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A new crackdown on child neglect and underage gambling has been unveiled by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), with an emphasis on making sure all gaming venues in the state are safe and following all regulations.

To support these enforcement efforts, the PGCB has launched the “Don’t Gamble with Kids” public awareness campaign. Needless to say, children are especially vulnerable in any area of a casino, including the parking lots, garages, and hotels, and the board is making a point of alerting the public of this. In addition to banning them from all Pennsylvania casinos, adults responsible for such acts may face criminal charges.

The Details

In ten different instances, the popular Bethlehem casino Wind Creek Bethlehem let minors into the gaming floor, resulting in a substantial penalty of $125,000. The eleven people involved were between the ages of 18 and 20, and these events took place over twenty months.

The PGCB also penalized three people for their actions in leaving children alone while they gambled. In one extreme situation, two adults at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack left a running car with a 5-month-old baby inside for half an hour when the weather outside was 47 degrees.

Another instance at Rivers Philadelphia Casino was the denial of a female customer’s request to be taken off the Involuntary Exclusion List. During an intense heat wave with temperatures outside approaching 95 degrees, this customer had left a 4-year-old youngster alone in a non-running car for about 15 minutes.

A Growing Industry

In the midst of all this, the gaming industry in Pennsylvania has been seeing remarkable development. With a total monthly income from iGaming surpassing $212.2 million, the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board (PGCB) said that April was another banner month for online casinos in Pennsylvania.

Impressively, while it may be difficult to top last month’s record of $233 million, Pennsylvania’s online casinos have held the $200 million level steady since February of this year.

The largest chunk of the overall income came from slots, as anticipated, with $126,013,832 in revenue. This is somewhat lower than March’s $135,519,554, but it is still a fair amount. Next came table games, which brought in $45,006,006 compared to little more than $53 million in March. Poker brought in $2,405,721 which was also quite decent. However, if the multi-state online poker compact is implemented, the future of poker might see a significant uptick.

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