MGM Springfield fined for allowing minors on casino floor

MGM Springfield has taken human resources action against the employees involved.
MGM Springfield has taken human resources action against the employees involved.

MGM Springfield was found to have minors on its gaming property in December and January, and one was served alcohol.

US.- The MGM Springfield casino has been fined $18,000 by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) for multiple cases of allowing entry to minors.

According to the MGC, the property permitted under 21s to place bets on the casino floor in December 2020 and January 2021. One underage person was also served an alcoholic beverage.

MGM Springfield, which appointed a new president earlier this year, said it notified the MGC’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) of the violations and fully cooperated with the inquiry.

The MGC concluded that MGM Springfield must submit a plan to improve its compliance with state regulations.

A spokesperson for MGM Springfield 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.”

The company has taken human resources action against the employees who were involved in the incidents and is re-emphasising its ID policies.

Director of the IEB, Loretta Lillios, 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, MGM Springfield reported an increase in gross gambling revenues (GGR) for February, up from $14.5m in January to $16.89m.

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