3 PA Casinos Fined $67.5K, Many Gamblers Put on Banned List

  • Mohegan Pennsylvania was issued a $50,000 fine for allowing underage individuals to gamble and be served alcohol on multiple occasions in their casino.
  • The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined Rivers Pittsburgh $10,000 for underage gambling and Rivers Philadelphia $7,500 for an untrained employee.
  • Multiple casino patrons were placed on banned list for leaving children unattended in casino parking lots to gamble.

PHILADELPHIAThree Pennsylvania casinos were fined a combined $67,500 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) this month for varying casino violations. Mohegan Pennsylvania was issued the majority of the fines, receiving a $50,000 fine for multiple incidents of underage gambling and drinking in the casino.

The first incident saw an underaged individual granted access to the Downs Racing-operated casino on multiple occasions. Then, another individual under 21 years of age gained access and was provided alcohol on the gambling floor.

Mohegan Pennsylvania was the biggest but not the only culprit of Pennsylvania gambling violations. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh was fined $10,000 by the PCGB for allowing an underage individual to enter the casino and gamble.

The difference in fines is due to it only happening once at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh compared to multiple times and alcohol served to the underaged individuals at Mohegan Pennsylvania.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia also received a fine but it was worth $7,500 for allowing an untrained roulette dealer to deal to patrons. A rise in online gambling could be responsible for the struggle to find trained-live dealers in PA casinos.

The PGBC’s Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC) also banned seven adults from state casinos after leaving children unattended to gamble. Since 2022, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported 397 incidents of adults leaving 633 minors unattended to gamble at Pennsylvania casinos.

Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board stated on their website that “The unfortunate frequency of these dangerous events has led the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to create Don’t Gamble with Kids. We also want the gaming public to understand the scope of this problem and if they see a child unattended in a parking lot, hotel or elsewhere to report it to casino personnel or local authorities.”

Children ranging from 11-months-old to 13-years-old were left unattended in casino parking lots or hotel rooms sometimes for eight hours a day to gamble at casinos. The PGBC is working hard to fix this unfortunate issue.