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This week two Pennsylvania casinos were handed large fines by the state's Gaming Control Board, totaling $160,000, the latest set of fines issued in the Keystone State.
The Washington Trotting Association was handed an $80,000 fine after it was revealed that employees had given out more than $830,000 in comps since 2009. State law in Pennsylvania has specific limits on the amounts of comps that can be given out, and need to be capped for players.
The second fine was given to Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, L.P., who had several issues. Problems mentioned in the fine included, "Failure to maintain reliable and accurate financial records, including ensuring access, record and compare its assets, conducting regular audits and ensuring segregation of audit functions and responsibilities." The company was fined $50,000 for this infraction and $30,000 for other offenses related to not following rules for Spanish 21 at its casino.
Pennsylvania is in a state of flux when it comes to gambling, as the country is gearing up to legalize sportsbetting and online betting. If both measures are offered, it's likely that Pennsylvania will become one of the larger betting markets in the United States. Needless to say, the state's gaming regulator is looking to show who's in charge and that breaking the regulations won't go un-punished.