Seneca Nation Plans to Open Three Sportsbooks Before Year End, Partners With Buffalo Sabres

Before the end of the year, patrons will be able to place bets at three western New York casinos owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Construction of the sports lounges at the casino locations in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca is underway. Grand opening celebrations will be staggered, Holly Gagnon, Seneca Gaming Corporation President and CEO, told Buffalo Business First

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The Senecas also revealed that the Tribe has partnered with the National Hockey League (NHL) team the Buffalo Sabres. A Seneca Sports Lounge that doesn’t take bets is actually already located at KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.

The NHL partnership news follows the Tribe’s deal inked with the Buffalo Bills, the National Football League (NFL). 

Gagnon acknowledged that Buffalo is a sports town. “And, we know it is a very passionate sports town,” she said. “That’s why we are bringing the lounges to the casinos.”

Seneca’s real-time wagering boards and betting kiosks will operate 24/7. 

In November, ​Seneca Gaming Corporation announced it had signed a deal with Kambi to bring sports betting kiosks and player account management to its three casinos in upstate New York. ​ Kambi established itself as a top B2B sportsbook provider in Europe and Latin America before entering the U.S. market, starting with New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

“The agreement with Bragg and Kambi is a huge win for our customers,” said Holly Gagnon, President and CEO of Seneca Gaming. “Providing access to sports betting has been something that our customers have long looked forward to, and Bragg’s world-class casino and player account management services, together with Kambi’s market-leading sports wagering products, will create a fantastic customer experience that we can’t wait to offer.” 

The Seneca Nation joins the Oneida Indian Nation in offering sports betting in New York State. 

The Lounge with Caesars Sports

The Oneida Indian Nation recently launched three sportsbooks this year through a partnership with Caesars Entertainment. After debuting The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Turning Stone Resort Casino and Point Place Casino in New York on August 1, the Tribe opened its third sportsbook and the largest sportsbook in the state at nearly 9,000-square feet: The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Yellow Brick Road Casino, designed to accommodate more than 250 sports fans. The third sportsbook venue started taking bets in September, just in time for the NFL season opener.

In addition to the Oneida Indian Nation, del Lago Resort Casino near Waterloo in the Finger Lakes, Rivers Casino Resort in Schenectady, Tioga Downs west of Binghamton, and Resorts World Catskills near Monticello in Delaware County offer sportsbooks. 

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort actually initiated renovation months ahead of the New York Gaming Commission, in July, approving rules and regulations for licensing, opening and operating sports betting facilities in the state. That same month, the Akwesasne Mohawks announced its partnership with global igaming leader The Stars Group to introduce retail sports betting. The Tribe even began construction of a 5,200 square-foot interactive venue, Stick’s Sports Bar & Sports Book. The luxury sports lounge, featuring a high-definition video wall and 25 television screens, was slated to open in the fall of 2019, but no reports have announced that it’s operating. 

New York state law exclusively permits sports bets be placed in person via a betting window or kiosk located inside a casino. Online and mobile sports betting are currently prohibited in New York State. New York also allows bets on all professional sports — football, basketball, baseball and hockey — as well as college sports, as long as those collegiate sports bets do not involve New York collegiate teams. 

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