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Resorts World Las Vegas Will Operate Sportsbook In-House

James Murphy
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  • Resorts World Las Vegas will operate their sportsbook in-house offering retail and mobile wagering.
  • Resorts World LV’s grand opening is set for June 24, 2021.
  • The property is located at 3000 Las Vegas Boulevard, formerly the site of the Stardust Hotel & Casino.

A bit of good news for the otherwise stagnant Las Vegas sportsbook scene–the Resorts World Las Vegas property set to open on June 24, 2021 will run their sportsbook ‘in house’. This means another retail and mobile ‘out’ for players in the Las Vegas Valley.

Since Resorts World operates the sportsbook at their Catskills New York property it isn’t a huge surprise that they won’t be outsourcing. With their Las Vegas casino set to open in just over a month they’re in the process of ‘dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s’ from a regulatory standpoint and that has provided us with confirmation that this is the plan. Among their many requests for regulatory approval on the agenda at the May 20 meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission is licensing for the Resorts World Las Vegas sportsbook:

They’ve hired Richard Corbett as the sportsbook manager–he worked previously in that capacity for MGM Resorts with time spent at the Luxor and Excalibur. They’re also in the process of hiring sports traders:

If you’re interested in applying for this gig you can do so at the link below:


They are acquiescing to the dubious trend of ‘sports book as part of a multifaceted entertainment concept’. So get ready for the ‘Dawg House Saloon & Sportsbook’:

As just about everyone knows by now, the Resorts World Las Vegas project is on the former site of the iconic Stardust Resort & Casino which at one point was the center of the sports betting universe. Resorts World will be the first new Strip property to open in more than a decade–since The Cosmopolitan debuted on December 15, 2010. The property at 3000 South Las Vegas Boulevard has been dormant since the Stardust Resort & Casino closed on November 1, 2006. Boyd Gaming–owners of the Stardust–had planned to build a ‘next level’ property named Echelon on the site but the ‘Great Recession’ and meltdown of the Las Vegas real estate market put an end to those plans. Boyd Gaming would eventually sell the unfinished project to the Genting Group in 2013.

Resorts World Las Vegas also faced several delays in construction since groundbreaking in 2015. At one point, there was a good deal of skepticsm among Vegas Valley longtimers that the property would ever be finished. Fortunately, Resorts World wasn’t destined to join the lengthy list of Las Vegas casinos that failed prior to opening. Construction crews continued working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and since it started to become evident that the project would be completed it has generated considerable excitement in Southern Nevada. In the press release announcing the opening date, Resorts World Las Vegas President Scott Sibella expressed his excitement at the impending debut:

“After years of planning and constructing this monumental property with some of the most innovative partners in the industry, Resorts World Las Vegas will redefine the hospitality standard in Las Vegas with unmatched dining and entertainment, more variety of hotel accommodations than anywhere else on the Strip, and the city’s most progressive technology. We are filled with gratitude and excitement as we approach our opening this June and hope to play a role in Las Vegas’s rebound after what has been an incredibly challenging year for the destination and greater hospitality industry.”

95% of the property will open on June 24 including hotel rooms and suites, more than 40 food and beverage outlets, 70,000 square feet of retail space and a 117,000-square-foot casino.

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