FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10th, 2018

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

Four Fines Levied By PA Gaming Control Board Totaling $62,500

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved fines totaling $62,500 against four casinos for various 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:

  • Holdings Acquisition Corp., L.P., owner/operator of the Rivers Casino in Allegheny County, a $40,000 fine for table game procedure violations;
  • Woodlands Fayette, LLC, owner of, and IOC-PA, LLC., former operator of Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Fayette County, which was assessed a fine of $10,000 for a Self-Exclusion List violation;
  • Mount Airy #1, LLC, owner/operator of The Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County, a $7,500, also for a Self-Exclusion violation; and,
  • Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Parx Casino in Bucks County, which was fined $5,000 for a table game procedure violation.

DETAILS

The fine imposed on Holdings Acquisition Cop., L.P. was the result of four incidents in which errors compromised the integrity of table games. In the first, an extra card was permitted to remain in play for 863 hands of blackjack until it was discovered.  In the second incident, a card with a different color backing was permitted to remain in play for 350 hands of blackjack. In the third incident, a card with a different color backing was erroneously utilized in the play of 64 rounds of mini-baccarat. In the fourth incident, a card with a different color backing was permitted to remain in play during 94 rounds of blackjack.

Woodlands Fayette, LLC and IOC-PA, LLC were jointly fined for permitting an individual who had placed himself on the Gaming Control Board’s Self-Exclusion List to access the gaming floor, withdraw money from an ATM and gamble at table games, along with its failure to confiscate the self-excluded person’s winnings and to immediately report this incident to the Board’s Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling.

Mount Airy #1, LLC’s fine also stemmed from an incident in which a Self-Excluded individual was provided a players club card, gain access to the gaming floor and gamble at slot machines.

Licensed facilities must refuse wagers from and deny gaming privileges to any Self-Excluded person, along with denying check cashing privileges and player club memberships.

Finally, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. was fined by the Board after a dealer at Parx Casino improperly dealt 22 hands of Three Card Poker.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018 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, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved through the signing of Act 42 of 2017.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 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 gaming 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.