The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has imposed significant fines on two casinos in the state over breaches in the rules regarding underage gaming and underage access to alcohol. The two casinos, which are operated by Mount Airy and Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, have been hit with total fines of $210,000 for the violations.
The stringent penalties were approved by the Board at a public meeting between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and the two casino operators involved.
Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC, which runs the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County, was given a fine of $40,000 as a result of four incidents in which individuals who were found to be under the age of 21 were able to gain access to the gaming floor in order to bet on slot machines and were also able to access alcohol.
In the case of Mount Airy’s Casino Resort in Monroe County, the Board imposed a $170,000 penalty for a string of 17 separate incidents going back as far as the beginning of 2016 in which underage individuals were able to access the game floor, wager on slots and table games and drink alcohol.
The amount of the fine was settled upon after the PGCB and the two operators found to be in violation reached an agreement of consent. The detail of the fines also comes days after the unveiling of the state’s first sports betting venues at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
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