AKWESASNE — Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort has an agreement with the Stars Group that will eventually bring sports betting to the region.

The alliance will support the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's casino in recording this milestone as New York state moves toward regulated sports wagering.

The agreement also grants the Stars Group an option to operate and brand real-money online sports betting, poker and casinos in New York, subject to license availability, state law, and regulatory approvals.

Bets will be accepted through kiosks as soon as the state permits sports wagering.

 

'HIGHLY EXPERIENCED'

Earlier this month, the New York Gaming Commission approved regulations for licensing, opening and operating sports-betting facilities in the state.

“Our highly experienced team is thrilled to announce a state-of-the-art sports betting experience in partnership with the Stars Group," Todd Papineau, general manager of Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, said in a news release.

"With online betting and gaming solutions and FOX Bet and PokerStars brands, we believe the Stars Group is positioned to become a leader in the U.S. online betting and gaming industry — and our casino is excited to connect our sports enthusiasts with the next generation of interactive gaming.”

 

In anticipation of sports wagering in the state, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino’s renovation planning kicked off months ago.

construction of the 5,200-square-foot interactive venue, Stick’s Sports Bar & Sports Book, is starting.

The sports lounge, featuring a high-definition video wall and 25 television screens, is expected to open this fall.

Expanded dining and beverage options will feature the on-premise seasonal craft brewery selection from Maple Brewing and a new menu.

FOX Bet CEO Robin Chhabra said the new agreement "further strengthens our market access as we work to build our FOX Bet business into one of the leaders in the emerging U.S. online betting and gaming market.”