By Brad Segall

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has come down hard on the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Montgomery County, Pa., fining the gambling hall $200,000.

Valley Forge has a Category 3 license, which mandates that patrons must pay at least $10 out of pocket before hitting the casino floor.

The PGCB found that the casino violated that law with its “Lucky Days” promotion, which ran from January through July of this year.

“When someone signed up for a Player’s Club card, they were provided a $20 gift card,” explains board spokesman Doug Harbach.  “They could immediately use that to purchase a seasonal three-month dining club membership, which gave them access.”

Without any money trading hands.

Harbach says lawyers for the casino argued that the promotion was allowed under the law.

There will be no appeal.   It’s the second-largest fine handed out by the Gaming Control Board.

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