New York-listed Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has opened its BetAmerica Sportsbook at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Pennsylvania.

The new SBTech-powered retail sportsbook opened Thursday and features 50 betting kiosks, half of which are located within the renovated sportsbook area.

The remaining kiosks are accessible across the venue, which CDI acquired from Eldorado Resorts in January.

“The legalization of sports wagering across the country presents a great opportunity for Churchill Downs to deliver more entertainment options to our customers,” said CDI chief executive Bill Carstanjen. “We are excited to bring our industry-leading BetAmerica Sportsbook to the Pennsylvania market.”

Presque Isle Casino hosted a Grand Opening Celebration for the BetAmerica Sportsbook yesterday, attended by general manager Kevin O'Sullivan, Hanford Dixon (formerly of the Cleveland Browns), Louis Lipps (formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers), Omar Moreno (formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates), and Jason Grilli (formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates).

“This has been an exciting and transformative year for our team at Presque Isle Casino,” said O'Sullivan. “We're confident that the addition of the BetAmerica Sportsbook will help us draw an even larger crowd of sports fans and racing enthusiasts from across Pennsylvania and from surrounding states. This is great news, not just for Presque Isle Casino, but for the Erie community at large that benefits from increased tourism and interest in our city.”

Pennsylvania State Representative Ryan Bizzarro commented: “Erie has already established itself as a go-to destination for many in our region, and the expansion at Presque Isle Casino will undoubtedly help us to draw even more visitors from near and far. We're excited to see this venue continue to grow in the years to come.”

Shares in Churchill Downs Incorporated (NSQ:CHDN) closed up 3.5 per cent at $121.38 per share in New York Thursday.

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