Hollywood Casino begins to take sports bets in Indiana


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Willing to take a gamble? Now you can at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The state legalized sports betting in May and began taking bets on Sept. 1.
Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati Enquirer

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – The legality of sports betting from state-to-state has been a hot-button issue across the country, but those eager to wager their money on sporting events will now be able to place bets in the state of Indiana. 

Hollywood Casino has entered the fray as one of the first gambling operations in the state to begin accepting sports bets since Governor Eric Holcomb signed a sports betting bill in May which initiated the Indiana sportsbook.

“For us, it’s an exciting moment,” Ryan Coppola, Interim General Manager at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, said. “We now have the opportunity to offer a gaming platform to our guests that we hadn’t had before, and that’s always an amazing moment.” 

The piece of legislation established the Hoosier State as the 13th state in the United States to offer retail sports betting, according to ESPN’s list. 

Several other states having pending start dates on the horizon while some offer online-online sports bets. 

“The state of Indiana has been phenomenal to work with,” Coppola said. “For me, it just shows the power of the partnership – what it means to do business in Indiana – and give our guests an experience that they can come out for that’s unique to the area.” 

Hollywood’s soft launch coincided with the kickoff of sports betting in Indiana on Sept. 1, but the casino officially opened its doors to sports gambling on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Prominent Cincinnati sports figures were in attendance to introduce Hollywood Casino to the sports betting scene. Among them were Anthony Munoz, a former Bengals offensive lineman, and Reds Hall of Fame first baseman Tony Perez, who was a member of the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s. Munoz and Perez each had the honor of placing the first two bets at the casino.

Also on hand for the ribbon-cutting festivities were Sara Tait, Executive Director of the Indiana Gaming Commission and Kelly Mollaun, Mayor of Lawrenceburg. 

Hollywood Casino immediately pounced on the opportunity to take advantage of the legalization of sports betting in the state.

“Once we heard that our representatives in the state decided to pass sports betting, we started moving, rapidly, to get open,” Coppola said. “We set ourselves a target that we were going to be absolutely ready on 9/1. The only way that happens is with great partnerships with your regulators and with our business partners at Penn Interactive Ventures. The partnership of all the people coming together made that timeline happen – it was aggressive, but we worked tirelessly to get it done.” 

The sportsbook at Hollywood Casino will be housed inside of the Hops House 99 sports bar. Bettors will have walk-up access to a wagering counter with ticket writer stations along with dozens of televisions to watch live sporting events. 

Customers will be able to place bets not only on domestic sports but sporting events around the globe. Kiosks will also be available for customers who wish to lock in a quick bet. 


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