Illinois Fines Accel Entertainment $5 Million

This week the Illinois Gaming Board announced that they're seeking a $5 million fine against Accel Entertainment due to the company partnering with DraftKings to entice players to sign up for the sportsbook.

State law in Illinois forbids that activity, as inducements violate the Illinois Gambling Act. Reportedly, Accel put DraftKings ads on their gambling machines and received a $200 commission for each customer that was directed to register an account. Accel reportedly scored more than $21,000 in commission payouts.

Accel attorney Donna More issued a statement on the matter, which read in part: "Accel is committed to conducting itself in accordance with all relevant gaming laws and regulations. As to the allegations in the Compliant[sic], the Company disagrees with the IL Gaming Board and it intends to vigorously defend itself."

Casino Listings will be following this story and will update readers as we learn more.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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