Commission approves rules for sports betting at Nebraska casinos

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission unanimously voted Friday to approve rules on sports betting in Nebraska’s racetrack casinos.

WarHorse Casino, the first in the state off of tribal land, is looking forward to offering this new type of gambling.

“We are really excited to see the sports betting regulations pass out of the gaming commission yesterday,” said director of marketing Pete Graziano. “It’s a great milestone to give the voters in the state what they asked for, which is casino gambling in Nebraska, including sports betting.”

The new regulations require all sports gambling to be done in person, on the grounds of a racetrack casino. The rules also prohibit betting on games that are played within the state, meaning no bets on who will win in Memorial Stadium.

WarHorse’s temporary casino is the only place in Nebraska that is set up to offer sports betting, but it’s expected two or three more will be up and running before sports gambling becomes a reality.

“It’s still our phase one building right, so it’s a small casino that we wanted to get live and bring online, but in the meantime, we’ll find ways to broaden the gaming offering when we can,” Graziano said.

As excited as some casino patrons are, the rules still need to be approved by Attorney General Doug Petersen and Governor Pete Ricketts before casinos can begin offering it.

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