The Ohio Casino Control Commission fined Barstool Sportsbook and DraftKings for violating rules. It was confirmed that Barstool Sportsbook has to pay a fine of $250,000. Why? Two rules were breached during a live event organized outside the University of Toledo football stadium. The reasons for the fine were a sportsbook advertisement inside a college campus or near it and targeted potential users under 21 years of age. In Ohio, it is strictly forbidden to gamble if you are underage (you need to be at least 21 years old).
Chief Compliance Officer at Penn Entertainment Chris Soriano admitted, “In this matter, we fell short of the mark. We accept responsibility for that.”
Additionally, DraftKings has to pay a fine of $500.000 because of its sportsbook. The reasoning behind the fine is similar to Barstools. In December, the company sent promotional emails to people under 21. On top of that, the company didn’t have a message related to the problem of gambling. In the campaign, DraftKings promoted “free” and “risk-free” bets, which is strongly prohibited.
Director of Regulatory Operations of DraftKings, Jacob List, commented that the company used a database prepared for Daily Fantasy Sports. Therefore the advertisement went to underage people. The issue has been solved, as the company representative claimed. He also commented on the messages in DraftKings’ ads, claiming that the company takes care of responsible gaming messages, so the ads don’t contain words such as “free” or “risk-free.”
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