Pa. Gamepad 4 is prohibited after children are left unattended while gambling

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PCGB) on Wednesday, January 25, banned four adults from entering state casinos after leaving children unattended in order to gamble at those casinos.

The board also rejected requests from two other adults to be removed from the list due to similar incidents.

The procedure for placing four adults on the PGCB’s involuntary exclusion list was due to approval of petitions filed by the Board Office of the Enforcement Board and involved nine children.

As stated in the statement, action has been taken on the following persons:

  • A man was placed on the list after leaving five children, including an infant, with children between the ages of one and 14 in the food court of the Valleyorge Casino Resort. The children were left unattended for 1 hour and 12 minutes while the adult was at the slot machines.
  • Another man was placed on the list after leaving a 12-year-old unattended in a car in the Valleyorge Casino Resort parking lot. The child was left unattended for 5 minutes while the man bet on the sportsbook.
  • Another guest was placed on the list after a 13-year-old was left unattended in a car in the parking garage of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. After the man tried to enter the casino with the child and claimed to be his brother, the child returned to the car while the adult entered the casino and bet on the sportsbook. The child was left unattended for 15 minutes.
  • A woman has been placed on the list after two children, ages 2 and 14, were left unattended in a car in the parking lot of Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino in Wilkes-Barre. The children were left unattended for more than two hours while the woman gambled at the slot machines.

The board also denied delisting requests by two women who were placed on the list in 2020 for separate incidents involving three children left unattended.

These measures are intended to remind gamblers that adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in a parking lot, garage, hotel, or anywhere else in a casino, due to the potentially unsafe environment that can be created for children. Offenders can be subject to criminal prosecution as well as being banned in all casinos in the country.

The PGCB reported that during 2022 it identified 303 incidents of adults leaving children unattended to gamble in Pennsylvania casinos involving 486 minors.


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