AGCO issued a total fine of C$227,250 ($172,020) to Rideau Carleton Casino after a thorough review. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
The Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) has issued a total fine of C$227,250 ($172,020) to Rideau Carlton Casino. The county’s gaming regulator announced the measure Wednesday, outlining alleged violations of gaming registration standards.
In taking the action, AGCO said it is trying to protect the interest of the public and ensure that all casinos in Ontario operate with integrity and in a responsible manner.
AGCO has detected 36 potential violations
An audit was conducted before AGCO handed over the fine. Assess Rideau Carleton Casino’s compliance with industry rules and regulations. After the audit, AGCO discovered 36 potential irregularities.
AGCO has discovered cases in which the casino provided marketing materials to excluded people themselves. It also found frequent failures to comply with anti-money laundering (AML) measures, while employees often did not receive proper training in relation to anti-money laundering procedures.
According to the AGCO, Rideau Carleton Casino did not adequately protect gaming data and systems from potential security vulnerabilities. Compliance control systems were also not independent of casino operations, which is a regulatory requirement.
Finally, the AGCO stated that Rideau Carleton Casino did not adequately address the areas of concern identified by the internal auditors.
Located in a suburb close to downtown Ottawa, Rideau Carleton Casino offers slot machines, electronic table games, and live table games. It also has a poker room and offers live horse races throughout the year. The property is located in the middle of a major redevelopment in partnership with Hard Rock.
opportunity to appeal
Rideau Carlton Casino has the right to appeal the results of the AGCO to the Licensing Appeal Court. This is a judicial group that operates independently of the AGCO.
We will monitor casino activities carefully.”
in press release “These sanctions are intended to drive needed improvements at Rideau Carleton Casino, and we will monitor casino activities carefully to ensure that these significant audit findings are addressed,” said Tom Mongham, AGCO’s Registrar and CEO.
Rideau Carlton Casino Director Helen MacMillan issued a statement to local media after the regulatory action was announced, asserting that the casino had already “vigorously corrected” most of the issues highlighted. The casino is committed to improving and resolving any future regulatory issues, according to Macmillan.