The Massachusetts Gaming Commission last night released its report on Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, which raised doubts about Mitch Garber’s suitability for licensing and ultimately resulted in Caesars’ decision to pull out of the state.
Massachusetts has become the first licensing authority to look at the PartyGaming and Optimal Payments settlements and conclude that Garber could be unsuitable for licensure.
The report concludes: “Garber was the CEO of two companies that came under scrutiny by the DOJ for illegal Internet gaming transactions while he was their CEO. Both companies entered into non-prosecution Agreements which included statements that the companies’ activities violated prohibitions against Internet gambling in the United States, prior to the implementation of the UIGEA.”
The report lays down a precedent that other states could follow when conducting licensing investigations of companies, which conducted internet gaming operations prior to the passage of the UIGEA in 2006.