Plainridge Park, Encore Casino self-report sports betting violations

A sign, above, calls attention to sports betting at Encore Boston Harbor casino, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in Everett, Mass. Massachusetts sports fans who want to wager on their favorite teams are finally getting their chance as the state kicks off sports betting at casinos in the state beginning Tuesday, Jan. 31, with online betting likely to follow in a few months. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (WLNE) — Two Massachusetts casinos self-reported sports betting violations to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

According to the commission, Plainridge Park and Encore Boston allowed bets on college teams that play in the Bay State.

The law does not allow for bets to be placed on in state teams unless they are in a tournament setting.

The commission said a wager was allowed to place a bet on a Boston College women’s basketball game and a wager was allowed to be placed on men’s Merrimack College basketball game.

The violations were self-reported by both entities.

“Due to a data input error by one of our vendors, we notified and self-reported a violation to the MGC. We regret that this mistake happened, take full responsibility, and have added several remedial steps to our compliance process to help prevent this from happening again,” said North Grounsell, general manager of Plainridge Park Casino.

In-person sports betting in Massachusetts was launched Jan. 31.

Commissioners with the gaming commission are looking into the self-reported violations and more information is expected to be unveiled at meeting at a later date.

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