Last March, OTB filed for bankruptcy and closed several full-service betting parlors across the county, including one in Riverhead.
A year later, the company has opened 19 Qwik Bet locations at neighborhood bars, including the newly named Carmody's (formerly ) Rocky Point, as part of their reorganization to become profitable, according to OTB spokesperson Debbie Pfeiffer.
“We’ve made a big push with the Qwik Bet, since we did have to close a number of branches last year, so folks can still wager especially on the big race days,” she said. “Our employees will be available on those big days to help first-time betters — we don’t want people to be intimidated by these machines.”
All the bartender has to do it give the customer a cash voucher from a machine at the bar, then the voucher is used to make the bet at the Qwik Bet machines.
The 19 new Suffolk Qwik Bet locations can all be seen in the attached PDF.
Miller Place-Rocky Point Patch wants to know, are you looking forward to using these new machines? Do you think the these machines will help OTB become profitable? Share your thoughs in the comments section below.