PGCB Fines Three iGaming Outlets $60,000 for Regulation Violations

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By:
Derek Blake
03/31/2023
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Highlights

  • Barstool Sportsbook fined $45,000 for allowing unauthorized bettors to wager on horse races
  • Unibet Interactive fined $7,500 for allowing bettor to wager during “cooling-off period”
  • Evolution US LLC fined $7,500 for unlicensed live blackjack dealer

During their latest public meeting on March 22, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved three fines for online betting PA outlets for failure to follow state wagering regulations.

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association LLC, Downs Racing LLC, and Evolution US LLC were fined a combined $60,000 for several violations including unauthorized online betting by customers. on the self-exclusion list.

The PGCB also placed two individuals on the Involuntary Exclusion List after they left children unattended in a Pennsylvania casino parking lot.

Barstool Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino Fined $45,000 for Unauthorized Betting

At the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, the PCGB found that the Barstool Sportsbook PA sports betting app allowed five individuals to wager on races even though the customers were on the self-exclusion list.

After confirming the wagers were made, the PCGB fined Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association LLC, $45,000 for the regulation violation. 

The PCGB’s interactive gaming certificate reads that every iGaming license holder must prevent wagers from occurring with customers on the self-exclusion list. The $45,000 fine is one of the largest the PCGB has handed down in recent years. 

The PCGB’s Office of Enforcement Council alerted Mountainview of the violations and then the two parties entered into consent agreements on the fine and what the company needs to do to stay in compliance with the gaming regulations. 

At the March 22 meeting, the PGCB approved the consent agreement, therefore enforcing the fine.

Unibet Interactive, Evolution US LLC Fined for Failure to Follow Wagering Regulations

Two other companies also found their wrists slapped by the PGCB as Downs Racing L.P., the operator at the Mohegan Pennsylvania casino and Evolution US LLC, an iGaming provider for the Pennsylvania online gambling market were both fined $7,500 for infractions. 

At the Mohegan, Downs Racing L.P. failed to suspend the online betting account of an individual that entered one of the PGCB’s compulsive gambling tools and requested a suspension of their online account.

Although the individual requested a 90-day cooling off period from a PA online casino, but the Unibet app did not acknowledge the request, allowing the customer to place a wager on a horse race. 

For Evolution Gaming, the company placed an unlicensed employee in the live dealer blackjack room to deal the card game. The company was fined $7,500 by the PGCB after negotiations took place with the governing body’s council.

Any further violations by the companies could result in larger fines or create the possibility the PGCB would examine the gaming license of the repeat offender.

Derek Blake is a freelance writer that has covered the expansion of legal sports betting in America and the regional casino business for several well-known industry websites. During his writing career, he has written profiles on dozens of athletes and focused on the collision of sports and politics.