UK-based sports betting operator Betfred Sports announced the opening date of its Betfred at Mohegan Sun Sportsbook, which represents the bookmaker's first venture into the Nevada sports wagering market. The space will open on Thursday, February 9, inside Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton.
Betfred was granted approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission and Nevada Gaming Control Board to manage sports wagering at the Mohegan Sun Sportsbook on Thursday, January 25.
To celebrate the grand opening on Thursday, UNLV Rebels football and Cincinnati Bengals legend Elbert “Ickey” Woods will be placing the first bet at the sportsbook at 3:00 p.m. Best remembered for his signature touchdown celebration, the “Ickey Shuffle,” Woods was a breakout star in the NFL, setting both Bengals franchise and rookie records.
Betfred is an official sports betting partner of the Cincinnati Bengals. Woods is a member of the UNLV Athletics Hall Of Fame Class of 1998 and still holds Rebels rushing records today. He will also be hosting a meet and greet, open to the public in Betfred at Mohegan Sun Sportsbook after the first bet.
Fred Done, Founder and Chairman of Betfred, said: "After a long regulatory process, we are thrilled to finally open the doors of the Betfred at Mohegan Sun Sportsbook."
"This facility means so much to the entire Betfred team and me as we enter into the Nevada market, the sports betting capital of the world, ready to wow sports fans with a leading, modern facility at Mohegan Casino Las Vegas," he added.
Joe Hasson, General Manager at Mohegan Casino Las Vegas, commented: "It’s great to see our partnership with Betfred come to life in Nevada. The Betfred at Mohegan Sun Sportsbook will be a destination for sports fans who crave the sportsbook's convenience and comfort at the off-Strip property."
For his part, Richard Bosworth, President and CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, stated: "The new Betfred at Mohegan Sun Sportsbook delivers a diverse, engaging selection of betting options, no matter if you’re a huge sports fan or just want to check out the fun."
"The timing of the opening couldn’t be more ideal with the new partnership between the Vegas Golden Knights and Betfred Sports and as the resort prepares to welcome football fans from across the country to enjoy the championship game," he concluded.
The Betfred at @MoheganLV Sportsbook will be open to take wagers on Thursday!— Betfred Sportsbook (@BetfredSports) February 6, 2023
Cincinnati @Bengals Legend Ickey Woods will make the first official bet at 3 pm PST 💰
Head over to Mohegan Sun Sportsbook powered by Betfred inside @VirginHotelsLV to lock in your "Big Game" bets pic.twitter.com/yqgT6ZN9H0
The Las Vegas-based Betfred USA Sports was created in 2019 by Betfred Group. Betfred Group was founded in 1967 by brothers Fred and Peter Done and is based in Warrington, United Kingdom, owning and operating over 1,400 betting shops in the United Kingdom.
The Betfred at Mohegan Sun Sportsbook is located on the property's casino floor and boasts luxury seating, a state-of-the-art video wall with high-definition TVs, and over-the-counter wagering. Fans can take advantage of various betting options, including parlays, in-game wagering, teasers, futures, and props. Betfred at Mohegan Sun Sportsbook is operated by Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas.
Earlier this month, anticipating the opening of its first retail sportsbook in Vegas, Betfred was named the NHL's Golden Knights sports betting partner in a multiyear agreement. The partnership allows Betfred to advertise on the dasher board and LED signage at T-Mobile Arena in addition to the NHL’s new digitally enhanced broadcast signage.