PA Casinos Face 212,500 in Fines From PGCB

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board moved forward with three consent agreements presented at its February board meeting. These agreements were in response to the fines of three PA casinos totaling $212,500.

PENN Entertainment

PENN Entertainment was highly impacted by these fines, two of their casinos faced charges. PENN Nationals Racecourse was fined $97,500 for fraudulent activity on its online gaming/sports wagering sites. The lack of protocol in place allowed many accounts to be created using stolen personal information. These accounts were used to illegally withdraw and transfer funds into the user’s account.

Additionally, PENN’s Hollywood Casino York property was involved in 3 underaged gambling situations from 2021 & 2022 resulting in a $50,000 fine. Two 20-year-olds were able to access the gaming floor using fake IDs and on another occasion, an underaged female was allowed past security to bet on the slot machines.

Rivers Casino

Rivers Casino in Philadelphia also faced a hefty fine of $65,000 for its two violations of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s regulations. River’s Casino’s first violation was the failure to meet minimum staffing requirements for 40 days in a row. The Gaming Control Board regulations state that “slot machine licensees shall be required to submit a minimum staffing submission about its security department. The minimum staffing submission must consider the size and layout of the licensed facility as well as the number and configuration of slot machines and table games on the gaming floor and must at all times provide for the security of the gaming floor and restricted areas servicing the gaming operation.”

The casino’s second violation was the failure to report a stolen voucher promptly. Casinos are required to report theft immediately to the Board.

Individuals representing both casinos accepted the fines and shared ways they would improve upon these issues.

Unattended Minors

In addition to these consent agreements, three petitions were presented to the Board against 3 individuals accused of leaving minors unattended while at Pennsylvania casinos. A male patron left a 9-year-old child unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of Presque Isle Downs.

Also at Presque Isle Downs, a female left three children, ages 4, 7, and 12 in her vehicle for 1 hour and 15 minutes while she gambled inside.

Lastly, a female left her 12-year-old unattended in a vehicle at Hollywood Casino at Penn Nationals Racecourse.

All three individuals have been placed on the involuntary exclusion list meaning they are permanently banned from entering any casinos in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If found attempting to enter, the individual will face trespassing charges.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board takes this issue very seriously. The Board wants to caution parents by reminding them that this environment is not suitable or safe for children.

Offending adults could also be subject to criminal persecution in addition to the Board’s actions. Unfortunately, this issue is more common than some realize, with hundreds of minors being left unattended at casinos in

PA yearly. In response to this issue, the Board launched a campaign called “Don’t Gamble with Kids,” which shines a light on this issue.

Find more information here https://dontgamblewithkids.org/.

Information on the PGCB

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board creates and enforces policies to protect those active in Pennsylvania’s legalized gaming market. The next Board meeting will be on Wednesday, April 24th, 2024 at

PGCCB Office of Hearings and Appeals, Strawberry Square Complex – 2nd Floor, Harrisburg, PA.