One Pennsylvania casino served 27 alcoholic beverages to a gambler over the course of nine hours, resulting in a large fine from state regulators.

What happened at Mount Airy

Mount Airy doesn’t usually make a lot of news in PA, good or bad. But the recent revelation from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board about one intoxicated patron at the Pocono resort falls decidedly in the “bad” category.

Here’s the report from the PGCB:

The fine against Mount Airy #1, LLC was the result of a failure by casino personnel to prevent serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated gaming patron.

In this instance, the casino patron was served 27 drinks over a nine hour period, including 18 drinks after he showed signs consistent with intoxication while the patron engaged in slot play at table top slot machines located at the bar.

Mount Airy had no comment on the incident or the fine, per The Associated Press.

That’s a lot of booze for a gambler

That’s an amazing amount of drinking for a casino to allow a patron to do in one of its casino. Certainly, multiple instances of such a thing occurring would likely result in much harsher penalties.

Penalties handed out by PA regulators usually have to do with underage gaming, including several instances that resulted in fines for Sands Bethlehem.

Nevada looking to lower drinking age

The news in Pennsylvania comes as the biggest gambling state in the country, Nevada, eyes lowering the legal gambling age. The state legislature recently introduced a new bill.

A casino’s job of keeping underage patrons from staying out of the gaming area is already a difficult one. Reducing the gambling age would certainly complicate things for casinos trying to keep people under the age of 21 from drinking.

Pennsylvania is considering a number of changes to its gaming laws, but reducing the age for gambling is not one of them.

Dustin Gouker

Dustin Gouker

Having previously written for The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner, among other publications, Dustin Gouker has been a sports writer for more than 15 years. He is an avid poker player who has also spent years covering the topics of poker, the casino industry, and the burgeoning DFS industry.