Sports betting in Puerto Rico has been hailed a success following the launch of BetMGM’s sports betting platform and retail sportsbook on the Caribbean island.
A temporary license was issued just days before Super Bowl LVI that allowed gambling operator BetMGM to go live in San Juan, the capital and largest city of Puerto Rico.
Although sports betting was officially legalised in 2019, a number of delays and set-backs has resulted in the regulatory process taking longer than expected.
However, the season’s biggest NFL match took place yesterday and there were many happy betting enthusiasts and sports fans that were able to legally place wagers on the face-off between the Rams and the Bengals, with the former being victorious by a margin of just 3, with the tie ending 23 to 20.
An influx of wagers took place in Puerto Rico via the operators sports betting platform and at the retail outlet situated at Casino del Mar.
Without doubt this is a huge step for the Island of Enchantment as it opens its doors to sportsbook operators, allowing a portion of the some 3 million citizens to place bets from within the borders of the unincorporated territory of the United States.
According to reports, following the successful launch of sports betting in Puerto Rico by BetMGM, other operators could follow suit, including leading online brands PointsBet and Unibet.
Adam Greenblatt of BetMGM commented on the launch and why it was significant for the operator:
This is a monumental day for BetMGM as it marks the launch of our first operation outside of the U.S. mainland.
Casino del Mar delivers exceptional guest experiences and is an ideal partner as we look to extend our brand in Puerto Rico.
Sigfrido de Jesús, General Manager at the retail location of the operator sportsbook Casino del Mar also shared comments on the launch and why it could be the start of things to come:
We are very excited to kick off sports betting at Casino del Mar through this important strategic alliance with BetMGM.
In Puerto Rico, there is a wide base of sports fans who will now add the possibility of becoming winners to the excitement of their favourite sports games and matches.