Casinos Fined $20,000 By the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board For Violations
HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday levied fines totaling $20,000 against two eastern casinos.
The fines were the result of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and the casino license holder which were approved by the Board at its public meeting in Harrisburg.
Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, L.P., operator of the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Montgomery County, was fined $15,000 after casino personnel permitted two underage individuals to gain access to the gaming floor in March 2013, then gamble and consume alcohol. Both individuals were 20-years-old when admitted to the casino.
The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act provides that it is unlawful for persons under 21 years of age to wager, play or attempt to play slot machines or table games, as well as enter and remain in any area of a licensed facility where slot machines are operated or the play of table games is conducted.
The two underage individuals were cited by the Pennsylvania State Police for summary offenses related to their actions.
The Board also levied a fine of $5,000 today against HSP Gaming, L.P., operator of Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino for conducting business with Emerson Network Power, even though that company was at the time on the Gaming Control Board’s Prohibited Gaming Service Provider’s list.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013 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 30 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. The 12 casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 16,000 people, and collectively generate an average of $4 million per day in tax revenue. A portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners; provide funds 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 that host casinos 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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