The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has fined Parx Casino $10,000 for allowing an 18-year-old to access the casino and gamble at gaming tables.
The regulator said casino personnel permitted the individual to enter the gaming floor and place bets. This breached Pennsylvania law that states players must be at least 21 to legally access the casino floor and gamble.
The fine was presented by the regulator’s Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC) and issued to Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, which operates the casino.
Meanwhile, the PGCB also approved petitions by OEC to ban seven adults from all casinos in the state for leaving children unattended in order to gamble.
A female patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving five children – an infant and other children ages one, nine, 10, and 14 – unattended in the food court of the Valley Forge Casino Resort for 64 minutes while she wagered at slot machines.
A male patron was also banned after leaving a two-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the Valley Forge Casino Resort parking lot for six minutes while he placed wagers at the on-site sportsbook.
Elsewhere, a female patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List for leaving a 15-year-old unattended in her vehicle in the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack parking garage for more than seven hours while she gambled inside.
Two male patrons were also banned after leaving two children, aged two and seven, unattended in a vehicle in the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack parking garage for 12 minutes while wagering in the sportsbook.
Another male consumer was added to the list after leaving a 13-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the Presque Isle Downs & Casino parking lot for 21 minutes while he wagered in the sportsbook.
In addition, a male player was banned for leaving three children – an infant and two six-year-olds – in a vehicle in the Presque Isle Downs & Casino parking lot while he gambled inside for 16 minutes.
Meanwhile, the PGCB unanimously voted to renew the Category 3 Casino operator’s license of Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, operator of Valley Forge Casino Resort for a further five-year period.
Since its opening in March 2012, Valley Forge Casino Resort has generated $2.04bn in gross revenue from slot machines, table games, online gambling and sports wagering, resulting in a return to the state of approximately $807.0m in tax revenue.
The facility currently operates 850 slot machines, 50 table games, along with FanDuel retail and online sportsbooks, and both the FanDuel and Stardust igaming sites. It also employs 320 people.