PA Gaming Control Board Levies Huge Fines for Underage Gambling

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved three consent agreements during its public meeting that resulted in a total of $280,825 in fines for two gaming operators.

Two of the approved consent agreements, producing fines of $160,000 and $100,825, were the result of negotiations between the Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC) and Mount Airy #1 LLC, operator of the Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County. The third fine of $20,000 was the result of negotiations between OEC and Pilot Travel Centers LLC and PJF Southeast LLC, operator of two Video Gaming Terminal (VGT) establishments.

Copies of the approved Consent Agreements offering more details on these matters is available upon request through the PGCB’s Office of Communications.

The larger fine of $160,000 against Mount Airy #1 LLC was the result of three instances in which individuals under the legal gambling age of 21 gained access to the casino floor and gambled:

  • An 18-year-old male who gambled at two different slot machines;
  • An 11-year-old female who gambled at 10 different slot machines while both parents were present with her and cashed two vouchers; and,
  • Two 13-year-old females who gambled at slot machines with their mother.

The second fine of $100,825 stemmed from the failure of Mount Airy #1 LLC to timely file a total of 32 corporate or individual renewal applications by the statutorily mandated due dates. Additionally, the failure to gain re-licensing of one individual led to the failure to meet a mandated condition connected to Mount Airy #1 LLC’s slot machine license.

The fine of $20,000 levied against Pilot Travel Center LLC and PFJ Southeast LLC was the result of a failure to notify the PGCB of a change in control of its VGT Establishment’s license and to have a principal owner licensed. The entity has two VGT Establishments both operating five machines.