Three casino operators in Pennsylvania have been hit with fines totaling $150,000. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Three different casino operators
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has handed out fines totaling $150,000 to three casino operators in the state. The state’s gambling watchdog approved these fines through consent agreements between the operators and the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel during a meeting on Wednesday.
Penn National Gaming – which does business in the state through the Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association – stands out, receiving fines totaling $82,500 for two different incidents that took place recently.
Two fines for Penn’s subsidiary
Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association received a $57,500 fine for allowing people who were self-excluded from its Barstool Sportsbook and Hollywood Casino online platforms to continue to access them. Nine people who were a part of the PGCB’s Voluntary iGaming Self-Exclusion List were able to access the operator’s sports betting or casino gaming platforms and, in certain circumstances, place bets.
Self-exclusion lists are a way for problem gamblers to block themselves from being able to access online gambling platforms.
The other part of the fine for Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association relates to its Hollywood Casino property that is located at the Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County. Four teenagers attempted to access the gaming floor; two of them succeeded. One of the teenagers was then able to gamble at one of the casino’s slot machines. In Pennsylvania, one must be at least 21 years old in order to enter a gaming floor. Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association was fined $25,000 for this violation.
The other fines
Two other operators were subject to fines on Wednesday from the PGCB. Marina LLC and Chester Downs operate the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack and must pay a penalty of $22,500 for not properly protecting assets. The PGCB said a customer was able to steal $955 in playing chips from one of the property’s table games. In another incident, a person stole $24,000 in cash from an open cash drawer.
$45,000 fine for violating Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 Safety Order
PID LLC, the operator of Presque Isle Downs and Casino near Erie, received a $45,000 fine for violating Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 Safety Order with regards to alcohol service. A casino patron was reportedly able to consume alcohol while standing on the gaming floor, but the COVID-19 safety order stated that bars could only serve alcohol if it was a part of the same transaction as a meal.