Published: November 28, 2023

Massachusetts Gaming Commission skeptical of low underage betting reports

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission seems unconvinced by the numbers they are getting from sportsbook operators on how frequently underage gamblers access their platforms and place bets.

The Commission met Monday to receive third-quarter reports from representatives of sportsbook operators Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, Penn Sports Interactive, and WynnBet, when regulators wondered if the single digit instances of illegal gambling they were being shown were an accurate representation of reality.

Caesars Sportsbook representatives told the commission they had detected and suspended exactly zero accounts for underage betting from July through September; WynnBet officials told them the same. DraftKings reps said there was one instance resulting in an account suspension in July and four in August, down from six the previous quarter. Penn Sports Interactive reported three underage use suspensions, down from five and six the previous quarters.

The commission wasn’t buying it, and for good reason.

According to a National Collegiate Athletics Association Survey of 18 to 22-year-olds from earlier this year, over half of the 3,527 underage respondents polled said they had participated in sports wagering despite state laws or corporate terms and conditions ostensibly preventing them from doing so.

At the same time, according to the survey, the majority of sports wagering occurs here in the Northeast.


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