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February 05, 2015

Harrah's, Parx pay fines for rules infractions

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This image shows Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Race track in Chester, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved six consent agreements involving two Philadelphia-area casinos with fines totaling $90,000.

Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, operator of the Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Delaware County, approved five consent agreements with the PGCB's Office of Enforcement Counsel with fines totaling $75,000: 

- $25,000 for using gaming chips that had not been approved prior to use at its Roulette tables along with not properly storing and providing proper inventory of Roulette chips.

- $20,000 for several incidents in which casino personnel violated PGCB regulations and Harrah's internal controls in conducting table games.

- $12,500 for permitting a 19-year-old to gain access to the gaming floor and gamble on a slot machine.  Pennsylvania law requires a patron to be 21 years of age to access the gaming floor and wager on slot machines or table games. Additionally, the 19-year-old was served an alcoholic beverage in the facility.

- $10,000 for permitting a person on the PGCB's Self-Exclusion List to enter and gamble at the casino on two separate occasions. Regulations for the Self-Exclusion Program state that a casino must refuse wagers from and deny any gaming privileges to a person on the list. 

- $7,500 for failure to follow an approved prize structure for a Blackjack tournament held in June 2014.

Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., operator of Parx Casino in Bucks County, was assessed a $15,000 fine for using gaming chips that had not been approved prior to use at its Roulette tables at the Parx Casino. The PGCB investigation found there are no indications that patrons were harmed or assets compromised as a result of this violation.