PA Casino Roundup: Married Couple Sues Parx after Being Assaulted; Sands Has Record Month; Parx Fined $25,000

A Staten Island married couple has filed a lawsuit against Parx Casino for failing to protect them during an attack perpetrated by a drunken patron.

In February, Paul Devaney and his wife were at the casino when an intoxicated man struck Mr. Devaney in the head with a bottle, causing serious harm to the man and leaving him with permanent injuries. The couple is suing Parx for failing to eject the drunken man and allowing him to continue drinking, even though he was clearly out of control and a danger to others.

The Devaney’s seek damages for physical disfigurement, medical care and treatment, lost wages, physical pain and mental anguish.

Sands has record month

The month of July has been good to the Sheldon Adelson-owned Sands Bethlehem casino. In total, the business took in $46.1 million, its biggest haul since it was opened in 2009.

According to a Sands executive, out-of-town customers make up about 50% of the casino’s table game business. Those games have been especially popular with Sands’ Asian guests. “We’ve found a niche in table games, particularly with our Asian clientele,” said Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem Pres. Mark Juliano. “The proximity to New York and New Jersey has proven to be a great advantage to us.”

Other state casinos also benefited from a busy July. Second to Sands was Parx casino, which banked $45.9 million, followed by Rivers which took in $30 million. Harrah’s and Mohegan Sun took the third and fourth spots with revenue of $24 million and $23.6 million respectively.

Sheldon Adelson, Sands CEO, got some bad publicity this month when an investigative reporter showed how easy it was for minors to drink and gamble at the billionaire’s Venetian Casino in Las Vegas. The group filmed a clandestine video in which underage men and women were allowed to play table games, play poker and drink alcohol all without being carded.

The irony is that in his war against online gambling, Adelson often likes to argue that he can’t “know the customer” if they are gambling online. But in fact, the opposite is true, iGaming operators can know exactly who their customers are and employee rocksolid security measures to make sure that underage gamblers can’t log on and play. Additionally, a player’s entire history can be monitored to search for efforts to cheat or to cut off problem gamblers.

Parx fined $25,000

Adelson’s casinos have continually been fined for giving the underage access to gambling. Last month, however, it was Parx casino which was ordered to pay a fine of $25,000 for allowing two 20-year-old men onto the gaming floor and letting them to drink and gamble. Those individuals were also criminally charged by Pennsylvania police.