Rap Basement


Nelly Costs Casino $50,000

Posted By on February 20, 2004

A Missouri casino may have to pay for letting Nelly play.

The President Casino in St. Louis faces a possible $50,000 fine for allegedly letting the rapper skirt state gaming laws during a trip he made to celebrate his birthday last November.

The Missouri Gaming Commission confirmed that it proposed the fine on Thursday and alleges that the casino, which is housed by the riverboat Admiral on the Mississippi River, allowed Nelly and his entourage to enter without first getting required electronic identification cards. The electronic ID limits gamblers to withdrawing only up to $500 in tokens every two hours. The state of Missouri has the only such law in the country.

Regulators also allege that at one table, Nelly flashed an ID card that belonged to an unknown woman. They also allege that an employee later made a betting card for Nelly and ran it through to give the impression Nelly had just arrived, thus expanding his betting limit. In all, the Commission says the casino violated 10 different laws and rules.

Because the onus of the state’s gaming laws falls on casinos, Nelly is not being targeted by the Missouri Gaming Commission for any wrongdoing. His spokesperson offered no comment.