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Rivers Casino eyes Tuesday opening for sports book

ALBANY — Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady is hoping to start taking bets Tuesday on sporting events.

But the scheduled 10 a.m. ribbon cutting and grand opening of the newly constructed 5,000-square-foot lounge is pending final approval from state regulators, according to an invitation to the event obtained by the Times Union.

“We are hopeful that Rivers Casino makes history by being the first casino in the state to take a legal wager on a sporting event,” the invitation reads.

State Gaming Commission spokesman Brad Maione said Tuesday there is “no formal timeline” to complete the license application process.

“It is dependent on when the properties get their completed material in to the commission,” Maione said.

The planned event at Schenectady is the result of a provision slipped into a 2013 law that paved the way for Las Vegas-style casinos in New York. The language created a broad framework for sports gambling at the new casinos that took effect after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year authorized sports wagering outside Nevada.

In January, state regulators crafted draft rules for the four commercial casinos, seven full-service Indian-owned casinos, including Turning Stone in central New York. The regulatory framework, which was formally adopted last month, …read more

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