Parx Casino Faces $35,000 Fine for Underage Gambling

Parx Casino is currently facing a $35,000 fine from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for two incidents of underage gambling. The board issued the fine on Wednesday in response to two incidents involving 20-year-old women in March and April of 2016.

The first incident occurred on March 12, 2016, when a woman under 21 was on the gaming floor for more than 90 minutes and able to gamble before being asked for identification.

The second incident occurred the following month, when another under-aged woman played slot machines for over an hour. The woman was not actually caught for being underage while playing the slot machines but for suspicious activity.

Security officials noted the woman’s associate dropping a bag containing a suspicious white substance under a slot machine over surveillance cameras. The bag was collected by a manager, who suspected its contents to be a controlled substance.

The woman and her associated were then identified by the surveillance footage, at which time state police were called ad it was revealed that she was under 21.

This marks the fourth time in three years Parx casino has violated state minimum age requirements for gambling. Parx paid a fine of $15,000 for the first two infractions in 2014, another $15,000 for an incident in December 2015, then $25,000 for two incidents in February 2016.

Another Pennsylvania property, Presque Isle Downs, was fined $150,000 by the board on Wednesday for multiple violations related to unapproved corporate fee and shared service agreements, as well as allowing a total of 14 employees to perform duties without valid Gaming Employee Permits.

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