The Gaming Control Board, Pennsylvania’s gambling authority, has taken decisive action by accepting two consent agreements at its most recent open meeting. These agreements addressed infractions by a casino operator and a gaming manufacturing licensee, and they were presented by the Office of Enforcement Counsel. The total amount of fines imposed as a result of these infractions was $100,350.
Hollywood Casino York, run by Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC, was fined a whopping $78,000 for not having enough security personnel on duty. The casino operator had violated the required security precautions, according to the board.
Manufacturers of licensed table games TCS John Huxley America, Inc. and TCS John Huxley Europe, Ltd. were fined $22,350 for failing to submit major licensing applications in a separate matter. The board penalized the appropriate amount because it found this non-compliance to be unacceptable.
The Gaming Control Board also addressed worries about the security and well-being of children left in cars alone while their parents or guardians gambled. Several people had to suffer the consequences of their deeds.
A man and female customer at Presque Isle Downs Casino & Racetrack was put on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving five children, ages 2 to 13, alone in a car for around 35 minutes. Recognizing the possible risks connected with such careless behavior, the board acted quickly.
Similar incidents occurred at Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia, where a male customer was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List for neglecting to watch over an 11-year-old child in a parked car for 30 minutes. The board emphasized the value of good parenting and placing children’s welfare first.
Another incidence happened at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, where a male customer briefly abandoned a 10-year-old child in an unsecured car outside the valet area for five minutes. The person was immediately added to the Involuntary Exclusion List by the board in response.
Additionally, while playing slots at Mohegan Pennsylvania, a female customer left two kids, ages 8 and 9, alone in a car in the parking area for around 45 minutes. The board emphasised the importance of parental accountability and duty.
In another instance, a female customer who had left her 8- and 12-year-old daughters unsupervised in a car at Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in 2017 filed a petition to be removed from the Involuntary Exclusion List. The board, however, declined her plea because of the gravity of her behavior.
The Gaming Control Board disclosed that it has discovered an alarming total of 359 cases involving people leaving children alone while partaking in gambling at Pennsylvania casinos between January 2022 and April 2023. 576 juveniles were involved in these occurrences, which is a startling number.
The board’s decisive actions reveal its dedication to upholding security protocols, safeguarding the weak, and encouraging responsible gaming habits. The gambling business in Pennsylvania continues to place a high priority on the safety and well-being of its customers, especially young people, even in the face of such stringent laws.
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