The total amount of fines was the most levied by the Board at a single meeting. The fines were the result of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and four gaming license holders, including three casino operators: Mount Airy #1 LLC, operator of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County; Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P., operator of the Rivers Casino in Allegheny County, and Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse in Dauphin County.
The consent agreement with Mount Airy resulted in a $160,000 fine for seven underage gaming incidents, all occurring on February 19, 2011, in which seven underage individuals, six of them aged either 16 or 17, gained access to the gaming floor and participated in table games play. This was the second consent agreement between the PGCB and Mount Airy involving underage gaming. The previous case occurred in March, 2010, and resulted in a $100,000 fine.
The fines levied against Holdings Acquisition totaled $150,000 and were the result of 11 instances of permitting underage gaming at Rivers Casino and five incidents in which slot games were erroneously put into play. This was the third consent agreement between the PGCB and Holdings Acquisition involving underage gaming.
The Gaming Board also imposed a $40,000 fine to Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association for allowing a 20 year old to play for more than two hours at its Hollywood Casino facility in Dauphin County. This was the second time fines were levied against Mountainview for underage gaming violations since January, 2010.
“While we certainly have a responsibility to work with casinos and maximize the revenue and jobs that benefit Pennsylvanians, our most important responsibility is to protect the public by ensuring that casinos are adhering to the law and regulations. In these instances, it was imperative that the Board act in a manner that clearly tells those companies that have been given the privilege of holding a Pennsylvania gaming license that violations are both unacceptable and have consequences.” says Gaming Control Board Chairman Greg Fajt.