MGM Springfield fined $45,000 for incidents involving underage gambling

May 23, 2023
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The casino worked closely with the MGC Investigations and Enforcement Bureau to self-report several instances when illegal activity took place.

MGM Springfield has been fined by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) for “multiple violations involving underage patrons gambling,” according to a WWLP 22 local news report.

MGC said in an official release that “several incidents” of underage gambling took place at MGM Springfield last year between the months of June and December. However, a portion of the incidents were self-reported by the casino, which worked directly with MGC’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB).

The IEB has negotiated a settlement with MGM Springfield. The casino agreed to a $45,000 civil administrative penalty, according to the local report.

IEB Senior Enforcement Counsel Kathleen Kramer told WWLP that the organization remains committed to making sure MGM Springfield remains in compliance going forward.

Kramer said, “We appreciate that MGM Springfield self-reported many of these instances and their ongoing cooperation to put enhanced practices into place to prevent similar incidents in the future.

“The IEB will continue to monitor MGM Springfield’s compliance with the gaming laws and regulations and the remedial steps they have undertaken.”   

MGM Springfield was recently the subject of another potential fine involving illegal sports betting. Since Massachusetts opened its market in March, its three casino have reported that patrons were able to place illegal bets while visiting the venues. The recent reports prompted an investigation by the MGC.

According to the investigation, more than $1,200 in bets were placed at the casino on two Harvard University basketball games during the month of February. Because the university “was incorrectly listed as an out-of-state institution,” the commission met to decide whether the casino should be fined for the activity.

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