Five casino operators from Pennsylvania got fined after the regulators from the PGCB (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board) stumbled upon violations that they committed. The fines sum up to $1.167.000.
The largest amount that needs to be paid got Downs Racing LP, mounting up to $1 million. The Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino operators got a $550.000 fine for failing to follow already approved internal controls of the free slot play, internal audits, and cashier functions, and the failure happened over a period of several years. Cooperating with some unlicensed gaming service providers cost them another $450.000. Sun Pocono gets fined again only after being embarrassed once last year after the arrest of Robert Joseph Pellegrini, who at that time was the VP of player development. He got arrested on the account of being involved in a free-play slots scam that cost the casino over $422.000 and got Pellegrini a sentence of 32 months in prison. Sun Pocono’s dealing with unlicensed gaming service providers have already hit the public once earlier this year. Those violations were connected to Bobby Soper, the now former, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority CEO. He was actually smart enough to give his resignation shortly after the scandal.
The next biggest fine was issued to Hollywood Casino operators, the Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association and it summed up to $90.000 on the following violations: minor or underage gaming, not stopping a minor to enter the casino premises, not properly safeguarding the assets of the casino when a patron was accidentally overpaid of $9.000 by the cashier.
Two fines summing up to $35.000 were issued to Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, operators of the Parx Casino in Bucks County on the accounts of not being able to deal with an intoxicated patron ($25.000) and having two employees working without licenses and authorization issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Finally, both Valley Forge Convention Center Partners and Mount Airy #1 LLC got fined for violating casino activities with sums of $32,000 and $10,000.
These fines were reportedly issued last Wednesday.