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Sheldon Adelson's Pennsylvania Sands fined for underage gambling again

June 21, 2014

One more year, since Sheldon Adelson's company opened its hotel casino resort in Pennsylvania back in 2009, Sands Bethlehem has received another fine from the authorities. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control has been very busy in these past few years as many of the casino resorts are violating their gambling licensing agreements. Land-based casino games gambling legislation's clauses against underage gambling are among the most important as they represent the weak link of this market. Regrettably, it seems that Sheldon Adelson prefers investing money on Coalitions against the online gambling market rather than improving the security measures at his casinos, as per the several incidents that have been taking place at Sands Beth Works Gaming. So far, the casino resort has paid $85,000 on penalties due to underage gambling. From June of 2013 until January of 2014, Sands Casino Bethlehem in Northampton County has had 6 cases of underage gambling involving three underage players (17, 19 and 20 years old players) who have able to play at the casino's tables and slot machines for all this period. So far, since the casino hotel resort opened in 2009, the company has been involved in 20 different cases, all of them violations included in the Pennsylvania's gambling laws. Other casinos, like Mount Airy Casino in Paradise Township or Valley Forge Casino Resort in Montgomery County, have also received citations and fines for several incidents involving underage gambling violations.

The controversy comes in a very difficult moment for the physical casinos that are trying to prove that, online gambling markets are easily accessible by underage players. Now, Sheldon Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) has to answer a few questions about the fact that Sheldon Adelson's Sands Bethlehem Casino in Pennsylvania has been allowing underage players to gamble for 5 years already.

CSIG launched an advertisement on TV against the online gambling industry where a child is gambling online using his father's account. Former Senator Blanche Lincoln, now Coalition National Co-Chair, expressed his misleading thoughts about this TV ad: "I believe the recent $32.5 million settlement by Apple over in-app purchases made by kids on their parents’ iPads or iPhones is just the tip of the iceberg if online gambling continues to grow. If kids can blow $2,600 in the app ‘Tap Pet Hotel,’ then think of what can happen when they get hold of their parent’s password and start playing blackjack? It is a nightmare scenario for parents."

Many Americans are starting to see how these coalitions really work; coalitions such as CSIG are trying to ban any other profitable market that can compete against the ones already established. In this case, the new market to ban is the online gambling industry and the Coalition's main supporter, Sheldon Adelson, owner of the casino resorts all around the United States under the brand SANDS. This act has been already named as hypocrisy by many Americans who will fight against unprofessional and unethical demeanors from businessmen like Sheldon Adelson.


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