October 31st, 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

PA Gaming Control Board Participating In Mid-state Problem Gambling And the Law Seminar

HARRISBURG, PA:  Gaming Control Board Commissioner Annmarie Kaiser, along with Executive Director Kevin O’Toole and Chief Enforcement Counsel Cyrus Pitre will be speakers at the “Problem Gambling and the Law” seminar this month.

The all-day event will be held  on  Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the seminar scheduled to conclude at 4:00 p.m.  The event provides an opportunity for Pennsylvania-licensed attorneys to gain CLE credits, but it is designed to also provide valuable information to social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, treatment providers, counselors, educators, pastoral counselors, EAP’s, law enforcement, gaming industry representatives and members of the recovering community.

O’Toole and Pitre will provide an update on Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry during lunch, while Commissioner Kaiser will make a presentation “Coordinated Approaches to Address Problem Gaming” to wrap up the day.

Other presentations include:

  • Judge Mark Farrell  who will present “Problem Gambling and the Law: A Struggle for Progress & Therapeutic Intervention in the Criminal Justice System”;
  • Secretary Gary Tennis of the PA Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs; and,
  • William Kane of the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program, whose presentation is “Ethical Considerations in Professional Practice”.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc., the Pennsylvania Lottery, and the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

More information on the Problem Gambling and the Law seminar can be found at  Those interested in attending can register at this site.

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 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos, collectively employ over 17,700 people within their facilities and generate an average of $4 million per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. 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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