Pennsylvania regulator issues further fines and swells exclusions list

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has issued three fines that total $67,500, as the regulator also places an additional seven adults on the state’s involuntary exclusion list.

Following similar actions taken last month, the first of the financial penalties concerns Mohegan Pennsylvania. The gaming venue received a fine of $50,000 for permitting individuals under the age of 21 to gain access to the gaming floor.

One incident saw access gained to gamble on multiple occasions, while another followed suit and was also provided with alcohol.

Elsewhere, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh was penalised $10,000 for allowing someone under the age of 21 to gain access to the gaming floor to gamble, while a $7,500 fine was issued to Rivers Casino Philadelphia after an untrained employee was allowed to deal roulette.

Furthermore, the Keystone State’s regulator also added numerous individuals on its involuntary exclusion list, which bans adults from all casinos in the commonwealth.

This comes after a total of nine minors were left unattended at Mount Airy Casino Resort, Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Live! Philadelphia Hotel and Casino, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and Parx Casino, in order to engage in gaming activities.

The children, which ranged in age from 11 months to 13 years, were left for between 10 minutes and seven hours and 48 minutes, while adults either gambled in a sportsbook, tables game or slots, while one visited a casino to observe an acquaintance gambling.

Since the start of 2022, the Pennsylvania GCB has identified 397 incidents of adults leaving children unattended to gamble at Pennsylvania casinos, which involved 633 minors.

“The board’s actions serve as a reminder that adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venues at a casino since it creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for the children,” licensees were reminded.

“Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino also subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution in addition to exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos.”