Sands fined $230K for violations at Bethlehem casino

The board fined the Sands $120,000 for 11 instances in which people under 21 were allowed onto the gaming floor and were able to gamble on either slot machines or gaming tables. In four of the cases, under-aged patrons were served alcohol. In one of the instances, a 20-year old male got onto the gaming floor on two separate days, wagered at table games and was served alcohol.

A person has to be 21-year-old to enter a casino floor.

The board said free slot play is used by casinos to build and reward patron loyalty, and drive repeat visits from valuable customers; however, it said there were abuses of the rewards at Sands.

It fined Sands $110,000 for permitting the issuance of free slot play by employees who were not authorized to do so and/or issuing free slot play in amounts above authorized levels.

The Sands has not yet returned calls for comment.

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