Encore Boston Harbor, Everett is facing another illegal bet accusation, only days after it was alleged similar infractions had occurred on its premises. Massachusetts has recently enforced bets on college basketball games.
However, Encore sports bettors were allegedly allowed to do just this on a recent Boston College game.
This new revelation comes several days after Encore admitted to a comparable mistake, which it blamed on a ‘technical glitch’ from an outside vendor’s betting platform. Following the initial incident of illegal betting, the casino stated it had implemented ‘additional security measures’ to ensure compliance.
Once again, Encore placed the blame on technical problems for the second infraction. The casino operator said it had turned its system controls off, to prevent Massachusetts college basketball betting, but they had ‘automatically turned back on.’
An Encore spokesperson commented: “Through our audits, we identified a programming error in the system as it relates to NCAA women’s college basketball markets.
“We are currently working with our provider on a permanent solution. In the interim, we have locked all NCAA women’s college basketball betting.”
The Boston-based casino is not the first operator to encounter such legal entanglements since the state’s betting law was enacted on January 31. MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park both self-reported that they had allowed wagers on Massachusetts college basketball games.
The state’s Gaming Commission is reviewing both of these incidents.
Having launched retail sports betting on January 31, Massachusetts will debut online sports wagering on March 10. Many sportsbook operators have been keen to get in on the action, including Caesars, whose Sportsbook app is already live in The Bay State.