Rivers cited for mi­nors on floor

Sch­enec­tady casino, fac­ing four vi­o­la­tions, has ap­pealed

Albany Times Union - - CAPITAL REGION - By Paul Nel­son

The state Gam­ing Com­mis­sion has fined Rivers Casino & Re­sort for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing laws pro­hibit­ing mi­nors in the casino, and in at least one in­stance, a mi­nor placed a bet, ac­cord­ing to Brad Maione, a com­mis­sion spokesman.

While Maione de­clined Thurs­day to dis­cuss the specifics of the vi­o­la­tions, he said the casino is ap­peal­ing the penalty for “reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing per­mit­ting an un­der­age pa­tron on the gam­bling floor” and “per­mit­ting a per­son un­der 21 to make a wa­ger at its fa­cil­ity.”

Fines range from $1,000 for a first of­fense to $25,000 for a fourth of­fense within a year or any sub­se­quent vi­o­la­tions, said Maione, but he would not fur­ther dis­cuss the fines on the Sch­enec­tady casino, cit­ing the on­go­ing hear­ing.

Lisa John­son Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, the New Jersey com­pany that han­dles pub­lic re­la­tions for the casino, de­clined via email to com­ment “on mat­ters pend­ing be­fore the New York State Gam­ing Com­mis­sion.”

Rivers Casino faces four sep­a­rate vi­o­la­tions within the past year, said John Don­nelly, an At­lantic Ci­ty­based at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing the casino.

“We’re de­fend­ing against the al­le­ga­tions” and it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to get into the ac­cu­sa­tions be­cause the hear­ing is not done, Don­nelly said.

The $350 mil­lion fa­cil­ity, which is op­er­ated by Rush Street Gam­ing of Chicago, opened on Feb. 9, 2017. It has 66 ta­ble games and

1,150 slot ma­chines on a 50,000-square-foot gam­bling floor along with a steak­house and res­tau­rant/lounge.

Maione said the ap­peal process for the casino to present its case be­gan dur­ing a hear­ing last month and is sched­uled to re­sume at 10 a.m. July 25 at the Gam­ing Com­mis­sion’s head­quar­ters in Sch­enec­tady.

“We take the is­sue of un­der­age gam­ing very se­ri­ously and mon­i­tor not just Rivers but all the fa­cil­i­ties that we reg­u­late,” Maione said.

Don­nelly said that once all the wit­nesses tes­tify, the hear­ing ex­am­iner in the case will make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the six com­mis­sion­ers, who will de­cide whether to ac­cept, re­ject or re­vise the find­ings.

The com­mis­sion reg­u­lates gam­ing ac­tiv­ity in New York, in­clud­ing horse rac­ing and parimutuel wa­ger­ing, In­dian gam­ing, the state lottery (in­clud­ing video lottery ter­mi­nals) and char­i­ta­ble gam­ing.

Paul Buck­owski / Times Union

A view of rivers Casino and re­sort in Sch­enec­tady on march 28. So far this year, the casino is fac­ing four vi­o­la­tions of laws pro­hibit­ing mi­nors; it is ap­peal­ing the penalty.

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