June 26th, 2013


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


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Mohegan Sun At Pocono Downs Fined $125,000 By the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $125,000 against Downs Racing, LP, operator of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Luzerne County, for two violations.

The fines were the result of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and the casino license holder, and were approved by the Board at its public meeting on Wednesday in Harrisburg.

The larger fine, $90,000, stemmed from the discovery by the PGCB’s Bureau of Gaming Laboratory Operations of discrepancies in information contained in the Slot Machine Master List submitted by Mohegan Sun to the Board.  Specifically, during an inspection involving 50 slot machines, the Gaming Lab discovered differences in settings on six of the machines compared to the submitted settings on the Slot Machine Master List. 

In the other, Downs Racing was fined $35,000 for permitting the shredding of various documents that are required to be retained for 5 years and were therefore unavailable upon request to state auditors.  In addition, Downs Racing officials failed to notify the Board of the shredding incident even though they were aware of it soon after its occurrence.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2013 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 with the passage of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Pennsylvania’s first new state agency in nearly 30 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. The 11 casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 16,000 people, and collectively generate an average of $4 million per day in tax revenue. A portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners; provide funds to the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry, fire companies, a statewide water and sewer project grant program, and the state’s General Fund; and, established a new stream of tax revenue to local governments that host casinos for community projects. 

A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at At this website, visitors can watch Board meetings live or view videos of past meetings, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information.  You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

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