FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 10th, 2015

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Approves $65,000 In Casino Fines

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved five consent agreements between four casino operators involving various violations with the resulting fines totaling $65,000.

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

  • Washington Trotting Association, Inc., operator of The Meadows Casino in Washington County for two separate violations;

  • SugarHouse HSP Gaming, L.P., operator of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia for a single  violation;

  • Chester Downs and Marina, LLC., operator of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino in Delaware County, also for a single violation; and,

  • Isle of Capri-PA, LLC /Woodlands Fayette, LLC, operator of Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County, also for a single violation.

Details

The fines levied against Washington Trotting Association, Inc. totaled $27,500:

  •  $15,000 for three instances in which persons on either the Voluntary Self-Exclusion List or Involuntary Exclusion List were permitted to receive Players Cards and gamble.  Gaming facilities in the Commonwealth must refuse wagers from, and deny gaming privileges to excluded persons, including issuance of a Player’s Club membership. 

  • $12,500 for conducting a promotion after being notified by the PGCB to not conduct the promotion.

The fine levied against SugarHouse HSP Gaming, L.P. was $15,000 for allowing a single slot machine to operate at a payout percentage different than the paytable setting submitted to the PGCB on its Gaming Floor Slot Machine Master List.

The fine levied against Chester Downs and Marina, LLC. was $15,000 for allowing a 20-year-old male to access the gaming floor and participate in table games gambling, along with the failure of casino personnel to contact either the PGCB or PA State Police about the incident in a timely manner.

Finally, the fine levied against Isle of Capri-PA, LLC /Woodlands Fayette, LLC was $7,500 for allowing a 20-year-old male to access the gaming floor, then participate in table games gambling and consume alcohol.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, 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 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ over 17,000 people and generate an average of $3.7 million per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry, economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer projects, the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and to local governments that host casinos.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.