Casinos and Gaming

Due diligence with identity verification and sanctions screening, transaction monitoring and regulatory reporting for casinos and gaming establishments

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Don’t gamble with AML Compliance

Like traditional financial institutions, casinos and gaming establishments are required to comply with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. However, the diversity of the patrons along with the frequency and volume of transactions — much of it cash-based — makes maintaining and evolving AML programs a challenge.

Alessa offers casinos and gaming establishments a comprehensive solution for AML compliance and fraud detection.

A full list of capabilities within Alessa include:

  •  Real-time due diligence, including identity verification
  •  Transaction monitoring and screening
  •  Sanctions screening
  •  Automated regulatory reporting
  •  Advanced analytics like anomaly detection and machine learning
  •  Dashboards, workflows and case management

Features & Benefits

Due Diligence

Identity verification in real time that reduces risk and patron rejection rate

Transaction Screening

Monitor all transactions to intercept suspicious activities for investigation

Sanctions Screening

Real-time and periodic screening to detect high-risk entities and activities

Regulatory Reporting

Automated creation, validation and e-filing of SARs, CTRs, STRs for various jurisdictions

Risk Scoring

Realistic assessment of risks based on entity profile and activity that is configurable

Investigation Tools

Workflows and case management that engages the entire organization in compliance

Validate identity of patrons

Our solution includes APIs for integration with onboarding systems to verify identities and search sanctions, politically exposed persons (PEPs), OFAC, and proprietary lists in real time. Use this information to update risk profiles and scores to determine the risk associated with a patron.


Risk scoring you can control

Alessa leverages data from various sources to create a risk score. Risk factors, weights, scores, aggregates are all configurable by the organization to match their risk appetite and tolerance.  Periodic reviews are managed by workflows and scores are updated based on the entities’ activities.


Machine learning and analytics

By learning from historical data, Alessa is able to detect suspicious deviations from normal behavior.  Anomaly detection is also combined with rules-based analytics and entity risk scores to reduce false positives and prioritize investigations.


Eliminate tedious regulatory reporting

Alessa offers automated regulatory reporting for currency transaction reports (CTRs), suspicious activity reports (SARs) and suspicious transaction reports (STRs). Reports are auto-populated, validated and electronically submitted to the regulator across multiple jurisdictions including FinCEN and FINTRAC. Reporting to goAML is also supported.



AML Compliance

Alessa integrates with existing systems to detect suspicious activities, automate processes, reduce false-positives, decrease repetitive tasks and engage the entire organization in a culture of compliance.

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Sanctions Screening

Screen individuals and entities in real-time during on-boarding, periodically or in batches.

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Transaction Monitoring

Screen transactions in real time, periodically or by specific events.

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Threats to watch for

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), casinos are required to complete regulatory reports should a number of scenarios occur. Examples include the following:


  • Alters or cancels transaction to avoid BSA record keeping or CTR requirement
  • Multiple transactions below CTR threshold
  • Suspicious inquiry by patron regarding BSA requirements
  • Frequent deposits of cash, checks, wire transfers into casino account
  • Funds withdrawn from account shortly after being deposited
  • Money laundering

  • Exchange large bills for small bills
  • Account with little or no gambling activity
  • Associations with multiple accounts under multiple names
  • Suspicion concerning the source or physical condition of funds
  • Funds transferred from casino account to a charity fund
  • Suspicious exchange of currencies
  • Transaction out of pattern for patron
  • Suspicious activity

  • Minimal gaming with large transactions
  • Suspicious intra-casino funds transfers or use of counter checks or markers
  • Frequent cash out transactions without corresponding buy-in transactions
  • Use of casino account as a savings account
  • Contact between patrons and casino staff outside of the casino
  • Inquiry about the end of business day
  • The above list represents just some of the scenarios that casinos need to monitor. As bad actors find new ways to launder money and new technology and payment methods emerge, this list grows exponentially and the scenarios become more complex.

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