Grand Opening of Churchill Downs BetAmerica Sportsbook Celebrated At Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) is celebrating the grand opening of its BetAmerica Sportsbook, coinciding with the start of this year’s NFL preseason.

The new sportsbook expands the company’s ever-growing national reach into sports betting.

The celebration of the grand opening of its BetAmerica Sportsbook took place at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino which will get the addition of 50 state-of-the-art sports wagering kiosks.

Acquisition of the venue in January established the iconic brand’s footprint in Pennsylvania, straightening its position in the ever-growing sports betting arena.

“The legalization of sports wagering across the country presents a great opportunity for Churchill Downs to deliver more entertainment options to our customers. We are excited to bring our industry-leading BetAmerica Sportsbook to the Pennsylvania market,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI.

Kevin O’Sullivan, vice president, and general manager of Presque Isle Downs & Casino, also comment on this event:

“This has been an exciting and transformative year for our team at Presque Isle Casino. We’re confident that the addition of the BetAmerica Sportsbook will help us draw an even larger crowd of sports fans and racing enthusiasts from across Pennsylvania and from surrounding states. This is great news, not just for Presque Isle Casino, but for the Erie community at large that benefits from increased tourism and interest in our city.”

Churchill is one of the largest and oldest brands in the gambling industry. It hosts the famous Kentucky Derby race and conducts its operation all over the States, in all betting activities. The company is tightening its influence in the sports betting, with its latest sportsbook expansion to Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

Newly Renovated Sportsbook Area

Twenty-five of the 50 new wagering kiosks are in the sportsbook area of Presque Isle, which has gone under complete renovation. In addition to kiosks, sports betting fans have the Hub center bar, Bar 90, and the High-Limit Room at their disposal. This layout allows bettors to easily lines and odds throughout the venue.

“Erie has already established itself as a go-to destination for many in our region, and the expansion at Presque Isle Casino will undoubtedly help us to draw even more visitors from near and far. We’re excited to see this venue continue to grow in the years to come,” states Ryan Bizzarro, Pennsylvania State Representative.

It is a very beneficial addition to the casino resort that already features:

  • Live poker
  • Table games
  • Slots
  • Sports wagering
  • Live thoroughbred horseracing and simulcast racing

The venue’s elegant amenities are designed specifically in order to provide its guests with maximum comfort and expected entertainment.

With superb casino space, a state-of-the-art seven table poker room in a smoke-free environment, four restaurants, and live entertainment it is easy to see why CDI has chosen this property to place its new sports betting kiosks.

Speaking of which, the Grand Opening Celebration for the BetAmerica Sportsbook was on Thursday, August 8. It included remarks from the General Manager, Kevin O’Sullivan, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony with community sports industry leaders and lavish party.


“Presque Isle Downs & Casino Celebrates Grand Opening of BetAmerica Sportsbook”,, August 9, 2019.

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Grand Opening of Churchill Downs BetAmerica Sportsbook Celebrated At Presque Isle Downs & Casino