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Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady took the first legal sports bet in New York State on Tuesday following the opening of its new Rivers Sportsbook lounge.

The opening of the Rush Street Interactive-powered sportsbook saw appearances by Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giants punter Sean Landeta, Pro-Bowl safety and former New York Jet Erik Coleman, and World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and New York Yankee legend Bucky Dent.

“We're so proud to be the first gaming operator in New York to take legal sports bets,” said Rivers Casino & Resort acting general manager Justin Moore. “Many people worked very hard to make legal sports wagering a reality in New York State, and we thank all of them for their tireless efforts and dedication.

“Sports fans and bettors from across the Capital Region and beyond will be thrilled with our new state-of-the-art Rivers Sportsbook lounge. We look forward to having them as guests at Rivers Casino & Resort and the City of Schenectady."

The new Rivers Sportsbook occupies just over 5,000 square feet, with club chairs and table seating accommodating approximately 80 guests, including five private booths with TV monitors which can each hold up to six people. 

The sportsbook features a state-of-the-art 53' x 9' LED video wall that anchors the sportsbook viewing area, along with 22 additional TV monitors. It also includes 14 betting kiosks and six staffed betting windows to accommodate guests.

“We couldn't be happier for our great community partner Rivers Casino & Resort,” said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy. “It is indeed an historic day not just for the state of New York, but for the City of Schenectady. As Rivers Casino grows, so does its positive impact on our community. The opening of Rivers Sportsbook will surely attract even more guests to the property and to our great city.

“Looking ahead, we are also hopeful that our leaders in Albany will see how hard Rivers Casino is working to keep up with growing regional competition and recognize how important it is for them to address structural tax disadvantages in the market."

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