October 7, 2022

Children and teens — ranging from 11 to 18 years old — were found gambling on the gaming floor of Mount Airy Casino Resort, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
The board approved Wednesday a consent agreement during its public meeting, resulting in a $160,000 fine for the Mount Pocono, Monroe County-based gaming operator. The agreement followed negotiations between the Office of Enforcement Counsel and Mount Airy No. 1 LLC, the resort’s operator.
The board claims there were three incidents, in which individuals under the legal gambling age of 21 gained access onto the casino floor and gambled:
Additionally, Mount Airy No. 1 LLC received a second fine of $100,825, stemming from the operator’s failure to timely file a total of 32 corporate or individual renewal applications by the statutorily mandated due dates, the board said. The failure to gain re-licensing of one individual led to the failure to meet a mandated condition connected to Mount Airy No. 1 LLC’s slot machine license, according to the board.
A spokeswoman for Mount Airy told lehighvalleylive.com Wednesday: “The ownership of Mount Airy Casino Resort respects the decision of the Gaming Board and we are always working towards further improving our processes.”
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked in overseeing all aspects of gambling involving 16 land-based casinos; online casino games; retail and online sports wagering; and Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) at qualified truck stops; along with the regulation of online fantasy sports contests.
Pennsylvania’s land-based casino industry includes six racetrack (Category 1) casinos; five stand-alone (Category 2) casinos; two resort (Category 3) casinos; and three mini-casinos (Category 4). Casino expansion is expected to result in two more Category 4 casinos in the next couple years.
A significant job generator, Pennsylvania’s gambling industry generated more than $2 billion in tax revenue during the 2021-22 state fiscal year.
Editor’s note: This article was updated with a statement from Mount Airy Casino.
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