Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issues fines for underage gambling, licensing issues

September 21, 2022 6:55 PM
Updated: September 29, 2022 8:56 PM

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issues fines for underage gambling, licensing issues

  • Rege Behe
September 21, 2022 6:55 PM
Updated: September 29, 2022 8:56 PM
  • Pennsylvania
  • Commercial Casinos

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Wednesday approved three consent agreements during a public meeting resulting in $280,825 in fines for two gaming operators.

Two approved consent agreements, producing fines of $160,000 and $100,825, stemmed from negotiations between the Office of Enforcement Counsel and Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County. The third fine of $20,000 resulted from negotiations between the OEC and Pilot Travel Centers and PJF Southeast, operator of two Video Gaming Terminal establishments.

The $160,000 fine against Mount Airy was due to result of three instances of  individuals under the legal gambling age of 21 gaining  access to, and gambling on, the casino floor:

  • An 18-year-old male gambled at two slot machines
  • An 11-year-old female gambled at 10 different slot machines while both parents were present and cashed two vouchers
  • Two 13-year-old females who gambled at slot machines with their mother

The $100,825 fine stemmed from the failure of Mount Airy to timely file  32 corporate or individual renewal applications by statutorily mandated due dates. The failure to gain re-licensing of one individual led to the failure to meet a mandated condition connected to Mount Airy’s slot machine license.

The $20,000 fine levied against Pilot Travel Center and PFJ Southeast was due to the failure of notifying the PGCB of a change in control of its VGT Establishment’s license and to have a principal owner licensed. The entity has two VGT Establishments both operating five machines.

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Rege Behe is lead contributor to CDC Gaming Reports. He can be reached at rbehe@cdcgaming.com. Please follow @RegeBehe_exPTR on Twitter.