Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Levies $157,000 in Fines

          Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Levies $157,000 in Fines

PR Newswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 13, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania
Gaming Control Board today levied fines against four casino operators totaling
$157,000 for various violations.

All of the fines were the result of Board approvals of consent agreements
between the PGCB's Office of Enforcement Counsel and the casino license
holders.

The largest of the fines, $68,000, was levied against Sands Bethworks Gaming,
LLC, operator of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, for six separate
incidences in which persons under the age of 21 gained access to the gaming
floor and, in all but one case, also gambled. The Pennsylvania Race Horse
Development and Gaming Act provides that it is unlawful for persons under 21
years of age to wager, play or attempt to play slot machines or table games,
nor enter and remain in any area of a licensed facility where slot machines
are operated or the play of table games is conducted.

The incidents at the Sands Casino occurred between August 2012 and November
2012:

  oA 20 year old male gained access using another person's ID, gambled at
    both slot machines and table games, and consumed alcohol.
  oAn off duty Sands Casino Security Officer escorted an underage female onto
    the gaming floor who utilized a fake ID. While the 19 year old did not
    gamble, she did consume alcoholic beverages while in the facility. The
    Security Officer was later terminated.
  oA 20 year old male gained access without having his ID checked, then
    gambled on slot machines and consumed alcohol.
  oA 20 year old male gained access to the casino floor without having his ID
    properly checked and gambled at slot machines.
  oA 20 year old male gained access using another person's ID, gambled at
    both slot machines and table games, and consumed alcohol.
  oA 20 year old male gained access using another person's ID, gambled at
    table games, and consumed alcohol.

This was the third time Sands Bethworks Gaming was fined by the Board for
underage violations since its last license renewal. Previously the Board had
fined Sands $48,000 in 2010 for six underage gaming violations and again in
2012 for four underage gaming violations also resulting in a fine of $48,000.

In a separate matter, the Board also today approved a consent agreement that
resulted in a $7,500 fine against Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC for conducting
business with a Gaming Service Provider who appeared on the PGCB's prohibited
vendor list.

Two fines were also approved by the Board against Chester Downs and Marina,
LLC, operator of Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. The larger of the
fines, $34,500, was the result of the casino's failure to make operational and
available to the public 18 slot machines within an agreed upon time frame.

The second fine, $12,000, stemmed from allowing an underage patron to gamble
at a blackjack table in August of 2012. The individual had gained access even
though he was 19-years-old at the time. This was the third time Chester Downs
and Marina was fined for permitting underage gaming since its last license
renewal. The first was a $70,000 fine in October 2010 involving seven
instances of underage gaming, and the second in June 2011 of $26,000 for a
single violation.

Also today, Washington Trotting Association, Inc, operator of The Meadows
Racetrack and Casino, was fined $30,000 by the Board stemming from failure by
the Washington County casino to follow Board-approved internal controls as it
related to its dealers collecting commission on its Craps game.

Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, L.P., operator of the Valley Forge
Casino Resort, was fined $5,000 today by the Board for allowing a male on the
PGCB's Self-Exclusion list to obtain a players club card and then gamble on 38
occasions at table games between April 2012 and October 2012. The
Self-Excluded individual received a citation from the Pennsylvania State
Police for summary criminal trespass.

The PGCB's Self-Exclusion Program, establishedin late 2006, permits problem
gamblersto ban themselves from gambling at Pennsylvania casinos for 1 year, 5
years or a lifetime. The Self-Excluded individual is informed at the time
when they agree to be placed on the list that they could be charged with
criminal trespass if they enter a Pennsylvania casino. While a person is on
the Self-Exclusion List, gaming facilities in the Commonwealth must refuse
wagers from and deny any gaming privileges to that person, and deny check
cashing privileges, player club membership, complimentary goods and services,
junket participation and other similar privileges and benefits.

To date, more than 5,000 individuals have requested to be excluded from
Pennsylvania casinos.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in the PGCB's Public Hearing Room located
on the second floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 with the passage
of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.
Pennsylvania's first new state agency in nearly 30 years, the Gaming Control
Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state's casino industry. The 11
casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling,
employ over 16,000 people, and collectively generate an average of $4 million
per day in tax revenue. A portion of that money is used for property tax
reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners; provide funds to the Commonwealth's
horse racing industry, fire companies, a statewide water and sewer project
grant program, and the state's General Fund; and, established a new stream of
tax revenue to local governments that host casinos for community projects.

A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board's regulatory efforts
and Pennsylvania's gaming industry can be found at
www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. At this website, visitors can watch Board
meetings live or view videos of past meetings, look up future meeting
schedules and past meeting transcripts, obtain information on identifying a
gambling problem and gaining assistance, access an interactive map of casino
locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more
information. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing
@PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

SOURCE Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Website: http://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov
 
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