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This week the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario revealed that it had levied a $48,000 CAD fine on operator Unibet for violating gaming bonus and advertising rules in the province.
The company advertised that it had "generous welcome offers" available for players that sign up within Ontario. The province's rules don't allow for broad advertising of bonuses, only allowing for direct ads after a customer registers or by placing the bonus on its website.
Because it broadly advertised the bonuses, the AGCO decided to hand out the large fine to Unibet. The company can appeal the fine, which would go before Ontario's Licence Appeal Tribunal, which is independent of the AGCO.
The AGCO's CEO Tom Mungham commented on the fine, noting: "We expect all registered operators to achieve and maintain the high standards of responsible gambling, player protection and game integrity.
"The AGCO will continue to monitor these gaming sites' activities, and ensure they are meeting their obligations under Ontario's Gaming Control Act and the Standards."
No comment from Unibet was available as of press time.