The Super Bowl 54 between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs set sports betting on fire in casinos in Indiana. Casinos went all out to lure bettors with bets offered on everything from who wins to who wins the toss and many others.
Sports’ betting was legalized in Indiana in September last year and since then has witnessed phenomenal growth with millions in revenue. As of today, 15 casinos in Indiana also have sports betting facilities.
The Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City runs the FanDuel Sportsbook. It’s Vice President Brenda Temple said,
This is the first opportunity our customers will be able to watch the big game set here at Blue Chip, so it’s a big deal for us.
Brenda also said that sports bettors were also visiting the casino and hence, the casino was also seeing good footfalls.
Brenda also explained that the casino was witnessing a lot of customers from Michigan where sports betting was legalized recently, but its Gaming Commission has not finalized sports betting rules and regulations. Hence, in the absence of local betting facilities, customers from Michigan came down to Indiana to bet on the big game.
At the Ceasers Southern Indiana Casino, about 400 sports bets were offered for Super Bowl 54. Poker and Sportsbook Manager at Ceasers, Jimmy Allen, said that they were expecting 200 people to bet on the game and had made additional arrangements to accommodate them.
Jimmy said that the casino’s revenue has doubled since the introduction of sports betting. He also said that the Super Bowl would help casinos in Indiana prepare for major sporting events in March, like the NCAA Basketball tournament.