Stevens to introduce sports-entertainment offerings in Downtown Las Vegas
September 07, 2018 9:31 AM
by Robert Mann
Las Vegas casino owner and well-known sports bettor Derek Stevens said Thursday he will introduce three unique sports-entertainment offerings throughout his resurgent Downtown Las Vegas properties.
Stevens also revealed he is taking a 10 percent stake in the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) and will build the multi-platform sports wagering media outlet a new studio in his new downtown casino, for now, known as 18 Fremont Street. VSiN would then operate from the new downtown location in addition to its current studio at the South Point.
Stevens told VSiN’s Brent Musburger, Thursday, that Nevada gaming regulators are being asked to approve an application for operation of a new sportsbook at his Golden Gate Hotel & Casino that will serve as an operational prototype for another multi-level venue to be located at 18 Fremont, now under construction, as well as the hub for the sportsbook at the D Las Vegas.
“The State of Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, has always been the hub for sports wagering in the United States and with the recent Supreme Court ruling, we believe sports wagering will accelerate tremendously,” said Stevens. “Our entrance into the legal sports wagering market is timely and will be enhanced with our 10 percent investment into VSIN. We look forward to operating the D and the Golden Gate Sportsbooks while creating the most dynamic sportsbook in Las Vegas history and the new VSiN Studios at our 18 Fremont project.”
The current sportsbook at The D is operated by William Hill US.
The new sportsbook space at the Golden Gate is expected to debut in in mid-2019. Stevens is anticipating that his new 18 Fremont project, still officially un-named, will feature the largest single screen television in the city alongside numerous additional HD screens and personalized customer service kiosks.
Stevens has hired Las Vegas sports betting industry veteran Matthew Metcalf as sports director. Metcalf previously worked at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Stevens, a Michigan native and a booster of all things Detroit, has owned an operated The D Las Vegas since in 2012. 18 Fremont will be Downtown Las Vegas’ first resort/casino to be built from the ground up in decades.