- Betfred Sports is powering a new retail sportsbook Arizona’s We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort.
- The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Fort McDowell, AZ is owned and operated by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
- Betfred also offers mobile and online betting throughout Arizona.
A lot of activity of late–at least on the retail sportsbook front–as properties work to get ready for NFL football season. One of the many announcements to drop this week involves Betfred Sports. Betfred and the We-Ko-Pa Casino in Fort McDowell, AZ has partnered on a state-of-the-art retail sportsbook. Dubbed ‘WKP Sportsbook Powered By BetFred Sports’, it is now open as the NFL prepares for their first big Sunday of action on September 11, 2022.
Betfred and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation have been actively partnered since early August 2021. Betfred kiosks began to appear at the property in November 2021 with promises of a state-of-the art retail sportsbook to open in 2022. In March 2022, Betfred launched mobile and online betting throughout Arizona. The relationship continues into a new phase with the launch of the WKP Sportsbook, which sounds like a very impressive venue:
Powered by Betfred Sportsbook (with whom the We-Ko-Pa Casino has partnered since August 2021 to bring sports betting to Arizona residents), the new Sportsbook boasts a massive Planar 4K direct view LED video wall (47′ wide by 9′ tall) that can show three separate games side-by-side, with each screen measuring 18’4′ diagonally. Each screen can be further split into four separate 9.2′ diagonal sections, allowing up to 12 separate games to be seen simultaneously.
Elsewhere in the press release, we learn that the sportsbook has a cashiers stand with four wagering terminals to supplement kiosks in the sportsbook and throughout the casino. Kirk Brumbaugh, Table Games Director for the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, is excited to open the sportsbook which took considerable time and planning:
“We took our time in creating our new Sportsbook because we wanted to learn from those that came before us, maximize existing resources, and leverage the latest electronic advancements so we could take our facility to the next level of gaming excellence.”
Bryan Bennett, Chief Operating Officer of Betfred USA Sports, said that the goal was to create one of the best retail sportsbook experiences in Arizona:
“We’re excited to increase our presence in Arizona in partnership with the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort and WKP Sportsbook. As a team, we set out early to create one of the best game-watching and betting experiences in the state, and we’re confident we’ve accomplished that goal.”
As is the trend in US retail sportsbooks, there will be plenty of food and other libations:
Opening just in time for football season, the new Sportsbook is connected to WKP Sports & Entertainment, a full-service sports bar that offers a variety of innovative appetizers, wings, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads and entrees along with more than 45 draft beers, signature cocktails, their proprietary Party Punch, beer cocktails, wine, premium spirits and adult milkshakes. Beverage service will be available during the Sportsbook hours of operation.
The new Sportsbook is open seven days a week from 10 am on weekdays (9 am on Saturday and Sunday) until closing. The We-Ko-Pa Casino resort is less than a half hour from downtown Phoenix just outside of suburban Scottsdale and just 20 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.