December 9th, 2015


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 By PA Gaming Control Board

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved a fine of $20,000 against Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P., operator of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, for Self-Excluded List violations.

The fine was for two separate matters and the result of the approvals of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P.:

·         A March 2015 incident in which an individual on the PGCB’s Self-Exclusion List made three cash advances off the casino floor and gambled at table games in the casino; and,

·         An April 2015 incident in which an individual on the PGCB’s Self-Exclusion List was provided a player’s club card, received free slot play and gambled at slot machines.

The PGCB’s Self-Exclusion Program permits problem gamblers to ban themselves from gambling at Pennsylvania casinos for 1 year, 5 years or a lifetime.  Regulations and internal controls state that a casino must have in place procedures for preventing a person on the self-exclusion list from gaining entry and gambling at their facility, receiving check cashing privileges and other similar benefits such as cash advances, and not receive any promotional materials relating to gaming activities at its facility.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016 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 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ over 17,000 people and generate an average of $3.7 million per day 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 with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry, economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer projects, the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and to local governments that host casinos.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

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