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Sports Bettor Banned From Pennsylvania Casinos For Leaving Kid In Car

State Also Issues $238K In Casino Fines


The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved fines totaling $238,500 against its casino industry, along with placing a sports bettor on the state’s banned list for leaving his kid in the car while he bet.

The PGCB approved the placement of another adult on its Involuntary Exclusion List for gambling in a casino while leaving a young child in a car. An unnamed adult left a seven-year-old child in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot of Presque Isle Casino in Erie County while he bet on sports, regulators said.

The individual now can’t gamble in any Keystone State casinos.

Since 2011, 135 individuals have been placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List for leaving children unattended in a vehicle.

Regulators also said that two licensed gaming manufacturers plus four casino operators received fines for various violations.

Gaming Partners International and GPI Mexicana each received fines of $85,500 for failure to timely file audited financial statements.

Hollywood Casino at the Meadows in Washington County saw a fine of $40,000 for the over-serving alcohol to multiple guests.

There were two incidents in which Hollywood Casino at the Meadows served alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons. In one incident, the patron was served 17 draft beers during a period of just under 13 hours, which led to that individual falling and being injured. The second incident saw a patron served five mixed drinks, three shots, and a beer in the period of three hours and 29 minutes and led to that individual physically assaulting two patrons and two security guards.

Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino in Luzerne County was hit with a fine of $10,000 for a self-exclusion violation. A problem gambler was allowed to play slot machines.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia received a fine of $10,000 for permitting a 20-year-old individual to play table games.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh was fined $7,500 for “using revoked software for certain slot machines.” Rivers Casino Pittsburgh failed to install replacement software on a dozen slot machines as instructed by the PGCB’s Bureau of Gaming Laboratory Operations.