Station Casinos Fined $80,000 for Accepting 348 Post-Game Sports Wagers

  • Station received the fine for accepting hundreds of post-game bets between 2018 and 2021
  • The operator said it settled the case “for a nuisance value” as litigation was expensive
  • Station blamed the incidents on virtual server failures of its betting app partner Stadium
  • The Culinary Union used the meeting to urge the NGCB to conduct an investigation of Station

 

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Station Casinos can breathe easier after it escaped with an $80,000 fine for accepting over 300 post-game sports wagers. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Station escapes lightly

Instead of potentially losing its Nevada license for accepting 348 post-game sports wagers, Station Casinos has gotten off relatively lightly with a fine of just $80,000.

At its June meeting on Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) signed off on Station’s penalty for accepting hundreds of after-the-fact bets on its sports wagering app between 2018 and 2021. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) took to Twitter to share an agenda and livestream for the meeting:

Case No. 21-04 — a complaint filed by the NGCB in September against Station Casinos and Red Rock — appeared under section five of the meeting’s agenda. The complaint said that in June 2018, Station took money and wrote 35 wagers covering five events via its mobile sports betting app, Stadium Live, after the outcomes had been determined.

According to CDC Gaming Reports, Station did not admit or deny the NGCB’s allegations. Station Casinos Attorney Marc Rubinstein, however, said that his client settled the case “for a nuisance value, because it would be expensive to litigate.”

Blame game

Station acknowledged on Thursday its failure to maintain its virtual servers on which the Stadium platform ran its mobile sports betting app.

Senior deputy attorney general for the NGCB, John Michela, ruled that Station must have redundant monitoring to keep the post-match wager issues from recurring.

In addition to the 35 post-event wagers Station accepted in June, the operator took 116 in January 2019, 30 in March 2019, and 167 in March 2021, which triggered the NGCB’s September complaint. Station voided all 348 of the wagers and refunded cash to customer accounts.

Station’s attorney countered that other gaming license holders had similar problems and that “regulators aren’t holding Stadium accountable for the software flaw.” He affirmed that Station is in the process of replacing the glitchy software and moving “away from Stadium as quickly as we can.”

Rubenstein said that Station has to live with the uncertainty that the glitch could recur, which the lawyer said it did in January through March 2022. He also cited Stadium confirming that the March recurrence “affected multiple licenses and not just Station.”

Rubenstein fired a parting shot, adding that the NGCB should have, to some extent, used its relationship with Stadium to “come up with a better remedy.”

Old adversary has another pop

Also present at the NGC meeting was, of course, Station’s old adversary the Culinary Union.

a comprehensive investigation into Station

In the public comments section, union member Zachary Poppel asked the NGCB to do a comprehensive investigation into Station for matters beyond just its servers. Poppel called on the body to investigate “the ability of gaming license holders to tell the truth and investigate how [Station] regards the law.”

Station’s $80,000 fine is low compared to other penalties. Michela cited other post-game wager incidents involving CG Technology. The former Nevada operator received a fine of $1.5m in 2016 and $1.75m in 2018.