The Sportsbook Bar & Grill has 100 TV monitors, betting terminals and food as well as drinks.
LINCOLN — Overwhelmed at times by the number of people trying to place bets, Twin River Casino on Friday morning opened a new space to wager on games, and to eat and drink.
The Sportsbook Bar & Grill opened at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the casino where the Wicked Good Bar & Grill used to be, the casino announced. It includes four new betting terminals the casino hopes will help ease the crush of bettors at peak times at the third-floor betting windows that opened last month.
“The Sportsbook Bar & Grill will be a 3,600-square-foot dedicated sports betting lounge with over 100 TV monitors plus betting terminals. A full menu of food and beverages will be available,” Twin River said in a news advisory.
Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, a chief proponent of sports gambling, on Monday told The Journal that about 200 Twin River gamblers had been unable to place bets before last week’s National Football League games began because there weren’t enough employees taking bets.
“I’m not happy with what’s going on now,” Ruggerio said in an interview Monday. “They should have been up and running [earlier], and they turned away a lot of people up there.
“They don’t have enough ticket punchers to accommodate the crowd, and once the game comes around at 1 p.m., they can’t bet anymore. There were a lot of disenchanted people there [last Sunday] and this is not the first time it has happened.”
Ruggerio is planning a push for sports betting by mobile phone in next year’s legislative session.
Twin River has opened the Lincoln sports gambling operation in phases, with three betting terminals in the initial third-floor sports book parlor that opened just after Thanksgiving, plus three more third-floor “overflow” terminals.
Now that the betting restaurant is open, the final planned expansion will add 15 self-service betting kiosks. Those kiosks are expected to open “in the coming weeks,” Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle said.