Legal sports betting launches in New York
The Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady has become the first licensed venue in New York to accept legal sports bets, six years to the month after land-based sports wagering was legalised in the state.
Casino representatives, local dignitaries and a number of sports stars were at the venue for the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday (July 16). Former NFL American football players Sean Landeta and Erik Coleman were among those in attendance.
The new Rivers Sportsbook occupies just over 5,000 square feet, with club chairs and table seating for 80 guests and five private booths with TV monitors – each of which can accommodate six people. The lounge also includes 18 individual VIP seats and 32 table-top seats.
Other features at the facility include a giant LED video wall in the viewing area, as well as 22 additional TV monitors, 14 betting kiosks and six staffed betting windows.