A Pennsylvania casino has been given a stiff fine after reportedly violating the procedures for handling a player on the state’s self-excluded gambler’s list.

According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Valley Forge Casino Resort was fined $10,000 for a violation of the procedures for handling a self-excluded individual. Apparently, casino personnel issued a casino access card to an individual who was on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s Self-Excluded Persons List.

That individual then went on to play both slot machines and table games on the Valley Forge casino floor.

PA’s Self-Excluded Persons List

Violations related to the state’s Self-Excluded Persons List are considered very serious. This is partly because it remains one of the only measures in place to combat problem gambling.

Other efforts to fight problem gambling in the state include running the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA Helpline.

Essentially, the self-exclusion process allows individuals to ask to be excluded from all legalized gaming activities in the state. Individuals on the list will then be prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses, or accepting complimentary gifts, services, or anything of value from licensed facilities in the state.

Individuals can place themselves on the list for anywhere from one to five years, or for life. At that point, licensed gambling facilities must refuse wagers from all self-excluded individuals. Licensed facilities must also take self-excluded individuals off all mailing and telemarketing lists.

Any individual on the list that turns up on a gaming floor is subject to arrest for trespassing. Should that individual win any money, those funds will be sent to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to support its compulsive and problem gambling programs.

The state also operates an Involuntary Exclusion List. However, this differs in that it consists of career criminals and cheats.

Valley Forge Casino Resort

Valley Forge Casino Resort is located in Upper Merion Township just outside the city of Philadelphia. The casino and resort sit on the site of the Valley Forge Convention Center. It opened in 2012 and features 600 slots and 50 table games.

Valley Forge Casino Resort’s Category 3 gaming license requires that gamblers spend at least $10 at the resort or purchase a membership.

Presque Isle blackjack violations

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined the Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie $10,000 for table games procedural violations. The fine was related to multiple procedural violations in the dealing of blackjack hands.

Presque Isle Downs & Casino features a synthetic horse racetrack, simulcast racing, table games, and 1,700 slot machines.

Martin Derbyshire

Martin Derbyshire

Martin Derbyshire has spent more than a decade traveling the globe in his capacities as a reporter, editor, and video producer in the world of high stakes poker and gambling. He covers the industry for a variety of publications, including USPoker.com, PlayUSA.com, and PlayPA.com.