More information is trickling in about Kentucky sports betting partners in advance of Tuesday’s Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) meeting. Tuesday afternoon, DraftKings and ECL Corbin, owners of The Mint Gaming Halls at Cumberland and Cumberland Run, announced their partnership in the state.
“Together with the Corbin properties, we’re excited to bring our premier sports betting experience to yet another state and its premier sports betting experience to yet another state and its sports fans,” said DraftKings North America President Matt Kalish.
“We want to thank the Kentucky General Assembly for passing legislation and Gov. Andy Beshear for his support of sports wagering as we look forward to launching our sportsbook product during a busy football season, pending licensure and regulatory approvals.”
In addition to gaining online sports betting access to Kentucky via the partnership, DraftKings will also operate a retail sportsbook at both Corbin properties.
“The Corbin properties are truly excited to work with DraftKings, one of the country’s leading sportsbook operators. This will be a great relationship for both companies,” added ECL Corbin Co-Managing Partner Marc Falcone.
Corbin is a relatively small town of just 8,000 people in Southern Kentucky, but it is in close proximity to the Tennessee state line and roughly an hour and a half from both Knoxville, TN and Lexington, KY. The second The Mint location is closer to the Cumberland River, which is a vacation destination area for the state.
DraftKings joins BetMGM and Caesars as operators that have officially announced their Kentucky sports betting partners. FanDuel is presumably working with longtime partner Churchill Downs. Circa, Penn, and bet365 have not announced their partners as of yet.