Lost in the land rush mentality of the current US gaming market is the fact that Pennsylvania is the second biggest market in the country outside of Nevada. While Pennsylvania doesn’t seem to embrace the Silicon Valley energy of New Jersey’s online gaming or the glitz of Nevada’s, it’s a solid competitor. In 2022, Pennsylvania delivered $5.3 billion in gross gaming revenue (GGR) while New Jersey produced just $5.2 billion.
Given the size of Pennsylvania would also produce a fair amount of fines for violations of gaming regulations and that’s exactly what happened over the past couple weeks. According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, three separate operators were fine a total of $73,075 in recent actions from the Board.
Stadium Casino Westmoreland RE, LLC, operator of Live! Casino Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County, accounted for the lion’s share of the fines with $30,000. That breaks down into two $10,000 instances of allowing players on the self-exclusion list onto their properties; and another $10,000 for allowing an underage player on a slot machine.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc., received a $25,000 fine for not providing the PGCB requested paperwork in a timely manner. (This is the kind of fine that must drive the accounts crazy.)
Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of Parx Casino in Bucks County, also failed to provide license renewal paperwork in a timely manner and was fined $18,075 for the error.
No matter what size the gaming market, operators rely on compliance departments to make certain that these sorts of fines don’t happen. In this case, someone was sleeping on the job.