Sports gambling could come to local casinos

May 19, 2018

A recent US Supreme Court decision will allow states to legalize wagering on individual sporting events.

This opportunity is expected to open the flood gates to billions of dollars in wagering. Las Vegas has long been the hub for such activities, but questions about how this might work locally are beginning to surface. Seneca President Todd Gates told reporters that, if legalized in New York State, sports gambling at area casinos is certain to be discussed but it is not a sure thing.

Seneca Allegany Casino
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"The amount of money you make on sports gambling is not that much. I mean, it depends on the wager. There are, you know, the odds. You got to pay the odds. So, it would be more like an amenity to bring people in to do that sort of activity. We're not going to go full-blown sports gambling, I would have to say. We'd have to scale it to make sure that it's feasible."

Legal sports gambling could begin in some states in as soon as a few weeks.

Gates met reporters at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center where a ceremony was held marking the 176th anniversary of the signing of the Buffalo Creek Treaty.