The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has been busy handing out fine to a variety of casinos in the state.
The violations by four casinos ranged from underage gambling to compromised table games.
The fines given out to casinos across the state totaled more than $80,000.
Rivers Casino fined twice
The operator of Rivers Casino, Holdings Acquisitions Co. LP, had the worst month for PA casino fines.
Instances of underage gambling being caught in Pennsylvania aren’t terribly common, but Rivers was hit for a $10,000 fine. That came when a 20-year-old woman gained access to the Rivers gaming floor. She proceeded to gamble at both table games and a slot machine.
The PGCB also fined Rivers $20,000 for holding a pair of poker tournaments “that utilized a rule variation which lacked the necessary approval from the PGCB.”
Self-exclusion list violated
SugarHouse had three different violations, resulting in $22,500 in fines.
The PGCB determined that there were three instances of the board’s problem gambler assistance program not being followed. According to the PGCB, people on the state’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion List “were not prevented access to the gaming floor, to gamble and, in one of the incidents, to cash personal checks.”
Gaming facilities in PA must refuse wagers from, and deny gaming privileges to anyone who asks to be placed on that list. That includes check cashing and cash advances.
Problem gambling has been a point of emphasis in the state of late.
Table games compromised
The state fined two different casinos for instances where table games were “compromised.”
At both Sands Bethlehem and Mount Airy, personnel did not use approved procedures in cases investigated by the PGCB.
Two of the instances occurred at Sands, resulting in a fine of $22,500 for the eastern PA gaming facility. At Mount Airy there was just one instance, with a fine of $7,500 handed out by the state.