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Riverside Casino fined $20K for minor gambling

The Riverside Casino & Golf Resort was fined $20,000 by the Iowa Gaming and Racing Commission as a result of a September incident where a minor gambled for more than two hours. (Union file photo)
The Riverside Casino & Golf Resort was fined $20,000 by the Iowa Gaming and Racing Commission as a result of a September incident where a minor gambled for more than two hours. (Union file photo)

A minor was caught gambling at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in September, and the casino now has to pay the price.

On Thursday, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission fined the Riverside Casino $20,000 for the violation.

“On Sept. 19, a minor entered the (gaming) floor unchallenged,” Gaming Commission Administrator Brian Ohorilko said. “The individual gambled at the facility and was on the floor for over two hours.”

A person must be at least 21 years old to gamble in Iowa.

Ohorilko added that the minor was caught after they left the gaming floor and tried to re-enter.

“Those factors trigger a commission referral,” he said. “(Riverside Casino) acknowledged and accepted a penalty of $20,000.”

He explained that the casino self-reported the violation and conducted an independent investigation of the incident.

“That is the responsibility of the facility,” Ohorilko said. “It is the expectation that a facility will self-report a violation like this.”

He added that if a facility does not self-report, the potential fine could be much larger.

Ohorilko said that the $20,000 fine is the usual penalty for the first or second offense during a 365-day period.

“It will escalate after that,” he said. “There’s a lot of precedent.”