Just a few days ago, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) issued several new licenses for online gambling, sports betting, and a few fines at their monthly meeting. The PGCB also gave interim approval to an online gambling petition for Presque Isle Downs, owned by Churchhill Downs, and one other to a joint venture of an as yet unbuilt Stadium Casino project.
The breakdown of the new licenses are:
- Two online gambling licenses,
- Three sports betting diplomas
- Five fines to the state’s licensed gaming operators.
Oddly, the joint venture of Cordish Gaming and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment) in Philadelphia for the unbuilt Stadium Casino project has hit a snag and at the monthly meeting of the PGCB, the Stadium representative actually asked the committee to reduce the scope of the license which means that poker betting would not be included.
In the case of sports betting, the PGCB approved the petitions for sports betting for
- Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack,
- Rivers Casino,
- and SugarHouse Casino.
Those sports betting operators now join Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino and Greenwood Gaming’s Parx Casino bring the total sports betting permits to five.
Regarding the fines mentioned above:
- Harrah’s Philadelphia was fined a total of $40k
for two infractions allowing the operation of non-compliant slot machines and for shoddy record-keeping in Roulette Chip Discrepancy Logs.
- Presque Isle Downs was fined $45k
for five incidents of individuals under the age of 21 gaining access to the gaming floor where they played slots and table games and consumed alcohol.
- Parx owner Greenwood Gaming was penalized $22,500
for three instances of putting progressive slots into play without the approval of the PGCB’s technical field rep.
- Genesis Gaming Solutions was fined $8k
for failing to submit their required annual financial statements on time for three years running.
That’s a wrap!