Not only does Emerald Resort & Casino’s Sport Bar feature all live action sport games on big screens, but visitors can now place bets on horse racing, soccer and rugby with the newly installed TAB betting station.
“We are delighted to announce that the TAB betting station in our own Sports Bar is now operational after the official launch on the 14th May 2015,” says Tanuja Gangabishun, Marketing Executive at Emerald Resort & Casino. “Since the inception of Sports Bar in 2013, the goal was always to have a TAB on premises where patrons can be part of the magic of horseracing and sports betting.”
The launch was well attended by Phumelela executives, Emerald Resort & Casino management and guests, Teletrack representatives, race enthusiasts, jockeys, horse racing trainers and owners. “We’re very excited that top jockey and six-time champion, Pierre Strydom, made time to join us on the same day that he achieved his 5000th win on South African soil. What an incredible milestone, especially since it occurred at the Vaal Racecourse,” says Tanuja.
Pierre, better known as ‘Striker’ to horseracing fans, has a total of 5072 wins under his belt, 72 of these achieved overseas.
TAB is Phumelela’s tote betting division, one of only two licensed horseracing and tote betting operators in South Africa. In addition to horse racing, TAB has an exciting and popular range of bets on soccer and rugby. Bets on other sports will be launched in the future.
“Horse racing takes place 364 days a year with 450 race meetings and over 100 Graded and Listed races held annually,” confirms Gangabishun. “TAB adds to the already popular gaming environment within Sports Bar and synergises well with ongoing events at the casino and all areas of the property at Emerald Resort & Casino.”
Sports Bar is a unique smoking venue where guests can experience live action sport on state of the art video and audio, combined with gaming on six slot machines. The venue now offers betting across multiple sport platforms with TAB, which includes rugby and soccer. This action bar is fully licensed and offers a varied selection of food.