Kristina’s celebrity reputation.