Both Harrah’s and Horseshoe casinos have been slapped with a $50,000 fine for allowing underage minors on their casino floors.
Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission confirmed that the gambling operators were lax in complying with the minimum age regulations and therefore were issued a warning along with the fine.
Brian Ohorilko, the commission’s administrator also said that the two casinos self-reported the violations and cooperated with the commission authorities. He also confirmed that it was the first underage violation at the two gambling facilities in the past year.
According to the existing gambling regulations in IOWA, the minimum age required for bettors at gambling facilities is 21 years.
Harrah’s was fined for an incident that took place on April 8, in which a young woman and her adult female companion entered the casino at 6:25 p.m. without being asked for identification.
Earlier this year in August, Iowa became the 11th US state to launch sports betting operations. In its first 17 days of operation, Iowa sportsbooks paid $1.5 million in taxes.
While Iowa casinos took over $8.5 million in wagers on sporting events, the sportsbooks at Iowa casinos grossed about $2.2 million in winnings. The majority of the bets were placed on local college-level sports.