Pennsylvania’s Stadium Casino fined over restricted area breaches

| By Robert Fletcher
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has issued a $10,000 (£8,928/€10,220) fine to Stadium Casino, operator of the Live! Casino Philadelphia, for allowing individuals to enter restricted areas of the property.

In the first incident, a woman entered numerous restricted “back of the house” areas in both the casino and hotel and stole items from employees. 

It was also discovered that in a separate incident, three casino patrons were able to enter an unsecured restricted area and gain access to the casino floor after previously being denied casino access by security.

The PGCB ruled this was in breach of state rules and regulations regarding land-based casino operations and issued the fine to Stadium Casino.

Meanwhile, the PGCB also took action to ban eight adults from all casinos in the state after they were found to have left children unattended to gamble. Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution, in addition to exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos.

One male patron left five children, aged from three to 11, unattended in a vehicle in the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack parking garage while he played table games inside for 25 minutes.

A female patron was also banned after leaving a 12-year-old child unattended in her vehicle in the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack parking garage while playing slots for 57 minutes.

Another female player was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a nine-year-old unattended in her vehicle at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course while she played slots inside for half an hour.

Elsewhere, a male patron was found to have left a two-year-old in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Presque Isle Downs & Casino while he placed bets at the sportsbook. Another male player was also banned for leaving a child unattended in a vehicle for eight minutes while he gambled at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.

The PGCB also banned another male consumer for leaving three children, aged 13, 12 and 10, unattended in a vehicle at the Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino while he watched table games inside for 12 minutes.

Another male player was banned for leaving an eight-year-old unattended in his taxi service vehicle in the bus lobby parking area of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh while he placed sports bets at the sportsbook inside.

In addition, a male patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving three children, aged nine, six and five, unattended in a vehicle at the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh while he played table games at the venue.

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