$5,000 Fine Levied Against PA Casino For Self-exclusion Violation
HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) today levied a $5,000 fine against Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse, for permitting a Self-Excluded person to gamble and to cash chips and a check.
The fine was the result of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing for an incident that occurred on March 23, 2012. On that date, an individual on the PGCB’s Self-Exclusion list engaged in both slot machine and table game play over a period of approximately seven hours. On two occasions during that period, the individual transacted business at the cage including cashing in chips and cashing a check.
The PGCB’s Self-Exclusion Program, established in late 2006, permits problem gamblers to ban themselves from gambling at Pennsylvania casinos for 1 year, 5 years or a lifetime. While a person is on the Self-Exclusion List, gaming facilities in the Commonwealth must refuse wagers from and deny any gaming privileges to that person, and deny check cashing privileges, player club membership, complimentary goods and services, junket participation and other similar privileges and benefits.
To date, 4,000 individuals have requested to be excluded from Pennsylvania casinos.
This was Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing’s first violation regarding Self-Excluded patrons.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 1, 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 11 casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 16,000 people, and collectively have generated more than $6.9 billion in tax and license fee revenue since the first casino opened in November 2006. A portion of that money has delivered property tax reduction in each of the past 5 years for all Pennsylvania homeowners; provided funding to the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry, fire companies, a statewide water and sewer project grant program, and the state’s General Fund; and, established a new stream of tax revenue to local governments for community projects.
A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. At this website, visitors can watch Board meetings live or view videos of past meetings, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.
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