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First sportsbook at major pro sports arena opens in Washington

The first full-service sportsbook at a major sports arena or stadium in the United States opened its doorways Wednesday at the house of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Capitals.

Capital One Arena is instantly accessible from the William Hill sportsbook throughout Wizards playoff video games with out followers needing to depart the constructing. That chance exists when the Capitals return to the ice this fall if the NHL adjusts its insurance policies.

The New Jersey Devils opened a betting “lounge” inside Prudential Center in Newark in October 2018, nevertheless it’s solely capable of present odds with bettors capable of place wagers on a cellular software. State restrictions there restrict in-person wagers to casinos or racetracks.

Caesars CEO Tom Reeg referred to as it a groundbreaking second for sports betting. Caesars is in the method of shopping for William Hill.

“This is the first integrated sports book in a physical stadium in the country, so this is the new paradigm,” he mentioned. “This is where (sports betting is) going.”

Ted Leonsis, who owns the Capitals, Wizards and the arena, hopes to capitalize on the growing acceptance of legalized sports betting in the U.S. and proceed chipping away at the stigma of gamb-ling.

“Fans come to the arena and they now have the ability to have a rooting interest, if you will, in the outcome of the game,” Leonsis mentioned. “I just view this as a natural extension of what was happening but to do it in a more modern – in the sunlight, in a transparent – way.”

Leonsis is betting it’ll be the primary of many across the nation.

“You’ll see lots of other arenas, lots of other leagues pushing on the gas to do this,” he mentioned. “Because of that, we know we’re an exemplar and everyone’s going to be watching how well we execute.”

The first alternative for followers to go from an arena to a sportsbook comes Saturday when the Wizards face the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff collection.

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