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del Lago casino in Tyre ready to offer sports betting

Sports betting is legal in New Jersey and as the state Gaming Commission moves closer to legalizing sports betting in New York, del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County is preparing to accept wagers once regulations are enacted.

Mark Juliano, del Lago’s general manager, said in a statement Thursday that the casino is “finalizing plans” for its sportsbook. The casino is partnering with DraftKings to host sports wagering at the Tyre resort.

“Our guests want this form of gaming and we are excited to be able to offer a dynamic, engaging and innovative sports betting experience for them,” Juliano said.

The state Gaming Commission approved proposed rules in January to allow sports betting in New York. The regulations would limit wagering to del Lago and three other commercial casinos in upstate New York. Tribal casinos, like the Oneida Indian Nation’s properties in central New York and the Mohawk Valley, could offer sports betting.

Casinos would be required to establish a lounge where sports bets will be accepted. Del Lago hasn’t said where its sports wagering area will be located inside the 94,000-square-foot facility.

Automated ticket machines will be permitted, but must be placed inside the lounge. Mobile and online betting won’t be allowed. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that a constitutional amendment is needed to provide that option, although he downplayed the significance of mobile betting during a radio interview this week.

“I am not a fan, pardon the pun, of the new mobile sports betting,” Cuomo said.

The Gaming Commission published its proposed rule in the state register Wednesday. A 60-day public comment period commenced to collect feedback on the proposal.

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