Massachusetts Gaming Fines MGM Springfield For Allowing Minors In Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) fined MGM Springfield $18,000 for allowing minors to enter the casino on several occasions.

In December 2020 and January 2021, the property allowed under 21s to position bets on the casino floor, according to the MGC. An alcoholic beverage was also served to an underage male.

MGM Springfield, which recently named a new chief, said it reported the violations to the MGC’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) and completely cooperated with the investigation.

Strengthen compliance

MGM Springfield must apply a proposal to strengthen its compliance with state legislation, according to the MGC.

MGM Springfield’s representative said in a statement: “We respect the decision of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and will continue to educate our customers to abide by our resort policy that minors under the age of 21 are restricted by law from being in the gaming area.

“We take these underage violations very seriously and have increased employee training and are continually evaluating and refining our security procedures.”

Re-emphasising its ID policies

The organisation has taken corrective action against the workers involved in the events and is reiterating its recognition procedures.

Loretta Lillios, the IEB’s director, said: “The MGC takes seriously our obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of underage persons and minors. We appreciate MGM Springfield’s commitment to taking all necessary steps to ensure that underage persons and minors do not access the gaming floor.”

Meanwhile, gross gambling revenues (GGR) at MGM Springfield rose to $16.89 million in February, up from $14.5 million in January.

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