Legal sports betting is on its way to Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023. However, fans of horse racing don’t have to wait.
Caesars Sportsbook, as part of its partnership with the New York Racing Association, created the Caesars Racebook app and launched it in Ohio.
Horse racing generated $12.2 billion in betting handle in 2021. With that large a number, it stands to reason Caesars Sportsbook would want to get involved in the action. The Caesars Racebook app is officially live in Ohio and Florida, but that’s only the start. Caesars is expected to launch the app in more states throughout the year.
Caesars Racebook is available to download for iOS devices. It comes with a full horse racing menu, live streaming, race replays, handicapping insights, and more.
New Caesars Racebook users are entitled to an initial 100% deposit match up to $500. Additionally, the Caesars Rewards program will allow bettors to earn exclusive experiences as they wager.
Caesars certainly won’t be alone in the Ohio market. BetMGM Sportsbook also partnered with the NYRA to introduce a horse race betting platform to the Buckeye State.
Caesars, NYRA Build Upon Partnership
Caesars Sportsbook forged a partnership with the NYRA in January. The pact saw it become the official sports betting marketing partner in New York and the title sponsor of the NYRA Turf Triple Series at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. The creation of the Caesars Racebook app represents the deepening of that relationship.
“The launch of Caesars Racebook is an important milestone as we continue to add wagering opportunities for our customers and live streaming content for the first time,” Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Caesars Digital Dan Shapiro said.
Caesars Racebook utilizes NYRA Bets, the industry’s fastest-growing national advance deposit wagering platform. It allows its customers to safely and securely watch and wager on horse races.
Additionally, the Caesars Racebook app provides bettors with pari-mutuel wagering from a host of racetracks — more than 250 across the globe. A sampling of those tracks includes Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course, Del Mar, Santa Anita, and Keeneland, as well as Caesars operated tracks Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Horseshoe Indianapolis, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs.
Ohio has historically been a state very receptive to horse racing and betting, so it’s no shock to see sportsbook brands enter the Ohio market with apps to facilitate horse race wagers.
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