- DraftKings received a $94,000 fine for advertising to underage players.
- FanDuel, PointsBet, Rush Street (BetRivers), and PENN (Barstool Sportsbook) are among the four other legal online sportsbooks to receive fines from Maryland’s gambling regulator.
- PENN and PointsBet received fines following major changes to their sportsbooks.
BALTIMORE – The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission fined five online sportsbooks for violations of the Maryland sports betting law on Thursday.
DraftKings received a $94,000 fine, the largest fine of the group, for advertising legal sports betting to underage players on their fantasy app. DraftKings self-reported the incident to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission (MLGCC). Also, a consent agreement notes that DraftKings is taking corrective measures to prevent a similar action from occurring in the future.
Thursday’s commission meeting saw four other licensed legal sports betting operators fined for violations. FanDuel, PointsBet, BetRivers, and Barstool Sportsbook all received minor fines for sports betting violations.
Maryland Fines Four Other Sportsbooks
FanDuel, which represents as the most popular of all Maryland sportsbooks, received a $4,250 fine. This is for violations occurring in Dec. 2022 as well as Feb. and March 2023. The MLGCC cited a tax payment late by one day and account misuse at Live! Casino and Hotel as the violations of Maryland’s sports betting law.
The commission also fined Rush Street Interactive, owner of BetRivers, and PointsBet for issues involving maintenance and reserve accounts. Others have cited glitches at the legal online sportsbooks, resulting in a $6,000 fine for BetRivers and $14,000 for PointsBet.
PENN Sports Interactive (Barstool Sportsbook) saw a fine of $2,000 for allowing excluded individuals to register accounts improperly. These are likely to be the final violations against Barstool Sportsbook, as PENN and ESPN agreed to partner for the launch of ESPN Bet.
ESPN BET will replace Barstool Sportsbook in the 17 states that PENN holds legal sports betting licenses. PointsBet is also undergoing identity changes after the Fanatics acquisition for $225 million in June.
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