August 10th, 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 $39,000 Fine

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a $39,000 fine today against Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC, operator of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for three separate incidents in which persons under the age of 21 were permitted to gain access to the gaming floor.

The fine was a result of the Board’s approval of a Consent Agreement between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC.


  • ·   A 20-year-old female was permitted access onto the gaming floor and wagered at both slot machines and table games;
  • An 18-year-old male was permitted access onto the gaming floor where he consumed alcohol
  • A 20-year-old female was permitted access onto the gaming floor and wagered on slot machines.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, 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 generate 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 You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

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