Sky Ute Sportsbook Set To Soft Launch In CO Next Week

Posted on May 29, 2020

Sky Ute Casino and Resort in Ignacio will become the seventh Colorado casino to launch a sports betting app. It will also be the first tribal casino in the state to do so when it soft launches in the next week.

Sky Ute Sportsbook will be powered by USBookmaking. It will be available as an app for both Android and IOS devices via links on Sky Ute’s website or the Apple App Store.

Sky Ute did not have to get sportsbook license

Under Colorado gaming law, as a tribal casino, Sky Ute did not need to apply for a sports betting license. It was clear to launch a retail and online sportsbook when sports betting launched in Colorado on May 1, 2020.

One of the biggest keys to online sportsbooks in Colorado is the ability for bettors to sign up and use them anywhere within state lines.

Online betting apps are an even bigger deal now with casinos throughout the state shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sky Ute Casino closed on March 23. There have been no announcements regarding when it will reopen.

A message on the casino’s website says they ‘look forward to welcoming guests back as soon as it is safe.’ However, it’s worth noting that, as a tribal casino, Sky Ute does not have to follow the rules laid out by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.

‘Best odds in Colorado’?

Sky Ute Sportsbook advertises itself as having the ‘best odds in Colorado.’ Whether that is true remains to be seen until the app actually launches.

Sky Ute will allow wagering on all the major professional leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, UFC, NASCAR, PGA Tour, MLS) and college sports (football and men’s and women’s basketball) as well as tennis, boxing,  international soccer, and esports.

Who is USBookmaking?

Based out of Las Vegas, USBookmaking is an ideal sports betting partner for Sky Ute Casino. Founded in 2016 by Victor Salerno, the company is the leader in serving Native American casinos and bills itself as the only Native American-owned sportsbook enterprise in the U.S.

Salerno, who is now the president of USBookmaking, has been in the sports betting business for more than 40 years.

Ute Mountain sports betting plans

As for the other tribal casino in Colorado, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel announced earlier this year that it plans on opening a sportsbook, but has yet to divulge any particulars on the matter.

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