Three Casinos Receive MA Sports Betting Fines For College Mistakes

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Three casinos in the Commonwealth were fined a combined $50,000 for MA sports betting catalog noncompliance violations. 

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday docked Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield $20,000 each. The MGC also fined Encore Boston Harbor $10,000.

The Massachusetts sports betting fines all involved in-state college team, regular-season game offerings that are prohibited by the state regulator. 

Barstool fine over Merrimack

Plainridge Park Casino (Barstool Sportsbook) accepted 33 wagers on a Feb. 2 Merrimack College men’s basketball game against Long Island University over a seven-hour period.

The bets amounted to $6,848, with total winnings of $4,270

Third-party supplier Kambi caused the miscue. Kambi accidentally assigned Merrimack as a Florida college, rather than a Massachusetts institution. 

“The MGC appreciates that PPC self-disclosed this noncompliance and recognized and rewarded the team member who brought the noncompliance incident to its attention. It has also been noted that PPC and their vendor worked to rectify the problem and put measures into place to avoid future noncompliance,” the state regulator said in a statement. 

MGM MA sports betting details

MGM Springfield (BetMGM Sportsbook) allowed over $1,200 worth of wagers on a pair of Harvard men’s basketball games. It took $1,150.50 in bets on a Feb. 3 Harvard-Yale matchup, and $80 on a Feb. 4 Harvard-Brown matchup. 

BetMGM incorrectly designated Harvard as being in Connecticut, rather than Massachusetts.  

“The MGC appreciates that MGM self-reported the noncompliance to the sports wagering division and their work to ensure that similar noncompliance events will not happen in the future,” the state regulator said in a statement. 

Encore fine from kiosk

Encore Boston Harbor (WynnBet Sportsbook) accepted a $70, five-leg parlay wager at a kiosk that included the Feb. 2 Boston CollegeNotre Dame women’s basketball game. The contest’s moneyline was live for five hours

Encore voided the Boston College leg of the parlay, as supplier GAN did not have the contest on its banned list. 

“The MGC appreciates that EBH self-reported the noncompliance to the sports wagering division and that they identified the incident quickly and prior to the game in question being played,” the state regulator said in a statement. 

More MA sports betting rulings coming

In June, Penn Sports Interactive (Barstool) faced an adjudicatory hearing regarding a so-caled “Can’t Lose Parlay.”

DraftKings Sportsbook also faced a hearing on Monday regarding its offering of unauthorized tennis wagers.

“I’m worried about prolonging some of these decisions,” MGC Commissioner Jordan Maynard said before the three casino decisions finally became public.

The Commonwealth has offered in-person sports betting since Jan. 31, and online sports betting since March 10.