PGCB hands out $40k fine to Hollywood Casino for underage gaming

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has handed out $45k in fines in the last month for two breaches of its gaming regulations. 

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, the operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, gained the largest of the financial sanctions, receiving a penalty of $40,000 for allowing three instances of individuals under the age of 21 accessing the gaming floor and gambling.

Additionally, Lightning Gaming, a licensed slot machine manufacturer, was hit with a $5,000 penalty for a failure to notify the PGCB of material changes to their financial status. 

Meanwhile, the regulator updates stakeholders each month on the status of the state’s monthly involuntary exclusion list. This month, four new people were placed on the list. 

A man was placed on the exclusion list after leaving a one-year-old child alone in a vehicle in the parking lot of Valley Forge Casino Resort while it was 84 degrees outside for nine minutes to gamble at a sportsbook and table game.

Secondly, a man left a six and eight-year-old alone while gambling for 13 minutes at Live! Casino Pittsburgh. Two women were also placed on the involuntary exclusion list for leaving minors alone while they went inside Live! Casino Philadelphia and Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino, respectively. 

A PGCB statement read: “The Board’s actions serve as a reminder that adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venues at a casino since it creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for the children.  Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino also subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution in addition to exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos.  

“To compliment the efforts by casinos to mitigate this issue, the Board created an awareness campaign.”