The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved petitions filed by its Office of Enforcement Counsel banning four adults from all casinos in the Commonwealth for leaving minors unattended in order to engage in gaming activities.
A male and female were placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 9-year-old unattended in a vehicle in the parking garage of Wind Creek Bethlehem for 1 hour 34 minutes while they gambled at slot machines. A female patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 13-year-old unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of Hollywood Casino York for 39 minutes while she gambled at slot machines. A male patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 6-year-old unattended in a vehicle in the parking garage of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh for 1 hour 44 minutes while he gambled at table games
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 minor. Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino also subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution in addition to exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos.
To compliment the efforts by casinos to mitigate this issue, the Board created an awareness campaign, “Don’t Gamble with Kids.” While the Board tracked 197 incidents of unattended minors through the first seven months of 2022, that number has been reduced to 126 incidents in the first seven months of 2023.