PGCB meeting recap for the the March 6th Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board public meeting held in Harrisburg, PA.

PGCB Meeting Timestamps (Introduction)

The following guide is intended as instructional material for those who wish to learn more about statewide gambling governance in the United States. It provides a full outline of the 1-hour, 30-minute meeting conducted by the PGCB on March 6th, 2019.

Our readers should note that the following statewide gambling regulatory business applies exclusively to Pennsylvania, and does not have jurisdictional standing in any other U.S. state or country. Nonetheless, this publicly available information could serve as a general framework for understanding issues that might come before an official gambling regulatory body in any geographical region where commercial casino activities are formally licensed.

PGCB Meeting TIMESTAMPS (March 6th, 2019)

NOTE: The title of the video embedded below is listed as February 6th. However, the clip was streamed live on March 6th, 2019.

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(0:00) Intro, Pledge of Allegiance
(1:29) Board held quasi-judicial deliberations one day prior of meeting
(1:44) Public hearing on March 25th for testimony on Greenwood Gaming’s Category 4 application
(3:07) Public Hearing: Valley Forge Turf Club Sports Wagering Certificate (View Presentation)

PRESENTERS

  • Mark Stewart – Legal Counsel, Eckert Seaman law firm
  • Matthew Cullen – SVP iGaming & Sports, Greenwood Entertainment
  • John Dixon – Chief Operating Officer, Greenwood Gaming
  • Joseph Wilson – Chief Operating Officer, Parx Racing

(10:54) PGCB Commissioner Kathy Manderino inquires about “turf club” re-branding
(12:22) PGCB Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC) questions
(12:42) PGCB OEC has no objections to sports wagering certificate, provided conditions are met
(13:57) End Presentation
(14:25) Public Hearing: Lady Luck Nemacolin change in ownership (View Presentation)

PRESENTERS

  • Kevin Hayes – Legal Counsel, Doherty Hayes law firm
  • Austin Miller – SVP Gaming Operations, Churchill Downs
  • Craig Robinson – VP Casino Operational Finance, Churchill Downs
  • Kathy Beeding – Senior Counsel, Churchill Downs

(25:57) Questions from PGCB OEC

  • Projected closing date for “change of ownership” transaction?
  • Timeline for Churchill Downs assuming complete control over Lady Luck Nemacolin casino?
  • Anticipated changes to Lady Luck casino gaming floor?
  • Business overview available showing path to increased profitability?
  • Does Churchill Downs have plans to remove patron access fee requirement?

(28:20) PGCB OEC has no objections to ownership transfer of Lady Luck Nemacolin
(28:54) Commissioner Manderino inquires who has authority over resort licensing
(30:22) End Presentation
(30:43) PGCB Executive Director Kevin O’Toole

(33:31) Danette Bixler-George, Director of PGCB Office of Human Services
(36:24) Doug Sherman, PGCB Office of Chief Counsel

  • Greenwood Gaming Sports Wagering Certificate for Valley Forge Turf Club *APPROVED*
  • Churchill Downs operational takeover of Lady Luck Nemacolin Casino *APPROVED*
  • Stadium Casino petition for re-designation of Category 2 slot machine license *APPROVED*
  • [x] Request for removal from Pennsylvania Casino Involuntary Exclusion List *APPROVED*
  • [x] Request for removal from PGCB Involuntary Exclusion List *APPROVED*

(43:24) Steve Cook – PGCB Deputy Chief Counsel
(54:50) Sean Hannon – PGCB Bureau of Licensing
(1:09:36) PGCB Office of Enforcement Counsel Consent Agreements (Official Story)

* $7,500 fine issued to Global Innovative Gaming (failure to report change in ownership)

(1:15:00) Unauthorized poker games, SugarHouse Casino

* $30,000 fine issued to SugarHouse HSP Gaming (unauthorized peer-to-peer table games)

Author’s Report: The PGCB fined SugarHouse Casino a total of $30,000 (plus $2,500 administrative fees) for two instances of unauthorized poker games that were dealt in March 2017. One of those hands involved high profile poker players Doug Polk, Jeremy Kaufman, and (indirectly) Shaun Deeb.

OFFICIAL RESPONSES

MEDIA COMMENTARY

Jessica Welman – Regional Content Director, Catena Media
Robert DellaFave – Chief Operating Officer, DGS Media
Matt Glantz – Poker Player/Personality, Poker Night in America

(1:20:12) Employee permit and exclusion list business
(1:26:40) Public comments (none)
(1:26:55) Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board — PGCB Meeting adjourns

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