New York State sports wagering has experienced an intriguing half a month, as the LIV Super Bowl transformed the beginning of February into a wagering bonanza. Rivers Casino & Resort recently issued more information regarding the first weeks of February and they could easily be summed up with the word rollercoaster. Such has been the case for both tribal and commercial casinos in the region.
Projections ahead of the professional football event were that the local sports betting enthusiasts are about to place their wagers drawn by the crowds already doing it. The overall excitement is what triggers some viewers to place their first bet ever during the Super Bowl or any other bigger gaming event. Rivers Sports Book witnessed several weeks of diverse gaming revenue.
Rivers Casino Sportsbook
The four commercial casino locations in Upstate New York are among the venues welcoming in-person sports wagering and people have been flocking to them over the past thirty weeks. It could be recalled that back in the summer of 2019, the casino venues saw the official launch of their sportsbook and everything they had in store.
Mobile wagering is still considered illegal within the borders of New York State, which is why in-person sports betting remains an intriguing opportunity for the people willing to win more. Since the beginning of sports wagering on the premises of the casino resort, some US$4.05 million in gross gambling revenue has been generated. This is the amount players have poured into the leading sportsbook over the fall months, as well as the holiday season.
Rivers Casino General Manager Justin Moore has some thoughts to share on the subject. He said that the week of the LIV Super Bowl was a strong one with some US$810,973 in sports wagering gross revenue. The grand professional football event itself took place on Sunday, February 2, but it should be taken into account that all wins thanks to bets placed were paid out on February 3.
Rivers Sportsbook More Popular than Rivals
This is how the following week ended up not living to the expectations, even though this is the most popular sportsbook across all four commercial casinos. They were all able to welcome their first sports betting enthusiasts in July and August last year. It should be taken into account that del Lago Resort and Casino managed to amass US$2.7 million across its weeks of operation since July 2019.
Resorts World Catskills attracted US$1.67 million. The venue with the smallest gross gaming revenue is Tioga Downs with its US$695,270. However, when comparing the gaming activity with Rivers Casino’s own offerings, it shows rather slow growth. For instance, local players have poured some US$70 million into the slot machines available on the premises of the casino venue. This is the most popular gaming product at Rivers Casino.
Table games are another strong gaming vertical with about US$23.97 million amassed over the same 30 weeks of gambling operation. Rivers Casino Resort was the first New York State commercial location to welcome wagers in July 2019 and local politicians were the first to place a bet in a legal manner. Gary Pretlow, chair of the state Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee supported the Seattle Mariners, whereas Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy placed a bet on the Boston Red Sox.