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PA Gaming Control Board issues $150,000 in fines to three operators


The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved four consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and three casino operators including Caesars and Penn National Gaming, resulting in a total of $150,000 in fines. 

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, which operates Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino and Barstool Sportsbook brands, was fined $57,500 for letting self-excluded individuals access its and place wagers. Sites are required to prohibit self-excluded individuals from visiting or wagering on their platforms.

The business then received a second fine of $25,000 for allowing underage individuals to gamble on the casino floor. Four individuals, aged 16, 17, 18 and 19, attempted to access the casino floor, of which two succeeded, with one using a slot machine.

Presque Isle Downs and Casino received a $45,000 fine for violation of the state’s Covid-19 safety order with regard to alcohol service. According to this order, bars could not serve alcohol unless it comes as part of the same transaction as a meal. The statewide order is intended to stall the spread of Covid-19. The regulator did not reveal the date that this violation occurred, but the order expired on 16 June.

Chester Downs and Marina, the licensee for Caesars-operated Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack, was fined $22,500 for “failure to protect assets.” This fine stemmed from two acts of theft. One patron stole $955 worth of chips from a table game. Another patron still $24,000 in cash when a drawer was left open.