Sports betting kicks off at Tropicana Evansville


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Tropicana Evansville plans to score big on sports for the first time ever. The casino sees dollar signs with a new sportsbook open for bets.

It is one more chance to put your cash on a gamble. The first betters walked up to the William Hill window just after 11 a.m. on Thursday.

“I’ve been waiting for a long long time!” said one man first in the new sportsbook. He’s ready to put money where the mouth is.

Brian Foronda signed up for an account with the sportsbook. He’s a regular sports gambler and is glad to see Indiana get on board.

“Long overdue,” Foronda said. “You could bet on pretty much everything else at the casino, so why not sports?”

Indiana policymakers passed a law earlier this year to allow sports wagering in the state.

William Hill, a European-based gaming company, pounced on the opportunity with Tropicana.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes,” said Tropicana spokesman Andy Herbertz. “The fact that we’ve gone land-based and we have all our slots and table games on one level was a big shift for our players.”

The sportsbook replaces 421 Lounge near the main entrance of the casino. Now the space is the exclusive home to a piece of a multi-billion-dollar industry.

Betters can wager on collegiate and professional sports in American and international across a range of leagues.

Betting windows are against the back wall, with 12 odds boards flashing betting lines.

Most think their team will lead to a treasure. Will it fill the better’s wallets? Time will tell. But Tropicana knows it’s winning just by being here.

“There are sports betters out there who now have the option to come into this beautiful new space and enjoy betting on their favorite sports,” said Herbertz. “It just adds another dimension.”

It takes pros of all kinds to keep these games going.

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This story was originally published on September 12, 2019

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