Colorado Gaming Clears Barstool Sportsbook In NFL Draft Incident

Written By Nicole Russo on June 9, 2022
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Last month, the Colorado Division of Gaming (CDOG) launched an investigation into Barstool Sportsbook over a patron’s issues placing a bet on the NFL Draft.

The regulators have completed their investigation and cleared Barstool Sportsbook of any wrongdoing, leaving the patron less than thrilled with the outcome of the situation. That bettor has described part of the casino’s response to the investigation as a “complete fabrication”.

Details of the Barstool CO NFL Draft Incident

This all started when James Salinas, an avid sports bettor and VSiN (Vegas Stats & Information Network) host, made a public complaint against Barstool Sportsbook.

His complaint detailed how he was treated when trying to place an in-person wager on the NFL Draft at Barstool Sportsbook inside Ameristar Black Hawk Casino.

Long story short, Salinas was searching for the best odds at different Colorado sportsbooks for a particular market.

He found odds he liked at Barstool and wanted to bet $3,000 on Thibodeaux to go top five at +100 and $1,000 on Thibodeaux to go No. 2 overall at +350.

He said the sportsbook rep took the money, counted it, and printed the ticket…but didn’t hand the ticket to him. The employee told Salinas he needed to see ID and then informed him they would have to limit the size of his bets. The new limits would be $800 and $500, respectively.

Salinas noted that he agreed to the limits but then the employee told him the lines had changed. After that, Salinas asked for his money back, and he left the sportsbook very frustrated.

After this incident aired on social media, the Colorado Division of Gaming announced it was investigating the situation. This week, they concluded that investigation.

Barstool Sportsbook Cleared Of Any Wrongdoing In Investigation

After over a month of investigating, the Colorado Division of Gaming sent Salinas an answer, but it wasn’t the one he was hoping for.

What it all boils down to is that there is no audio recording of the transaction inside the book, and the video evidence isn’t clear enough to side against Barstool.

Colorado Division Of Gaming Sends Its Findings

The findings included the following points, which Salinas posted on the screen during VSiN’s A Numbers Game show.

This information was provided by staff at Ameristar Casino and reviewed by CDOG investigators.

“4. At 11:16, the wager is sent to (the trade team) for processing. A message pops up that the bet is pending approval. It appears the Ticket Writer communicates this information to the guest.

“5. At 11:20, the bet comes back partially approved for $1,300 ($800 and $500 respectively). The odds did not change on the bet.

“6. It appears that the guest is then asked if he wants the partial bet. The guest nods. The ticket writer prints the ticket.

“7. The ticket writer and Assistant Manager then both look at the ticket. At this time, the guest indicates he wants the bets voided since he was not approved for the full amount.
(Investigator note: Unable to verify if the odds had changed or not at this point, no audio available and the video quality does not allow a view of the printed ticket. Given the complaint, it would make sense that patron changed his mind after seeing that the odds were different.)”

Salinas argues that details of the report, and the findings based on the report, include fabrications. He alludes to the fact that points five and six contradict point seven in the findings CDOG sent him.

However, the CDOG considers this ruling complete and final. If the odds were able to be seen on the ticket in the video, the ruling might have gone differently.

Salinas voiced his frustration that he felt the investigation was one-sided and that, “there’s a lot of gray area within the gaming rules that are all sided toward the operator.”

He said it is issues like these that push bettors toward betting with a bookie or an offshore operation. He doesn’t know what his next steps will be from here.

If you would like to read detailed Colorado sports betting rules and regulations, you can find them here.

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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