Recently, three operators in Ontario, Canada, were fined a total of $70,000 for providing unverified online slots. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) gave the three operators a Notice of Monetary Penalty as a result of contravening the Standards for Internet Gaming. The regulator says this move will safeguard gamblers in the province from playing unfair slot machines.
The regulated online live casino sites are accused of supplying Ontarians with slots unapproved by the AGCO and certified by the ITL (Independent Testing Laboratory), breaching Standards 4.08 and 4.09. The operators in question include LeoVegas Gaming PLC, Bunchberry Limited, and Mobile Incorporated Limited.
Commenting while issuing the fines, Tom Mungham, AGCO's Chief Executive Officer and Registrar remarked:
“The AGCO holds all registered operators to high standards of responsible gambling, player protection, and game integrity and monitors their activities in the interest of Ontarians. A critical feature of our regulatory framework requires operators to only offer games that are from registered gaming suppliers and have been certified by an AGCO-registered independent testing laboratory to meet the highest standards of game integrity. Ontarians who choose to play on registered sites need the assurance that the games being provided meet these requirements”.