The beginning of December may mark the arrival of the festive seasons. Season renown for joy and laughter. But the DGE proved that season of greeting or not it could dish out fines all year round. And that respecting the law and regulations is no laughing matter either.
Indeed, on December 4th, the regulator handed out a total of $150,000 worth of fines to 5 operators and content distributors for various reasons. The penalty amount varied on the severity of the violation but ranged from $1,000 and up to $100,000. So let’s see who broke the law because of technical glitches and miscommunication.
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The biggest fine goes too
Without a doubt, the biggest fine went to Scientific Games. And this after the content distributor apparently released 3 non-compliant slots (88 Fortunes, Zeus III, and Epic Monopoly II). But the truth is, it’s not that these games were unfair. Instead, these slots were just a little bit different from the ones the regulator approved in March. And consequently, these games were not complying with the regulation.
All and all, this violation resulted in a $100,000 fine. Plus, the content distributor also received another fine worth $10,000 for “multiple regulatory violations” as we understand.
The second-biggest fine goes too
The second place on the podium of shame went to William Hill, who powers the sportsbook of Tropicana and Ocean Casino Resort. According to the report, it seems that the bookmaker allowed 16 “self-excluded patrons to wager online”. And this resulted in a penalty worth $26,500 because of a technical glitch.
The last place on the penalty podium goes too
Naturally, William Hill and Scientific Games weren’t the only ones who felt the wrath of the DGE this month. Indeed, PokerStars and Resort Digital will also pay $5,000 worth of fines. And this after failing to record 2 hours’ worth of poker action affecting 202 account holders.
But this small fine doesn’t give them a place on the podium of shame. In fact, this honour goes to GiG who’ll pay the DGE $11,000 for releasing a non-compliant variation of games. And for failing to provide a wager summary and slot tournament data as well after a system crash.
Hopefully, these unintentional missteps will be the last ones, fingers crossed.