State fines Rivers Casino $6K for underage gambler

Man caught after allegedly trying to cash $1,300 jackpot
Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady.
Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady.

SCHENECTADY — The state Gaming Commission has leveled $6,000 in fines against Rivers Casino & Resort for an incident in which an underage man made it to the gaming floor last month and gambled.

The commission found that a security officer who let the man onto the gaming floor failed to follow procedures, was unqualified and lacked proper training, according to a letter released Wednesday.

“The [ID scanner] in use at the point of entry was functioning properly, alerted the Officer that the individual seeking entry was underage, but the alert was disregarded,” the letter reads.

The underage individual gambled for nearly two hours the evening of Feb. 14 into Feb. 15 — less than a week after the facility opened — and only stopped when he hit a $1,300 jackpot, the commission wrote. Casino employees realized he was underage when he tried to cash out. People under the age of 21 are not allowed to gamble. The Gaming Commission said the jackpot was forfeited to the state.

In all, the commission cited Rivers Casino for allowing someone under the age of 21 onto the gaming floor without an escort and allowing an underage person to make a wager, imposing first-offense fines of $1,000 and $5,000, respectively.

The commission found no issue with the casino employees’ response once they realized the individual’s true age.

A casino spokesman issued a statement Wednesday in response, noting the casino “acted swiftly and appropriately once the underage customer was identified, and also self-reported this incident to the Gaming Commission.

“Responsible gaming, including preventing underage gaming, is a top priority at our property,” the statement continued, “and we are continually making improvements to our operations to maintain our commitment to that mission.”

The letter released Wednesday did not include the individual’s name, however, the details match the Feb. 15 arrest of 20-year-old Andrick Singh. Police charged Singh then with misdemeanor impersonation, accused of using the identification of another person, and with violation unlawful possession of marijuana. He is accused of presenting the identification of another person to gain access to the casino early Wednesday morning.The status of his case was unavailable Wednesday evening.

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