The Stars Group Signs Online Casino Deal With New York Tribe
Online sports betting will take another step forward in the state of New York with the announcement that The Stars Group sealed a partnership to bring online gaming to the Empire State.
The announcement came on July 9 that The Stars Group will officially become the sportsbook provider for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Hogansburg, very near the Canadian border. The deal provides gaming and betting field access to bettors.
Poker games, casino games and, most important, the added presence of online sports betting will be provided by the Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe at the casino resort when the legalization process goes through in the state.
Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe and TSG Partnership
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort has 1,600 slots and video game machines, 30 table games, a poker room, a 500-seat bingo hall in a 130,000-square-foot casino landscape. Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort General Manager Todd Papineau told PR Newswire:
"We are thrilled to elevate the sports betting experience for our guests in our new sports lounge, a 5,200-square-foot sports betting hub that will be ready during the NFL season. Once permissible in the state, we will be prepared to accept sports wagers through our new kiosks.
“With its online betting and gaming solutions and FOX Bet and PokerStars brands, we believe The Stars Group is the ideal partner for us and it is positioned to become a leader in the U.S. online betting and gaming industry.
“We are delighted to work with The Stars Group, one of the world's largest, most licensed online gaming companies, to leverage the opportunity presented by online betting and gaming in the State of New York."
The deal will give the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort a revenue split from the online sports betting realm through The Stars Group. On the flip side, The Stars Group will take in a revenue split from the retail sportsbook deal in place from the casino.
This is big for the casino as well, as Mohawk already has partnerships with FOX Bet and Pokerstars. Teaming with The Stars Group will give them a chance to really shine in New York's online betting landscape.
Hurdles that Remain in New York
Late last month, a vote on online sports betting in New York didn’t go through. But things could be different at this stage next year. State Senator Joseph Addabbo was not happy about the decision and he went to Twitter to make it clear that the offshore and illegal sports betting markets would continue to thrive as the votes failed.
This online sports betting bill also would include legal bets at sporting venues in markets that don’t already have casinos and racetrack complexes.
Some progress has been made in New York, but it is far-fetched to say that anything will be moving soon in terms of online sports betting markets in the state.
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Jake Perper covers casino news for TopUSCasinos.com. A veteran of more than a decade of sports writing, he has covered the Chicago Bears for the Bears Backer blog, and his stories have also appeared on nfl.com, The Tampa Tribune, The Naples Daily News and Bleacher Report. He is also the leas scout for Prep Hoops Florida, based in Tampa.