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Kambi Group Becomes First Sports Betting Operator In Nebraska

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on May 11, 2023
Nebraska's WarHorse Lincoln announces sportsbook partner

The Kambi Group has partnered with Nebraska casino operator WarHorse Gaming to operate the casino’s first sportsbook. 

WarHorse Gaming is a division of Ho-Chunk Inc. and a commercial entity regulated by the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission (NRGC). 

The long-term deal will see WarHorse WarHorse open the first sportsbook in Nebraska with the debut of WarHorse Casino Lincoln, its permanent facility.

Kambi Sportsbook at WarHorse Casino Lincoln

According to a press release, the Kambi Sportsbook at WarHorse Casino Lincoln will pair alongside 400 slot machines, simulcast and live thoroughbred racing. Once WarHorse Casino Omaha opens in 2024, both properties will have Kambi sports betting kiosks throughout the properties. 

In a Kambi Group news release, Kambi Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Kristian Nylén said:

“We are delighted to sign this partnership with WarHorse Gaming to provide leading on-property sports betting solutions to the operator’s properties. As sports betting continues to expand — we are proud to launch the first sportsbook in Nebraska and to power another market-first for one of our partners.”

Lance Morgan, CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., said WarHorse was excited to debut Kambi’s platform in its casinos. “WarHorse is excited to partner with Kambi to launch Nebraska’s first sportsbook. Kambi’s industry-leading platform will enhance the gaming experience WarHorse offers for our guests.”

Second WarHorse Casino coming to Omaha in 2024

With the Lincoln casino opening soon, WarHorse can pivot to its second casino in NebraskaThe company plans to start constructing the Omaha property in June, with a potential open date set for July 2024.

Like the Lincoln casino, WarHorse will again partner with Nebraska Horsemen for the Omaha facility. 

Speaking with KETV, Lynne McNally, CEO of Nebraska Horsemen, said, “We’re grateful for the patience — particularly to the citizens of Omaha. [The casino] is going to be fantastic. We’ll have table games, restaurant options, sports betting, and simulcasting.”

McNally added that she’s excited to see horse racing returning to Omaha“We’re revitalizing an entire industry for the state of Nebraska and helping launch a new one at the same time,” McNally said.

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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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