We’d like to thank our partners and the PRGC for making our sportsbook available throughout all of Puerto Rico, and we’re confident customers will enjoy an experience they can’t find anywhere else. Puerto Ricans have another option for mobile sports betting after Caesars Entertainment announced that it had launched its *Caesars Sportsbook * on the island.
Caesars has a partnership with Casino Metro in San Juan, the largest casino on the island. It opened a retail sportsbook at Casino Metro in December and has since been waiting for approval from the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission (PRGC) to launch its mobile sportsbook app.
Since retail sports betting at Casino Metro is conducted under the brand name “MetroBets with Caesars Sportsbook,” it was assumed that Caesars could launch its sportsbook under that skin as well. But it stuck with the eponymous — and more well-known — Caesars Sportsbook brand instead. The app officially launched on July 6.
“The launch of our mobile sports wagering platform is an excellent complement to the elevated experience we’ve provided customers at MetroBets with Caesars Sportsbook at Casino Metro,” said Caesars Digital President Eric Hession.
“We’d like to thank our partners and the PRGC for making our sportsbook available throughout all of Puerto Rico, and we’re confident customers will enjoy an experience they can’t find anywhere else.”
Casino Metro is owned and operated by Interlink, a real estate firm whose portfolio includes properties across Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Caesars says its long-term strategy in Puerto Rico is to expand through satellite wagering locations inside local businesses around the island.
Caesars follows BetMGM Sportsbook, which launched its mobile sports betting app in Puerto Rico in early June. BetMGM has a partnership with Casino del Mar at La Concha Resort, which is also in San Juan. The operator opened a retail sportsbook at the property last December.
Three More Mobile Sportsbooks Possible
At least three additional mobile sportsbooks are possible on the island.
PRGC Executive Director Jaime Rivera-Emmanuelli announced late last month that the regulator had approved the start by Caesars but also gave The Stadium LLC, a Puerto-Rico based entertainment company, permission to launch an IGT-powered mobile sportsbook under the WinIn brand.
Coupled with BetMGM, Puerto Ricans would have access to three mobile sportsbooks, Rivera-Emmanuelli said.
“With these three operations, we officially begin a new stage of sports betting in Puerto Rico, and with it, we will see the growth of this market, which will generate tourism activity, economic benefits, and solid revenue for the government,” Rivera-Emmanuelli told News is my Business, an online media outlet based on the island.
“This new form of entertainment offers a wide range of plays in sports such as basketball, baseball, and the NFL, which includes the Super Bowl, and possibly special events like Miss Universe.”
As of 4 pm ET Friday, it did not appear that WinIn Sportsbook had launched mobile sports betting, but it was offering cash prizes in daily sports prediction contests.
Two other sportsbooks could launch in the near future.
Last March, Ballers Sportsbook announced it entered into a multi-year partnership with Sportradar to offer sports betting on the island. Ballers said Sportradar’s ORAKO software would power its sportsbook. It originally projected a launch in Q2 2023 but has obviously been delayed.
Also in March, software developer SB22 announced a separate partnership with ZingSports, an operator based in Puerto Rico.