Hollywood Casino fined by Pennsylvania regulators over “illegal” poker games
The venue “forgot” to register the games with regulators before they were held
Now that different forms of gambling are legal in a few states, it doesn’t mean that authorities will lay back and not keep a close eye on gambling businesses to ensure that they’re sticking to the rules. A casino in Pennsylvania received a $20,000 fine from the state for having tournaments running last year that were not approved by regulators. This past Wednesday, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved the fine to Penn National Race Course’s Hollywood Casino.
The fine was decided by the PGCB during a public meeting, in which both parties, the PCBG’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC, reached an agreement. On behalf of Hollywood Casino, the Compliance Director, Alex Hvizda, declared that the problems were reported once found, but not until after the games were held, and included one tournament named “Labor Day Classic” that was never submitted to the PGCB for review due to staff turnover. Additionally, there is are weekly recurring tournaments for a $120 buy-in during weekends and $80 for weeknights. Between February 5 and September 12, these tournaments ran with the wrong buy-in 95 times. Since then, Penn National sent a request and got approved to run events with a fixed $120 price, therefore, offering better prize pools to the participants.
Based on the Gaming Act in Pennsylvania, several processes in the casino must be submitted for approval, including table layouts, tournament schedules, gaming guides, dealer training programs, to name a few. These violations were first noticed when the license for the casino was renewed back in November 2018.