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Pennsylvania Regulator Fine Two Operators for Violations of Gaming Laws

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has imposed fresh fines against two operators for violations of gaming regulations. Yesterday, during the Board’s public meeting, its Office of Enforcement Counsel presented and gained approval for three consent agreements leading to a total of $212,500 in fines imposed on two casino operators.

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Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing incurred the highest fines totaling US$147,500 in Pennsylvania for two separate shortcomings. The operator received a fine of $97,000 for inadequate protocols on Penn Interactive Ventures' iGaming and sports wagering platforms, which allowed the creation, access, and use of multiple online accounts with the personal identifying information of other individuals.

The lapses also led to Penn Interactive Ventures allowing the funding of accounts through "stolen or fraudulently obtained payment devices," along with the withdrawal of funds into accounts controlled by individuals engaged in fraudulent behavior. Additionally, the regulator issued a $50,000 fine against the operator for allowing individuals below the legal gambling age of 21 to access its gaming floor on three separate occasions.

The second company, Sugarhouse HSP Gaming was fined $65,000 following incidents at Rivers Philadelphia Casino. The operator failed to meet minimum staffing requirements for 40 days and also failed to promptly inform the onsite Gaming Control Board staff and Pennsylvania State Police about a voucher theft.

The PGCB Bans Three Adults

Alongside the fines, the PGCB has also approved the petitions filed by OEC to ban three adults from all casinos in the state. The prohibited individuals were alleged to have left minors unattended to engage in gaming activities. The board emphasized that its actions serve as a reminder that adults are not allowed to leave minors unattended in a casino's parking lot, garage, hotel, or other venues.

In 2022, the PGCB launched an awareness campaign tagged “Don’t Gamble with Kids” that aimed to prevent parents from leaving children unattended while gambling at casinos.

Pennsylvania Posts $808.7m Handle in January

Meanwhile, approved sports betting operators in Pennsylvania have reported collecting $858.1m in total wagers in January. The figure marked an increase of 11.15% compared to the $772m wagered in the same month last year. While online bets accounted for $808.7m of the handle, retail bets generated $49.3m.

FanDuel, in partnership with Valley Forge Casino, led the Pennsylvania market in the month, with a handle of $373m and $55m in gross gaming revenue.

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