BetMGM, Caesars, and DraftKings have all been fined $150,000 each by the Ohio Casino Control Commission for advertising violations.
Ohio law dictates that operators “clearly and conspicuously” contain a message that prevents problem gambling and a helpline number for those experiencing gambling harm to contact and gain support. Additionally, developers were to remove any language like “free” and “risk-free” in their marketing. This was updated on December 30th and it was communicated to the major operators that they had until the opening of the regulated market on January 1st to make the appropriate changes.
“The sports gaming industry has received multiple reminders of the rules and standards for advertising and promotions, yet continues to disregard Ohio law,” said OCCC executive director Matthew Schuler. “These repeated violations leave the Commission no choice but to pursue administrative action to bring operators into compliance. The Commission takes responsible gambling seriously – and expects the industry to value the same.”
DraftKings is also suffering a secondary fine from the Ohio Casino Control Commission, namely $350,000 for mailed sports betting advertisements sent to people under the age of 21.
“The Commission has been very clear about the rules and standards for sports gaming advertising with the industry and are disappointed with the lack of compliance we have seen despite reminders,” added Schuler. “While we do not take administrative action lightly, DraftKings’ conduct in this case warrants the Commission’s intervention to ensure the integrity of sports gaming.”