Palm Beach Kennel Club Partners With Seminole Tribe For Sports Betting



Palm Beach Kennel Club and four other pari-mutuel establishments have teamed up with the Seminole tribe of Florida in a bid to introduce sports betting across the state.

The agreement, whereby the facilities will market the Hard Rock Sportsbook to their customers, is a component of the Gaming Compact, which is expected to be a major Florida gaming expansion signed by Governor Ron DeSantis and Seminole Tribe President Marcellus Osceola. Jr. in April and approved by state lawmakers the following month. The Seminole tribe owns Hard Rock International.

The Hard Rock Sportsbook promotes itself as “the only safe and legal sportsbook in Florida,” where players can bet on any of the affiliate betting sites or online anywhere in the state. The brand’s bookmaker operates in New Jersey and Iowa, and plans to expand to Indiana.

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It was not known when sports betting would begin in the Sunshine State. The social media biography for the Hard Rock Sports Betting Twitter the account says, “coming to Florida this fall.”

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Other partnered pari-mutuel facilities are Hialeah Park Casino; Ocala Gainesville Poker and Ocala Breeder’s Sale Company; and two Tampa locations at Tampa Bay Downs and TGT Poker & Racebook. The Seminole Tribe is expected to partner with more facilities in the future, said Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and President of Hard Rock International.

Pari-mutuel facilities are poised to reap 60% of the benefits of marketing efforts.

Players can place bets at these facilities, at home, or anywhere they have an Internet connection, said Pat Rooney Jr, president of the Palm Beach Kennel Club. If a customer goes to their lane to place a bet, a staff member will help them complete the steps. on their phone or tablet.

For the Palm Beach Kennel Club to earn income through this partnership, the player will first go to the club’s website, then navigate to a link to the Hard Rock Sportsbooks website, register, place a bet, “and then you go and run,” Rooney said. The club “will get credit for that bet as per the contract,” he added.

What are the upgrade plans for the Palm Beach Kennel Club?

While players don’t need to be physically on the track to place bets, the West Palm Beach club are working on a few improvements to create a Las Vegas-like atmosphere, Rooney said.

“Even if you bet on your phone, you’re there among other people enjoying the games and yelling and screaming on televisions,” Rooney said. “The atmosphere on the track, you can’t get it at home.”

The partnership will undoubtedly reinvigorate the Palm Beach Kennel Club, which had run greyhound racing for 88 years until a voter referendum banned the practice from this year. In the end, dog racing accounted for just under half of the club’s revenue, Rooney said.

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Although the club continues to offer poker and simultaneous greyhound and horse racing broadcasts, as well as Jai Alai, many customers believed the end of greyhound racing meant the club would close as well, Rooney said. To keep the crowds back, they started “doing things on the track outside of our comfort zone” like putting on car shows, comedy shows, and pooch derbies.

But with the prospect of sports betting attracting a younger audience, Rooney hopes that will make up for the loss in greyhound racing.

“I think if it’s done right, and I think we’re on that path, it should definitely give us a big boost on the track,” he said.

On Friday, the club’s website welcomed visitors signing up for email updates for news on PBKC sports betting.

“We’re just ready to be ready,” Rooney said. “Anytime they give the green light, we’re good to go.”

DeSantis praised the “creative partnership” in the press release, saying it “will increase access to safe and transparent sports betting in Florida.”

The state is expected to receive at least $ 2.5 billion over the next five years under the Gaming Compact. The Seminole Tribe gave Florida its first revenue-sharing contribution of $ 37 million in October.

The pact was “deemed approved” by federal law in August after the US Department of the Interior took no action to approve or disapprove it within 45 days. Two separate lawsuits have been filed against the department over the pact.

Hannah Morse is a reporter who covers Palm Beach County. She can be reached at [email protected] or 561-820-4833. Follow her on Twitter at @mannahhorse.


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