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Mohawk & Stars Bringing Sports Betting to Northern New York

Another sports betting partnership has formed in New York. This time, it is at a tribal casino. The Saint Regis Mohawk Nation announced that they will be opening a sportsbook at their Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, which is located in Hogansburg. The Mohawk has partnered up with The Stars Group, which will operate FOX Bet after their collaboration with Fox Sports.

Construction has already begun on their sportsbook, which will be named “Stick’s Sports Bar & Sports Book.” The lounge will feature 25 televisions as well as a high definition video wall. This marks the eighth sportsbook lounge now under construction in Upstate New York and is expected to open in fall of this year.

Moving Fast

Sports betting was legalized at the state’s commercial casinos. Currently, there are four commercial casinos in New York. Under gaming compacts with the state, tribal casinos are allowed to offer any games offered at commercial casinos. Thanks to that compact, the Mohawk, Oneida, and Seneca Indian Nations are eligible to offer sports betting at their casinos.

The four commercial casinos in the state have already formed partnerships of their own and have sportsbooks under construction as well.

del Lago Resort & Casino is partnered with DraftKings.

Resorts World Catskills is partnered with bet365.

Rivers Casino & Resort will operate under Rush Street Gaming (its parent company).

Tioga Downs is partnered with FanDuel.

The Oneida Nation has also begun construction on its sports lounges at two of their casinos, Point Place Casino and Turning Stone Resort Casino. They will soon begin construction at a third location, Yellow Brick Road Casino. The Oneida have partnered with Caesars Entertainment.

The third tribe, Seneca Nation, has expressed interest at having sports betting at their Buffalo and Salamanca locations, but it has yet to form any partnerships or begin any construction.

Looking To The Future

The main goal for all of these sportsbooks is to be ready for the start of the upcoming NFL season, which starts Sept. 5. Mobile betting is not legal in the state (mostly thanks to the efforts of Governor Andrew Cuomo). However, the Mohawk tribe have their eyes set on the future when the day may come that mobile sports betting is legalized in New York. Their partnership with The Stars Group is not just about their retail sportsbook, but also the future and their online sportsbook.

General manager Todd Papineau of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort said in a statement:

“Our highly experienced team is thrilled to announce a state-of-the-art sports betting experience in partnership with The Stars Group. With online betting and gaming solutions and FOX Bet and PokerStars brands, we believe The Stars Group is positioned to become a leader in the U.S. online betting and gaming industry — and our casino is excited to connect our sports enthusiasts with the next generation of interactive gaming.”

As part of the deal, The Stars Group will “operate and brand real-money online sports betting, poker, and casino in New York on a first skin basis.” Once legal online gaming makes its way to New York, the Mohawk Nation will have one of the biggest operators in the country on its side.

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