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PA Gaming Control Board Levies Fines Totaling $105,000

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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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Government Delays the Issuance of Casino Regulations in Japan

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Japanese government has delayed the establishment of Casino Management Board and issuance of the more specific IR bidding regulations in Japan. It is widely assumed that having public attention focused on the IR issue will negatively impact the electoral prospects of the ruling conservatives.

The ruling party now looks inclined not to take up the IR issue until early 2020, seriously impacting the schedules of some local governments. Such a delay may be the death blow for Osaka’s plans to have its anticipated Yumeshima IR opens its doors ahead of the 2025 World Expo, although that remains to be seen.

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Nintendo to Shut Down Loot Box Enabled Mobile Games in Belgium

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Nintendo is going to shut down two of its popular mobile games, Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, in Belgium due to the nation’s anti-gambling laws aimed at loot boxes.

From August onwards, both the games will not be available to download or play. Players who have Orbs or Leaf Tickets can still use them until the game’s removal. Due to the law, Nintendo also will not release any future games with similar earnings models in Belgium.

Belgium passed a law last year that banned video game loot boxes, which allow players to pay cash to unlock rewards. The nation’s gambling commission ordered several popular games that came with in-game revenue models, including Overwatch, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and FIFA 18 to remove their loot boxes in Belgium.

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Nairobi High Court Suspends Ban on Gambling Ads

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Nairobi high court judge James Makau has suspended the ban on gambling ads after the musician Muriji Kamau Wanjohi complained that the ban robbed him of his right to make celebrity endorsements.

Wanjohi argued that the ban deprived him of income since he “earns a living thorough endorsement of products and services due to his influence and celebrity status”.

The government brought in a raft of new regulations earlier this month – including bans on such endorsements and advertising on social media – saying the rapidly growing industry was harming the young and the poor.

According to the interior ministry, the gaming industry in Kenya has grown substantially over the last five years, to 200 billion shillings ($1.98 billion) from 2 billion.

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