Connecticut Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Bovada

Connecticut Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Bovada

Last updated on June 22nd, 2024 at 04:42 am

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protections notified Bovada with a cease-and-desist letter. Also, it requires the offshore sportsbook and casino to stop operating in the state. If Bovada fails to stop its services, it will face criminal or civil penalties.

On June 11, a Connecticut Department of Consumer Protections representative informed sportsbook pay per head specialists that the agency would deliver a cease-and-desist letter to Bovada. Three days later, the operator received the notification.

Kristofer Gilman, Connecticut’s Director of Gaming, sent the letter to Harp Media B.V. of Willemstad, Curaçao. It informed the operator that it is in violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA), as well as Connecticut General Statutes 53-278b and 53-278d.

Connecticut’s Cease-and-Desist Letter to Bovada

Connecticut Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to BovadaBovada does not have the license to open a sportsbook in the state. According to Gilman’s notice, it is not engaging in any activities exempt from the gambling prohibition.

Bovada must process any withdrawal requests from Connecticut consumers and end its activities in the state. According to Gilman, failure to do so might lead to further measures, such as criminal and/or civil fines.

While Bovada, an unlawful offshore sportsbook and online casino, is accessible nationwide, it has recently barred players from seven states—Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Nevada—due to laws enacted by those jurisdictions to limit its operations.

States Looking at Bovada’s Operations

Before the letter from Connecticut, the Michigan Gaming Control Board had served the operator with a cease-and-desist notice on May 29.

If Harp Media B.V. does not take action within 14 days of receiving the notice from the gaming control board to block Michigan citizens from gambling on their websites, the MGCB will pursue legal action. After receiving the warning, the corporation has not yet responded.

Harp Media B.V. is allegedly breaking many Michigan gambling statutes, according to the gaming control board:

  • Lawful Internet Gaming Act: It specifies that only operators with the proper licensing may provide online gambling.
  • Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act: To run a gaming enterprise in Michigan, one must get a license from the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Board (MGCB). Parties running gambling activities in the state without the proper permits may be punished with up to $100,000, ten years in jail, or both.
  • Michigan Penal Code: Mostly, it forbids gambling in all its forms, which typically include consideration, prize, and chance. This includes things like taking money or other valuables with the knowledge that you’ll have to pay someone else depending on the result of an unpredictable occurrence.

It was recently announced that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission would also investigate Bovada. At their meeting last week, the regulatory body considered sending a cease-and-desist letter to the offshore sportsbook at a future meeting. The MGC will hold a meeting in the future to assess possible remedies.

Bovada recently added Colorado to the list of restricted states. Colorado joins Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, which banned Bovada. People can look at pay per head options to start their bookie businesses in those states.

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