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AGCO issues $48,000 in monetary penalties to Unibet

25 August 2022

(PRESS RELEASE) -- In order to protect the public interest and ensure Ontario’s internet gaming market operates responsibly and with integrity, the Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, has served Unibet ON Inc. with an Order of Monetary Penalty totaling $48,000 for alleged infractions of the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming, pertaining to advertising and inducements.

Contrary to Standard 2.05, between 19 May 2022, and 22 May 2022, Unibet ON Inc. allegedly posted or aired multiple broad gambling inducements that promoted “generous welcome offers.”

The AGCO’s igaming regulatory framework exists in part to ensure Ontario’s igaming market achieves high standards in such important areas as responsible gambling, protection of minors, and game integrity. The Standards were put in place to protect Ontarians. They include clear restrictions on the advertising of inducements, bonuses or credits, except when they are on an operator’s site, or through direct advertising and marketing issued after receiving active player consent (Standard 2.05). Ontario strictly prohibits broad public advertising of bonuses and other gambling inducements, and the AGCO will continue to take regulatory action.

A registered operator served with an OMP by the AGCO has the right to appeal the Registrar’s Order to the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT), which is an adjudicative tribunal independent of the AGCO and part of Tribunals Ontario.

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