Pennsylvania, USA – The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has reportedly been fined $20,000 for allowing poker tournaments to take place at its venue without being approved.
Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association LLC, the company behind Hollywood Casino was issued the fine by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 to oversee gambling activities relating to slot machines and casino gambling. Its primary aim is ‘to assure public trust and confidence in the credibility and integrity of casinos in Pennsylvania’.
However, last year, 4 poker unapproved poker tournaments took place at Hollywood Casino that goes against the legalities of table games as outlined by the state Gaming Act.
The PGCB enacts Act 71 – the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act – which states that table games such as poker, tournaments, dealer training programs, staffing plans, gaming guides and table layouts must be submitted for approval to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
In 2019 the casino was found to have hosted 4 poker tournaments without approval.
The PGCB ensures strict safeguarding of vulnerable people and requires that all gambling organisations in the state of Pennsylvania has a compulsive-and-problem-gambling plan submitted and approved before operation of gambling activities.