Sands Bethlehem underage fines

PA Gaming Board Slaps Sands With Underage Fine; Renews Mount Airy License

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved nearly $40,000 in fines against Sands Bethlehem for allowing people under the age of 21 onto its gaming floor.

The PGCB also voted to renew the license of Mount Airy Casino.

The action against Sands

The fine against Sands came after an agreement between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Sands Bethlehem’s parent company. The fines totaled $39,000, and covered three separate incidents, according to the board:

  • A 20-year-old female was permitted access onto the gaming floor and wagered at both slot machines and table games;
  • An 18-year-old male was permitted access onto the gaming floor where he consumed alcohol
  • A 20-year-old female was permitted access onto the gaming floor and wagered on slot machines.

Sands owner and underage gambling

Las Vegas Sands Corporation CEO Sheldon Adleson famously says that regulated online gambling cannot stop minors from playing. He has advocated for a federal bill — the Restoration of America’s Wire Act — that would ban online gambling federally.

That stance is based partially on the belief of Adelson that minors would be able to easily gamble online.

Of course, the fact that Sands can’t stop underage gambling at its land-based casinos points out the hypocrisy of that stance. It’s the second time Sands Bethlehem has been fined this year.

Sands Bethlehem has actively advocated against the advent of PA online casinos via legislation that could be passed this fall — because of Adelson’s stance. The casino has been against online gambling since the idea cropped up in PA in 2015.

Mount Airy gets license renewal

In other PGCB actions, the board voted to renew the Category 2 Casino Operator’s License of Mount Airy Casino in Monroe County.

The casino “had fulfilled the obligations under its previously-approved casino operator’s license,” and qualified for the renewal, which is good for another three years.

A public hearing on Mount Airy’s license was held in April.

Mount Airy opened in 2007, and the casino has generated nearly $1.6 billion in less than a decade, according to the PGCB. Mount Airy features 1,850 slot machines and 80 table games.

Lady Luck Nemacolin is the next PA casino up for license renewal.