Gaming Control Board Fines Pennsylvania Casino Over Self Exclusion Violation

April 8th, 2010 – by Glen

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is not known for sparing casinos in Pennsylvania from fines, and the most recent fine was dolled out to the Meadows Racetrack and Casino. The operators, Washington Trotting Association, were assessed a fine over the violation of a self exclusion agreement.

A self exclusion is an agreement between a casino and player. The exclusion would allow a player to ban his or her self from the casino for whatever reason – usually for pathological gambling. The self exclusion contracts usually entail a trespassing warrant for violator, and the occasional fine for the casino.

In the case of the Meadows Racetrack and Casino, a fine was assessed. This fine levied was a total of $20,000 dollars, incurred for allowing the self-excluded gambler to play slots after accessing the gaming floor.

Under the terms of the self exclusion program, which started in 2006, those players who wish to place themselves on the self exclusion list may do so at any moment. Each of the casinos in the state must then refuse access, deny wagers, and turn players away. Player’s club cards also violates the agreement. Those who ignore their self exclusion can be arrested under the pretext of trespassing.

Two incidents occurred in the Meadows casino. In November of 2009, one self-banned player entered the casino, played slot games, and attempted to cash in a jackpot of over $1,200 dollars. The player had been denied after the individual was found to be on the self exclusion list. The second incident was in January of 2010, when another self excluded player had gained access to the gaming floor and tried to cash a check at the cashier.

Most of the fines that had been doled out by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board have been for underage gambling. The PGCB is very active with the protection of problem gamblers and underage players, as are the Pennsylvania Online Casinos.

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