Sports Betting Debuts at Diamond Jo Casino

August 29, 2019 09:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Boyd Gaming and FanDuel Group held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for their first retail sportsbook in the state of Iowa, located at the Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood.

“People are excited about this, this is an opportunity, something new that they haven’t had here before. Sports resonates with almost everyone. It doesn’t matter what sport it may be, so people are excited," said Scott Smith, general manager of Diamond Jo Casino.

“Definitely will bring in a new demographic, a new group of people that will come to our property.”

Football hall of famer and Minnesota sports legend John Randle placed the ceremonial first bet.

“For me, I think sports betting, it’s a new experience for the fans who like sports. It gives them a new opportunity to get involved with it," Randle said.

Randle wagered 93 dollars, his former number.

“I placed a bet on the Minnesota Twins to win tonight, and I placed a bet of 93 bucks on them to have success. In placing the first bet today, I’m excited because we say in Texas, there’s a lot of hoopla in here, but I’m excited to be a part of it. The Twins playing tonight, for me I think that’s going to be an easy win because Twins have a lot of success and I think there’s nothing going to stop them," said Randle.

“For him to have the interest level to come down here to our property and do our inaugural first bet with FanDuel and Diamond Jo Casino is second to none,” Smith said.

The FanDuel Sportsbook features three betting windows, six video displays including a large video wall and 11 self-service IGT Playsports betting kiosks.

“If you’re unsure on how to make a sports wager, visit one of our team members, they’d be happy to help you out. Keep it simple and have fun with it,” said Smith.


Brett Bachtle

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