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PGCB Fines Casino $125,000 for Underage Gaming Violations

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has approved a consent agreement presented by the Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC) during its public meeting resulting in a fine of $125,000 against Wind Creek Bethlehem LLC for 10 incidents in which underage individuals gained access to the gaming floor at the casino it operates.

The incidents, which occurred over a 20-month period at Wind Creek Bethlehem in Northampton County, involved 11 individuals between the ages of 18 and 20.

A copy of the approved consent agreement offering more details is available upon request through the Board’s Office of Communications.

The Board also acted to ban, or leave intact an earlier ban, of three adults from all casinos in the Commonwealth for leaving minors unattended in order to engage in gaming activities:

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  • A male and a female patron were placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 5-month-old unattended in a running vehicle while the outside temperature was 47 degrees in the parking garage of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack in Delaware County for 30 minutes while he gambled at a table game.
  • A female patron’s request to be removed from the Board’s Involuntary Exclusion List for a 2017 incident in which she left a 4-year-old unattended while in Rivers Philadelphia Casino was denied. The child was unattended for 15 minutes in a non-running vehicle in the parking lot while the outside temperature was 95 degrees.

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”.

California

Notice and Agenda for California Gambling Control Commission Meeting

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The California Gambling Control Commission will hold a meeting on June 20, 2024, to consider various applications and renewals related to cardroom owner licenses and other gambling-related licenses. The agenda includes significant items such as:

  1. Initial Cardroom Owner License Consideration:
    • Commerce Casino: California Commerce Club, Inc.
      • Recommendation: Approve the initial application through March 31, 2025.
  2. Renewal of Cardroom Owner Licenses:
    • Artichoke Joe’s Casino:
      • Recommendation: Approve a 90-day extension through September 30, 2024, with existing conditions.
    • Capitol Casino:
      • Recommendation: Approve the renewal application through March 31, 2026.
    • Casino 99:
      • Options:
        1. Approve renewal through December 31, 2025.
        2. Approve renewal with additional conditions.
        3. Refer to an evidentiary hearing and issue an interim license.
        4. Deny the renewal application.
      • Recommendation: Option Three.
    • Jalisco Pool Room:
      • Recommendation: Approve renewal through June 30, 2026, with existing conditions.
    • Mike’s Card Casino:
      • Recommendation: Approve a 60-day extension through August 31, 2024, with existing conditions.
  3. Requests and Other Considerations:
    • Bell Jackpot Casino: Request to withdraw application.
      • Recommendation: Approve the request without prejudice.
    • Empire Sportsmen’s Association: Cancellation of Temporary Work Permit.
      • Recommendation: Cancel the permit.
    • Acme Player Services, LLC: Retraction of hearing referral and renewal application.
      • Recommendation: Retract the referral and abandon the renewal application for specified members.
  4. Third-Party Proposition Player Services Employee License Renewals and Approvals:
    • Various applications for initial and renewal licenses were considered with recommendations to approve through specified periods.
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Arizona

Arizona Department of Gaming Reports $43.6 Million in Tribal Gaming Contributions for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024

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Arizona Department of Gaming Reports $43.6 Million in Tribal Gaming Contributions for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024

 

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) announced today $43,586,004 in tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. This amount represents an approximate 3.3 percent increase when compared to the same quarter of FY 2023.

“Celebrating yet another remarkable milestone in tribal gaming, we are thrilled to announce that Arizona has witnessed yet another record-breaking year,” said Jackie Johnson, Cabinet Executive Officer, ADG. “With a record contribution of $157.2 million to the Arizona Benefits Fund, our tribal partners have once again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the prosperity of our state and local communities. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our tribal partners for their continued dedication and collaboration.”

The Arizona Benefits Fund receives 88 percent of tribal gaming contributions, providing significant dollars to support instructional improvement in schools, trauma and emergency care, tourism, and wildlife conservation throughout the state.

Tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the 4th quarter of the State’s FY 2024 are as follows:

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Instructional Improvement Fund/Education ………………………………………………….. $22,474,451
Trauma and Emergency Services Fund ………………………………………………………….. $10,861,632
Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs ………………………………………………. $3,308,133
Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund ……………………………………………………………….. $3,103,324
Tourism Fund ………………………………………………………………………………………………. $3,103,324
Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention …………………………………… $735,140

FY 2024 Qtr 4 Total: Tribal Gaming Contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund….. $43,586,004

 

Per the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts, tribes with casinos also contribute a percentage of their Class III gross gaming revenue to cities, towns, and counties. Total tribal contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund in addition to cities, towns, and counties in the state has amounted to over $2.2 billion since FY 2004. Currently, there are 25 Class III casinos in Arizona, which ADG regulates in partnership with Arizona tribes.

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The Mill Adventure Secures Gaming-related Supplier License in Ontario

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The Mill Adventure has announced that it has secured a gaming-related supplier license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The Mill Adventure can now provide its full-service player account management (PAM) platform to licensed operators in Ontario. This achievement demonstrates the provider’s proactive approach to capturing opportunities in fast-evolving, regulated markets.

As one of North America’s most dynamic iGaming markets, Ontario offers substantial growth potential for innovative companies, providing unique avenues for exploring cutting-edge technologies, diverse player engagement strategies, and partnerships with leading operators.

“The dedication and ingenuity of our team, coupled with our stringent compliance standards, have propelled us to this significant milestone. We are eager to introduce our platform to local operators and revolutionize gaming experiences in this thriving region,” Bjørnar Heggernes, Commercial Director at The Mill Adventure, said.

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The Mill Adventure platform, acclaimed for its operational efficiency and unique player engagement capabilities, merges sophisticated technology with inventive functionality — from SmartLobbies, its AI-powered casino management solution to Betpool, a feature designed to reimagine casino and sportsbook as social hubs. The platform features state-of-the-art tools, including a fully automated casino management system, in-house promotional tools, in-depth analytics, and robust security features for fraud and risk management, automated withdrawals, and Responsible Gaming — all designed to ensure relevance and excellence in a competitive market while being fully compliant.

Honored with the “Platform Innovation of the Year” title at SBC’s recent CasinoBeats Awards, the company continues to lead the way in ensuring seamless and secure gaming experiences and is poised to meet the high standards and expectations of Ontario’s operators and players.

In addition to Ontario, The Mill Adventure holds licenses in Germany, Sweden, Romania, and Malta, as well as platform certifications in the Netherlands, Portugal, and Georgia — regulatory recognitions that underscore the company’s reputation for exceptional compliance proficiency in the global iGaming industry.

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