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Pennsylvania regulator issues $280,825 in fines to two casinos


The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has issued $280,825 worth of fines to two land-based casino operators having deemed they breached state laws.

Mount Airy #1 LLC, operator of the Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County, was fined $160,000 for allowing individuals under the age of 21 to gamble at the casino.

This included an 18-year-old male who gambled at two different slot machines, an 11-year-old female who played at 10 slot machines while both parents were present and cashed two vouchers; and two 13-year-old girls who gambled at slot machines with their mother.

Mount Airy #1 was also issued with a separate fine of $100,825 for failing to timely file a total of 32 corporate or individual renewal applications by statutorily mandated due dates.

Additionally, the failure to gain re-licensing of one individual meant the operator was found in breach one of the mandated conditions connected to its slot machine license.

In addition, the PGCB levied a further fine of $20,000 against Pilot Travel Center LLC and PFJ Southeast LLC over the failure to notify the regulator of a change in control of its video gaming terminal (VGT) establishment’s license and to have a principal owner licensed.

The entity in question has two VGT establishments, both of which operates five machines.

Meanwhile, the PGCB unanimously voted to renew the category 2 casino operator’s license of Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P., operator of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh in Allegheny County.

The board determined that the operator had fulfilled the obligations under its previously approved license and therefore qualified to have its license renewed for an additional five-year period.

Since opening in August 2009, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh has generated more than $2.0bn in tax revenue from slot machines, table games and sports betting. The venue operates 2,466 slot machines, 129 table games, and a retail sportsbook, while it employs 1,278 people.