FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 10th, 2014

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

PA Gaming Control Board Fines Casino $7,500 For Self-exclusion Violation

HARRISBURG, PA:    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved a consent agreement for a $7,500 fine on Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, LLC, operator of Parx Casino in Bucks County, for e-mailing surveys to persons on the Board’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program.

The PGCB’s Self-Exclusion Program permits problem gamblers to ban themselves from gambling at Pennsylvania casinos for 1 year, 5 years or a lifetime.  Regulations state that a casino must have in place procedures for preventing a person on the self-exclusion list from being mailed any advertisement, promotion or other target mailing. 

A total of 63 self-excluded persons received the December 2013 survey from the casino.

The fine was the result of the Board’s approval of a consent agreement between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, LLC.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015 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 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos, collectively employ over 17,700 people within their facilities and generate an average of $4 million per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. 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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