This week the Ohio Casino Control Commission announced that they've fined Caesars $150,000 for violating the state's sportsbetting rules less than one month into the industry's launch in the Buckeye State.
The regulator said that Caesars was running ads that violated Ohio law by using free bets. Those types of ads are specifically outlawed in Ohio, and the OCCC sent notices to Caesars, DraftKings, and BetMGM regarding potential violations and the hefty fine amount.
"Despite repeated attempts to gain compliance, we weren't able to," said OCCC Director of Communications Jessica Franks. "That's when we need to see these financial sanctions issued. But, as was noted today, we do appreciate the work that Caesars has done in going well above what the commission was asking in addressing this issue."
The fine amount will go the state's Sports Gaming Revenue Fund, which will fund Ohio K-12 education, extracurricular activity, and sports.
No comment from Caesars was made available at press time.