FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 18th, 2022

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

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

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PA Gaming Control Board Approved Three Fines Totaling $35,500

HARRISBURG, PA:  The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) today approved three consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel including two with casinos and one with a provider of gaming services.

The consent agreements approved today are as follows:

  • Wind Creek Bethlehem, LLC, operator of Wind Creek Casino Bethlehem in Northampton County, a fine of $20,000 for a self-exclusion violation;
  • Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc., operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County, a fine of $7,500 for a self-exclusion violation;
  • Underdog Sports, Inc., a fine of $8,000 for operating fantasy contests without securing required licenses; and,

FINE DETAILS

The $20,000 fine against Wind Creek Bethlehem, LLC stemmed from an incident in which casino personnel failed to stop an individual on the PGCB’s Self-Exclusion list from actively participating in table games gambling in its facility on a number of visits over a 4-day period. Pursuant to PGCB regulations, a casino must identify self-excluded patrons and refuse gaming privileges and other gaming-related activities such as the cashing of checks.

The incident that led to a fine of $7,500 against Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc. involved a Self-Excluded individual who was able to gamble at slot machines and cashed a personal check at the company’s Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course facility.

The approval of the $8,000 fine against Underdog Sports, Inc. stemmed from the Fantasy Contest Operator offering games in Pennsylvania with two unlicensed shareholders who, per Board regulations, were required to undergo background investigations and be licensed. In addition, five corporate entities created by Underdog Sports, Inc. were similarly not licensed during a time when the firm offered Fantasy Contest games.

Copies of the approved Consent Agreements offering more detail on each of the matters are available upon request through the PGCB’s Office of Communications.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of the Strawberry Square Complex in Harrisburg.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling involving 16 land-based casinos, online casino games, retail and online sports wagering, and Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) at qualified truck stops, along with the regulation of online fantasy sports contests.

The land-based casino industry in Pennsylvania consists of six racetrack (Category 1) casinos, five stand-alone (Category 2) casinos, two resort (Category 3) casinos and three mini-casinos (Category 4).  Casino expansion will continue over the next couple of years with the anticipated openings of up to two additional Category 4 casinos. A significant job generator in the Commonwealth, casinos and the other types of Board-regulated gaming is expected to generate over $2 billion in tax revenue during the 2021/2022 State Fiscal Year.

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