You can now add Buffalo, NY, to the locations in this country where sports betting is legalized and now launched. The state of New York legalized sports betting earlier this year, and it was only a matter of time before the industry made its way into downtown Buffalo.
This time it is not a sports betting company that will be bringing the action to Buffalo, but the Seneca Tribe that already operates the casino in downtown Buffalo. The Seneca Tribe is planning on opening a trio of sports betting lounges across the state of New York, and Buffalo was a great choice for their very first one.
The Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is the headquarters for this new sports betting lounge, which is now up and running. The Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino began taking bets this week, and not surprisingly, the first bet was made on the hometown Buffalo Bills.
Rickey Armstrong Sr., who is the president of the Seneca Nation, made the first sports bet ever placed at Buffalo Creek Casino. Armstrong placed $40 on the Buffalo Bills to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night football, and he was a winner!
After Armstrong made the first bet, the casino was open for business, and several people followed up with bets on the Bills as well.
The Seneca Gaming Corp. is the one that is operating this new business, and it took them some time to get things up and running in Buffalo. The Seneca Gaming Corp. will also be looking at getting a sports betting lounge set up at their locations in Salamanca and Niagara Falls.
There are a variety of different sports available to bet on at the Buffalo Creek Casino, but horse racing is not one of them.
The Seneca Gaming Corp. is planning on hiring about 100 new workers throughout their three sports betting lounges, and that number could increase as time goes on. Seneca Nation has partnered with the Kambi Group, and the Kambi Group will be in charge of the behind-the-scenes and operational parts of this sports betting industry.
Finding a suitable partner was a huge part of the delay for Seneca Nation, but it has chosen a good one. The Kambi Group already has a presence in several states throughout the country, and it knows what it is doing in this industry.
The State of New York does not allow for mobile or online betting, which means that all wagers must be placed on-site at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. Buffalo Creek Casino and the two other locations will have odds boards and betting kiosks that are open 24/7.
Sports betting patrons can also begin building a bet on their smartphone, but they will need to scan the QR code upon visiting the casino to place the actual bet. Since odds can constantly change in the sports betting industry, the official odds are not calculated until the actual bet is placed.