Pennsylvania regulator levies $280,825 in fines over land-based casino breaches
According to a news release issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), two land-based casinos in Pennsylvania were fined a total of $280,825 for failing to adhere to gaming regulations. The first casino, located in Wilkes-Barre, was fined for violations relating to security and monitoring of its gaming floor. The second casino, located in Philadelphia, was fined for violations surrounding advertising and marketing of its gaming floor.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board levied $280,825 in fines against three casinos operating in the state over breaches of gaming regulations. The violations included failure to maintain required financial records and failing to ensure that employees were properly trained.
Gaming Control Board PA
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is responsible for regulating all gambling activities in the state. They work with law enforcement to investigate and punish any violations of gaming regulations.
The violations occurred between Oct. 2017 and Feb. 2018 at three casinos in Philadelphia, Allentown, and Erie.
The casinos were found to have failed to properly report suspicious transactions, failed to keep adequate records of customer activity, and failed to ensure that employees were properly trained on casino compliance requirements.
“These violations put the public at risk, and we will not tolerate such negligence from our casinos,” Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Chairman Bart Lytton said in a statement.
The regulator cited problems with security and surveillance footage
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced Wednesday that it had fined the operators of the Meadows Casino & Resort in Bethlehem for failing to comply with regulations governing security footage and surveillance operations. The PGCB found that the casino had failed to properly secure and monitor footage from its security cameras, which allowed employees to tamper with footage and make fraudulent bets.
The PGCB said that the casino’s failures had led to losses for gamblers who had been bilked out of millions of dollars. The fines levied by the PGCB are the largest ever levied by the regulator against a Pennsylvania land-based casino operator.
Gaming Control Board PA Rivers Casino License Renewal
The Gaming Control Board PA has announced the renewal of Rivers Casino’s gaming license for another five years. The new terms will keep Rivers open and operational through 2023.
According to PGCB, the renewal was based on a review of the casino’s compliance with state gaming regulations and its demonstrated commitment to community outreach and responsible gaming. Rivers has also been recognized as a leader in responsible gaming practices, such as its work with Problem Gambling HelpLine and its participation in the Atlantic City Gambling Impact Study.
PGCB Executive Director, James J. Hughes Jr., said: “Rivers Casino has been a responsible and valuable member of the Pennsylvania gaming community for many years and we are pleased to renew their license. Their commitment to community engagement and responsibility sets an excellent example for other casinos in the state.”
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) decision to renew Rivers Casino’s operating license was met with mixed reactions from the gaming community. While some praised the board for its decision, others criticized the board for not giving more weight to the casino’s past violations.
Rivers Casino has been in violation of several gaming regulations in the past, but the PGCB has decided to renew its license based on its promises to adhere to stricter rules and regulations in the future. In addition, the PGCB cited Rivers Casino’s recent completion of a $40 million renovation project as proof that it is committed to compliance.
What did the Gaming Control Board PA decide?
The Gaming Control Board PA also announced that they had licensed four new casinos in Pennsylvania: Evolution Gaming Resort, Pennsylvania Live! Casino, Penn National Gaming Park, and PennLive Casino. These new casinos will bring the total number of casinos in Pennsylvania to 26. The PGCB says that these increased licensed gaming facilities will create more jobs and support economic growth statewide.