Pennsylvania Gaming Operators Fined for Infractions
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has fined three gaming license holders for infractions based on video gaming terminal operations.
Gaming operators are supposed to follow all regulations and guidelines when providing services in the United States. Each state has its own rules that must be followed and when operators slip up, it is cause for penalties. In Pennsylvania, gaming operators recently faced monetary fines after the Gaming Control Board discovered that infractions had taken place. A total of $17,500 is now due after the Office of Enforcement Counsel finalized agreements with the license holders.
On Wednesday, the Gaming Control Board met and discussed the infractions that took place. Agreements were reached with license holders and fines must be paid. Two violations are connected to video gaming terminals (VGT)s in the state. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores and Second State Gaming face fines after a theft took place in the VGT area of a certain truck stop in the center of the state.
The second violation involves an online gaming vendor of Parx Casino. The vendor released a game that was not authorized for operation. This is a big no-no and resulted in the operator having to pay a fine to the board.
In the Love’s incident, an individual named Jeffrey Murphy was able to play for over three hours in August of last year at the associated truck stop. He gained access to the cash box of a machine and stole over $3,200.
Murphy was able to take the cash and its equivalents while two employees were on duty. One employee is supposed to monitor the security cameras. However, that individual was also working on food prep, coffee services, and restocking. The other employee was working in the fast-food area and was not monitoring the screen.
The employees took care of other duties and Murphy used that time to steal. The VGT provider, Second State Gaming was found by the board to have failed its duties by having an individual on-call to deal with security camera monitoring.
Murphy was caught and eventually went to trial on the matter. The company has since installed an alert sensor so that employees known when a person has entered the gaming area. Love’s will pay $7,500 in total to the Board. Second State will pay $7,500 plus $2,500 for its infractions.
The Parx Casino was the other operator fined for infractions. The company will have to pay $5,000 for a testing error. This infraction goes back as far as July 2019. Back then, an employee of GAN was testing online slot games. During the testing process, two online slots were placed on the online casino site of Parx.
When this was done, the Parx Casino site was only approved for online sports betting. The casino games were not allowed yet and this is how the operator was in violation of regulations. The slots were only offered at the casino for 16 minutes. However, in that time frame, almost 500 wagers were placed on a game by two players. one player wager 466 times in that short time frame and spent $3,576. The individual lost almost $400. The other player was able to bet 33 times and spent only $37, losing $28.
These infractions are just a small example as to how the operators are watched by gaming regulators and fines or other punishments are issued due to breaking the rules. In most cases, the incidents are an accident but still a reminder as to why continual monitoring is needed in the industry.
Operators must make changes when such infractions occur so that the same mistakes do not happen again. Each of these operators have made the appropriate changes to ensure that similar instances do not happen again in the future.