Pennsylvania Gaming Control board has fined Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem $235,000. The penalty sums up for 11 violations that the gambling regulator identified last year. This includes allowing underaged players to place wagers, serving alcohol and unauthorized awarding of over $1 million for slot play between 2015 and 2016.
The state regulator fined the Sands Casino Resort $122,500 for permitting underage players to participate in gambling activities at the facility. The legal age as per the state’s regulation to enter and wager at a casino is 21; however, the operator was found to allow even an 18-year-old to place wagers.
Though the underaged patrons made use of fake identification, the casino operator was fined for failing to detect and restrict them from entering the facility and placing wagers.
The authority has found that there were multiple violations of the age regulation. The reason for such high numbers of underage patrons flocking the facility is that the Sands Resort casino has a shopping complex nearby which is frequented by a large number of young people.
The gambling authority also imposed fines on the casino for awarding unauthorized free slots play. It was found that this occurred over 6,428 times between 2015 and 2016. The free slots offered amounted to over $1 million.
Following the results from the audit report, the gaming authority held a meeting and slapped fines on the Casino resort on Wednesday.