A day after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that Betr wouldn’t go live on last Friday’s universal launch day, the commission issued six operations certificates for Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and WynnBet. Those six operators were to go live last Friday morning.
Last week Betr became the fourth operator with a temporary license that will not launch, joining BallyBet, Betway, and Fanatics in delaying their launches.
Representatives from Betr said that they were still refining their app for use in Massachusetts and are pointing to launching in the next month. The micro betting wagering platform that boxer Jake Paul co-founded debuted in Ohio on Jan. 1.
In a lengthy public meeting, the commission heard from representatives from the state attorney general’s office. These reps offered comments to strengthen advertising and responsible gaming guidelines further. And they discussed how garnishing winnings from those who are past due on child support would work.
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The MGC staff also shared that FanDuel was running three advertisements that it felt could violate advertising standards. One advertisement referenced iGaming. One referenced free bets, and a third referenced credit and prepaid cards.
The Investigations Enforcement Bureau informed the commissioners that Encore Boston Harbor had self-reported another set of bet menu violations at its WynnBET Sportsbook. The violations on Feb. 12 and 19 involved wagering on Boston College women’s basketball games.
According to an IEB attorney, the issue arose when Genius sports, a data provider, uploaded the games as “Boston College Eagles Women.” Still, GAN’s filter blocked betting searches only for “Boston College.” GAN runs the WynnBET betting platform.
Since the names did not match up, the games slipped through GAN’s filter, and seven bets for $213 were placed on them. Both games were uploaded about 30 minutes before their start, rather than a more usual 48 hours.
In terms of remediation, GAN is expanding its list of excluded events and terms, and Encore Boston Harbor/WynnBET Sportsbook will continue to do twice-daily manual checks. Commissioners are concerned about the repeated issues with GAN and decided to hold an adjudicatory hearing later.
Previously, on Feb. 2, the WynnBET Sportsbook took moneyline wagers for a Boston College women’s basketball game after GAN failed to place a block on the game. Executives from Encore self-reported the violation.
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