FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 5th, 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

Underage Gaming Violations Lead To $25,000 Fine Against Southeast Pennsylvania Casino

Board also adds 17 individuals to its PA casinos involuntary excluded list

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved a consent agreement resulting in a fine of $25,000 against Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Parx Casino in Bucks County.

The fine was the result of the approval of a consent agreement between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and  Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment for two violations in which it permitted underage gambling;

  • A 20-year-old male was on the gaming floor for a period of approximately three-and-a–half hours on February 16, 2015, and who wagered at table games and consumed alcohol;
  • Permitting at 20-year-old male on the gaming floor for a period of approximately three hours on February 19, 2015 during which he wagered at table games, a slot machine, and consumed alcohol.

Both individuals were charged by the Pennsylvania State Police.

The board also today approved the addition of 17 individuals to its Involuntary Exclusion List, bringing the total banned from entering Pennsylvania casinos to 366.  The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act provides for the establishment of this list for persons who are to be excluded or ejected from licensed facilities in the Commonwealth. The list consists of career or professional offenders, cheats and other individuals whose presence in a licensed facility would be inimical to the interest of the Commonwealth, of licensed gaming, or both.

The list of the individuals on the Board Involuntary Self-Exclusion List, including why the individual was placed on the list, is on the Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 2, 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.

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