The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board this month approved three consent agreements presented by the Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel regarding violations that occurred at casinos. The total fines levied against casinos were $67,500.
Downs Racing, L.P., operator of Mohegan Pennsylvania, was hit with a $50,000 fine for allowing individuals under the age of 21 to gain access to the gaming floor. In the first incident, the individual gained access multiple times to gamble. In the other incident, the individual gained access and was provided with alcohol.
Holdings Acquisition, L.P., operator of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, had a $10,000 fine for allowing an individual under the age of 21 to gain access to the gaming floor and gamble.
Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, L.P., operator of Rivers Casino Philadelphia, received a $7,500 fine for allowing an untrained employee to deal roulette.
Regulators also acted on petitions filed by OEC to ban seven adults from all casinos in the state for leaving minors unattended in order to gamble.
A male and female were placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a nine-year-old child unattended in a hotel room numerous times at Mt. Airy Casino Resort for a total of nearly eight hours over a 2 ½ day period in order to gamble.
Furthermore, a male patron was placed on the list after leaving a five-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking garage of Rivers Casino Philadelphia for 35 minutes while he gambled in the sportsbook.
Another male patron was placed on the list after leaving a three-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of Live! Philadelphia Hotel and Casino for 10 minutes while he gambled in the sportsbook.
A female patron was hit with a statewide ban after leaving four children, ages 2, 10, 13 and 13, unattended in a vehicle in the parking garage of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh for 40 minutes.
Yet another male patron was placed on the list after leaving a seven-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of Parx Casino Bensalem for 23 minutes while he placed sports bets and played a slot machine.
And finally, another male patron received a lifetime ban after leaving an 11-month-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of Rivers Casino Philadelphia for 42 minutes while he played table games.
According to the PGCB, since the start of 2022 through June 2023, it has identified 397 incidents of adults leaving children unattended to gamble at Pennsylvania casinos involving 633 minors.