For the longest time, Las Vegas had been known as a haven for gamblers, and nothing but. Dozens of casinos line the Las Vegas Strip, offering luxurious travelers and locals alike a healthy dose of partying and high-class gambling, and most casino operators were content to have the same kind of people come through their doors every night.
But this is quickly changing, and casinos are starting to appeal to more than just high rollers and heavy punters. In the past few years, we’ve seen New Jersey casinos try to get more sports fans through their doors by offering sports booking and betting, and even online gambling portal InterCasino’s promotions have involved more than one major sporting events, including the Grand National, in the past year or so. The congested market has led to a majority of these casinos to begin tapping into new demographics, and the equestrian industry has been far from ignored.
Casinos in the US’s major cities have begun opening their doors to equestrians, and if you find yourself on the road looking for a place to gamble and keep your beautiful horses, you need look no further than…
1. The Rolling Hills Casino and Equestrian Center
The Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, CA has long been one of the most renowned casinos in all of California. Although already a haven for gamblers with 840 slot machines and dozens of table games in varied denominations, expansions and renovations have paved the way for the casino to establish its own Equestrian Center. The famed Equestrian Center includes 200 covered kick-proof, chew-proof MDBarnmaster stalls, an expansive indoor arena, covered warm-up area, and even a 150 ft x 300 ft outdoor arena.
The Rolling Hills Equestrian Center is open for bookings of sporting events and other equestrian events, with events already booked and running throughout the year.
2. South Point Arena and Equestrian Center
South Point’s location in the heart of Las Vegas makes it a prime choice for equestrians who want to take some time off of races and shows and just take a load off in an old-fashioned casino. Claiming to be the finest indoor horse facility in the country, South Point has a whopping 4,500-seat arena with 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls. It’s also home to many of the world’s most prestigious tournaments. South Point also has a wonderful homey casino within its hotel.
3. Kansas Star Casino and Equestrian Center
Wildly successful, the Kansas Star Casino made headlines when it boasted of the highest revenues among all the state-owned casinos in Kansas. But even though the casino has already become one of the most sought-after destinations for gambling in the state, ground is also being broken on a new 10,000-square-foot meeting space and convention for equestrian events. This space is set to be completed in 2015, promising to be the premiere location for all equestrian events in Kansas.