Casino Fined $48,000 for Letting Minors Gamble

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issues penalties to Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for four instances when someone under 21 was allowed to place bets.


The was fined $48,000 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for allowing four underage patrons to gamble between July and December, according to a board news release.

In one of the incidents, a 20-year-old student was served two alcoholic beverages while he played blackjack for 45 minutes on December 2, according to The Morning Call.

The three other incidents involved two other 20-year-olds and an 18-year-old and all took place in 2011. In one of the cases, a 20-year-old played slots machines for two hours and was only caught because he tried to apply for a players card.

You must be 21 to gamble at a Pennsylvania casino.

This is the second time that the Sands has been fined for allowing underage gambling. The first time was in June 2010 for six separate violations.

The board also issued $80,000 in fines to the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia -- $70,000 of which was for allowing seven underage patrons to gamble. Another $10,000 fine was issued for allowing two people on the Gaming Control Board’s Self-Exclusion List to gamble.


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