At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board levied fines totaling $165,000 against three casino operators for incidents of allowing underage gambling and the incorrect distribution of marketing materials.
SugarHouse HSP Gaming, which operates the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, received the largest fine at $100,000 for five incidents of underage gambling involving ten people. The Pennsylvania regulator revealed that one of these occasions saw a pair of 19-year-old males gain access to the casino floor before wagering on table games while a second had involved a 15-year-old female that had bet on slots.
The fine from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board also concerned SugarHouse HSP Gaming permitting three 18-year-old men to consume alcohol and wager at table games alongside a similar occurrence involving a 20-year-old male player while it was moreover reproached for an incident that saw three other males aged 18, 19 and 20 gain access to the Philadelphia casino’s gaming floor to bet on table games while drinking alcohol.
For its part, Sands Bethworks Gaming, which operates the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Northampton County, was sanctioned to the tune of $50,000 for four instances of underage gambling involving five 19, 20 and 21-year-old patrons.
Finally, IOC-PA was fined $15,000 for a failing to institute adequate internal controls and audit protocols for the training and education of marketing staff regarding political contribution restrictions. The firm is the management company for Woodlands Fayette, which operates the Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Fayette County, and was reprimanded for handing out match play coupons and drink vouchers to players at a golf club where a political fundraiser was taking place.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board declared that the fines had been approved following agreements between its Office Of Enforcement Counsel and the individual violators while it has scheduled its next meeting for the morning of February 1 at its offices in Harrisburg.