Who is going to run all of these sports book operations?
October 14, 2018 7:26 AM
by Dave Dye
With legal sports betting expanding to more states outside Nevada, the question becomes: Who is going to run all of these operations?
As Scott Butera, a president for MGM Resorts, put it, “A lot of really astute bookmakers are probably not employable by regulated companies.”
No, these new legalized sportsbooks probably don’t want to hire illegal bookies.
What’s more, there were only so many experienced bookmakers around Las Vegas to start. Some have already made the move to other states, including George Cole, who went from Aliante Casino to running Boyd Gaming’s sportsbooks in Mississippi.
“It’s been difficult,” said Justin Carter, a general manager for Penn National Gaming properties in Tunica, Miss. “There’s a finite resource of seasoned sports-betting operators out there.”
So what’s the solution?
Christian Stuart, an executive vice-president for Caesars Entertainment, said there are a lot of other talented interactive employees within the industry who enjoy sports and just have to be taught the ins and outs of the bookmaking business.
“It’s a big opportunity for people’s careers,” Stuart said