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Connecticut Will Issue Cease-and-Desist Letter to Bovada

Robert Linnehan

by Robert Linnehan in Sports Betting News

Updated Jun 11, 2024 · 1:17 PM PDT

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  • The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Gaming Division confirmed it will send a cease-and-desist letter to Bovada
  • Connecticut will likely be the second state to send the offshore sports betting and casino operator a cease-and-desist letter
  • Michigan also sent the operator a letter late last month

Connecticut is the latest state to take a hardline stance against Bovada.

A representative for Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection Gaming Division confirmed with Sports Betting Dime that it will be sending a a cease-and-desist letter to Bovada, an illegally operating offshore sportsbook and online casino, within the next week.

It will likely be the second cease-and-desist letter sent to Bovada since last May, as Michigan sent the operator a notice on May 29.

Connecticut Department Confirms Letter

Sports Betting Dime reached out to the Department of Consumer Protection Gaming Division last week to determine if the state had any plans to address Bovada following the Michigan Gaming Control Board’s notice.

A representative from the division today notified Sports Betting Dime that the department will be sending a cease-and-desist letter to Bovada within the week.

“The Department of Consumer Protection Gaming Division does send out cease and desist letters anytime we receive a consumer complaint or become aware of an illegal gaming operator,” the representative confirmed.

The notice will likely be sent to Harp Media B.V., which operates the the offshore and unlicensed online sportsbook. Harp Media B.V. is located in Curaçao.

The offshore, unlicensed sportsbook and online casino Bovada is widely available throughout the country, but has banned customers from Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Nevada in recent years after the states passed legislation to curb their operation.

Second State in Two Weeks to Issue Notice

The Michigan Gaming Control Board issued its own cease-and-desist letter to Bovada on May 29.

The gaming control board has given Harp Media B.V. 14-days from the receipt of the letter to prevent Michigan residents from gambling on their websites, or the MGCB will take legal action against the company.

The company has yet to respond to the notice.

The gaming control board claims Harp Media B.V. is in violation of several Michigan gaming laws:

  • Lawful Internet Gaming Act: States internet gaming may only be offered by a licensed internet gaming operator
  • Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act: Prohibits a party from conducting a gambling operations without a licensed issued by the MGCB. Parties operating unlicensed gambling operations in the state may face imprisonment for up to 10 years or a fine up to $100,000 or both
  • Michigan Penal Code: Broadly prohibits any form of gambling, which generally involves the elements of consideration, prize, and chance. Such as, accepting money, or anything of value, with the understanding that money, or anything of value, will be paid to any person based on the outcome of an uncertain event is prohibited

Sports Betting Dime recently reached out a number of sports betting regulators in various states throughout the country, most of which reported they would take a “wait-and-see” approach before deciding on taking any legal action of their own against the operator.

We’ll continue to update this story as more information comes in.

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