Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation, owner of Batavia Downs Casino, announced today (Tuesday June 19) a strategic partnership of services (including harness racing) with Saratoga Casino and Raceway and eBet Technologies, LLC.
Subject to approval of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, these two prominent New York State racing entities will be partnering in the launch of the new advanc e deposit internet wagering platform, www.BataviaBets.com.
"We felt very strongly that we should partner with a proven organization within New York State such as Saratoga," said Michael Kane, CEO of Western OTB/ Batavia Downs. "This will work towards the betterment of wagering for our customers and be a great example on how we can work together within New York State to strengthen the horse racing industry."
Kane also added that support was acquired for SaratogaBets because of the platform’s proven success.
Western OTB’s unprecedented alliance with Saratoga Casino and Raceway is part of an effort amongst New York State racing entities to work together to create cost effective revenue opportunities in today’s highly competitive pari-mutuel environment.
"We have experienced great success with www.SaratogaBets.com, our advance dep osit wagering platform," said Jamie Hartman, Executive Vice President of Saratoga Casino and Raceway. "We’re thrilled to collaborate with eBet and Batavia Downs to institute this exciting wagering option in western New York and to further promote increased support and interest in New York racing."
BataviaBets is a free service allowing customers who sign-up for an account to wager on pari-mutuel events via the internet in addition to wagering via the telephone. Focused on servicing local residents and guests who support Batavia Downs and the Western Regional OTB network, this convenient option gives access to customers who would like to place a wager, watch the races, or check results.
BataviaBets internet wagering platform will be powered by eBet Technologies Inc. The official lau nch of www.BataviaBets.com is pending approval of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
"We are excited to work with an organization like Batavia Downs to extend their brand while maintaining access and control of their customer base," said Mark Gregory, Chairman of eBet.We’re focused on delivering new channels and incremental revenues for regional racetracks like Batavia."