DraftKings announced today it will open a retail sports book in Colorado Friday, July 10, a temporary facility in the Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk. The temporary location will be at the first floor of the casino and will feature 8 self-service betting kiosks, a cashier window and several large flat screened TVs spread throughout the space.
So far, DraftKings have retails sports books in seven other locations, in the states of Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York, and Colorado is set to become the fifth jurisdiction where the Nasdaq-traded sports betting operator will feature a physical facility.
State-Of-The-Art DraftKings’ Sports Book Under Construction
The retail sports book that will be available for punters to place their bets will be only a temporary solution, as the construction of the permanent sports book is already under way. The state-of-the-art sport betting facility, once finished, will comprise of a large feature bar, an expansive wall of TVs, as well as a VIP Lounge access area.
“As our partners at Mardi Gras Casino work to expand their current operations and location, we are thrilled to come together to provide the most exciting, real time gaming opportunities as sports begin to make their return. DraftKings and Mardi Gras Casino are committed to providing a safe, immersive and entertaining gaming environment to ensure sports fans in Colorado have the most enjoyable experience possible.”Ezra Kucharz, Chief Business Officer, DraftKings
Mardi Gras Casino is operated by the Rhode Island-based Twin River Worldwide Holdings, and the gaming company has a partnership deal in place with DraftKings. In March the Limited Gaming Control Commission, the regulatory body in Colorado, issued 2 licenses to DraftKings, one for retail sports betting and one for online operations, the retail sports book intended for the Mardi Gras Casino.
“This partnership with DraftKings allows us to provide an unmatched sports betting experience to Coloradans, not only with their mobile betting access, but also with this exciting DraftKings retail sportsbook location. We are looking forward to introducing our guests to the fully renovated space in the coming months and until that time, are glad to be able to give our guests the ability to safely start placing bets as many professional sports begin to resume in the coming weeks.”George Papanier, President and CEO, Twin River Worldwide Holdings
DraftKings’ online sports book was one of four, along with FanDuel‘s, BetMGM‘s and BetRivers‘, with which the Rocky Mountain State went officially live with sports betting by the end of April. Both DraftKings and FanDuel launched their sports betting operations in partnership with Twin River Holdings.