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PA Gaming Control Board Levies $212,500 in Fines

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved three consent agreements presented by the Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC) during its public meeting resulting in a total of $212,500 in fines against casino operators:

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing LLC, two fines totaling $147,500:

  • A $97,500 fine for incidents occurring on Penn Interactive Ventures’ Internet Gaming/Sports Wagering platforms in which there were insufficient protocols that allowed for the creation, access and use of multiple online accounts using the personal identifying information of other individuals, the funding of accounts using stolen or fraudulently obtained payment devices, and the withdrawing of funds into account controlled by individuals conducting fraudulent behavior; and,
  • A $50,000 fine for three incidents at its Hollywood Casino York property in which individuals under the legal gambling age of 21 were able access the gaming floor.

The fine against Sugarhouse HSP Gaming LP for $65,000 was assessed for incidents at its Rivers Philadelphia Casino in which it:

  • failed to meet minimum staffing requirements for a period of 40 days; and,
  • failed to provide timely notification of a voucher theft to both the onsite Gaming Control Board staff and Pennsylvania State Police.

The Board also acted on petitions filed by OEC to ban three adults from all casinos in the Commonwealth for leaving minors unattended in order to engage in gaming activities:

  • A male patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 9-year-old unattended in a vehicle with an outside temperature of 49 degrees in the parking lot of Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie County for 3 minutes while he gambled in the sportsbook;
  • A female patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving three children, ages 4, 7, and 12, unattended in a vehicle with an outside temperature of 72 degrees in the parking lot of Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie County for 1 hour and 15 minutes while she gambled at slot machines; and,
  • A female patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 12-year-old unattended in a vehicle with an outside temperature of 50 degrees at the valet entrance at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course for 15 minutes while she gambled at slot machines.

The Board’s actions serve as a reminder that adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venues at a casino since it creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for the children. Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino also subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution in addition to exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos. To complement the efforts by casinos to mitigate this issue, the Board created an awareness campaign, “Don’t Gamble with Kids”.

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California Gambling Control Commission Approves Key Licensing Decisions Amid Regulatory Updates

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The California Gambling Control Commission held a significant meeting on April 18, 2024, to discuss and decide on various licensing and compliance matters crucial for the operation and regulation of the state’s gambling entities. The California Gambling Control Commission’s agenda was packed with key issues ranging from the renewal of cardroom licenses to the approval of tribal gaming key employees.

A notable decision from the meeting was the approval of the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund Final Report, allowing for the distribution of quarterly license revenue to eligible recipient Indian tribes. This move underscores the California Gambling Control Commission’s ongoing commitment to supporting tribal communities through structured revenue sharing, even as some financial shortfalls were acknowledged.

The California Gambling Control Commission also reviewed several renewal applications for cardroom owner licenses. Noteworthy renewals included Bankers Casino under Old Town Investments Incorporated, Blacksheep Casino Company and Bruce’s Bar and Casino, which were approved with specific conditions related to operational compliance and security protocols.

Another critical area of focus was the licensing of key employees at tribal casinos. Several applications for initial and renewal of key employee licenses were approved, reflecting the California Gambling Control Commission’s stringent oversight in ensuring that individuals in significant casino roles meet the regulatory requirements. These decisions are essential for maintaining the integrity and security of gaming operations within the state.

Additionally, the meeting addressed the renewal and approval of third-party proposition player services, which are vital for cardrooms that do not bank their games. The California Gambling Control Commission approved several of these licenses, highlighting its role in facilitating responsible gambling while ensuring compliance with state laws.

The California Gambling Control Commission’s actions during the April meeting highlight the complex regulatory environment governing the state’s gambling industry and its proactive approach in adapting to new challenges and ensuring fair and safe gambling practices.

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GoldenRace, first virtual sports provider certified in Peru

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GoldenRace, first virtual sports provider certified in Peru

 

GoldenRace, global provider of award-winning Virtual Sports and betting solutions, has recently received the certification for its Virtual Sports product in the Peruvian market.

At the beginning of the present year (February 2024), GoldenRace was registered in the country’s regulator portal, as well as obtained three certifications for Retail, Online and the Jackpot progressive award.

More specifically, the company, which already is the Virtual Sports provider leader in the Latin American market, certified 13 of its games for the retail sector and 21 for the online sector.

It is the first time we certified our Jackpot and also some games such as our newest Crash game, Fire Crash; the penalty-based football game, Penalt2Win; and some classics like Perfect6, Spin2Win American and Spin2Win American Royale.

“This certification process is a clear commitment of the company with the Peruvian market, where we have been focused for a long time now, creating specific products and working locally to give players a premium product they like. This certification is just one more step to keep being leaders in the country,” said Martin Wachter, GoldenRace’s CEO and Founder.

GoldenRace already has some outstanding numbers in Peru’s betting industry, working with 90% of the Retail market (over 6,200 units) and all the major Online operators.

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Galaxsys Attains Game Certification in Peru

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Galaxsys Attains Game Certification in Peru

 

Galaxsys continues to expand in Latin America with Peruvian Games Certifications. 

Galaxsys, a well-known games studio in the gaming industry in the fast and skill games vertical, revealed today further global games certification in the Latin American market of Peru.

The games certified for the Peru market include Blackjack, Crash, HiLo, Keno, Penalty, Rocketon, Cash Show, Crasher, and GoldenRA.

Latin America is a growth market for Galaxsys and its broader portfolio of instant, crash, mines, and Plinko games, which are preferred by players who enjoy quick wins. 

Hayk Sargsyan, CEO of Galaxsys, commented: “We are thrilled our games are certified in Peru. This addition of the Peruvian market jurisdiction is now part of a long list of regulated markets in Europe and Latin America, where our games are available. The recent attendance at the trade SAGSE show has successfully delivered new operator partners and a robust inquiry pipeline as Peru, Colombia, and Asia markets are generating incredible growth opportunities for us from tier 1 and local operators alike.

We thank the relevant regulatory bodies for their trust in our commitment to high security, quality standards, and responsible gaming as we continue to make our games available in additional regulated markets.”

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