When you see all those engaging commercials promoting gambling casinos in Pennsylvania, you don't see 14-year-old children plying a roulette wheel or a slot machine.
But it happens.
Way too often.
Since 2008, the state Gaming Control Board has fined casinos more than $1.6 million for 127 incidents of underage gambling.
These numbers come despite the fact that board members of casinos routinely add underage gamblers to their exclusion lists, and now employ a battery of sophisticated ID tests to prevent their presence at gambling sites.
But judging from the numbers, the casinos need to do more.
Robert DeSalvio, president of the Sands Casino-Resort in Bethlehem, wants to do more.
Underage gamblers receive a citation and fine of as much as $1,000.
DeSalvio wants to up the ante and is suggesting taking away their driver's licenses for a year.
We are on board with that.
Gambling starts out as fun and can become a problem for adults.
When the introduction starts with children, the future outcome is even more scary.
A fine just isn't enough in our view for underage gambling.
- Williamsport Sun-Gazette