Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Fines Two Gaming Operators Over $100K in May Meeting

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  • Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC, fined $78,000 by PGCB
  • The Board also added five adults to the Involuntary Exclusion List
  • PCGB approved two consent agreements for fines totaling over $100,000

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined two Pennsylvania gaming operators over $100,000 in their monthly meeting for violating their licensing requirements. 

Operators of the Hollywood Casino York and John Huxley America and John Huxley Europe, a licensed table game manufacturer, were both fined by the board for various infractions. 

The $22,350 fine for John Huxley came from failure to file the proper licensing applications.

Hollywood Casino York Operators Fined $78K for Staffing Failures

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, operators of the Hollywood Casino York, were fined $78,000 by the PGCB for failure to maintain minimum security staffing positions.

Between May 29th and September 17th, 2022, the PGCB found that Mountainview failed to meet the minimum requirement for security professionals for 55 days. The casino hired 40 officers by the end of this timeframe, exceeding the minimum standards set forth by the governing body.

"Hollywood Casino York is continuously posting and marketing security officer positions with the goal of hiring between two and four candidates per month to proactively address ongoing attrition and maintain a staffing level of between 36 to 40 security officers," the consent agreement between the PGCB and Mountainview TRA, LLC reads.

PGCB Suspends Several Patrons for Leaving Children Unattended in Vehicle

In addition to approving the consent agreements, the PGCB also placed five adults on the Involuntary Exclusion List for leaving nine children alone in vehicles while they entered a gaming establishment. 

In one case, a male and female were placed on the list after leaving five children, ages 2 to 13, alone in a parked vehicle for 35 minutes while the pair played slot machines at the Presque Isle Downs Casino & Racetrack. 

Two other male bettors were placed on the list after leaving their children unattended in cars while they visited the PA sports betting locations inside the Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia and the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh.

In addition to the five banned individuals, the PGCB also denied the petition of a female gambler that asked for removal from the Exclusion List. The patron was placed on the list after leaving her 8-and 12- year old daughters inside her vehicle for over 45 minutes while she played on slot machines. The female was hoping to gain reinstatement after her infraction in 2017. 

Being placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List means banned individuals cannot enter a Pennsylvania gaming establishment nor enjoy online games such as online slots, online roulette, or online blackjack at PA online casinos.

The board's next meeting will occur on Wednesday, June 28th, at 10:00 a.m.

Derek Blake is a freelance writer that has covered the expansion of legal sports betting in America and the regional casino business for several well-known industry websites. During his writing career, he has written profiles on dozens of athletes and focused on the collision of sports and politics.