Massachusetts Sports Betting Violations • This Week in Gambling
What’s it been? Like, a couple of weeks? And right out of the game, we’ve got violations of Massachusetts sports betting regulations from several casinos! Well, it’s nice to see things off and running so quickly.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission says that since regulated wagers went live on January 31st, there have been three casinos within the state which have run afoul of the state ban for betting on in-state college games.
First, Encore Boston Harbor was found to be accepting wagers on Boston College women’s basketball games. The, Plainridge Park casino was found to have taken bets on a Merrimack women’s basketball. Meanwhile, MGM Springfield was busy taking action on two games for the Harvard men’s basketball team.
After these three Massachusetts sports betting violations in less than two weeks, the Gaming Commissioner stated that they don’t know what the volume will be just yet, but they believe that these sorts of violations are routine. So perhaps they expected these sort of things would happen out of the gate.
Even though the launch of Massachusetts sports betting has had some rough spots, it seems the Commission views these incidents as learning experiences or growing pains, and that no fines will be levied.