Rivers cited for minors on floor
Schenectady casino, facing four violations, has appealed
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.
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.