Pennsylvania regulator issues $150,000 in fines to three operators

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has issued fines totaling $150,000 to operators in the Keystone State.

Caesars and Penn National Gaming were among the operators hit with fines.

PGCB issues fines

Yesterday, the PGCB approved consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and three casino operators resulting in a total of $150,000 in fines.

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association was hit with two fines. 

The first fine was for $57,000 as the Racing Association allowed a handful of self-excluded individuals to access its internet gaming sites which include hollywoodcasino.com and barstoolsportsbook.com.

The first fine against Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association was due to the gaming operator permitting nine individuals that were currently on the PGCB’s Voluntary iGaming Self-Exclusion List to create or gain access to casino-type gaming or sports wagering sites, and in some cases place wagers. iGaming sites must refuse wagers from and deny gaming privileges to any iGaming self-excluded person.

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association was hit with a second fine of $25,000 for allowing underage individuals onto the casino gambling floor and to gamble.

The second fine involved its Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course facility in Dauphin County. This case involved a single incident in which four persons under the ages of 21 attempted to gain access to the gaming floor, two of the four individuals accessed the gaming floor, and one of the four individuals gambled at a slot machine. 

The individuals were 16, 17, 18, and 19 years of age.

The PGCB issued a single fine of $45,000 to PID LLC, operator of Presque Isle Downs and Casino, for violation of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Covid-19 Safety Order regarding alcohol service.

According to the PGCB, PID LLC was fined for an incident in which a patron was permitted to consume alcohol on the gaming floor during a Pennsylvania state-wide order to protect the public from the spread of Covid-19 that prohibited all bars from serving alcohol unless it was in the same transaction as a meal.

The final fine related to Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, operator of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack.

The PGCB fined Chester Downs and Marine LLC $25,000 over failure to protect assets.

The fine against Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, operator of Harrah’s Philadelphia, stemmed from two incidents in which the casino failed in its responsibility to safeguard assets. In one instance, a patron stole $955 of playing chips at a table game. In the other, a patron stole $24,000 in cash when a cash drawer was left open.

Gambling performance in Pennsylvania

The latest figures from Pennsylvania’s gambling market represent a significant year-on-year increase.

In September, Pennsylvania gaming revenue hit $415.7m, representing a 45.6% increase on the same period last year. 

Retail slots were the largest contributor to revenue, making up $198.9m of the total. Meanwhile, retail table games brought in $84.1m in revenue.

Online slot games brought in $68.6m while online gambling generated $97.8m in revenue for the month of September.

Sports betting accounted for $28.3m in revenue from $578.8m in total bets.