Pennsylvania regulator issues further fines as self exclusion list swells


Pennsylvania gaming entities have seen a further slate of fines issued by the Keystone State’s regulator, as the region’s self exclusion list also grows and one casino gains a licence renewal.

The former sees $32,500 in fines being levied by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, following a total of $238,500 being approved against an array of establishments across the jurisdiction two months ago.

Stadium Casino Westmoreland, operator of Live! Casino Pittsburgh, is one such establishment that falls on the latest list of penalties, with a $7,500 fine issued for a self exclusion violation.

This is due to a self-excluded individual gambling at table games and receive a cash advance at the company’s Live! Pittsburgh casino facility. Pursuant to PGCB regulations, a casino must identify such patrons and refuse gaming privileges and other gaming-related activities, such as the cashing of checks or cash advances.

CDC Bucks County, which operates the Chickie’s and Pete’s restaurant at Parx Casino in Bensalem, received a $17,500 punishment stemming from three incidents involving six patrons who were over served alcohol.

Elsewhere, TDN Money Systems was fined $7,500 after failed to provide the PGCB with a change of control notification when the wholly-owned company was divested to two other licensed individuals.

Furthermore, the state regulator has also placed a further six adults on exclusions lists, which prohibits access to all Pennsylvania casinos, after leaving children unattended at such establishments.

These incidents saw a total of ten minors, whose ages ranged from 11 months to 12-years-old, being left unattended for time frames that lasted between nine minutes and six hours.

“In making these decisions regarding the six adults, the board reminds the gambling public that adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venue at a casino since it creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for the children,” the PGCB reminded.

“Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution in addition to permanent exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos.”

It was also disclosed that the PGCB has unanimously voted to renew the category one racetrack casino operator’s licence of Washington Trotting Association, operator of Hollywood Casino at the Meadows in Washington County. 

Since first swinging open its doors in June 2007, Hollywood Casino at The Meadows has generated $3.5bn in gross revenue from the play of slot machines, table games and sports wagering resulting in a return to the Commonwealth of approximately $2bn in gaming tax revenue.  

The facility currently operates 2,006 slot machines, 84 table games, a Barstool retail sportsbook, and DraftKings online sports wagering.