Station Casinos Faces Discipline In Nevada Over Illegal Sports Bets

Posted on September 23, 2021
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Station Casinos could see disciplinary action by the Nevada Gaming Commission for taking alleged illicit bets.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a complaint September 13 against Station Casinos and Red Rock Casino Resort for taking up to 348 sports bets after the results of the events were known. The alleged violations occurred across a three-year span in Nevada, including one in March 2021.

Station Casinos said it accepted the bets because of computer malfunctions. Because of the known issue, the NGCB said the company is “responsible for any violations related to the Stadium Live program.”

“Toleration of such repeated violations constitutes grounds for license revocation or other disciplinary action,” the claim reads.

Station Casinos took bets across three years

The NGCB claim cites four occurrences across three years when the company’s sportsbooks allegedly took the bets. The NGCB issued regulation violation letters to the casino for the first two instances.

Red Rock stores the servers for Station Casino’s Stadium Live app:

  • June 1, 2018: Red Rock accepted and wrote tickets for 35 sports wagers on five events with known results.
  • January 9, 2019: Red Rock took approximately 116 bets on closed events.
  • March 7, 2019: Red Rock accepted approximately 30 bets on at least three events with results known.
  • March 18, 2021: Red Rock reported a malfunction in the Stadium Live app that caused it to write up to 167 tickets on events already finished. The company voided and refunded the bets.

Station allegedly knew issues causing violations

The computer malfunctions in 2018 and 2019 led the NGCB to tell Station Casinos it needs to “have redundant monitoring processes to ensure it does not accept money or its equivalent ostensibly as a wager upon an event whose outcome has already been determined, including for wagering events administered by third-party wagering programs.”

Earlier this year, the Red Rock sportsbook accepted more than 160 illicit bets because of the same issue. It self-reported the malfunction.

The NGCB’s claim looks at all the previous occurrences as potential violations:

“Respondents have not maintained sufficient control and monitoring processes concerning their mobile sports wagering application to prevent incidents which reflect or tend to reflect poorly on the reputation of gaming in the State of Nevada and/or act as a detriment to the development of the gaming industry and/0r reflect or tend to reflect discredit upon the State of Nevada or the gaming industry.”

Board seeks disciplinary action

The NGCB suggests the Gaming Commission fine Station Casinos for each violation.

The board also asks the Gaming Commission to “take action against respondents’ licenses pursuant to the parameters defined in NRS 463.310(4).”

It also suggests the commission pursues other relief it deems “just and proper.”

Not a first in Nevada

With Nevada’s longevity in the US sports betting industry, the market has seen similar cases.

In 2018, the NGCB hinted at license revocation of CG Technology for multiple violations, including accepting bets on finished events and out-of-state mobile wagers. CG Technology eventually paid a $2 million settlement. That company also paid another $7 million in settlements in 2014 and 2016.

William Hill US, now part of Caesars, closed on a deal to acquire CG Technology in 2020.

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Pat Evans is a Las Vegas-based reporter covering sports business. Evans previously worked at Front Office Sports and the Grand Rapids Business Journal. He has authored two books: Grand Rapids Beer and Nevada Beer.

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