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As of Monday morning building is officially underway on Rivers Casino’s new sports book.

“This a milestone for Rivers Casino mainly because we will be in a position to do legalized sports betting in the state,” Rivers Casino vice president of gaming operations Jeff Cutri stated Tuesday morning. “We are exceptionally excited about that and this is the pretty 1st step in that approach.”

When crews finish converting the Van Slyck’s bar location, the 5000-square-foot space will function a 53-foot extended video wall, 22 televisions, 16 betting kiosks and six staffed betting windows.

“The sports book is going to bring a entire new power to the casino,” Cutri stated. “We are going to get guests that have in no way come to the casino just before mainly because they are not blackjack players or slot players but they are sports bettors.”

Rivers might also be in a position to profit from guests not in the casino. On Monday, the state senate’s Racing and Wagering Committee sophisticated a bill that would expand the present program by enabling the 4 upstate casinos to accepts bets online and by telephone.

“When persons come into the developing to bet, we are quite considerably restricted to the area, how far somebody is prepared to drive,” Cutri stated. “If we have mobile betting, anyplace in the state of New York, if you are a member of our sports book, you can gamble anyplace you want on your individual device.”

Rivers’ common manager says 65-% of the sports bets placed via the Vegas casinos are accomplished online which means income right here in New York could be big.

Senate Racing and Wagering Committee chairman Joe Addabbo is hopeful the Governor will function with lawmakers to enable the OTBs, racinos and NYRA thoroughbred tracks to also accept sports wagers in individual and online.

“This is cement that is not almost however hardened,” Addabbo stated Monday. “We have to mold it and hopefully we can mold it to be additional inclusionary.”

With the New York State Gaming Commission nonetheless finalizing regulations, sports wagering nonetheless is not fairly however legal in the state, but as soon as that hurdle is cleared, Rivers expects to have its new sports book open just before the get started of the NFL season in August.

“New York and the East Coast has had gaming for years and years and years but this is the 1st time we’ll have legalized sports betting, so it is a really fascinating venture for us,” Cutri stated.