Turning Stone kicks off sports betting

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VERONA — The Oneida Indian Nation opened “The Lounge with Caesars Sports,” its new sports betting operation, at Turning Stone Resort Casino and Point Place Casino, in development with Caesars Entertainment on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Themed as the Ultimate Tailgate, Thursday’s grand opening event featured mascots and cheerleaders from local sports teams, menu items from its new sports book menu and remarks from Nation, casino and local officials, including Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO and Walt Fales, senior vice president of strategic development of Caesars Entertainment.

They were joined by Howard Glaser, global head of government affairs and special initiatives at Scientific Games; Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.; Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy; Verona Town Supervisor Scott Musacchio; and Rob Esche, president of the Utica Comets.

“The Lounge with Caesars Sports” is anticipated to open at Oneida Indian Nation’s Yellow Brick Road Casino later this summer in time for the NFL regular season.

“The Lounge with Caesars Sports” venues feature LED terminals with high-definition resolution odds boards that constantly update and offer opportunities for in-game wagers, as well as new full-service bars, ticket windows, seating and VIP areas with their own dedicated TV screens.

At Turning Stone, “The Lounge with Caesars Sports” is located at the resort’s main entrance, featuring a 500-square-foot curved LED screen, with acuity similar to Times Square, visible from three sides.

Plus, there are an additional 16 LED TVs throughout the sportsbook, including a mix of 65-inch screens and 85-inch screens.

The new sportsbook at Point Place Casino is located within the newly expanded gaming floor, with the primary video wall featuring a 24-foot HD LED screen, plus an additional 30 LED TVs throughout the space, a mix of both 65-inch screens and 85-inch screens.

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