DraftKings has announced its entry into the Colorado sports betting market after detailing plans for Twin River Worldwide HoldingsMardi Gras Casino.

Patrons of the Black Hawk property will be able to access the temporary sportsbook from Friday 10 July, with the entity featuring eight self-service betting kiosks, a cashier window and several large flat screened TVs throughout the space.

“This partnership with DraftKings allows us to provide an unmatched sports betting experience to Coloradans, not only with their mobile betting access, but also with this exciting DraftKings retail sportsbook location,” said George Papanier, president and chief executive officer of Twin River Worldwide Holdings

“We are looking forward to introducing our guests to the fully renovated space in the coming months and until that time, are glad to be able to give our guests the ability to safely start placing bets as many professional sports begin to resume in the coming weeks.”

The DraftKings Sportsbook at the Mardi Gras Casino will be the seventh branded retail location for the group, joining locations in Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York.

Construction of the permanent sportsbook location is underway, and once complete both parties will unveil a space which includes a large feature bar, an expansive wall of TVs and VIP Lounge area access. 

“As our partners at Mardi Gras Casino work to expand their current operations and location, we are thrilled to come together to provide the most exciting, real time gaming opportunities as sports begin to make their return,” said Ezra Kucharz, DraftKings’ chief business officer

“DraftKings and Mardi Gras Casino are committed to providing a safe, immersive and entertaining gaming environment to ensure sports fans in Colorado have the most enjoyable experience possible.”

Mardi Gras Casino currently has a number of safety precautions in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of all guests, including requiring face coverings for all individuals, the use of handheld thermometers, requiring guests utilise social distancing and increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas.