Various gambling violations have left three gaming venues in Pennsylvania with fines to be paid. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has set a total of $77,500 in fines on three casinos in the state based on their failure to uphold rules and regulations as set forth by the board.
The operator of the Rivers Casino, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the SugarHouse Casino of Philadelphia all have to pay fines based on violations. The Rivers Casino owners have to pay $42,000 in fines due to three players being allowed to gamble though they were listed on the self-exclude list. Those who are on this list are not to be allowed access to the casino game floor. Individuals have the option to choose to be excluded for one or five years or a lifetime.
The Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs owners must pay a $25,000 fine based on a poker room violation. The Downs reportedly did not provide information to the board of an incident in 2016 where compromised decks were used during game play that had incorrect playing cards.
The SugarHouse Casino had been hit with a fine of $10,000 due to allowing underage gambling. This is not the first time that the SugarHouse Casino had paid a fine based on underage gambling violations. The casino paid $100,000 in January due to five separate occasions where an individual under the age of 21 was able to gamble on the casino floor. In this most recent incident, the individual was 19 years of age.
Casinos have to stay in compliance of gaming laws set forth by regulators in order to avoid such issues as fines. It is not uncommon for casinos to have to pay such fines, especially in the category of underage gaming or the self-excluded. Somehow, individuals in these categories seem to slip through the cracks.