The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is the regulatory body in place that regulates the gaming activities of casinos in the state. Each venue must comply with regulations or face stiff consequences. Just recently, the Gaming Control Board hit the Mohegan Sun Pocono with two fines, with the total amount due by the casino a whopping $1 million.
Downs Racing Fined $550,000
The operator of the casino is Downs Racing, LP. The group was given a fine of $550,000 for failing to follow the approved internal controls for several years in regards to free slot game play. Other issues under this fine included failure to complete bank and internal audits.
Mohegan Sun Pocono Fined $450,000
In one instance, a patron of the venue and two employees were able to conduct a scheme in which close to $480,000 in free slot gaming was provided. This resulted in $422,147 in cash for those involved.
The second fine against the Mohegan Sun Pocono was for the amount of $450,000. This fine was issued due to the venue working with unlicensed gaming service providers. The fines were handed down after the Board approved them during a public meeting involving consent agreements between Downs Racing and the Office of Enforcement Counsel of the Gaming Control Board.
Other gaming operators in the state were subject to fines but much lower than the amount to be paid y the Mohegan Sun Pocono. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course operator, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, will have to pay $90,000 in total for three fines. The largest of the three was $75,000 due to an incident with an intoxicated patron and failure to notify of the incident. $10,000 was due to a violation of underage gaming and $5,000 involving safeguard asset failure.
The owners of the Valley Forge Casino of Montgomery County and the Parx Casino of Bucks County were also issued fines.