Leroy’s to add 6 sportsbooks within a month

Jul 9, 2002 10:03 AM

Continuing its statewide expansion, Leroy’s plans to add six satellite sports books next month.

Two Las Vegas casinos ”” Sahara and Silverton ”” will have Leroy’s operations beginning Aug. 1, pending approval from state regulators.

Other locations will be at the Silver Club in Sparks, Sharkey’s Nugget in Gardnerville, the Gold Ranch in Verdi and the El Capitan in Hawthorne.

The additions mean more and better betting opportunities, says American Wagering CFO Tim Lockinger. Silverton does not currently have a sports book because owner Ed Roski’s stake in the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and NHL Kings prevents him from taking bets on those leagues’ contests.

"We still can’t take bets on them, but we’re excited about opening,’’ Lockinger told GamingToday.

At the Sahara, the in-house book is rolling over to Leroy’s, which will handle substantially higher limits on college and pro football.

With regulatory approval this month, Leroy’s is bringing sports action back to Gardnerville, Verdi and Hawthorne. "They deserve an opportunity to bet,’’ Lockinger said of the small Northern Nevada communities. In fact, Sharkey’s will have what is believed to be Gardnerville’s the first-ever sports betting parlor. The Verdi and Hawthorne locations will be the only sports books in those towns.

The additions will bring Leroy’s to 45 outlets statewide. The move back into rural markets has been facilitated, Lockinger said, by new technology that makes far-flung betting networks more economical.