April 26th, 2017


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


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Two Casino Fines Approved By the PA Gaming Control Board

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $45,000 against two casinos for violations.

The fines were the result of Board approvals at its public meeting of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:

  • SugarHouse HSP Gaming, LP, operator of the SugarHouse casino in Philadelphia, which was fined $30,000 for regulatory violations involving its surveillance operational protocols; and,
  • IOC-PA, LLC, operator of the Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Fayette County, which was fined $15,000 for an instance in which casino personnel failed to notify the Board and law enforcement of a patron who was overserved alcohol.


The fine approved against SugarHouse HSP Gaming, LP stemmed from findings by the PGCB’s Bureau of Gaming Operations during a regulatory compliance assessment audit. A subsequent investigation found that SugarHouse Casino personnel violated internal controls when they failed to enter or timely enter security department notifications of surveillance camera malfunctions, failed to ensure proper log in procedures were followed, and failed to ensure that system modifications operated properly.

The fine against IOC-PA, LLC was the result of a failure by Lady Luck Casino employees to provide proper notification of the removal from the gaming floor of a patron who displayed signs of intoxication after having been served twelve alcoholic beverages over an approximate 8 hour period.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 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 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 smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $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.

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.