The Lounge with Caesars Sports

The Oneida Indian Nation will open The Lounge with Caesars Sports at two of its casinos Aug. 1. 

The Oneida Indian Nation is partnering with Caesars Entertainment to accept sports bets at its three upstate New York casinos. 

The Lounge with Caesars Sports will open at the Oneidas' Point Place Casino and Turning Stone Resort Casino Aug. 1, the tribe announced Monday. The sports book will open at Yellow Brick Road Casino later this summer, but should be open in time for the NFL season. 

More details about the grand opening ceremony will be released next week, according to a news release. 

The Oneidas' sports betting lounges will be equipped with LED terminals and updated odds boards. Each lounge will have bars, ticket windows to place wagers, seating and VIP areas. 

The Lounge with Caesar Sports at Turning Stone will be located near the casino's main entrance and have a 500-square-foot curved LED screen that is visible from three sides to visitors. The facility will have 16 large LED televisions ranging in size from 65 to 85 inches. 

At Point Place, there will be a 24-foot high-definition LED screen and 30 LED televisions throughout the sports book. 

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The sports books will have a fan club and rewards programs for bettors. 

Casinos are advancing plans to establish sports wagering lounges after the state Gaming Commission approved regulations in June. The rules allow casinos to obtain a license to open sports book inside their facilities. 

For now, there won't be bets accepted on mobile platforms. The state's regulations permit in-person wagers, but not online betting. 

Two non-Indian casinos in New York have already announced opening dates for their sports books. Rivers Casino in Schenectady will open its sports wagering lounge Tuesday. Tioga Downs in Tioga County will have a soft launch of its sports book Wednesday. The official opening is Friday. 

Del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County hasn't announced the opening day of its sports wagering facility. The casino is partnering with DraftKings to establish a sports book. 

Construction began in May. Del Lago representatives said at the time that the sports book would open this summer. 

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