Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady will become the first land-based casino in New York State to offer live on-site betting on horseracing through a partnership with Capital Off-Track Betting.

Capital Off-Track Betting, which already operates in 60 locations across the region, will open a “branch” inside the Van Slyck’s entertainment lounge in the casino, adjacent to the 50,000-square-foot gaming floor.

Three betting terminals will be available from this weekend, with two terminals at the bar and a kiosk window with a live teller available to take bets and provide customer service. TV’s in the bar area will also be specifically designated for horse racing, airing four tracks at a time.

“We are proud to be the first casino in the state to offer OTB services, and would like to thank Capital OTB and the New York State Gaming Commission for helping make this a reality,” said Rivers Casino & Resort vice president and assistant general manager Justin Moore. “We are always looking for new ways to bring excitement to our guests, and the addition of OTB is a win-win for both parties.

“The Capital Region has a tradition of playing the ponies locally and across the country, so we couldn’t be happier to bring the thrill of off-track betting to our guests.”

Capital OTB president and CEO John Signor added: “We are thrilled to join forces with The Rivers Casino team in offering horse wagering inside the magnificent Rivers facility. It will be an exciting Kentucky Derby this weekend and we are happy to be spending it with the patrons at Rivers Casino.”