Two operators in the state of Pennsylvania have been fined $20,000 in total due to not following proper procedures.
In the United States, gaming operators must remain in compliance with the set rules and restrictions of their industry in order to avoid any fines or further punishment from their regulating body. In most states, casino establishments will face fines due to allowing underage gaming, not adhering to gaming operation standards and a host of other issues. In Pennsylvania, two gaming operators were recently fined large sums due to various violations. The Gaming Control Board reported these fines during the meeting last week.
Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc.
The first fine was handed down to Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., a company that operates the Parx Casino located in Bucks County. The casino operator was fined $10,000 due to a card replacement error that took place at a blackjack gaming table.
The incident in question took place at a blackjack table where 420 hands took place before the deck was no longer used. The deck was found to be missing the Queen of Diamonds and had an extra Jack of Diamonds instead. This would be considered a deck violation and something that the manufacturer most likely was responsible for. Every deck used at the casino must have the proper number of cards as well as the right set of cards used during game play.
Chester Downs and Marina, LLC
The second violation was given to Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, the operator of the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino, located in Delaware County. This operator was also subject to a $10,000 fine, but this time the fine was for a violation of the self-exclusion list.
The company was fined after the Gaming Control Board found that a person was able to access the gaming floor of the casino and participate in slot gaming after they were already on the self-exclusion list. The player was also allowed to cash a personal check. The individual should not have been allowed on the casino floor, much less provided money from cashing a personal check.
When a facility has a person on their self-exclusion list, the casino must deny access to games as well as cashing checks, cash advances or memberships within the player club. The board set the fine to $10,000 due to this violation.
Oversight Now Extended
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is the group in charge of overseeing the casino industry of the state as well as the horse racing industry. The group will soon have their hands full of even more responsibility as the state is preparing to venture into even more categories of gaming. Due to the recent passage of a gaming reform package last year, Pennsylvania will be adding satellite casinos to their gambling offerings along with online gaming, and more, of which the Board will be responsible.
For every category the Board oversees, they must ensure that license holder is operating based on existing regulations. When a violation is found, the Board then sets a punishment that fits the crime, so to speak. In general, a gaming operator will be fined a certain amount, with the figure determined based on the infraction. For multiple violations, the amount fined will of course increase. The $10,000 the two operators were fined last week seems fair and is quite low when considering how much money the facilities earn on a monthly basis.