Pennsylvania levies addition fines and swells involuntary exclusion list

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has issued a further $45,000 in fines to a pair of licensees, as an additional four patrons have also been placed on the regulator’s involuntary exclusion list.

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association,, operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, gained the largest of the financial sanctions.

A penalty of $45,000 was levied as three instances of individuals under the age of 21 accessing the gaming floor and gambling was discovered.

In addition, Lightning Gaming, a licensed slot machine manufacturer, was fined $5,000 for a failure to notify the PGCB of material changes to their financial status. 

In addition, a quartet of adults have also been banned from all casinos within the Commonwealth for leaving a total of six minors unattended in order to engage in gaming activities.

The first of these, the regulator reported, saw one-year-old left unattended in a locked vehicle, with an outside temperature of 84 degrees, in the parking lot of Valley Forge Casino Resort for nine minutes to gamble at a sportsbook and table game.

“Pennsylvania State Police broke a car window to extract the child and the patron later attempted to flee in the vehicle, which contained illegal drugs, until police detained and removed him,” the PGCB stated.

In addition, minors aged six and eight were left at Live! Casino Pittsburgh for 13 minutes to gamble at slot machines, while a ten and 13-year-old were unattended for 24 minutes for similar activities at Live! Casino Philadelphia.

Finally, a female patron was placed on the list after leaving a 13-year-old unattended in the Sky Bridge hallway of Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino for 10 minutes while she also gambled at slot machines. 

“The board’s actions serve as a reminder that adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venues at a casino since it creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for the children,” the regulator reminded.

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