At the Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, guests were able to make sport wagers for the first time on Friday. In addition to eight self-service betting kiosks, a cashier window and several large flat-screen TVs, DraftKings and Twin River Worldwide Holdings have opened a temporary retail sportsbook at the venue.
The Mardi Gras is the seventh retail location sponsored by DraftKings, following sportsbooks in Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York. Construction of the permanent sportsbook site is underway and a large feature bar, an extensive TV wall and access to the VIP Lounge area will be included once full.
Sports fans in Colorado will also be able to legally place bets on all major U.S. sports as a result of the temporary launch, including professional and college football, baseball, professional and college basketball, hockey, golf, auto racing, and other sports, both online and in person.
Ezra Kucharz, Chief Business Officer at DraftKings, commented: “As our partners at Mardi Gras Casino work to expand their current operations and location, we are thrilled to come together to provide the most exciting, real time gaming opportunities as sports begin to make their return.
“DraftKings and Mardi Gras Casino are committed to providing a safe, immersive and entertaining gaming environment to ensure sports fans in Colorado have the most enjoyable experience possible.”
George Papanier, the President and CEO of Twin River Worldwide Holdings said: “This partnership with DraftKings allows us to provide an unmatched sports betting experience to Coloradans, not only with their mobile betting access, but also with this exciting DraftKings retail sportsbook location.
“We are looking forward to introducing our guests to the fully renovated space in the coming months and until that time, are glad to be able to give our guests the ability to safely start placing bets as many professional sports begin to resume in the coming weeks.”
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mardi Gras Casino has a range of health measures in place to ensure the health of all guests, including requiring face covering for all people, the use of handheld thermometers, requiring guests to use social distance and increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas.
DraftKings and Twin River Worldwide Holdings announced the opening of their temporary retail sportsbook at the Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk, CO. Starting tomorrow, sports fans in Colorado can place bets legally in-person & online. Full release here: https://t.co/JY4eYI1sxZ pic.twitter.com/0P9tgmGxKa
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