Three licensed casinos operating in the state of Pennsylvania recently received some hefty fines and penalties for being in violation of gaming regulations. The PGCB (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board) collected $284,000 in fines from the casino operators. Some of the reasons for the recent fines include allowing underage gamblers on the casino floor, lack of security and surveillance, and not adhering to state liquor licensing requirements.
In addition to the monetary fines that have been issued, the state also issued warnings with no fines to two other casinos that are operating with current licenses.
With a total of $284,000 collected by the state in fines, three major casinos in the state have had to fork over payments for violating regulations. Boyd Gaming received the largest fine, for a total of $150,000. The casino did not notify any regulatory agency of facts for surrendering a principal license in 2020.
A $70,000 fine was collected from Mountainview Thoroughbred Racetrack. This was issued after the board found out that an individual listed on the self-exclusion list was allowed access to the gaming floor at the casino That individual was served alcohol during their stay that led to the damage of vehicles on the property due to intoxication.
In addition to the $70,000 Mountainview was also issued a penalty of $50,000 for allowing two terminated employees to funnel payments to gaming providers. The result was an inaccurate disclosure of revenue to the PGBC. It also allowed Mountainview to become under classified and receive a lower application fee for licenses.
The final monetary penalty was issued to Valley Forge Convention Center Partners for letting an underage patron have access to table games on the floor. The operator of Valley Forge Casino Resort was slapped with a fine of $14,000.
While the bog news is the collection of thousands in fines, there were two other instances where the Gaming Board had to take action. At Rivers Casino Philadelphia, a large casino operated by Sugarhouse, a mandate was issued to add security measures and more surveillance on the property. This came after a casino patron had left two small children in a car located in the casino parking lot.
Smaller venues that are known for offering video lottery terminals were also warned of a possible find. Snow Shoe Travel Plaza and Pit Stop Travel Plaza ended up surrendering two video gaming terminal licenses along with two principal licenses due to not adhering to licensing requirements set forth by the state of Pennsylvania.
This was not the first time the gaming Board has issued fines. Back in 2017, five different operators received large fines for various gaming violations. There was a total of $1,167,000 in fines collected. Those who had to pay penalties were Downs Racing, LP., Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, and Mount Airy #1.
The PGCB is closely watching all licensed operators in the state to detect any further violations. The gaming sector in Pennsylvania is growing rapidly and many new operators are entering the market due to the licensing of online casinos and sportsbooks. It is estimated that the entire sector will generate $1.8 billion in taxes in 2021.
Every month, the PGCB holds meetings that are offered for public view through streaming. The meetings cover all areas of gambling in the state. The recent meeting issued these mentioned fines and also found the gaming board granting some requests for operators, including a reduction of the number of slots offered at Harrah’s Philadelphia and the awarding of a table game license to Hollywood York mini-casino.