PGCB issues $73k in fines for social responsibility failings

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has issued three fines totaling $73,000 for social responsibility failings from its licensees.

Stadium Casino Westmoreland RE, LLC, operator of Live! Casino Pittsburgh, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc, operator of Parx Casino have all been fined by the regulator.

Live! Casino Pittsburgh received the largest fine at $30,000 after the casino was deemed to have allowed two self-excluded players to enter the gaming floor and gamble. Meanwhile, the casino allowed a person under the age of 21 to play slot machines. 

Parx Casino was handed a $18,075 fine for a failure to submit two license renewal applications on time, while Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores was fined $25,000 for not providing the PGCB with ownership structure changes involving its five VGT truck stop establishment locations.

The PGCB stated: “The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved four consent agreements today presented by the Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel during its public meeting resulting in a total of $73,075 in fines.

“The approved consent agreements were the result of negotiations between OEC and these three license holders representing two casinos and a Video Gaming Terminal establishment.” 

Meanwhile, the regulator has renewed the license of Rivers Casino Philadelphia following a unanimous decision to allow Sugarhouse Gaming to continue operating the property. 

This means the firm will continue operating the casino for another five years, after generating nearly $4.5bn worth of revenue since opening in 2010. 

PGCB added: “The decision to renew the license was based on a process utilized by the Board that enables both the operator and the public to provide information relevant to the renewal decision.

“A public input hearing was held in 2022 in the casino’s host municipality, the City of Philadelphia, where personnel of Rivers Casino Philadelphia submitted exhibits and presented testimony on various aspects of the facility’s operation since its last license renewal was granted.  

“The public was also permitted to provide testimony about the casino and its impact in the community.”