FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21st, 2017

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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

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Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Two Casino Fines Approved By the PA Gaming Control Board

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $84,500 against two casinos for violations.

The fines were the result of Board approvals at its public meeting of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:

  • Downs Racing, LP, operator of Mohegan Sun Pocono in Luzerne County, which was fined $70,000 for five instances of failing to prevent underage access to its gaming floor; and,
  • Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, LP, operator of the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Montgomery County, which was fined $14,500 for an instance in which an employee was not authorized to perform certain job duties that required licensure.

Details

The fine approved against Downs Racing, LP was for the following incidents in which persons under the age of 21 were permitted to gain access to the gaming floor:

  • A 20-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor where he wagered at slot machines and consumed alcohol;
  • A 15-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered on slot machines;
  • A 20-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at table games; and,
  • A 12-year-old female and 17-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor, though neither participated in any gaming play.

The fine approved against Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, LP stemmed from an instance in which the casino had an employee who was required to be licensed by the PGCB while functioning in his capacity but did not have a valid license permit, registration or any other authorization approved by the Board.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017 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 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 smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion 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.

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.