DraftKings fined over a self-exclusion breach

Cvetanka Cvetanovska | Published 21 Oct 2020, 2:40 p.m.

Sports betting operator DraftKings and two land-based casinos were penalised by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for few regulatory violations and breaches, as reported from the local news outlets. DraftKings entered Iowa’s betting market in the late fall of 2019. Now, they faced a $5.000 fine because of the late upload of new self-exclusion list information.

No info about the self-banned users

The regulatory audit conducted by the Iowa casino gaming regulator determined that the operator did not upload a list which is supposed to contain information about new self-excluded players within the required period of seven days. There were no players included in that list which previously have signed up or gambled with DraftKings. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said that this particular finding was the reason why they decided on the company’s fine. Under Iowa law, licensed casino gaming operators are required to download information every seven days from Iowa’s state-wide self-exclusion database to their own systems.

Back in 2019, the sports betting first entered into the Iowa wagering landscape with the opening of three Wild Rose sportsbooks under the guidance of DraftKings. This followed after the company teamed up with Wild Rose Entertainment in August 2019. Two months ago, this operator had an official launch in Illinois, with a strategy to offer mobile betting and online casino gaming content.

The administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said that DraftKings sealed an agreement for five to twenty thousand dollars fine. Considering that this is the regulator’s first violation and after reviewing all the facts around the operator’s processes, the Iowa Commission decided to seal the deal with the minimum of the provided penalty range. As a reminder, DraftKings expanded its business presence in Iowa this February with the launch of a mobile betting application.

DraftKings and NetEnt live in West Virginia

Following the operators’ partnership news announced recently, NetEnt has launched a selection of its gaming content in West Virginia as the first non-proprietary studio to go live in that market.

NetEnt has announced they’ve completed the required technical integration with DraftKings. Now, a selection of its most popular titles is available on the territory of West Virginia.

The Swedish casino provider has just recently secured a green light from the West Virginia Lottery Commission, which enabled it to go live in the newly opened online gaming market.  NetEnt has pointed the US as a strong revenue driver for them, thanks to the continuous rise in performance in the regulated markets of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company expects to expand its presence across the pond by forming partnerships with locally licenced operators and entering in new US states.

NetEnt and DraftKings first teamed up last year after the content of the provider went live in New Jersey. Representatives from the Commercial department at NetEnt America said they’re thrilled to be the first third-party casino gaming supplier in West Virginia. Moreover, precisely DraftKings and BetMGM were two of the first operators to launch online casino offers in this state, so we expect that the growth and expansion trend for these operators will continue in the following period.

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