Blackhawk casinos’ owner reports credit card data breach

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DENVER —  A company that owns three Blackhawk casinos reported a data breach that could compromise credit and debit cards.

Affinity Companies, which is based in Las Vegas, owns 11 casinos, including Mardi Gras, Golden Gulch and Golden Gates casinos in Blackhawk.

The company released this statement on Friday:

“Affinity Gaming recently became aware of an intrusion into the system that processes customer credit and debit cards for our casinos, and a thorough investigation is under way by third-party data forensics experts. We also have notified law enforcement and gaming regulatory officials, and are cooperating in investigating the matter. Although our forensics investigation is ongoing, outside experts have confirmed that our system has been fully secured and our customers’ payments are protected. Once the investigation is concluded, we will provide more information.”

The breach could impact gamblers who visited any of their 11 casinos nationwide between March 14 and Oct. 16. A representative said it likely impacted fewer than 300,000 card holders.

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