CLEVELAND, Ohio — While Ohio’s legal sportsbook is still a month away, you don’t have to wait to see two of Cuyahoga County’s new sportsbooks.
Las Vegas style betting lounges at JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino opened on Wednesday. While visitors can’t wager, they can enjoy theater-style seating and large video walls as they watch “The Game” between the states of Ohio and Michigan on Saturday.
JACK Entertainment will operate two of the five Cuyahoga County sportsbooks and own the others by the Browns, Cavs and Guardians. MGM Northfield Park will also have a sportsbook in northern Summit County.
The downtown casino and the Racino in North Randall are designed to look and feel like a Las Vegas sportsbook, with their own unique characteristics. There will be video walls, loungers and betting kiosks, as well as table games and slot machines.
The rooms are built to take bets, but they’re also designed to create a personal excitement that doesn’t come with anything like mobile betting.
Inside the casino, the sportsbook is near the Prospect Avenue entrance on the first floor. The 6,000 square foot lounge will have two 30 foot wide video walls that can play two large games or multiple games simultaneously. Other televisions are scattered around the room.
It has five staffed betting shops and 20 self-service kiosks. Downtown Sportsbook also has a table gaming pit where people can play games like poker and roulette while staying at Sportsbook. The room will also have a 12-seat video poker bar.
The Thistledown Racino Sportsbook is slightly smaller at 4,200 square feet. The space will feature a 30-foot-wide video wall, as well as additional televisions throughout the space. It will also have an 86-foot ticker that guests can use to see results, betting odds and other information as it scrolls around the room.
Thistledown Sportsbook will have slots but no table games. Table games are only allowed in the state’s four casinos.
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JACK Entertainment also has a mobile sports betting license and has launched the BetJack app. The app is operational and users can place practice bets, but no apps can take real bets until January 1st.
Ohio’s sports betting law, passed in December, created three types of sports betting. brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, online betting and sports gaming kiosks found in bars and bowling alleys.
The state has created 40 sports betting retail licenses, but Cuyahoga County is limited to just five licenses.
Sean McDonnell covers business and consumer topics for cleveland.com. You can reach him at [email protected] Read previous stories at this link. Likewise:
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