Various Violations Leads State Regulators To Levy $25,000 Fine Against PointsBet Sportsbook

Written By Grant Lucas on September 8, 2023
Saint Peter's head coach Bashir Mason during game

PointsBet may have been done with US operations. But New Jersey wasn’t quite done with the them.

Just before handing over the reins to Fanatics, PointsBet Sportsbook was slapped with a $25,000 fine for a variety of NJ sports betting violations.

Laundry list of violations by PointsBet NJ

According to an Aug. 23 ruling from the Division of Gaming Enforcement, the DGE filed a complaint in June that sought sanctions against PointsBet Sportsbook NJ.

Among them, state regulators found that PointsBet accepted bets on a Saint Peter’s college basketball game during the 2022 NCAA tournament, which saw the Peacocks become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Elite Eight.

State law prohibits NJ sportsbooks from accepting wagers on college games that take place in New Jersey or involve teams from the state.

On top of that, the DGE determined that PointsBet also allowed betting on an electronic sports event, the League of Legends World Championships. While esports betting is allowed on the event, it becomes a prohibited market when an underage competitor is involved, as was the case in October 2021.

Finally, state regulators concluded that PointsBet accepted bets on an August 2021 English League Championship soccer match after the outcome of the event was already known. Similar cases were discovered on four other matches.

Another NJ sportsbook fined on its way out of the door

For PointsBet, it was one of the final to-dos before Fanatics officially rebranded and took over.

This, a month after the DGE saw out Fox Bet Sportsbook with a similar fate.

An Aug. 2 order from state regulators levied an $80,000 fine for accepting bets on prohibited events.

The order came three days after Fox Bet closed up shop in New Jersey.

Photo by Nick Wass / AP Photo
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Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant now focuses his attention on the growing NJ online gambling and sports betting scene.

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