SugarHouse Casino fined $15,000 for violations
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December 12, 2012
HSP Gaming, LP, operator of the SugarHouse Casino, agreed to fines totaling
$15,000 for three incidents in which patrons gambled at the Philadelphia
facility even though they were banned from entering and gambling in Commonwealth
The fines were the result of approvals today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board of consent agreements between the PGCB's Office of Enforcement Counsel and
the casino license holder.
In one incident, an individual who placed themself on the PGCB's Self-Exclusion
list participated in table game gambling over a four day period from June 29 to
July 3, 2012. The PGCB's Self-Exclusion Program permits problem gamblers to ban
themselves from gambling at Pennsylvania casinos. While a person is on the
Self-Exclusion List, gaming facilities in the Commonwealth must refuse wagers
from and deny any gaming privileges to that person. The Self-Excluded individual
also agrees that they could be charged with criminal trespass if they enter a
It was the second time during 2012 in which this individual violated the
Self-Exclusion ban. In both instances, this same individual was charged with
defiant trespass by the Pennsylvania State Police, and had all winnings
Another incident occurred in August 2012 when another person on the PGCB's
Self-Exclusion List played slot machines and gambled at table games at the
SugarHouse Casino. He was also charged with defiant trespass by the Pennsylvania
State Police, and had all winnings confiscated.
HSP Gaming agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for permitting these Self-Exclusion List
A third incident occurred in May 2012 in which an individual that had been
placed on the PGCB's Exclusion List, Arthur K. Garner, was permitted to enter
SugarHouse Casino and gamble on two separate occasions. The Exclusion List
consists of career or professional offenders, cheats and other individuals whose
presence in a licensed facility would be inimical to the interest of the
Commonwealth, of licensed gaming, or both. Upon placement on the Exclusion List
by the Board, any person on the list are to be excluded or ejected from licensed
facilities in Pennsylvania.
In this case, Mr. Garner had been placed on the Exclusion List by the Board in
2011 for his alleged involvement in the robbery of gaming chips from another
Pennsylvania casino. After being identified as an Excluded Patron, Mr. Garner
was charged with defiant trespass by the Pennsylvania State Police.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00
a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in the PGCB's Public Hearing Room located on
the second floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg.
Return to Pennsylvania Casinos.