PA Gaming Control Board levies $125,000 in fines against Wind Creek Bethlehem

May 23, 2024
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The fines were for incidents involving underage patrons.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has issued $125,000 in fines to a local operator after approving two consent agreements sent by its Office of Enforcement Counsel.

The Board held a public meeting to levy the fines against Wind Creek Bethlehem. The operator was fined for 10 incidents involving underage 11 individuals between the ages of 18 and 20. The Board claimed that “underage individuals gained access to the gaming floor at the casino it operates” during a 20-month span.

In addition to the fines issued, the board responded to issued petitions to ban two adults from the state’s casinos “for leaving minors unattended to engage in gaming activities.”

The PGCB placed a male and female patron on its Involuntary Exclusion following an incident involving a 5-month-old and one involving a 4-year-old child.

The report said that the male patron left the 5-month-old unattended in a running vehicle in Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack’s parking garage. The temperature in the parking garage at the time was 47 degrees.

The board explained the situation with the female patron by saying, “A female patron’s request to be removed from the board’s Involuntary Exclusion List for a 2017 incident in which she left a 4-year-old unattended while in Rivers Philadelphia Casino was denied.

“The child was unattended for 15 minutes in a non-running vehicle in the parking lot while the outside temperature was 95 degrees.’

The regulator went on to say in a statement, “The board’s actions serve as a reminder that adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venues at a casino since it creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for the children. 

“Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino also subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution in addition to exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos.”  

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