The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has slapped four casino operators with a total of $82,500 fines for various violations.
USNewswire identified the four casino operators levied with fine as Holdings Acquisitions Co. LP, operator of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh; SugarHouse HSP Gaming, LP, operator of the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia; Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC, operator of the Sands Casino Resort in Northampton County; and Mount Airy #1, LLC, operator of the Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County.
The fines were the result of Board approvals at its public meeting of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel.
In the case of Holdings Acquisitions, the casino operator violated PGCB’s rules after it held two poker tournaments at the Rivers Casino that utilized a rule variation which lacked the necessary approval from the state regulator.
Holdings was also found to have failed to prevent a 20-year-old female to gain access to the Rivers Casino gaming floor and gamble at both table games and a slot machine. For these violations, the PGCB orders Holdings to cough up $30,000.
SugarHouse HSP Gaming, LP received a fine of $22,500 for three instances where individuals on the PGCB’s problem gambler assistance program, the Voluntary Self-Exclusion List, were not prevented access to the gaming floor, to gamble and, in one of the incidents, to cash personal checks.
Under the rules, gaming establishments in the Commonwealth must turndown bettors from, and deny gaming privileges, including check cashing and cash advances, to individuals who are on the Self-Exclusion List.
Like Sugarhouse, the PGCB imposed a $22,500 fine against Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC after its personnel failed to follow approved procedures for two instances, resulting in the compromise of the table play.
Finally, the fine against Mount Airy #1, LLC of $7,500 was the result of one instance in which table games play was compromised when personnel of the Mount Airy Casino Resort did not follow approved procedures.