Published July 11, 2019
AKWESASNE, N.Y. — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribally-owned casino, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (AMCR), today announced an agreement with global iGaming leader, The Stars Group. The alliance will support AMCR’s introduction of retail sports betting to the North Country Region, a milestone for AMCR as New York State moves toward regulated sports wagering. The agreement also grants The Stars Group an option to operate and brand real-money online sports betting, poker, and casinos in New York on a first-skin basis, subject to license availability, state law, and regulatory approvals.
Earlier this month, the New York Gaming Commission approved rules and regulations for licensing, opening, and operating sports betting facilities in the state. Todd Papineau, General Manager of Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort remarked, “Our highly experienced team is thrilled to announce a state-of-the-art sports betting experience in partnership with The Stars Group. With online betting and gaming solutions and FOX Bet and PokerStars brands, we believe The Stars Group is positioned to become a leader in the U.S. online betting and gaming industry — and our casino is excited to connect our sports enthusiasts with the next generation of interactive gaming.” Wagers will be accepted through kiosks as soon as the state permits sports wagering.
In anticipation of sports betting regulations permitting wagering in the state, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort’s renovation planning kicked off months ago, and construction of the 5,200 square-foot interactive venue, Stick’s Sports Bar & Sports Book, is starting. The luxury sports lounge, featuring a high-definition video wall and 25 television screens, is expected to open in the fall of 2019. Expanded dining and beverage options will feature the on-premise seasonal craft brewery selection from Maple Brewing and a new menu, offering even more excitement to the 130,000 square-foot casino floor.
Robin Chhabra, CEO of FOX Bet, stated, “We are excited to announce this agreement with the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, which further strengthens our market access as we work to build our FOX Bet business into one of the leaders in the emerging U.S. online betting and gaming market.”