Nebraskans have been waiting for sports betting to be available to them for a long time. In fact, Legal Sports Betting in Nebraska became legal back in 2021. Unfortunately, due to several delays in the planning, the launch date kept getting put on hold. Well, the wait is now almost over as the debut of Sports Betting in Nebraska will take place this week!
Last year, the closest estimate was that sports betting would be available in Nebraska in 2024. This is because it had been put on hold due to delays from the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission (NRGC). The NRGC had to first setup rules and regulations and the get approval for them. Furthermore, permanent sportsbook facilities had to be built which made the delays even longer.
Of course, if Nebraska had made online sports gambling legal, then Nebraskans would have been able to bet right away. Or at least they would have been if sportsbook owners had made us of a Bookie Pay Per Head Service. However, the sports betting law is Nebraska says that sports bets must be done in person on-site.
Now that the paperwork is over and sports betting software got the proper approval, sports gambling is ready to launch! Thus, starting this Thursday, the first sportsbook in Nebraska will open at the Warhorse Casino in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Legal Sports Betting in Nebraska Starts on Thursday
According to a press release, Warhorse casino customers will be able to place their sports bet as early as Thursday. Bettors can place their wager at the sportsbook windows or at one of the 10 betting kiosks in the facility.
Lance Morgan, CEO of Ho-Chunk which owns the Warhorse Casino is very happy about the launch. Especially since they are the first sportsbook to open in Nebraska and Nebraskans have been waiting for a long time.
He also said that “bettors will be able to place wagers on a wide variety of sports and events”. Thus, it will be more than just betting on major sports. In their sportsbook.
While sports wagering is only available in person, bettors can create their wagers on the Warhorse App. However, they will then have to go to at a kiosk or sportsbook window to finalize them. Overall, using the Warhorse betting app will make it easier and faster for players to place their bet.
Grand Island and Columbus casinos in Nebraska are also planning t at a sportsbook to their facilities. However, they will not be for at least a few more months.
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