New Hampshire Poker Room Fined $12,500

The owner of Cheers Poker Room in New Hampshire says the findings of an investigation into his business conducted by the state Lottery Commission are not accurate. Dan Dandreo faces a $12,500 fine for violating a list of state regulations plus a $125,000 increase in the state bond for Cheers.

The Lottery Commission claims Dandreo allowed his son and one of his gaming operators to play games at his poker room. They also say he failed to submit months of required reports, filed paperwork incorrectly, and deleted surveillance videos.

Dandreo disputes the accusations. On Monday, he claimed his sons have never played at Cheers and that they are not involved in his poker business. His business has been shuttered since June 2, but according to the commission Dandreo has yet to address them directly to resolve the issues or officially contest the allegations against his business.

According to the commission, they warned Dandreo multiple times that he violated state regulations starting just two months after his business opened last December. After four months of warnings, the commission finally sent a letter to Dandreo imposing a fine on May 24.

Dandreo has another meeting with the commission Tuesday when he could potentially lose his operating license for the poker room. Regulators are giving him until June 23 to request a hearing or contest the allegations against his business.

Cheers is one of ten poker rooms in the state, but one of only two in the Salem area, along with the Chasers Poker Room and Casino.

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