Leading sportsbook operator BetMGM confirmed yesterday that its online platform was the victim of a data breach that is believed to have occurred in May.
BetMGM is a 50-50 partnership controlled by MGM Resorts International and sports betting behemoth Entain. The New Jersey-based gaming firm operates both retail and mobile sportsbooks across the US.
In a press release, BetMGM said some customer accounts were accessed in an unauthorized manner. The sportsbook and iGaming operator explained that personal information was compromised, including patron names, contact information, birthdates, hashed Social Security numbers, account identifiers such as player IDs and screen names, and other information related to BetMGM transactions.
The company added that the affected information varied by customer account.
We are taking this matter very seriously and are working quickly to investigate it. The security of our platform and our patrons’ data is a top priority for BetMGM. We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt.
BetMGM is operational in Arizona, Colorado, DC, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Bad to Worse
It’s been a difficult couple of months for BetMGM.
Last month, Casino.org reported on BetMGM receiving an “F” from the Better Business Bureau, as customers have logged 370 complaints about BetMGM to the nonprofit customer advocacy group over the past year.
December highlighted why some players might be disgruntled with BetMGM’s operations and customer service.
BetMGM this month agreed to a $146,000 fine in Maryland for allegedly accepting bets early before the state gave the online sportsbook the go ahead to commence operations. Maryland gaming regulators accused BetMGM of allowing bets to be placed on its app inside the state on Nov. 16. The state’s official launch date of legal sports gambling was a week later on Nov. 23.
BetMGM customers in Maryland who placed bets early were refunded their wager. Their accounts were also credited with an additional $50 for the operator’s error.
The fine wasn’t BetMGM’s first. In March, the sportsbook agreed to pay $25,000 in New Jersey for wrongly taking bets on college sports involving state-based universities and colleges. New Jersey’s sports betting law prohibits oddsmakers from taking action on college games contested inside the state or events including New Jersey universities.
New Jersey voters opted to keep betting on in-state college sports banned during a 2021 election referendum.
Massachusetts is poised to become the next state to launch legal sports betting operations. The state’s gaming commission over the past two weeks has been reviewing sportsbook applications for its three commercial casinos and their online sportsbook partners.
Last week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, in a somewhat surprising move, delayed issuing MGM Springfield and BetMGM their respective Category 1 and 3 sports betting licenses. Commissioners said they needed more information about BetMGM’s internal workings before moving forward.
MGM Springfield had earlier failed to properly file BetMGM’s Category 3 license application with the MGC. The commission granted the casino a rare pass for the regulatory error.
The commissioners voted in favor of both applicants this week.
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