FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18th, 2012

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

$50,000 In Fines Levied Against Two Casinos By the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board For Regulatory Violations

HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines against two casinos for regulatory violations.

The fines were the result of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:

  • Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of Parx Casino in Bucks County, for an underage gambling violation; and,
  • Mount Airy #1 LLC, operator of the Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County, for doing business with a suspended Gaming Service Provider.

The fine levied against Parx Casino was $30,000 for permitting a 20-year-old male onto the gaming floor on two separate occasions on April 13, 2011 where he received a player’s club card, played slot machines and roulette, and served an alcoholic beverage. In total, the underage individual was on the Parx gaming floor for approximately 5 hours. 

The agreed fine of $20,000 levied by the Board against Mount Airy Casino Resort was the result of payments made to North American Warhorse, Inc. for goods and services during a time when the license of the principal owner was suspended by the PGCB. According to the consent agreement, the majority owner of the Mt. Airy Casino, Louis DeNaples, is also the majority owner of Warhorse, and when Mr. DeNaples was suspended in February 2008, Mt. Airy was also prohibited from conducting further business with that Gaming Service Provider during Mr. DeNaples’ suspension.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg. 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 with the passage of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Pennsylvania’s first new state agency in nearly 40 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. The ten casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 15,000 people, and collectively have generated $5.8 billion in tax and license fee revenue since the first casino opened in November 2006. A portion of that money is enabling property tax reduction for all Pennsylvania homeowners, providing needed funding to the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry, funding grants for fire companies and water/sewer projects, and establishing a new stream of tax revenue to local governments for community projects. A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. At this website, visitors can view videos of Board meetings and on the operation of the PGCB, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information.

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