Encore Boston Harbor issued $40,000 fine by Massachusetts regulator

February 27, 2024
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The casino accepted wagers for two non-tournament sporting events, according to the investigation.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has issued Encore Boston Harbor a $40,000 fine after determining that the casino’s sportsbook “accepted wagers on two events involving a collegiate team based in Massachusetts not competing in a tournament.”

The state regulator, along with Investigations and Enforcement Bureau, looked into the incident after Encore offered players a chance to bet on a regular season game women’s basketball game between Boston College and the University of North Carolina.

The MGC elaborated further on the details of the incident in its report.

The regulator said, “The game in question involved a Massachusetts collegiate team (Boston College) and was not part of a collegiate tournament. Wagering was offered for approximately 4 hours. Three wagers were placed on the game and the total amount wagered was $163.00. The wagers were each placed at a kiosk.

“There was one winning wager, which was part of a parlay, resulting in $53.00 in total winnings. The winning wager was redeemed on February 13, 2023.”

During the following week, Encore offered betting on another regular women’s basketball season matchup between Boston College and the University of Louisville, another game that was not part of the tournament.

MGC commented on this incident by saying, “Wagering was offered for two hours and thirteen minutes. Four wagers were placed on the game and the total amount wagered was $50.00. The wagers were each placed at a kiosk.

“There was one winning wager resulting in $9.09 in total winnings. The winning wager was redeemed on February 19, 2023.”

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