The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Approves $40,500 In Fines
HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $40,500 against two casino operators and two other licensees for various violations.
The fines were the result of Board approvals of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:
- Downs Racing, L.P., operator of Mohegan Sun Pocono in Luzerne County, a total of $20,000 for two separate incidents, one for an underage gaming violation and the second for conducting business with a Gaming Service Provider, Sun Rustic, LLC, which failed to file a renewal application in a timely manner and was therefore also fined $3,000 under a separate consent agreement
- Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc., a Real Estate Development Investment Trust, which holds a Principal Entity License with the PGCB, a fine of $10,000 for failure to properly notify the Board of transactions associated with a change in ownership; and,
- Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Parx Casino in Bucks County, which was fined $7,500 for a violation regarding table games.
A $15,000 fine was approved against Downs Racing, L.P. for an incident in which a 19-year-old male was permitted to gain access to the gaming floor for over 3 hours and gamble at slot machines.
The second fine for Downs Racing, L.P. was $5,000 for doing business with a Gaming Service Provider, Sun Rustic, LLC (d/b/a Rustic Kitchen) even though that Provider had not been renewed for its permit. Sun Rustic, LLC was fined $3,000 for its failure to submit its Certified Gaming Service Provider renewal application in the prescribed time as required by regulation, and therefore operated without proper certification for approximately 3 months.
The fine against Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc., stemmed from its failure to provide the Board with notice in 2013 and 2015 of the distribution of common stock to several entities.
Finally, the fine imposed on Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc. was for failing to address error lights on an automatic card shuffler at a Blackjack table for a period of nearly one hour.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, 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 annually generates more than $1.4 billion 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 www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.