A little over a month after New York’s gaming regulator approved new rules that allow for the provision of land-based sportsbetting and Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady has become the first to take advantage via the launch of an on-site sportsbook.
Opened in February of 2017 at a cost of $330 million, the facility run by Rush Street Gaming had already featured a casino offering some 1,150 slots alongside 67 gaming tables. The operator used an official Tuesday press release to explain that these have now been joined by a just over 5,000 sq ft sportsbook that gives punters the ability to place cash-only wagers on a wide range of professional and collegiate sports including basketball, football, soccer, baseball and ice hockey.
Chicago-headquartered Rush Street Gaming detailed that its New York sportsbook is being run by its Rush Street Interactive LLC subsidiary and comes complete with table and club seating for up to 80 patrons. It stated that the Schenectady facility additionally features a giant light-emitting diode (LED) video wall along with 22 smaller television monitors while more discerning guests have the ability to take advantage of a quintuplet of six-seat private booths as well as 32 tabletop and 18 VIP stools.
Up all night:
Rush is also responsible for Pennsylvania’s Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and officially opened the sportsbook for Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady via a Tuesday ceremony that featured numerous company representatives in addition to an array of local dignitaries and sports stars. It announced that the venue now offers punters the ability to place live $5 minimum wagers at six staffed betting windows for up to 15 hours a day while night owls can lodge around-the-clock straight, parlay, total and in-game bets via a selection of 14 kiosks.
Justin Moore, Acting General Manager for Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady, used the press release to proclaim that the new sportsbook was designed as ‘a luxury sports lounge’ by DMAC Architecture of Chicago and is open to anyone over the age of 21.
Moore’s statement read…
“We’re so proud to be the first gaming operator in New York to take legal sports bets. Many people worked very hard to make legal sports wagering a reality in New York and we thank all of them for their tireless efforts and dedication. Sports fans and bettors from across the Capital Region and beyond will be thrilled with our new state-of-the-art sportsbook lounge. We look forward to having them as guests.”