January 13th, 2016


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


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Approves $51,000 In Casino Fines

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved fines totaling $51,000 against two casino operators for various violations.

The fines were the result of the approvals of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:

·         Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC, operator of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Northampton County for three underage gaming violations; and,

·         Holdings Acquisition Co., LP, operator of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh for failure to properly address an automatic shuffler error.


A fine of $36,000 was levied against Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC for three instances in which individuals under the age of 21 gained access to the casino floor and gambled:

·         A 20-year-old female was on the gaming floor for a period of one hour and 50 minutes on August 29, 2015 and wagered on a slot machine;

·         A 19-year-old male was on the gaming floor for a period of two hours and 23 minutes on August 17, 2015 and wagered at multiple table games;

·         A 19-year-old female was on the gaming floor for a period of four hours and 45 minutes on August 16, 2015 and wagered at multiple slot machines.


Holdings Acquisition Co., LP also received a $15,000 fine for failing to  address error lights on an automatic card shuffler at a Blackjack table for a period of one and one-half hours.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 10, 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 casino gaming industry can be found at You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

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