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PA Gaming Control Board Levies Fines Totaling $105,000

George Miller

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved fines totaling $105,000 against two casino operators.

The fines were the result of Board approvals at its public meeting of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:

  • Holdings Acquisitions, Co., LP, operator of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, a fine of $90,000 for underage gaming; and,
  • Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, LP, operator of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, a $15,000 fine for an intoxicated patron incident.

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The fine of $90,000 levied against Holdings Acquisitions, Co., LP stemmed from 7 incidents in which individuals under the age of 21 accessed the gaming floor:

  1. A 17-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at slot machines;
  2. A 20-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor, wagered at slot machines, and was served alcohol;
  3. A 20-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor, wagered at table games, and was served alcohol;
  4. A 20-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor, wagered at table games, and was served alcohol;
  5. A 20-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor, wagered at table games, and was served alcohol;
  6. A 20-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor, wagered at both slot machines and table games, and was served alcohol; and,
  7. A 20-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor, wagered at slot machines, and was served alcohol.

The fine of $15,000 against Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, LP stemmed from a failure to properly monitor the serving of complimentary alcoholic drinks to a patron which permitted the patron to game in an intoxicated state and cause multiple disturbances at the casino.

The next regular meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of the Strawberry Square Complex in Harrisburg.

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, including sports wagering offered currently at eight locations. The oversight also includes other new gaming initiatives, expected to be launched in the coming months, which were created through Act 42 of 2017, an amendment to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos. These facilities collectively employ over 16,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Victory for Lottery in Pennsylvania Casinos’ Gambling Lawsuit

Niji Narayan

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Victory for Lottery in Pennsylvania Casinos’ Gambling Lawsuit
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Pennsylvania casinos have lost a bid to close down online lottery games that they say are too much like casino gambling, just days before the state’s first casinos launch their own online gambling portals.

The decision of Commonwealth Court is a victory for the state lottery, although the casino owners’ 9-month-old lawsuit will continue.

Lottery officials say the games are in accordance with the 2017 state law that authorised them, but the casinos argue that some online lottery games violate it because they simulate slot machines and casino-style gambling.

The state regulators will allow Parx Casino and Penn Nation’s Hollywood Casino to launch their online gambling portals to patrons statewide as part of a three-day test.

New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada are the only other states that allow online casino gambling.

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SYNOT Games Secures Portuguese License

Niji Narayan

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SYNOT Games, an established content supplier licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, has acquired the certification to enter the Portuguese iGaming market.

The regulatory news comes after recent launches in Sweden and Denmark and outlines further expansion to south European markets expected in the upcoming weeks and months.

“Portugal is another significant destination for SYNOT Games and marks our entry to the Iberian Peninsula. The certification underlines our commitment to further focus on expansion in regulated markets. We believe that our diverse portfolio will prove to be highly popular among Portuguese players,” Ivan Kodaj, CEO at SYNOT Games said.

Portuguese market has gone live in 2017. Last year, revenues in online gaming and betting show significant growth compared to the previous year.

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Kansspelautoriteit Proposes New Licensing Rule

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Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the gambling regulator in the Netherlands, has announced a new rule that would implement a two year “cooling off” period for potential gambling licensees.

The rule, which is still at the draft stage, requires all operators applying for a KSA licence to have refrained from providing online gambling products to consumers in the Netherlands for a period of two years.

Before the passing of Remote Gambling Act 2018, the Netherlands government said that it would be important to avoid offering licenses to gambling operators that had targeted the Dutch market.

As per the new rule, the KSA will apply six tests to establish whether a company had illegally targeted Dutch consumers, as part of its ongoing work to establish the licensing process. It is expected that licensing will begin in July 2020.

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