Mohegan Joins International Anti-Corruption Gambling Network

Written By J.R. Duren on December 1, 2022
IBIA network helps Connect casino franchise stop fraud

Connecticut-based Mohegan, a gaming and entertainment company, recently announced its membership in the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).

Membership in the IBIA gives Mohegan a network of operators who help each other detect fraud and suspicious betting activity. Joining the IBIA better prepares the Connecticut casino and its other locations for the future, CEO Ray Pineault said in a statement.

“Digital gaming and sports wagering will continue to grow as cornerstones of the entertainment industry over the next few years. Becoming a member of the IBIA allows us to confidently remain at the forefront of these trends and innovations while knowing we have strategic partners in this highly-regulated industry.”

Mohegan is an extension of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. It operates eight casinos on two continents.

How will joining IBIA help Mohegan casinos?

IBIA is an international organization based in Brussels. Its main focus is on curbing sports betting corruption. The group’s members include gaming companies as well as banking operators active on multiple continents.

The core of IBIA’s corruption tracking is its monitoring and alert platform. The platform tracks suspicious betting patterns through the participation of its members.

For example, Mohegan uses a risk management system to track its bettors around the clock. If they think they’ve found suspicious betting patterns, they can relay that info to the IBIA’s platform. Mohegan would create an alert on the bettor, then share it with IBIA members.

Members would then check their records for similar suspicious activity. They submit their pertinent information to the platform.

Then, the IBIA gathers all the data and performs an assessment. If they confirm the activity is suspicious, they report it to the appropriate regulatory groups.

Essentially, IBIA’s platform serves as a crowdsourcing-type network for rooting out bad bettors. In doing so, the bad guys (in theory) get busted and members avoid being defrauded.

“IBIA welcomes the support for, and commit of, companies like Mohegan to betting integrity and to working in partnership with our leading monitoring network covering many of the largest regulated operators in the world,” IBIA CEO Khalid Ali said.

Mohegan could benefit from IBIA’s political influence

In addition to its global monitoring system, the IBIA advocates for gaming operators. It interacts with policymakers and regulatory groups to ensure its members’ priorities are represented.

What exactly do they pitch policymakers? The answer lies in the IBIA’s philosophy of betting markets. Among other things, it believes that betting markets thrive when:

  • Taxes aren’t burdensome
  • Restrictions on gambling products are minimal
  • There are plenty of licenses
  • Gambling can take place online and in-person

Those focus areas certainly help Mohegan. The organization runs retail casinos, a retail FanDuel sportsbook, and online casinos.

It operates in states with tax rates that fall within or below the IBIA’s desired range. However, if it plans to expand into states that have yet to legalize gambling, the IBIA’s influence (and other organizations) could help keep tax rates low.

Additionally, if Mohegan considers entering sports betting markets in other states, IBIA’s emphasis on low regulation and license availability would help, too.

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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