The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports that underage gamblers between the ages of 11 and 18 were spotted at Mount Airy Casino Resort.
The casino operator in Mount Pocono, Monroe County, was fined $160,000 after the board adopted a consent agreement at a public hearing on Wednesday. Mount Airy No. 1 LLC, the resort’s operator, and the Office of Enforcement Counsel negotiated to reach this arrangement according to OKBET Casino Today.
The Commission alleges three separate occurrences in which people under the legal gambling age of 21 obtained access to the casino floor and participated in gaming activities:
- An 18-year-old man who gambled at two different slot machines.
- An 11-year-old girl who gambled at 10 different slot machines while both parents were present with her and cashed two vouchers.
- Two 13-year-old girls who gambled at slot machines with their mother.
Mount Airy No. 1 LLC was also hit with a second charge of $100,825 for missing the deadlines for filing 32 renewal applications for corporations and individuals. Mount Airy No. 1 LLC’s slot machine license was revoked because a required condition was not met, the board said. This condition involved the re-licensing of one individual.
“The ownership of Mount Airy Casino Resort respects the judgment of the Gaming Board and we are continually trying to further improve our systems,” a Mount Airy spokeswoman said in a statement to lehighvalleylive.com on Wednesday.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has jurisdiction over 16 brick-and-mortar casinos, internet casinos, retail and online sports betting, VGTs in approved truck stops, and the regulation of daily fantasy sports.
There are now six Category 1 racetrack casinos, five Category 2 independent casinos, two Category 3 resort casinos, and three Category 4 mini-casinos operating in Pennsylvania (Category 4). Two further Casino of the Category 4 type are anticipated to open in the next few of years as a result of casino growth.
The gambling business in Pennsylvania contributed almost $2 billion to the state’s coffers during the fiscal year 2021–2022.