2018 has gotten off to a rocky start for four prominent casinos in the State of Pennsylvania. The foursome recently received fines to the combined tune of $62,500 for having overstepped the boundaries of various gambling violations. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is in charge of regulating all things gambling within the boundaries of the state.
The board announced on January 10th that four of the casinos within its jurisdiction had been fined. The casinos have been identified as Holdings Acquisition Corp. (HAC), Woodlands Fayette LLC (WFL), Mount Airy #1, LLC (Mount Airy) and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (GGEI). The biggest penalty of the lot was imposed on Holdings Acquisition Corp. HAC operates Rivers Casino, which is situated in Allegheny County.
The casino group received a staggering $40,000 fine for repeatedly having committed table game procedure violations. The State Regulator released a statement about the incidents leading to the large fine, saying that the fine had been imposed as a result of the casino having made four errors which ultimately led to the integrity of the games that were being played being compromised.
Woodlands Fayette LLC and Mount Airy were both penalised and fined for having offered games to persons who had registered themselves on the self-exclusion lists. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issued a stern reminder to casinos to be more vigilant and to not offer memberships, game offerings or check cashing privileges to persons appearing on self-exclusion lists. The Mount Airy incident occurred when a person on a self-exclusion list was handed a player’s club access card and gained access to the casino’s gaming floors.
The person was found to be playing slot machine games. Woodlands Fayette LLC and Mount Airy were fined a considerably smaller $10,000 and $7,500 respectively for having contravened the regulations. Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment came away with a $5,000 fine after one of the dealers at the operator’s Parx Casino did not follow protocol or precise game rules in a total of 22 hands of Three Card Poker. Members of the PGCB also took to voting stations to decide on whether to renew Down’s Racing’s license.
The seven members reached a unanimous vote in the affirmative. Supporting documents and testimonies that had been submitted regarding the operations of the facility since 2013, were all taken into account before the decision to renew the license was made.