LEGAL SPORTS BETTING LAUNCHES IN NEW YORK
After what seems like an interminable wait, legal sports betting finally became a reality this week in New York State when Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady officially launched its new Rivers Sportsbook lounge. The new Rivers Sportsbook, which will be operated by Kambi in conjunction with Rush Street Interactive, is a luxury sports lounge and occupies just over 5,000 square feet.
Casino representatives, local dignitaries and a number of sports stars were at the venue for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday (July 16). Former NFL American football players Sean Landeta and Erik Coleman were among those in attendance.
The new Rivers Sportsbook, which will be operated by Kambi in conjunction with Rush Street Interactive, is a luxury sports lounge and occupies just over 5,000 square feet. Club chairs and table seating accommodate approximately 80 guests and include five private booths with TV monitors – each accommodating up to six people. The lounge also includes18 individual VIP seats and 32 tabletop seats.
“We’re so proud to be the first gaming operator in New York to take legal sports bets,” said Rivers Casino & Resort Acting General Manager Justin Moore. “Many people worked very hard to make legal sports wagering a reality in New York State, and we thank all of them for their tireless efforts and dedication.”
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy hailed the landmark opening, saying: “We couldn’t be happier for our great community partner Rivers Casino & Resort. It is indeed an historic day not just for the state of New York, but for the City of Schenectady. As Rivers Casino grows, so does its positive impact on our community.
Betting will be available on a wide array of sporting events including professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, college sports and more.
Bets are expected to include, but not be limited to, straight bets, parlays, totals, and in-game betting. Wagers can be placed at the betting counter with a live sports book writer during Rivers Sports book hours of operation or at a sports betting kiosk 24 hours a day.