Two Iowa casinos will pay fines for violations of gambling regulations.

Iowa Racing and Gaming Administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says William Hill — which runs the simulcast operations at Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs had one of the violations. “There were two instances in the spring where commission staff had identified that America Wagering did not upload names from the statewide exclusion list into their list that they use to screen patrons,” Ohorilko explains.

He says the failure to keep an update list is considered the same as allowing someone to gamble who is on the list. “The rules require that that list is updated once every seven days. So, in this particular situation that did not happen on two occasions,” Ohorilko says. “William Hill agreed to a penalty in the amount of $5,000, and this was their first offense for this type of incident in the past year.”

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino was fined for an underage gambling violation. “There was a situation in April where a minor had entered the gaming floor unchallenged two times — was on the gaming floor for over an hour and gambled,” Ohorilko says.

He says Praire Meadows was fined $20,000. “For Prairie Meadows, this was the second incident in the last 365 days. If there would happen to be a third, those fines would escalate,” Ohorilko says. A third violation before the 365 day period is up would lead to a $30,000 fine.