Which States Opened New Sportsbooks Recently?
Sports betting mania is getting bigger, as Americans love placing bets on their favorite sports. Several states have already done everything in their legal power to allow for new sportsbooks to open. The business is booming, and new facilities of this kind are popping up everywhere.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest books in the United States.
In late August, bettors in West Virginia were pleasantly surprised when the FanDuel Sportsbook app was launched. In other words, the residents of the Mountain State can now place bets on the web. FanDuel partnered up with The Casino Club at The Greenbrier and made a great mobile app that is now available both for iOS and Android devices.
The app is also connected to the fantasy sports service offered by FanDuel, meaning that users can use these two apps interchangeably. Sports that are currently offered include basketball, football, soccer, golf, and tennis.
The state of Oregon received its first sports betting venue back on Aug. 27. The opening day was pretty special as NFL legend Ed “Too Tall” Jones visited the book and was the first person to place an official bet. He bet on Cowboys winning the Super Bowl, which is a scenario that the sportsbook gave a total of 10-to-1 odds.
The sportsbook is open every day from 8 am to 11 pm, and it offers a wide variety of both professional and college sports.
Iowa also received a new sportsbook last month as a result of FanDuel and Boyd Gaming joining forces. The book was opened as a part of Diamond Jo Casino – Northwood on Aug. 30.
It was also opened by a bet placed by a football legend, John Randle, who has also been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He made a moneyline bet of $93 that the Minnesota Twins were going to win that night. They actually managed to win, and Randle won his bet.
The sportsbook features a total of six video displays, as well as three betting windows. On top of that, there is one ticker and 11 betting kiosks.
Indiana is yet another state to receive a sportsbook offered by FanDuel. As a matter of fact, the book was opened in a property owned by Boyd Gaming called Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa.
The state continued a trend of bringing former NFL stars and Hall of Famers to opening ceremonies. This time, it was Brian Urlacher who placed the first wager. He made a straight bet, predicting that the Chicago Bears were going to beat the Green Bay Packers. However, he was not as lucky as his colleague in Iowa, as the Bears lost the game.
The sportsbook in Indiana offers a total of 13 kiosks as well as 13 video displays. Not really a lucky number of options, some would claim. On top of that, there are five betting windows.
Three casinos in the state of New York now officially have sportsbooks launched as the result of a collaboration between Scientific Games and the Oneida Indian Nation. The third one to receive a sports betting area was Yellow Brick Road Casino.
The retail sportsbook is set in a 9,000-square-foot area, and a total of 250 people can be in there at the same time. This big venue also has 35 TV screens as well as a big 32-foot LED screen. Therefore, if you happen to be in New York, you already have several sports betting options, so feel free to check them out and place bets on your favorite sports.