IGT and NY tribe launch sports betting operations

Another tribal venue in New York has launched sports betting operations.

International Game Technology (IGT) has launched sports betting operations at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Akwesasne, New York.

In July The Stars Group (TSG) announced an agreement with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, the operator of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. Under this agreement, TSG was given the opportunity to power a land-based sportsbook at the tribal venue. It appears that TSG has entrusted the operation of the sportsbook to IGT.

Patrons will now be able to place a variety of sports wagers over the counter or through one of IGT’s PlaySports kiosks located in the casino.

This is the third venue in the state of New York to roll out IGT’s PlaySports technology.

Todd Papineau, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort General Manager, said: “With the addition of IGT’s PlaySports technology, we can now offer our guests a world-class sports betting experience in addition to the slot, table, bingo, and poker games that our patrons already enjoy at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. We’re excited to work with IGT and benefit from the Company’s expertise and innovation.”

Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President said: “Powering sports betting technology at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort expands our PlaySports footprint in New York to three casinos. IGT PlaySports is a proven B2B technology solution already deployed in 11 states.

“We congratulate the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort on being the latest casino to open an outstanding sportsbook featuring IGT’s technology, elevating the entertainment experience for sports fans in New York.”

IGT in the US

Following the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, IGT has established a foothold in several states with legal sports betting.

IGT currently powers sports betting operations in New Jersey, Nevada, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Indiana, Oregon, Iowa, Arkansas and now New York.

Sports betting in New York

Six years ago, the Empire State legalized land-based sports wagering through the 2013 New York Economic Gaming Act. The passage of this law allowed four upstate casinos in New York to offer sports betting if the federal law prohibiting the activity was amended or overturned.

New York officially launched legal and regulated sports betting in July, with the opening of the sportsbook at the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady. A FanDuel branded sportsbook at Tioga Downs and the DraftKings Sportsbook at Del Lago opened shortly after sports betting in New York went live.

Several other tribal casinos also offer sports betting in the state. In early August, two tribal casinos in New York launched sports betting. The Oneida Indian Nation, in partnership with Caesars Entertainment, launched sports wagering at Turning Stone Casino in Verona and at Point Place Casino in Bridgeport.

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