The launch of Kentucky retail sports betting is a month away, so the announcements related to launch in the state are starting to roll in. On Monday, BetMGM announced it will be partnering with Revolutionary Racing for market access into the state.
The partnership includes online sportsbook access as well as a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at the company’s forthcoming Sandy’s Racing & Gaming facility in Ashland. Sandy’s, which will be the only gaming destination in Eastern Kentucky, is slated to open this fall.
“Kentucky has a rich history in sports and a passionate fan base,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt. “Revolutionary Racing is an ideal partner, enabling us to deliver an entertaining and responsible gaming experience while investing in the state through job creation and tax revenue.”
The BetMGM-branded retail book will take up 5,200 square feet of the new property. The HHR facility will open this fall, but the quarter horse racetrack and equestrian center will not start running races until 2025.
“We promised to bring a world-class facility to Ashland and wanted a world-class partner for online sports wagering across the Commonwealth and at our sportsbook lounge,” said Revolutionary Racing CEO Prentice Salter. “We’ve got that with BetMGM.”
Like Caesars, BetMGM has said that it will restrict sports betting in the app and at the retail sportsbook to 21 and up even though the age limit for the state is 18. The app will also incorporate the responsible gambling program GameSense into its offering.
While Caesars and BetMGM have announced their partnership plans, several other operators have not tipped their hand just yet. The presumption is FanDuel will expand its partnership with Churchill Downs and work with them in the state.