The Empire Resorts recently signed a 20-year contract to team up with the world-renowned online sports betting site bet365.
This partnership will result in the opening of physical and online sportsbook at the Resorts World Catskills.
Empire Resorts & bet365 Partnership
The partnership between Empire Resorts and bet365 marks bet365’s first major move to take a significant portion of the US market.
The long-term deal will see Hillside, a subsidiary of bet365, develop an online and physical sportsbook at the Empire Resorts Catskill Casino. Online sports betting is still in the process of being legalized in the state of New York.
So bettors may need to be patient in the release of the online portion of the Resorts World Catskills Sportsbook.
bet365 has long been a leader in the global online betting market. It conquered a significant portion of the European and Australian markets via top class software and one of the largest collections of betting markets available anywhere.
The brand has been relatively slow to enter the US market however, with many of its competitors such as William Hill making the move much earlier.
Empire and Hillside will likely split the profits from the partnership evenly once bet365 has recouped its start-up costs.
Resorts World Catskills Sportsbook Betting Markets
With bet365 behind the sports betting site, you can expect the Resorts World Catskills Sportsbook to provide users with a huge selection of sports and leagues to choose from.
Of course, popular US sports are expected to be given priority, with the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB all available for both pre-match and live betting. Top international sports including Soccer, Rugby, Tennis, Aussie Rules and Cricket should also be available for betting along with a number of niche sports.
College basketball and football may also be on offer based on the regulations put forward by the New York State Gambling Commission.
A mobile app powered by the bet365 software may be available when the online platform takes off. Based on the current bet365 Mobile Apps, you can expect an easy-to-navigate interface. It will provide users with the ability to place bets within seconds anywhere with the state boundaries.
It is still unclear as to whether live streaming will be available on the app. But given the past history of the bookmaker, live streaming of select sporting events is a definite possibility with a funded account.
Expect the sportsbook’s mobile app to be available on both iOS and Android devices. It will be available for download on the website. It is likely that the location setting will be required to be turned on. This is necessary to ensure that users are within the state boundaries when using the app.
Customer Service for all bet365 platforms has been top-notch over the years. You can expect the Resorts World Catskills Sportsbook to be no different. With live chat, email and telephone methods being available 24/7 for users to contact the support team.
Resorts World Catskills Review Verdict
As the closest physical casino to Manhattan, the Resorts World Catskills has the potential to become one of the most popular sportsbooks in the state. With bet365 behind the operation, there is no doubt that the software and betting opportunities will be up to standard with any other sports betting site in the region.
Be sure to look out for a Welcome Bonus when the site goes live. The bonus should give users the chance to take advantage of a deposit or first bet promotion that can provide a great head start on the site.