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State suspends admission fee for minors at bingo

The New York State Gaming Commission on Thursday suspended a new requirement that children pay an admission to enter a licensed bingo hall.

The waiver comes on the heels of a rule change in April that prohibited minors from playing bingo, to be consistent with other forms of gambling in the state.

The April amendment to the law on charitable gaming caused an uproar among many non-profit organizations already worried about decreasing revenues.  Bingo sponsors feared the new regulation that barred minors from playing but still required them to pay an admission would discourage their parents or guardians from attending bingo functions.

The Gaming Commission explained that the statutory restrictions on minors were a way to help prevent teens from forming gambling addictions.

Lee Park, a spokesman for the state Gaming Commission, called the regulatory change necessary, but he offered no explanation for it.



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