February 26th, 2014


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


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Rivers Casino Fined $15,000 By the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday levied a fine of $15,000 against the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh for permitting an underage patron to gamble and consume alcohol at its property.

The fines were the result of the approval by the Board at its public meeting of a consent agreement between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Holdings Acquisitions Co., L.P., holder of the casino license.

The incident, which occurred in September of 2013, involved a 20-year-old male who gained access to the gaming floor using a false ID, then gambled and consumed alcoholic beverages over an approximate three and half hour period. The Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act provides that it is unlawful for persons under 21 years of age to wager, play or attempt to play slot machines or table games,  as well as enter and remain in any area of a licensed facility where slot machines are operated or the play of table games is conducted. The individual was charged by the Pennsylvania State Police with summary offenses.

This is the second consent agreement regarding underage gambling levied against the Rivers Casino since its license was renewed in September of 2011.  A consent agreement approved in November of 2012 resulted in a $45,000 fine for four incidents.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014 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 12 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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