Penn To Pay Fine For Indiana Sports Betting Proxy Violations

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PENN Entertainment will pay $25,000 for multiple Indiana sports betting law violations.

Barstool Sportsbook operates the retail sportsbook inside the Ameristar East Chicago Casino in East Chicago, IN, where the violations happened. 

IN sports betting law requires all retail sports wagers to be placed in person and with some form of immediate payment. 

Violations took place in March 2022

In March 2022, an Indiana sportsbook supervisor accepted proxy sports bets over the phone and by text without the customer being present or receiving payment from them.

In one instance, the supervisor placed a $2,500 wager for a customer who texted him the bet. The sportsbook supervisor placed the bet using the customer’s casino rewards card. The sportsbook ultimately voided the wager.

Supervisor admits to violating Indiana sports betting law

A customer at the sportsbook handed the same supervisor a cell phone in a separate incident. While on the phone, the supervisor placed a $1,000 sports wager, printed the ticket, and returned the phone to the customer without accepting payment.

Ninety minutes later, a different customer walked into the sportsbook, handed the supervisor $1,000 in cash, took the bet slip, and left.

Another Indiana sports betting violation leads to discrepancy

In yet another instance, there was a $1,500 balance discrepancy in the sportsbook. One customer placed two wagers, one for $500 and the other for $1,000, but paid no money. 

The sportsbook manager froze the payout on the winning ticket after discovering the violation.

PENN Entertainment also agreed to an additional $12,000 in fines for other casino-related gaming violations.

Multiple online sportsbooks also fined 

The Indiana Gaming Commission levied fines against three online sportsbooks for failing to prohibit restricted bettors from wagering. An audit found 20 last-name discrepancies with BallyBet, negatively impacting the online operator’s ability to bar restricted bettors.

BallyBet agreed to pay $3,500 for the violation.

DraftKings is paying a $5,000 fine after it failed to detect an online customer using an abbreviated name to create and wager through a new account one month after placing himself in the Voluntary Exclusion Program. 

FanDuel must submit a remediation plan and pay a $5,500 fine for more than three dozen date-of-birth omissions or discrepancies uncovered during an audit at the end of last year. The Indiana Gaming Commission, during its latest meeting, called into question FanDuel’s internal controls, which prompted the demand for a remediation plan to be submitted.