Downtown Las Vegas is going to see a new independent sportsbook operator soon. According to Gaming Today, Derek Stevens, owner of The D, Golden Gate, and currently under construction 18 Fremont casinos will be bringing their sportsbook operations in-house.
The sportsbook at The D is currently operated by William Hill. While the Golden Gate doesn’t have a sportsbook yet, they do have a William Hill kiosk for bettors to place a wager. The casino currently under construction on the land once occupied by Las Vegas Club and other businesses has a working name of 18 Fremont. Stevens has repeatedly said the new casino will have a great sportsbook experience when it opens sometime in 2020.
William Hill will continue to operate the sportsbook at The D. However, plans are already underway to create a new in-house sportsbook operation. Stevens has hired Matt Metcalf as their first sportsbook director. If the name is familiar, that’s because Metcalf previously worked at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook under the tutelage of Jay Kornegay.
We reached out to The D for more information but haven’t received specifics about the new sportsbook operation. However, if Metcalf follows in the steps of Kornegay and the SuperBook team at Westgate we should expect to see fair lines and a Las Vegas sportsbook willing to take action.
Likewise, a director typically isn’t the head of sportsbook operations in a casino. It’s entirely possible a new third party will be brought onboard to assist with the new sportsbook operation. The new sportsbook operation should be launching later this year.