Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issues penalties totalling $284,000

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has issued a series of penalties, as well as two non-monetary punitive actions, after the regulatory body identified a series of failings.

The fines, which totalled $284,000, were issued to Boyd Gaming, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Valley Forge Convention Center Partners and Sugarhouse Gaming, in addition to Snow Shoe Travel Plaza and Pit Stop Travel Plaza.

Boyd Gaming, which received the largest fine of $150,000, was sanctioned by PGCB for a failure to notify the regulatory of all pertinent facts regarding the reasons for the surrender of a principal’s license in 2020, thereby hindering the board’s suitability determination.

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing was fined $70,000 after an individual, who was on the regulator’s self-exclusion list, gained entry to the gaming floor of the property. The individual was then served alcoholic beverages that led to intoxication and subsequent damage to vehicles

The property was also issued a $50,000 penalty due to occurrences where two employees, both since terminated, willfully funneled payments to gaming service providers that resulted in inaccurate disclosures to the PGCB, and its bureau of licensing, of lower payment amounts needed to determine the classification of some of its vendors. This resulted in a ‘under classification’ of gaming service providers and lower license applications fees.

Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, operator of Valley Forge Casino Resort, received a $14,000 penalty fee for permitting a 20-year-old male to gain access to the casino floor and gamble at table games.

SugarHouse, which operates Rivers Casino Philadelphia, received no fine but was mandated to implement additional security and surveillance requirements, after an individual left two children in a parked vehicle in the property’s parking lot.

Snow Shoe Travel Plaza and Pit Stop Travel Plaza also received no fine, but surrendered two video gaming terminal establishment licenses and two principal licenses for non-adherence to various licensing requirements.