Three Pennsylvania Casinos Receive Fines From the Gaming Control Board
HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved fines totaling $32,500 against three casino operators for various violations.
The fines were the result of the approvals of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:
· Mount Airy #1, LLC, operator of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County, which was fined $15,000 for using non-approved gaming chips.
· Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Parx Casino in Bucks County, which was fined $10,000 for allowing cash advances to self-excluded persons;
· Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County, which was fined $7,500 for leaving unaccounted decks of cards on the gaming floor.
The fine against Mount Airy #1, LLC was the result of a finding by the Board’s Bureau of Gaming Operations Audit Unit in which it discovered that the casino had placed unapproved non-value Roulette chips into play. There was no indication from the audit that patrons were harmed or assets compromised as a result of the violation.
Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc. was fined for two incidents in which patrons who placed themselves on the Board’s Self-Exclusion List were able to obtain cash advances to be used to gamble at Parx Casino. Persons on the Self-Excluded List must be denied gaming and cash advance privileges by the casino. Both of the persons in these incidents were charged with Criminal Trespass.
Finally, the fine against Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association stemmed from the discovery of eight unaccounted decks of cards that remained on the gaming floor for three days. There was no evidence that anyone tampered with the decks.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016 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 casino 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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