Casino Metro, located at the Sheraton Hotel in the Convention District of the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, announced on Tuesday the opening of its new sportsbook with Caesars Sportsbook, a division of Caesars Entertainment. The parties also plan to launch the Caesars Sportsbook mobile app in Puerto Rico in 2023, subject to regulatory approvals.
Ismael Vega, General Manager of Casino Metro, said: “We are proud to launch the “MetroBets with Caesars Sportsbook” brand, at Casino Metro, generating more than 30 new jobs for our workforce.”
“The foray into the world of sports betting is a natural step for our operation, which has been characterized by constant innovation. Due to its complexity, as usual, we were immersed in a process of analysis and preparation to achieve it and we are proud to achieve this alliance with a giant like Caesars,” he added.
The retail Caesars Sportsbook at Casino Metro opens with three betting windows and 12 self-service betting kiosks for customers to place wagers. The newly renovated space will also feature more than 25 LED TVs and odds boards.
Casino Metro has already begun a planned expansion, which will be completed in the second quarter of 2023. This ambitious project would add more than 7,000 square feet to the operation of its casino.
Eric Hession, President of Caesars Digital, commented: “As we pursued sports betting in Puerto Rico under its unique framework, we wanted to align with the best possible partner that would provide deep, localized knowledge of the market. We found that partner in Casino Metro, which has a strong brand and customer base in the Puerto Rico market.”
After initially launching retail sports betting at Casino Metro, MetroBets with Caesars Sportsbook plans to expand to other satellite wagering locations in local businesses throughout the commonwealth, as permitted by Puerto Rico law, reaching a diverse customer base.
It should be noted that sports betting was approved, in February, to initially operate only in the facilities of the Casino del Mar, located in the La Concha hotel, which allowed customers to place bets of this type for the first time on the island during the NFL Super Bowl.