The first-ever FanDuel Sportsbook is officially open in New Jersey — or anywhere, for that matter.
Here comes FanDuel
The Meadowlands Racetrack became the fourth facility in the state to offer a sportsbook when it opened its FanDuel-branded book on Saturday:
FanDuel was once only a daily fantasy sports company but has quickly pivoted to sports betting after being taken over by Dublin-based gaming company Paddy Power Betfair.
The track joined Monmouth Park, Ocean Resort Casino, and Borgata with the fourth legal sportsbook in the state. Those three books opened last month.
There is still no online NJ sports betting, although it is legal to offer. The first sports betting sites and apps are expected to go online later this month.
DraftKings, another fantasy sports company, teased the launch of its sports betting app on Friday.
The first look at the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands
The facility, of course, is not entirely new. The racetrack outside of New York City simply carved a space out of its existing facility to offer sports wagering.
Here’s a look at some of the scene from the Meadowlands:
The first bet was made by former state Sen. Ray Lesniak, who was instrumental in the state’s push for legal sports betting: