- Seneca Resorts will open a new sportsbook in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Salamanca.
- The new sportsbooks will have a limited-range mobile option available.
- Statewide mobile sports betting is not allowed in New York.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Seneca Resorts announced on Monday that they will open three sportsbooks in the next few weeks.
Where Are The Casinos?
The Seneca Nation owns a number of casinos in western New York, near the border of Canada. Out of the casinos they own, the Tribe will open three sportsbooks in their casinos. The casinos are located in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Salamanca.
Because the three casinos are owned by Seneca, they will have very similar amenities. Customers can expect wall to wall televisions and ample seating. The odds boards will run in real-time on a 24-hour basis every day of the week. Sports betting kiosks will also be available 24/7 as well, meaning the action will not stop at Seneca. The sportsbook provider for Seneca is the Kambi Group.
“Sportsbooks will bring so much more excitement to the fans and Seneca Resorts & Casinos is thrilled to be in the epicenter of all that energy,” said Melissa Free, senior vice president of marketing for Seneca Gaming Corporation.
Limited Mobile Option Available
Each of the new sportsbooks by Seneca will have a mobile sports betting option available. However, there are some limits in place. New York sports betting laws do not allow for statewide mobile betting. That means that all mobile action has to take place within the sportsbook.
In the sportsbook lounge, customers can scan a QR code that will allow them to use their mobile devices to bet. When customers place their bets using mobile devices, that is when the odds will be officially set.
All of this means that sports betting in New York is happening only in the western part of the state. People in New York City will have to travel upstate or to New Jersey to make their bets. Sports betting could receive an expansion during the 2020 legislative session in New York. For now, the Seneca Nation is opening sportsbooks that they know the locals will enjoy.
“We know Buffalo is a sports town. And we know it is a very passionate sports town. That’s why we are bringing the lounges to the casinos,” said Holly Gagnon, Seneca Gaming CEO.
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