The Oneida Indian Nation recently announced its partnership with Caesars Entertainment to offer sports betting at Oneida resorts when the New York Gaming Commission passes a resolution to regulate it. The tribe’s licensing and branding agreement with Caesars is also under review by the National Indian Gaming Commission, stated an Oneida release. The tribe will introduce its sportsbooks as The Lounge with Caesars Sports at the Oneida Indian Nation’s three casinos, including its flagship Turning Stone Resort Casino, and the tribe’s smaller Yellow Brick Road and Point Place casinos in Central New York.
Both Oneida Nation Enterprises and Caesars excel at hospitality and constant innovation, said Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter in a statement.
“When it comes to sports betting, Caesars is in a class of its own,” Halbritter said. “We are pleased to be joining forces with this world-renowned gaming leader.”
According to the licensing and marketing agreement, Caesars will sponsor special player promotions and events at the tribe’s three area casinos. Turning Stone’s “TS Rewards” points will be honored at Caesars properties, and the three Oneida casinos will accept Caesars’ Total Rewards Points.
“The Oneida Indian Nation has already established Turning Stone as the preeminent New York gaming destination, which makes the property and its sister casinos fitting partners for Caesars,” said Christian Stuart, executive vice president gaming and interactive entertainment for Caesars, in the release. “When it comes to partnerships, Caesars seeks collaborators who share our commitment to exceeding guest expectations and we are confident that ‘The Lounge with Caesars Sports’ at Turning Stone, Yellow Brick Road Casino and Point Place Casino will be a top sports-betting destination in New York.”
The 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) cleared the way for states to regulate sportsbooks. According to Buffalo News, the Cuomo Administration “is also considering a broader sports betting marketplace, possibly online.”
On August 30, Pearl River Resort Casino, owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Choctaw, Mississippi, became the first tribal casino to offer sports betting outside of Nevada.
And while New Mexico has not adopted sports betting legislation, the Tamaya Nation leveraged its tribal gaming compact to start taking sports bets in October at Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel. The sportsbook only offers on-site, land-based betting.