I am looking to have a wedding in a casino banquet room (Rivers casino). They state that everyone must be 21 who attends. I am not sure if that is their own rule, or if it is a law. I looked up Pennsylvania alcohol laws as the relate to entering an establishment, and there is the parent/legal guardian exception, but I could not find much relating to casinos specifically. Only one of the 150 attendees will be 16, but she is the sister of my fiance and is in the bridal party, so she 100% has to be there.
The answer to your question is, "It depends on the state." I've never prosecuted any gaming applications in PA, so I honestly don't know. (I'd be surprised if it wasn't true, though.)
That being said, if the casino doesn't want to do it, they don't want to do it, and going in there and arguing gaming law with them is pointless. They don't want, or can't accept, your business. Find another venue.
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PA state law provides that it is unlawful for persons under 21 years of age to operate or use slot machines and that individuals under 18 years of age may not enter the gaming floor of a licensed facility. So unless the casino has a separate entrance, the minor cannot touch the gaming floor or the casino could be fined. Those under 21 but over 18 can be inside the casino, but they cannot gamble.
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