December 9th, 2009


Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square
303 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Underage Patron And Self-exclusion Violation Lead To $10,000 Fine For PA Casino

HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved two consent agreements for separate violations that fines Washington Trotting Association, Inc., operators of The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, a total of $10,000.

The fines, for $5,000 each, were the results of two incidents, both occurring in August 2009, at the Washington County casino. One was for permitting an underage patron to gamble while the other was for allowing an individual on the statewide Self-Exclusion List to obtain a player’s club card.

The first incident occurred August 11, 2009 and involved an 18 year old who gained entry to the gaming floor and was able to place wagers at slot machines for approximately 45 minutes.

The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act provides that it is unlawful for persons under 21 years of age to operate or use slot machines at a licensed facility.

The second incident occurred August 26, 2009 when a self-excluded individual accessed the gaming floor, played slot machines, and was issued a player’s club card. The individual was later identified when attempting to cash a check at the casino.

The Self Exclusion Program, which began in late 2006, assists problem gamblers who choose to ban themselves from gambling at Pennsylvania casinos. Once a person is placed on the Self-Exclusion List, gaming facilities in the Commonwealth must refuse wagers from and deny any gaming privileges to a self-excluded person, including issuance of a player’s club membership.

The self-excluded individual has also agreed not to enter a Pennsylvania casino or they will face criminal charges. In this case, the individual was escorted off the property by the Pennsylvania State Police and cited for criminal trespass.

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is Friday, January 8, 2009 at the North Office Building, Hearing Room One in Harrisburg. The meeting is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m.

Additional information about the PA Gaming Control Board is available at its web site at At that site, you can learn more about the Board’s role in the oversight of legalized slot machine gaming in the Commonwealth and about the state’s gaming casinos. In addition, visitors to the site can access information to assist those who may have a compulsive gambling problem, review transcripts of meetings and hearings, file complaints for investigation, and request a speaker for their organization.

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