Iowa casino fined over underage gambling
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino gets busted for not doing its job
With all the attention being placed on casino expansion and sports gambling, state regulators are paying closer attention to all the venues to ensure they comply with laws and regulations. Iowa is only a week away from sports gambling, so the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) has been paying extra attention. This has now led to the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino receiving a fine for allowing an underage patron not only gamble, but drink on the gaming floor.
Prairie Meadows is now on the hook for $20,000 as a result of its inability to maintain control of its guests. A 19-year-old visitor to the casino, who walked in right through the front door on April 6, was found to never have been checked for ID. He hung around on the casino floor for about an hour, ordering drinks and playing slot machines, and even managed to cash a ticket at a cashier’s cage.
This isn’t the first time the casino has come under fire for not following the rules. In July of last year, a 20-year-old patron spent three happy hours gambling and drinking on the casino floor and was never asked to show an ID. Just like the more recent incident, she, too, cashed a gambling ticket at a cashier’s cage without question.
Prairie Meadows paid a $20,000 fine for that misstep, as well. While some casinos would argue that fines are part of the business and can easily be won back, it’s doubtful that either of these two individuals gambled enough to cover the penalty.