More Massachusetts College Betting Violations At Encore Sportsbook

Written By Giovanni Shorter on February 23, 2023
Encore Boston Harbor

Massachusetts sportsbooks have violated college betting rules yet again. Encore Boston Harbor accepted wagers on Boston College Women’s Basketball. The reason behind this blunder is a glitch in the GAN system. The system, while programmed to turn off bets on colleges in Massachusetts, turned itself back on.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission was still dealing with the initial college betting violations when this latest violation occurred. The MGC is also working towards the March 10 launch of online betting. Commissioners would like these errors dealt with before online betting launches.

Massachusetts Violations Continue

The operator is currently taking no bets on college basketball in order to avoid any further violations. This is the second violation by Encore Boston Harbor. The original violation was also brought on by Boston College Women’s Basketball bets.

Lawmakers revealed the Encore Boston Harbor violation during the meeting discussing the upcoming online sportsbooks in Massachusetts. There is no word as of yet as to the potential fine amount for this violation.

“When they reviewed the betting catalog and made sure that it was turned off, the system automatically turned it back on,” said Bruce Band, MGC Sports Betting Director. “And that’s why at the current time, they are not taking any bets on NCAA women’s basketball because it’s the only way they can stop that from being offered.”

The violations have not slowed down the MGC’s tireless efforts to launch online sportsbooks in Massachusetts. This wasn’t the only revelation that came from the meeting.

Update On Online Sportsbooks In Massachusetts

During the meeting, it was revealed that PointsBet will be withdrawing its bid for a betting license. PointsBet initially was awarded an untethered online sports betting license. Both Fanatics and BallyBet will not be going live on launch day. With that, the confirmed mobile sportsbooks launching on March 10 changes.

Confirmed Massachusetts Sportsbooks Launching March 10

  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • BetMGM
  • Betr
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • WynnBET

Massachusetts will see these operators launch mobile apps in two weeks. The MGC will continue to deliberate on the proper way to handle violations as well as prepare for a secure launch in the days leading up to March 10.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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