NEW HAVEN — Betting on college and professional sporting events is coming to New Haven soon ... very soon. In fact, the newly renamed Winner’s Circle Race, Sports, Pub expects to open its sportsbook later this month.

According to General Manager David Doyle, patrons will be able to make wagers on everything from football, baseball, basketball, soccer and boxing to next summer’s Olympic Games. In addition, he expects that even more events will be added later to be able to offer a full sports package.  

The debut is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 20, according to the New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

The facility at 1304 Minnich Road in the New Haven Plaza has been gearing up for the opening since sports betting was approved by the Indiana Legislature during the 2019 session. An additional 12 employees have been added and are presently in training. More large television screens have been installed along with comfortable recliner chairs.

“We’re pretty much ready,” Doyle said. “We’ve been receiving a number of telephone calls and e-mails inquiring about it and are definitely expecting an increase in business. Our first goal will be to learn what the facility can handle. If it goes like we think it will, we may even have to hire a couple more employees.

We’re in a unique situation here. There are no professional teams here, but the fan base includes people who are passionate football fans of the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. That includes regional basketball and baseball teams, as well. There’s no other place in the area where people can wager on sports. Neither Ohio nor Michigan have sports betting, so because of our location in northeastern Indiana we will probably be getting people from both those states coming into New Haven.

“The Indiana Legislature actually approved for sports betting to begin Sept. 1. We are part of Caesars Entertainment, and our Winner’s Circle location in Indianapolis began hosting sports betting there Sept. 3. The Caesars group will open seven locations around the state including New Haven and the Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson at the same time.”

Doyle explained that there will be a number of ways to bet on games. A person can simply choose winners or losers, bet on the point spread, choose to parlay on multiple games or a number of other exotic combinations.

To be able to place bets at the Winner’s Circle, participants must be 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Guests can also join Caesars Rewards to earn valuable rewards every time they make a wager. There’s no charge to be an awards member. Bettors automatically become members, and they can earn reward credits to use for food, entertainment, free slot play and more at any Caesars Entertainment destination.

Doyle, a Portland, Indiana, native, has been running the New Haven operation since January. Before coming here he worked at Harrah’s Hoosier Park as a bartender, beverage supervisor and inventory control coordinator and was director of food and beverages at the Indianapolis Winner’s Circle.

“We’re excited about extending our service beyond racetrack betting,” Doyle said. “Our goal is to expose more people to sports betting by inviting them to get off the couch and enjoy food from VooDoo Lounge BBQ & Grill, which shares the building with us, and have fun watching games with other fans in a great atmosphere. And,” he added, “whatever happens in New Haven, stays in New Haven.”

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