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Station Casinos facing disciplinary action for accepting post-game sports wagers

Howard Stutz
Howard Stutz
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The Gaming Control Board is seeking to impose a yet-to-be-determined fine or other disciplinary action on Station Casinos after the company’s sportsbook inside Red Rock Resort accepted approximately 348 wagers on events with already known outcomes.

The problematic bets took place over a three-year period.

In a two-count complaint filed Sept. 13, the Control Board said that when the company reported an issue to regulators on March 18, it blamed a computer malfunction caused by “insufficient server memory” for its Stadium Live sports wagering program. Three times in prior years, once in 2018 and twice in 2019, the Control Board issued sports wagering regulation violation letters to Red Rock Resort.

According to the complaint, Station Casinos said the recent malfunction caused the Red Rock Resort sportsbook to issue 167 wagering tickets, which were later voided with the bets being refunded.

However, the Control Board said the company was already “well aware of prior computer errors related” to the Stadium Live program.

According to the complaint, gaming regulators told the sportsbook operators they needed to have a “redundant monitoring process” in place to ensure wagers were not accepted on events where the outcome has been determined. 

The Control Board said the company failed to ensure that process was in place

“Respondents are responsible for any violation related to the Stadium Live program,” the Control Board wrote in the complaint. “Toleration of such repeated violations constitutes ground for license revocation or other disciplinary action.”

The complaint was signed by all three board members.

A spokesman for Station Casinos declined comment on the complaint.

A hearing date for the Nevada Gaming Commission has not been determined. Station Casinos and the Control Board can still reach a stipulated settlement to avoid a hearing.

In recent months, Station Casinos has been running an advertising campaign for its STN Sports app featuring Instagram comedian Matt Cutshall.

In 2018, sportsbook operator CG Technology paid a $2 million fine – $1.75 million in penalties and $250,000 to the Nevada Council on Problem Gaming – to settle a four-count complaint filed by the Control Board. One of the counts involved accepting bets on games and events that had already concluded.

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