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The PGCB Fines Three Operators a Total of $150K

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved fines affecting three operators in the state. The gambling watchdog issued a total of $150,000 in spread over fines earlier last week to three operators.

Three Operators Fines for Various Failings in Pennsylvania

Penn National was the most affected after the PGCB slapped the operator with two fines. The operator has links to 39 racing and gaming venues across the country. A statement from the PGCB stated the gambling watchdog reached agreements with the three affected casinos. 

Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, also received a fine from the regulator. This is the operator behind Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. Presque Isle Downs and Casino operated by PID, LLC, is the third operator to get a fine from the PGCB. 

COVID-19 Protocols and Asset Protection Failures

PID received a fine for violating COVID-19 safety protocols. The gambling watchdog’s investigations found the operator guilty of allowing a patron to drink alcohol while on the gaming floor. This is against the current regulations that ban the sale of alcohol unless paired with a meal. The protocol breach resulted in a $45,000 fine. 

Chester Downs and Marina paid a $22,500 fine for failing to protect assets. This breach comprised two incidents. The first one relates to a player who stole a total of $955 in chips from a table game. The second one is another case of theft where a patron stole $24,000 from a cash drawer. 

The PGCB Fines Three Operators a Total of $150K

Penn National the Hardest Hit with Two Fines

The third operator on PGCB’s radar was Penn National, which was fined for two incidents. The first one was at Penn National Race Course at the Hollywood Casino in Dauphin County. The gambling watchdog said the incident involved four people under 21 years who tried to access the gaming section. 

Two of them gained access to the gaming section while one of them played on a slot machine. The underage persons were aged between 16 and 19, with each a year apart. This resulted in a fine of $25,000. and were at the center of the second fine. The two are internet gaming affiliates of the Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association. Investigations by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board stated the websites permitted self-excluded individuals to access the sites and even went ahead to gamble. 

The regulator said the nine persons gained access to sports wagering or casino gaming yet they were on a self-exclusion list. Some of these individuals placed bets. And this rubbed the regulator the wrong way resulting in a $57,500 fine. 

The fines couldn’t have come at a worse time for Penn National Gaming. This is after its stock value took a 21% plunge following damning accusations. The Business Insider published damaging allegations relating to sexual misconduct against the Barstool Sports founder, Dave Portnoy. 

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Nerijus Grenda
Nerijus Grenda
Published: 28 Nov 2021
Updated: 13 Mar 2023
Nerijus Grenda is a prolific contributor to the GoodLuckMate site. With a deep understanding of the online casino industry, gained from his own experience as an avid player, he offers valuable insights on what sets the best casinos apart from the rest. As a writer, Nerijus shares his expertise through expert analysis and thoughtful commentary on various topics related to online gambling, including casino reviews, game guides and industry trends.

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