Rivers Casino and Resort was one of four commercial casinos that were granted gaming licenses by the state of New York and opened in February 2017 in Schenectady. Now with NY sports betting looming in 2019, River Sportsbook is ready to take off.
Rivers Casino and Resort opened in February 2017 in Schenectady. It is situated at Mohawk Harbor in Eastern New York and is part of an extensive plan to re-purpose one of the oldest brownfield sites in the US. The project aims to build hotels, housing and a marina at the 60-acre site with the Rivers Casino and Resort as a centerpiece.
The casino itself uses 50,000 square feet of gaming space that is home to around 1,200 slot machines and more than 65 table games. Recognizing the huge demand, there is also a live poker room that has 15 tables for poker fans.
Customers at Rivers have a huge selection of slots, tables and other games to choose from. There is really something for everyone, including:
With such a picturesque setting the Rivers Casino and Resort is a real experience for customers and the prospect of an onsite sportsbook will only improve the location.
Rivers Casino partnered with Rush Interactive for their gaming machines and this would suggest that if the possibility of incorporating an online poker site becomes reality, that it would be in a good position to provide a state of the art site. There has definitely been interest in an online poker operation connected with the casino and it is just another area of the betting business that may well grow a stronghold in New York.
One added extra for customers at the Rivers Casino and Resort is the Rewards Players Club. Points are given for money bet at the casino and these points can then be exchanged for free gifts and in promotions.
There are different levels to the club and with more money spent customers receive more points as well as qualify then for members only promotions, monthly offers and free play on selected slots.
There is even the chance to get money off in the various restaurants at the complex so this is something to look out for. It would seem likely that if and when a sportsbook, land-based or online, starts up at Rivers Casino this rewards scheme will be expanded to include it.
In anticipation of a favorable move by New York legislators, Rivers Casino has already partnered up with Kambi and Rush Interactive to supply a sportsbook.
Rush Interactive was already involved with the casino but with the Supreme Court’s decision last May it joined forces with Kambi for any forthcoming sports betting service. Rush Street is also involved with casinos in Illinois and Pennsylvania so it looks like it is playing the long game and hope to have a real stronghold in sports betting as soon as it becomes clearer as to when the sportsbooks will go live.
The plan will be to open up an onsite sportsbook to start with but there is the distinct possibility that an online version will be launched not long after as long as the legal side of things is sorted out. As with a bricks and mortar casino – and sportsbook – there will be no need for players to be residents of New York, they will just need to be in the state at the time of playing and betting. This will also apply for any online sports betting enterprise.
Rush Street Interactive may have deep involvement in casinos in a number of states, but for a sportsbook deal they understood that they would need to get some real expertise in the field, and Kambi is an excellent partner.
Kambi has businesses all over the world and has software that is used by a number of big online sportsbooks such as 888 Sportsbook NJ. Kambi has partnered with several casinos this year and has continued to offer great service.
The big commercial casinos in New York are looking like they are ready to welcome customers to sportsbooks as soon as they get the go ahead from the courts and that means there will be plenty of betting markets ready for their customers.
All the popular sports are sure to be well represented. NFL always attracts a lot of interest – much like the NBA. But sportsbooks have a wider range of options and markets on all the big tennis, golf and soccer events are sure to be available.
With sports betting only being available currently in a small number of states it would seem that there is a lot of interest in sportsbooks opening up across the US once the individual states get their laws in order.
Sportsbooks cater for all kinds of bets so when the Rivers Casino are able to open theirs there will be a good selection for their paying customers. Over/Under, Moneyline and Prop bets will all be available but if there are a lot of sports covered then it gives even more opportunity for customers to wager in the way that they enjoy.
One aspect of sports betting that is very popular is in-play or in-game betting. This is where customers can wager after an event has started, taking notice of ever changing odds that react to what is happening in the game.
If the casinos get their way and are granted the right to offer online sports betting as well then this could be a major area for their digital operation.
It is actually surprising that sports betting is not already a fixture of the New York betting picture. When the Supreme Court made their decision to overturn the PASPA in May of last year many industry experts thought that it would be implemented fairly quickly.
That has not been the case but the big casinos must be fairly confident of that changing soon as they are getting their operations ready with the help of world-renowned sportsbook companies.
It does seem to be a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ this happens now though and it will be interesting to see what the Rivers Casino and Resort sportsbook is like in practice.