Multiple Sportsbooks Fined in Pennsylvania – In the sports betting industry, operators must adhere to the strict rules set out by the industry. A failure to stick to the rules will lead to numerous problems like fines or other types of punishment depending on how business was conducted. An operator can only receive a license to conduct if the application is approved and if the location is safe and secure for the players and the employed.
Multiple sportsbooks and casinos received fines for numerous infractions for misjudgment and not adhering to the rules. This week the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issued a total of four fines and of those four, three were issued to the operating license holders in the state.
Most locations in regards to a casino require the participants to be 21 or older to gamble. A majority of casinos take the use of Fake ID seriously as the casino does not want to face any major punishment or lawsuits in many cases.
MULTIPLE SPORTSBOOKS FINED
The total sum of the fines issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was $284,000 for breaking industry and state regulations. With COVID-19 safety still being a top priority in a few states, each state has a set of rules the operators must follow to ensure the safety of the public.
Penn National Gaming was hit with a fine of $120,000 that was due to two separate fines. Its Hollywood Casino location in Dauphin County because an individual player was gambling and ended up getting too intoxicated to make good judgments, and damaged several vehicles in the parking lot.
That fine was $70,000 due to the handling of the intoxicated individual. The other $50,000 fine was for the actions done by the employees for helping outside companies avoid certain licensing requirements. The two employees that were involved in this incident are no longer affiliated with Penn National Gaming.
The actions done by the former employees allowed operators to pay lower fees to conduct business in specific locations. The fines were not disputed at all
Boyd Gaming Corporation was fined the biggest amount of all the four fines handed out this week with $150,000 which owns Valley Forge Casino Resort. The company was fined for its failure to disclose information to the board regarding allegations against one of its executives who resigned. It is the company’s job to report such allegations of misconduct to state regulators when an executive leaves.
The next fine was a total of $14,000 for Valley Forge Casino Resort. A twenty-year-old individual was on the casino floor playing blackjack. In the state of Pennsylvania, individuals must 21 and older to participate and play on the gaming floor.
The individual was able to use a fake ID to avoid detection by security before entering. This does not happen too often because it would have been easy to depict that the appearance did not match the picture on the ID.
Finally, Fantasy Sports Games was also hit with a fine of $7,500. The company was offering sports betting options without a license. Daily fantasy and sports wagering require separate licenses as some states allow daily fantasy but do not allow sports betting.