HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has taken a firm stance against negligence by banning four individuals from casinos across the Commonwealth. This decision was prompted by incidents where minors were left unattended in vehicles while the adults indulged in gambling activities.

During their August monthly meeting, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board exercised their authority to approve petitions that enforce these bans. This action underscores the board’s commitment to upholding a responsible and safe environment within the state’s casinos.

The gravity of these incidents becomes evident upon examination:

  • A male and female have been placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 9-year-old unattended in a vehicle at Wind Creek Bethlehem’s parking garage for 1 hour and 34 minutes while they engaged in slot machine gambling.
  • A female patron, similarly, found herself 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 participated in slot machine gambling.
  • Another male patron, too, faced the consequences, finding his name on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 6-year-old unattended in a vehicle within Rivers Casino Pittsburgh’s parking garage for 1 hour and 44 minutes as he immersed himself in table games.
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These measures are a testament to the seriousness with which the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board treats such incidents. They underscore that minors must never be left unattended in casino premises, be it parking lots, garages, hotels, or any other spaces. This rule is non-negotiable and serves to safeguard the well-being of minors.

Additionally, these bans should serve as a stark reminder that negligence of this nature not only carries the weight of casino consequences but can also lead to criminal charges by law enforcement. By taking this resolute stance, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reaffirms the sanctity of casino spaces and the necessity of prioritizing the safety of minors above all else.