MGM Springfield Submits Report about Underage Gambling Issue

MGM Springfield underage gamblingIt has been just three weeks that MGM Springfield is open for public access and within such a short span of time, this casino resort has reported a higher patron volume that was not anticipated in the first place.

It is always good for the business because it improves the gambling revenue but the massive influx of the players and visitors are causing a new issue. The casino executives have intimated the gaming regulators that they are having a lot of problems with underage gamblers moving to the casino.

Michael Mathis, who is the President and Chief Operations Officer at MGM Springfield talked with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and said that the casino has an average 25,000 visitors daily and the numbers are doubled on the weekends.

This casino resort had initially estimated that the average daily visitors would be in the range of 15-20 thousand but the figures are way higher than the original estimation. Mathis is of the opinion that the casino is generating a lot of interest from the local people and the numbers are likely to increase by great folds shortly.

Underage Gambling Hitting the Casino

According to Mathis, the porous design of MGM Springfield is one of the biggest reasons for attracting such a huge number of casino players. This, in turn, is causing problems as minors are able to get access to the game floor with no restrictions of any kind.

The President says that he has himself witnessed many underage gamblers making their way inside the casino. Staff members are doing their best to prevent such unauthorised access, but Mathis says that people are leaving their children around the casino resort while they go for gambling. This, in turn, is causing a significant issue for the casino.

To fight with underage gambling, MGM Springfield has devised to use stringent measures. For now, any individual below the age of 16 years would not be given entry to the casino resort without accompanied by an adult. A curfew would come into place at midnight that would allow only people above 21 years and MGM hotel guests to gain access to the gaming floor.

MGM Casino Resort Asked to Offer Non-Gambling Features

Seth Stratton who is the Vice President and General Counsel of MGM Springfield says that some of the underage gambling was intentional, but a lot was inadvertent. It is all because of the lack of proper knowledge among the members of the community regarding the age bar.

Steven Crosby who is the Chairman of Massachusetts Gaming Commission said that MGM followed the directives of the commission to offer many non-gaming features to cater to a broader audience in the first place. It has unfortunately given rise to underage gamblers on the gaming floor. MGM Springfield says they would continue with the directions and guidelines given earlier and leave everything for the commission to figure out and arrive at a better decision.


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