Iowa’s Catfish Bend Casino Lets Four-Year-Old In, Fine Follows


Posted on: June 5, 2022, 10:07 a.m.

Last update: June 5, 2022, 11:03 a.m.

Catfish Bend Casino was recently fined a total of $40,000 by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) for letting minors into the casino twice. In one incident, a four-year-old child sat on an adult’s lap and pressed the buttons on a slot machine at the Burlington, Iowa gambling property.

Catfish Bend Casino
Catfish Bend Casino, pictured above. The Iowa casino was one of several states fined for allowing minors into the casino. (Picture: YouTube)

A security guard did not stop the adult and child from walking on the ground, the IRGC said. After about 11 minutes, an employee noticed the child. The client and the child have been removed, according to IRGC administrator Brian Ohorilko.

In a second incident, a minor was admitted to the gaming room of the same casino. That player was over four years old, but still under 21, the minimum to play in the state, the IRGC said.

The young player bet for more than 30 minutes, Radio Iowa reported. Then a security guard ordered the player to leave.

At another gambling venue, the AmeriStar Casino in Council Bluffs, a minor was also gambling. The player has been ordered to leave the casino. This casino was fined $20,000, the IRGC said.

Prior Iowa Fines

These recent fines follow several Iowa fines for similar charges last October, Radio Iowa reported.

In one case, also involving Catfish Bend Casino, an underage casino visitor stayed in the casino for 47 minutes. The casino was fined $30,000. It was suspected that this person was gambling while in the casino.

Additionally, last October the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs was fined $60,000 for two offenses involving minors. One involved a minor who entered the playroom with an adult. She played slot machines and stayed on the gambling track for over 30 minutes.

During the second instance, a 17-year-old woman was also on the gambling court. She stayed at the casino for five hours and also gambled while there.

The fourth incident involved the Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona. An underage male entered the casino with two adults. He stayed there for about an hour and played. The casino was fined $20,000.

Additionally, Diamond Jo Worth Casino in Northwood left a miner on their gambling floor. The miner stayed in the casino for over two hours and gambled. The casino was fined $20,000.

Iowa Casino Moratorium

In May, Iowa lawmakers approved a two-year moratorium on new casino licenses. The rule has been included in a large set of games that must mainly deal with regulatory issues.

The moratorium came as a surprise to many, including the Cedar Rapids Development Group, which wants to build a $250 million casino on the west bank of the Cedar River.


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