2019 Review: Highlights Of Sportsbooks Launches

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From revamping of Sportsbooks to the launching of new online and mobile apps, 2019 had its share of exciting news.

Sportsbooks launches in 2019

Here are some of the top sportsbooks events that made headlines in 2019.

$5 million sportsbook revamp

SugarHouse Casino revamped the BetRivers Sportsbook. The $5m revamp is an addition to the series of upgrades announced by Rush Street Interactive, which three years ago had completed the $164m expansion. 

The BetRivers Sportsbook features 5,700-square-foot expansive space with a viewing area and LED central monitor apart from other upgrades.

Yahoo Sportsbook launched

Yahoo sportsbook was launched by Yahoo Sports in collaboration with BetMGM in New Jersey. Yahoo Sportsbook would elevate the sports fan’s experience according to Yahoo Sports

Online sports betting introduced in Indiana

Indiana became the eighth state to have online sports betting with the launch of two sportsbooks on October 3rd. Rush Street Interactive’s brand BetRivers and DraftKings launched online sportsbooks in Indiana.

The DraftKings and BetRivers sportsbooks are accessible on the web browser while there are also dedicated Apple and Android apps when users open an account with DraftKings. Rush Street Interactive offers only the  Android app. Retail sports betting, however, has been operational in Indiana since September 1st, and retail sportsbooks are on offer at ten out of thirteen casinos in the state while sportsbooks are also open at three betting facilities that are off-track. 

Three sportsbooks launched in Iowa

In October of 2019, Wild Rose Casino & Resort and DraftKings opened three Wild Rose Sportsbooks. The new facilities, powered by DraftKings, are at the three locations of Wild Rose Casino & Resort that include Emmetsburg, Jefferson, and Clinton, Iowa. 

With these sportsbooks, DraftKings expanded its existing lineup in Mississippi, New Jersey, and New York. Each of the retail venues will have large video walls, betting kiosk, odds boards, smaller TVs, scrolling ticker that has live score updates, player information, and other stats. There are three ticket windows in each casino, while the sportsbooks also have six self-service kiosks.

While the retail locations offer an exceptional experience to customers with cutting-edge technological prowess according to the firm’s President Tom Timmons, sports bettors in the state will now be able to bet on all US sports that include college and professional football, basketball, golf,  hockey, and auto racing among others.

Sportsbook mobile app launch in New Hampshire

As 2019 drew to a close, legal sports betting began in New Hampshire with the Sportsbook mobile app of DraftKings going live on December 30th. DraftKings launched their digital sportsbook at the end of 2019 which made New Hampshire the fourteenth state to join the club of states with legalized sports betting.

While DraftKings launched mobile and online sports betting in December, the company will soon set up brick-and-mortar casinos in cities that approved the same.

While in 2018, eight states had offered sportsbooks, six additional states were offered in 2019. Five more states legalized sports betting in 2019 including Michigan, Illinois, Montana, Tennessee, Washington DC, and North Carolina.

While at the end of 2019, twenty states had enacted legal sports betting, many other states filed bills for the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

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