Penn National Fined by PA. Gaming Control Board

Penn National Gaming Inc. was fined a total of $82,500 from the the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for two recent incidents.

The fines were among $150,000 that were approved Wednesday in consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and three casino operators.

Penn National, doing business as Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, via its internet gaming sites and, was fined $57,500 for allowing self-excluded individuals to access and gamble on those websites.

According to the report, the first fine stemmed from the gaming operator permitting nine individuals that were currently on the PGCB’s Voluntary iGaming Self-Exclusion List to create or gain access to casino-type gaming or sports wagering sites, and in some cases place wagers.

The second fine involved the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County. The report said four persons under the ages of 21 attempted to gain access to the gaming floor, two of the four individuals accessed the gaming floor, and one of the four individuals gambled at a slot machine. The individuals were 16, 17, 18 and 19 years of age.

Also fined was Chester Downs and Marina LLC, operator of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester. It will have to pay $22,500 for failure to protect assets. According to the PGCB, a customer stole $955 of playing chips at a table game. In the another incident, a customer stole $24,000 in cash when a cash drawer was left open.

Also fined was PID LLC, operator of Presque Isle Downs and Casino near Erie. It was fined $45,000 for violation of the Pennsylvania Governor’s COVID-19 Safety Order regarding alcohol service.

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