PGCB Fines Rivers Casino and SugarHouse Casino

The operators of Rivers Casino and SugarHouse Casino got penalties by Pennsylvania regulators for allowing underage gambling and intoxicated patron incident

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined two state casinos for incidents involving intoxicated customers and underage people being allowed access to the gaming floor and being served alcohol, it was announced on Wednesday when the regulator’s latest regular meeting took place.

Holdings Acquisitions, Co., LP, which operates Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, was slapped a $90,000 fine for multiple incidents of underage gambling and people under the legal age being served alcohol while on the gaming floor.

The Gaming Control Board cited seven separate occasions on which Rivers Casino was found to have allowed underage gamblers access to the gaming floor, have allowed them to gamble, and have served alcohol to some of them.

One of the incidents involved a 17-year-old girl who gained access to the casino resort’s gaming floor and was able to play at its slot machines. Six other incidents involved 20-year-old customers who gained access to the gaming floor, were able to gamble at its gaming tables and slot machines, and were served alcohol.

SugarHouse, Too, Gets a Hefty Fine

SugarHouse HSP Gaming, LP, too, got fined by the state gambling regulator. The company holds a license to operate SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. It received a $15,000 financial penalty for failures at its gaming floor.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Wednesday that the fine imposed on SugarHouse Casino stemmed from the gambling venue’s failure to monitor properly the serving of complementary alcoholic beverages to a customer. That enabled the customer to gamble in an intoxicated state and to cause multiple disturbances at the casino floor.

In a separate decision, the Pennsylvania gambling regulator gave the nod to Mohegan Sun Pocono to provide sports betting services. That decision arrived as the state’s gambling operators are gearing up preparations to launch their online sports betting products.

The owner of Parx Casino in Bensalem had its Category 1 Racetrack Casino Operator license renewed by the state regulator during its Wednesday meeting. In addition, Parx informed the Gaming Control Board that it plans to test its online sports gambling systems this month and to go live with online betting in early June.

The Bensalem-based casino will thus become Pennsylvania’s first gambling venue to launch digital wagering. The move is expected to accelerate the growth of the state’s sports betting market.

Pennsylvania legalized sports betting in the fall of 2017 as part of a larger gambling overhaul package signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. However, the state’s first sports betting facilities opened doors in November 2018.

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