Miami Valley Gaming has a license to take bets on sporting events. Now, the Ohio “racino” (race track that offers casino gaming) is nearly ready to use that license, thanks to a new deal with sportsbook service provider Kambi.
The deal between Kambi and Miami Valley covers the Ohio sports betting operation of the track’s physical sportsbook. It’s still unclear how soon the racino will start taking bets on sports from patrons.
Miami Valley Gaming takes step toward launching Ohio sportsbook
Kambi and Miami Valley announced their partnership on Wednesday. Churchill Downs and Delaware North; which jointly operate the racino in Lebanon, Ohio, plan to open a physical sportsbook somewhere on the track’s grounds.
Kambi will provide many services for Miami Valley like odds and maintaining the catalog of available bets. In addition, Miami Valley will offer Kambi-powered kiosks on its gaming floor.
Bettors at the track will have the option to use Kambi’s BetBuilder platform on their smartphones to prep their bet slips.
According to the track’s website, Miami Valley intends to convert the simulcasting area into a retail sportsbook. It plans to operate “The Race & Sportsbook” seven days a week.
The hours will be 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekends with weekday hours sitting at 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Exactly when that amenity will become available to guests is uncertain for now, though.
Racino is only taking sports bets online until physical sportsbook opens
While the racino is still working to get its retail space up and running, it isn’t completely inactive in terms of Ohio sports betting.
Miami Valley Gaming got its license for online gambling late last year and has since launched its MVGBet online platform. The physical sportsbook will complement the online product.
In the press release, Miami Valley Gaming general manager Craig Robinson said:
“We have been working tirelessly to create a sports wagering offering that is convenient and easy to use; we are excited to soon launch our new sportsbook in the market by leveraging Kambi’s award-winning technology.”
With the forthcoming launch of the physical sportsbook, the track will join the most robust sports betting operations in the state.