Oneida Nation moves closer to opening sports book operations

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The Oneida Indian Nation has announced it has named Las Vegas sports betting veteran Justin Arnett as its first director of sports book operations, according to an announcement by Nation officials.

Drawing upon his years of experience at some of the most highly-regarded casinos in the world including The Venetian and the Palazzo, Arnett will oversee the sports books at all three of the Oneida Indian Nation’s Central New York gaming venues — the Turning Stone, Point Place Casino in Bridgeport and Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango, the Oneida Nation said in a press release on Monday.

The Nation announced earlier this year it would be partnering with Caesars Entertainment to bring “The Lounge with Caesars Sports” to all its casinos.

The all-new sport books are slated to open at Turning Stone and Point Place this summer, with Yellow Brick Road opening later, as part of a larger renovation project announced last week.

The new venues will have
LED terminals with high-
definition resolution, state-of-
the-art odds boards that
constantly update and offer opportunities for in-game wagers, and also feature new full-service bars, ticket windows, ultra-comfortable seating, and VIP areas with their own dedicated TV screens, the Oneida Nation announcement added.

Mostly recently, he managed daily operations of the race and sports books at The Venetian, The Palazzo and inside Lagasse’s Stadium.

Previously, he worked on the sports book teams at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, the M Resort, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino.

“Our new sports books will exceed the already high standards of excellence that have established our venues as New York’s preeminent gaming destinations,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter.

“By bringing in a highly-experienced professional like Justin, who knows this industry inside and out, and through our partnership with Caesars, we will bring the best of sports betting to Upstate New York,” Halbritter added.

“I’ve had the tremendous opportunity of managing sports books for some of the most highly-respected casinos and entertainment venues in the world, and I am thrilled that the Oneida Indian Nation’s sports books will be of that same caliber – as it is with everything they do,” Arnett said.

“I am honored and excited to help kick off this new endeavor,” the new director of sports book operations said.

In addition to the new sports book director, the Oneida Indian Nation today opened its search for candidates to fill more than 60 positions on its new sports book team, which include additional managerial roles and numerous full- and part-time jobs. 

Positions to support the sports book operations across all three casinos include sports book managers and supervisors, ticket writers, bartenders, beverage servers, cooks, line cooks and food runners. 

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