Rivers Casino ready for its sportsbook

The upstate New York facility Rivers Casino will start accepting bets at its sportsbook tomorrow.

US.- Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady will begin taking bets on sports at its sportsbook tomorrow. The facility has scheduled the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the lounge for 10 am tomorrow, though the event still awaits final approval from state regulators.

An invitation obtained by the Times Union reads: “We are hopeful that Rivers Casino makes history by being the first casino in the state to take a legal wager on a sporting event.”

The new lounge will be adjacent to the Van Slyck existing one, which is located off the main gaming floor. The viewing area of the sportsbook will feature a 53-foot-long video wall and table seating that can accommodate around 80 people. This new sportsbook is set to improve visitor’s experience too.

Brad Maione, State Gaming Commission spokesman, said that there is no formal timeline to complete the license application process. “It is dependent on when the properties get their completed material in to the commission,” Maione said.

March 2019 was best month ever for Rivers Casino

Guests dropped US$126 million into its slot machines in March. This was 25% higher than the monthly average for 2018-29 so far and helped the casino get higher revenue and tax payments.

Gross gaming revenue (GGR) increased 11.5% from US$140.9 million in fiscal 2017-2018 to US$157.1 million in 2018-2019. Furthermore, Rivers paid US$53.3 million in gaming tax, approximately 16% more than in 2017-2018. All these results contributed to Rivers Casino to post its best month to date.

Moreover, GGR from the 16 poker tables featured at the facility was US$5.4 million. March 2019 was Rivers’ best month ever, with US$15.9 million in GGR, 24.5% more than the average in the previous 11 months.

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