The Oneida Indians are set to launch sports betting lounges at two of their three upstate New York casinos this week, the Associated Press reports.
Both the Turning Stone Casino in Verona and Point Place Casino in Bridgeport are debuting their sportsbooks which, the casinos promise, will feature comfortable lounging spaces and upscale technology. Later this summer, a third lounge will open at the Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango.
For these sports betting lounge spaces, the tribe is partnering with Caesars Sports, a giant in the casino industry that currently operates Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and several other high-profile properties under the Caesars and Harrah's brands.
Recently, the company announced a merger with Eldorado Resorts in an historic $17.3 billion deal.
The grand opening celebration will take place on Thursday (Aug. 1) at both Turning Stone Casino and Point Place Casino. These lounges, which the company calls “The Lounge with Caesars Sports,” promise HD TVs, state-of-the-art odds boards, full-service bars, ticket windows, ultra-comfortable seating and VIP areas with their own dedicated TV screens.
The lounge at Turning Stone will be at the resort’s main entrance and will feature a massive 500-square-foot curved LED screen that is visible from three sides, similar to one in New York City’s Times Square.
Additionally, there are 16 large LED TVs spread throughout the sportsbook, including a mixture of 65-inch and 85-inch screens from which bettors can watch the action unfold as they head to the window to place their wagers.
Point Place Casino’s lounge will be in their newly expanded gaming floor. The space will have a video wall featuring a 24-foot HD LED screen and there will be an additional 30 LED TVs throughout the floor which will consist of both 65-inch and 85-inch LEDs.
Last month, New York became the 10th state since the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May 2018 to accept legal sports wagers. That law, which has now been overturned, had essentially been a federal ban on sports betting for most states.
But the American sports betting environment started changing last year, first with New Jersey, and then with several other states, including now New York. That marks an important market change because New York is the fourth most populous state in the U.S. after California, Texas and Florida.
With such a huge market share at stake, New York state casinos and hopeful sportsbook operators have worked diligently to follow in the footsteps Rivers Casino in Schenectady, which was the first sportsbook in New York to take a bet last month.
While the Oneida Tribe wasn’t able to offer its casino sportsbook lounges first, it appears they are doing everything they can to entice bettors toward making their casinos preferred destinations.