Pennsylvania will fine four casinos

The State casinos will have to pay a total of US$82,500 in fines.

US.- Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board set yesterday several fines against four local casinos reaching a total of US$82,500. The decision has been made whilst operators and legislators are going through a debate to establish new tax policies after the State’s Supreme Court declared the gaming law unconstitutional.

The public meeting yesterday held by the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel led to clarify casinos’ violations and the economic consequences. Pennsylvania has set the penalties against Holdings Acquisitions operator of Rivers Casino, SugarHouse HSP Gaming manager of SugarHouse Casino, Sands Bethworks Gaming in charge of Sands Casino Resort and Mount Airy #1 owner of Mount Airy Casino Resort.

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh will face the highest fine of US$30,000 due to host unauthorised poker tournaments rules and permit underage gambling. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto had announced a day before a new agreement with the company that would provide the city with US$10 million in gambling tax revenue.

Both Sands and Mount Ary were fined due to violations involving the play of table games. Although the amount set to Sands Casino in Northampton County surpasses the US$22,000, whilst Mount Ary Casino in Monroe County will only have to pay US$7,500. Finally, SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia will pay US$22,500 for violations related to the Board’s Self-Exclusion List.