The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has cracked the whip on three licensees. The regulator fined the three operators a total of $284,000. Penn National Gaming and Boyd Gaming are among the operators that were fined.
Three operators found themselves on the wrong side of the law after they were slapped with fines totaling $284,000. Penn National Gaming’s subsidiary, the Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association was slapped with two fines.
First, the operator was found to have breached regulations regarding self-exclusion. According to the PGCB, the operator allowed a self-excluded player to gamble. As a result, the customer became intoxicated and later damaged vehicles belonging to other customers. For this, the operator was fined $70,000.
In the second offense, the operator was fined $50,000. This was after two employees siphoned payments to various service providers so they would provide inaccurate disclosures to the regulator as well as the bureau of licensing.
The result was that the regulator classified the gaming service providers as under classification and consequently charging low fees in license applications. These employees were already terminated. In total, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association was forked out $120,000 in fines.
On the other hand, Boyd Gaming was at the end of the highest fine issued by the regulator. According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the operator failed to notify it of crucial facts about the reasons that led to a principal license surrender. This then hampered the board as it sought to determine its suitability. For that, the operator was fined $150,000.
Valley Forge Convention Centers Partners LLC that operates Valley Forge Casino Resort was fined the lowest amount. The Board found that the operator was in contravention of underage gambling regulations for allowing a player aged 20 years to gamble. The operator was forced to pay a $14,000 fine.
The PGCB was also involved in the cases of two other licensees although the two received non-monetary sanctions. Rivers Casino Philadelphia, operated by Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, was forced to increase surveillance and security measures at its establishment. This came after two children were left unattended in the parking lot. The children were aged four and two.
The other operator is Snow Shoe Travel Plaza and Pit Stop Travel Plaza were forced to relinquish their video gaming terminal establishment licenses as well as its principal licenses. This was after the regulator found the operator to have failed in complying with licensing regulations.
These are not the only operators to face the wrath of PGCB. In May 2021, the regulator fines Fantasy Sports Games $7,500 after it found that the operator was in contravention to licensing regulations.
According to the regulator, Fantasy Sports Games offered fantasy sports without a valid license. The watchdog found that the operator started accepting entries in May 2018 while the license application started the following year in February.
The Gaming Expansion Act of 2017 requires operators to have applied for this license starting May 2018 to offer fantasy sports.