In partnership with software developer Miomni Gaming, Paradise, Nevada-based Boyd Gaming has successfully launched its B Connected Race & Sports mobile app, which allows gamblers in Nevada that possess a Boyd Gaming race account to place pari-mutuel wagers on major race and sporting events in a single mobile application.
The award-winning design team at Miomni created an app that makes placing wagers, including win, place, and show bets, as well as exotics such as exactas, Daily Doubles, and trifectas, easy. Miomni Gaming CEO Mike Venner, said, “Miomni’s technology will help introduce the sport of horse racing to an entire new generation of fans,” according to news release Wednesday. More than a year went into the development and testing of the application.
From anywhere in the state, adults with a Boyd Gaming race account and a smart phone can place daily wagers on races held on the biggest tracks in the U.S. Individuals wishing to create a race account can do so at Boyd Gaming sports books located at Main Street Station, the Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast, Fremont, Sam’s Town, and California. Once the race account is created, the free app can be downloaded to either an Android or iOS device at which time they will be able to start wagering.
Bob Scucci, Boyd Gaming’s director of Race and Sports for its Nevada region, said, “This is a landmark moment for the industry, and for Boyd Gaming,” and, “Our customers have embraced the convenience and excitement of wagering on sports events on their mobile devices. Today, we’re proud to be the first in Nevada to offer the same level of functionality and flexibility to horse bettors with the B Connected Sports & Race app,” according to the report.
Video will be included in future versions of the Race & Sports app, which will allow users to watch both live races and replays right from the app.
Meanwhile, the New York Racing Association announced on Monday that it successfully launched its NYRA Bets to various states across the United States. In addition to offering wagers at 250 racetracks around the world, now, out-of-state bettors can bet directly on races held at the state’s big three, Saratoga, Aqueduct, and Belmont Park, according to an Albany Times-Union report.
Chris Kay, NYRA President & CEO, said, “NYRA Bets reflects our commitment to continuously improve and expand our digital footprint nationally to provide our horseplayers with the most advanced technology available,” according to the information release. Kay added, “Our strategy reflects the current trends of the American public, a strategy that is predicated on the utilization of high-definition quality video streaming on a person’s smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop and/or television. In combination with Saratoga LIVE, our new national racing broadcast that is available in more than 65 million homes, NYRA Bets is available to fans and horseplayers to watch and wager in a manner that they choose, with the same high level of quality that we offer in our world class races.”
Currently accessible in 22 states, the NYRA expects that in the coming weeks it will expand to additional states upon receiving regulatory approval. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 contained a specific carve-out for horse racing, which is heavily regulated at the state level.