Pagentry, Tradition of Kentucky Derby Celebrated at Potawatomi Bingo Casino May 5

MILWAUKEE – The Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, will be the featured attraction Saturday, May 5, at Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

Guests can view the annual “Run for the Roses,” and all of the races leading up to it, in the Casino’s spacious Off Track Betting Room, or on a massive 20-foot screen in the 500-seat Northern Lights Theater. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. in the Off Track Betting Room and 9 a.m. in the theater.

“Potawatomi Bingo Casino will be the place to be for die-hard thoroughbred racing fans, casual followers of the sport or novices” said Potawatomi Bingo Off Track Betting room Manager Paul Lurenz. “The weekend will be packed full of exciting racing action.”


Guests can advance wager on the Kentucky Derby, and its preceding races, from 8:30 a.m. until close Friday, May 4, and 8:30 a.m. until post time Saturday, May 5, in the Off Track Betting Room. Post time is scheduled for 5:24 p.m. (CST). Wagering will be available in the box office area of the Northern Lights Theater from 9 a.m. until post time Saturday, May 5. Wagers start as low as $1. Off Track Betting staff will be on hand to answer questions.

While enjoying the great thoroughbred racing action, guests can get a taste of the Bluegrass State by ordering up a crisp, refreshing Mint Julep. The beverage staple will be made available in the Northern Lights Theater and in the Casino’s Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill. Firekeeper’s Club Members who place a wager will receive a free commemorative Mint Julep glass by presenting their ticket at the booth across from the Off-Track Betting Room.

Open 364 days a year, Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s 5,000 square-foot Off-Track Betting Room features 115 televisions piping in thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the world.  

Potawatomi Bingo Casino is one of two casinos owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. It is located at 1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wis. The casino is a showcase for high stakes bingo, offering some of the nation's highest daily payouts.  A popular attraction for local guests, tourists and tour groups, the casino features blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette table games, video and reel slot machines, off-track betting, and a variety of live entertainment.  Potawatomi Bingo Casino is committed to raising awareness of the risks of problem gambling, maintaining a level of first-class customer service, while investing in its most valuable asset – its 2,500 multicultural employees.  Through the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation and Miracle on Canal Street, the casino supports numerous local charities and community organizations. Driving directions and more information about Potawatomi Bingo Casino can be obtained by calling toll-free, 1-800-PAYS-BIG or by visiting the website at