At Turning Stone, “The Lounge with Caesars Sports” will be prominently located at the resort’s main entrance. It will feature a massive 500-square-foot curved LED screen, with acuity similar to Times Square, visible from three sides and to visitors entering from the main entrance and the parking garage. Plus, there are an additional 16 large LED TVs throughout the sports book, including a mix of 65-inch screens and 85-inch screens to put the viewers at the center of the sports action.
Multiple casinos in New York were jockeying to open the state’s first legal sportsbook. Rivers Casino & Resort in downtown Schenectady beat the contenders to the chase with a Tuesday, July 16, debut of its lounge complete with 14 betting kiosks, and six staffed betting windows. Tioga Downs followed suit on Friday with a sportsbook operated by FanDuel Group in Nichols, the Southern Tier of New York.
Now the Oneida Indian Nation is gearing up to introduce the first sports betting lounges at Tribal properties in the state. The Lounge at Caesars Sports will come online at Turning Stone and Point Place casinos to Central New York with a celebration on August 1st, and the Lounge at Yellow Brick Road Casino will open later this summer.
Meanwhile, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort has partnered with global iGaming leader The Stars Group to introduce retail sports betting to the North Country Region in fall 2019. The agreement also grants The Stars Group an option to operate and brand real-money online sports betting, poker and casinos in New York on a first-skin basis — that said, subject to license availability, state law and regulatory approvals.
New York State has yet to green light online sports betting like its neighbor New Jersey. “That’s where the money is,” said Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda. “Most people will be making bets on their cellphones.”
In addition to the Oneida Nation’s three casinos and the Mohawk Nation’s Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, the Seneca Nation owns Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino.
On Friday, the Seneca Nation announced its intention to offer sports wagering at its three casino properties. “We will offer more specific details regarding our plans once we are ready to do so,” the Seneca Nation said in a prepared statement. “Our right to offer this now-approved offering is clearly outlined in our Compact,” according to the statement from the Nation. “As we continue to work through the process of finalizing our plans, our discussions with New York State officials to date have been cooperative.”
On June 10, the New York State Gaming Commission approved final regulations for sports betting at upstate casinos. The committee voted 6-0 to green light legal sports betting — on-premises only — at Tribal properties as well as at four Upstate New York commercial casinos. Sports wagering will be permitted on all sports, except for collegiate match-ups.
New York has joined a cohort of states that introduced sports betting ahead of the 2019 National Football League season, the league’s 100th season, which commences on September 5, 2019, with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers. The season concludes with Super Bowl LIV, the league’s championship game, scheduled for February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.