It feels like this is a monthly occurrence in Pennsylvania sports betting and casinos.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) on Wednesday approved and administered three fines brought forth by the Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC) regarding violations that occurred at three state casinos.
Total fines levied by the PGCB: $147,500.
Breaking down the fines:
- Mount Airy Casino Resort was fined $120,000 for failure to timely submit internal audit plans. This is a stipulation to its Statement of Conditions to have a license to operate.
- Mohegan Pennsylvania casino was fined $20,000 for two incidents involving supervisors who worked without the proper Board-issued permits.
- Rivers Casino Philadelphia took a $7,500 fine for not properly notifying its security and surveillance staff or law enforcement about an alleged cheating incident at a table game.
Three Adults Banned from PA Casinos
The Board also acted to ban three adults from all PA casinos for leaving children unattended in order to engage in gaming activities. All three were placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List.
--A male left three children (ages 3, 8, and 10) unattended in a vehicle in the Mohegan Pennsylvania casino parking lot while he wagered at the sportsbook.
---A female left two children (ages 2, 5) unattended in the food court to wager at the Valley Forge Casino Sportsbook. She later left the children unattended in a vehicle in the casino’s parking lot but was approached by security before she was able to gamble.
---Another female left her 13-year-old unattended in a vehicle at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course while she cashed a check and gambled on Pennsylvania slot machines.
Pennsylvania law prohibits adults from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venues at a casino. Such actions create potentially unsafe and dangerous environments. Those actions also subject offending adults to criminal prosecution.
Since the start of 2022 through March 2023, the PGCB identified 344 incidents of adults leaving children unattended to gamble at state casinos.
The next PGCB monthly meeting will be held on May 24 at 10 a.m.