PGCB fines Downs Racing following underage gaming incidents

Operator Downs Racing has been fined by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) for inadequate age controls on its gaming products

As a result The PGCB, which is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling legalized under 2004’s Race Horse Development and Gaming Act as well as the Gaming Expansion Act of 2017, has fined Downs Racing a total of $110,000.

The fine itself comes as a result of board approvals which were given at a public meeting between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and the operator.

Downs Racing, L.P, which operates the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Luzerne County, has received its fine due to violations relating to four separate underage gaming incidents.

The PGCB released the details regarding the incidents levied against Downs Racing:  

  • A 17-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor, wagered at slot machines and attempted to wager at a table game;

  • An 18-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at slot machines;

  • A 19-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at table games;

  • A 19-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor on seven consecutive days and was issued a players card, wagered at slot machines and table games, was served alcohol and cashed out at the cage.

As well as fining Downs Racing, the PGCB also penalized the Washington Trotting Association (WTA) $10,000. 

The fine to the WTA follows two separate incidents in which employees of the Washington County operator were permitted to work despite not having received authorization from the PGCB following the expiry of gaming licenses. 

The additional $10,000 fine received by the Washington Trotting Association sees the  PGCB’s fines total $120,000 between both operators.