The New York State Gaming Commission adopted rules that are paving the way for sports betting in New York. The Oneida Indian Nation is currently constructing sports gambling areas in their casinos. The State Senate still has to pass the measure, but existing law would allow for some casinos to open shop in time for the fall line-up. Yellow Brick Road Casino General Manager Dan Jones expects the interest to be wide-spread.
"We expect everybody from 18 years-old to 88 is going to have an opinion on who’s going to win the game or match, so we think that there’s going to be a wide variety of people that are going to want to bet on these games, they’re going to have a wager, so we’re excited."
The Oneida Indian Nation is already hiring for full and part-time positions.
"We’re hiring a couple dozen people just specific for our location. I would have to say that’s similar to Point Place, slightly larger for Turning Stone, and that encompasses everything from the food and beverage positions to everything in the Sports Book itself, so it’s a significant investment, not just in time and money and space, but also people."
As of June 9th, 2019, there are no sports gambling facilities in the State of New York, but the Oneida’s are moving forward with their plans to score big.
"We want to make certain that if folks come in, they’re able to play the game they want to play. Whether it’s card games, or slot machines. They’re able to get a nice meal, but they’re also able to bet on sports, and have a great venue to watch those sports as well. So for us it’s an added amenity, it’s also another revenue center for us, and we’re always looking to find those."
The Turning Stone is hoping to have their sports gambling facility open by late summer, but whether or not they’ll be the first in the State…is anybody’s bet.