- By Tribal Business News Staff
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Tribally owned Mohegan, formally known as Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) this month. The arrangement covers both digital and retail betting brands.
Established in 1996, Mohegan is an extension of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and is the owner, developer and manager of premier gambling and entertainment resorts in the U.S., Canada and northern Asia, with online gaming provided through its Mohegan Digital brand.
The operator joins many other regulated sports betting operators in partnering with the association, whose members account for more than $137 billion in global betting handle per year and nearly 50 percent of all regulated commercial operator online betting activity.
“It is an honor to be a member of the International Betting Integrity Association as we aim to provide the most premium digital gaming entertainment to our patrons,” Mohegan Digital President Richard Roberts said in a statement. “As we continue to expand our digital presence, it will be beneficial to have IBIA in our corner to ensure our members that the integrity of all games is safeguarded.”
IBIA — formerly known as ESSA — is a nonprofit association established in 2005 with active members across six continents. Members undergo a rigorous due diligence process and must adhere to the IBIA’s code of conduct regarding responsible betting practices. IBIA is an operator-run organization intended to protect members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert network detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets.
The association also has information-sharing partnerships with leading sports and gaming regulators to prosecute corruption. Additionally, IBIA represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.
“Digital gaming and sports wagering will continue to grow as cornerstones of the entertainment industry over the next few years,” Mohegan CEO and President Ray Pineault said in a statement. “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.”
In addition to its gaming enterprise, Mohegan is the owner and operator of Connecticut Sun, a professional basketball team in the WNBA.
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