New York Gaming Commission Tightens Stance on Underage Gambling

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NYSGC Increases Penalties for Underage Gambling

The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) is putting the hammer down on gambling operators including race tracks that allow underage gambling.

Underage Gambling 18The latest regulation approval by the NYSGC May 23rd will increase penalties against racetracks and gambling operators that allow any minor under the age of 18 to place wagers on their products. While racetracks don’t encourage underage betting, the new rule will imposes penalties for under-age betting on a graduated scale against licensed track, VLT, and other gambling operators.

“The amendments provide a penalty structure dependent upon (the) type of operator,” said Gaming Commission Executive Director Rob Williams.

For racetracks, the NYSGC will penalize association of corporate owners whose facilities permit someone under the age of 18 to place a wager. The sliding scale penalty would be a $1,000 fine for the first violation, a $5,000 fine if a second violation occurs within a year of the first, and a $10,000 fine for a third violation. Should a fourth violation occur within a year of another violation, then a $25,000 fine and “such action as the commission may deem appropriate,” including suspension or revocation of any license or privilege to operate or manage a track in this state” could be enforced.

The New York Gaming Association, whose members include racetrack operators of VLT casinos, voiced their opposition arguing that the rule and penalties are too harsh.  The rule doesn’t address casinos now under construction in three parts of the state because the process began before the casino rules were devised.

Under the previous system, fines or punishments were levied by commission members.

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