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Pennsylvania Board Fines Pocono Downs For Underage Gambling

Underage gamblers are always looking for a way to sneak into a casino and place bets. It has become somewhat of a coming of age for the youth of America to lose their innocence by playing a few slot machines or a game of poker.

In Pennsylvania, the Gaming Control Board has been strict with their policy of punishing casinos that allow underage gambling. Several casinos have been fined over the past year, as the Gaming Board attempts to show their authority, while setting a precedent that underage gambling will not be tolerated.

Today, the Board came down on Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The gaming facility was fined $80,000 for two separate incidents involving not only underage gambling, but also serving minors alcohol. The casino had previously been caught in violation of the underage gambling laws and has paid previous fines.

The legal gambling age in Pennsylvania is twenty-one, but hundreds of underage gamblers attempt to bypass that age limit each year. The Gaming Board in Pennsylvania has come down harsh against the casinos since lawmakers legalized table games last year. Regulators want it known that the underage gambling is a serious regulations infraction that will be handled with the most strict of punishments.

The two incidents at Pocono Downs occurred in October of 2010 and January of this year. In October 2010, two underage gamblers, one nineteen and one twenty played blackjack and other table games for approximately two hours. The casino eventually recognized the underage gambling, and the young men were cited by Pennsylvania State Police.

In January, a twenty-year-old male entered the casino and played blackjack and slots for over three hours before state police cited him not only for the underage gambling, but also for purchasing illegally three bottles of beer.

In December of last year, Pocono Down was fined $47,000 for three incidents of underage gambling. At the time, the casino signed an agreement with the Gaming Board, which eventually led to the larger fine handed down today.

Pennsylvania has become one of the fastest growing gaming industries in the US over the past couple of years. Analysts believe that the state will surpass New Jersey as the gaming capital of the Northeast by the end of 2012. Table games have helped bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue for the state since the games became operational in the summer of 2010.

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