It’s far from inevitable — despite all the rhetoric you’ve probably been hearing — but there’s a chance New Jersey casinos and racetracks will be able to take sports bets at some point in 2018.
If the US Supreme Court rules in favor of New Jersey, expect a quick rollout of sportsbooks across the state. In fact, several properties are already making preparations to install sportsbooks.
MGM planning to build sports book at Borgata in Atlantic City. William Hill planning to add standalone sports book to Monmouth Park. New Jersey is revving up for expanded legalization of sports betting.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) November 15, 2017
Here’s what we currently know about the NJ sports betting options that could be available.
Borgata is owned and run by one of the biggest casino operators in the world, MGM Resorts.
MGM also happens to be one of the biggest sports-betting companies in Nevada, where it operates the following sportsbooks:
- MGM Grand
- Mandalay Bay
- The Mirage
- Monte Carlo
- New York-New York
- Circus Circus
MGM seems pretty optimistic about the forthcoming Supreme Court decision, as Vice President of Race & Sports Jay Rood told the Sports Betting USA Conference his company is in the development stages of building a sports book at Borgata.
— PropSwap (@PropSwap) November 15, 2017
Given the right ruling, an online sports betting platform via Borgata Casino online is almost a certainty, as well.
Caesars AC, Bally’s AC, Harrah’s AC
Caesars hasn’t made its Atlantic City sports betting plans public, but expect the company to be a big player in the market. It will almost certainly build sportsbooks at two, or possibly all three, of its Atlantic City properties.
A local titan, Caesars Entertainment’s three-headed Atlantic City monster will also be able to draw on the company’s sportsbook experience in Nevada:
- Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book
- Bally’s Las Vegas Race & Sports Book
- Flamingo Las Vegas Sports Book
- Paris Las Vegas Race & Sports Book
- Rio Las Vegas Race & Sports Book
- The Linq Race & Sports Book
- Planet Hollywood Race & Sports Book
Again, the Caesars online casino is a good bet to eventually offer mobile wagering. Caesars got into mobile wagering in Nevada at the end of 2017.
Golden Nugget AC
Golden Nugget is another casino corporation with sports betting experience. Its sister property in Las Vegas houses a sportsbook.
The company’s sports betting plans in Atlantic City haven’t yet come to light, but it’s unlikely Golden Nugget will be a spectator in the market. As a habit, the company innovates and adopts new gaming products early at its Golden Nugget online casino: everything from live dealer games to virtual sports.
Hard Rock AC
We don’t know much about what Hard Rock AC has planned for its New Jersey sports betting strategy.
That shouldn’t be too surprising considering the casino is still several months away from opening its doors.
Monmouth Park has been a big driver for sports betting in New Jersey. The track is already partnered with William Hill US (William Hill runs the track’s racebook) and plans to start taking bets almost immediately if sports betting is authorized.
“I would anticipate that Monmouth Park would be up and running within two weeks and while I can’t speak for casinos or other tracks, I am sure everyone is going to try and move forward expeditiously,” said Darby Development CEO Dennis Drazin in an interview with Observer after oral arguments were presented to the Supreme Court. “If the Supreme Court rules PASPA is unconstitutional, we would most likely have the option on the short-term basis of opening under the old law.”
Ocean Resort Casino
Ocean Resort Casino (the former Revel) is still months away from opening its doors. Despite its dormant state, the casino looks to be among the better positioned to offer sports betting.
In early January, Ocean Resort owner Bruce Deifik was quoted in a press release saying, “Atlantic City is coming back with a vengeance, and with the groundwork for the legalization of sports betting, we foresee a great opportunity to bring a state-of-the-art sportsbook to a city which caters to a large and diverse sports market.”
Ocean Resort’s sports betting ambitions aren’t limited to a land-based book. It’s partnered with GAN to offer real-money NJ online casinos. Plus, GAN recently inked a deal with sports betting provider SBTECH.
Resorts is a bit behind its Atlantic City neighbors when it comes to sports betting possibilities. For one, it can’t claim a presence in Nevada. But that doesn’t mean Resorts will sit on its hands.
Like Golden Nugget, Resorts has been on the cutting edge when it comes to embracing new technologies and innovating in the casino space. Look to the property’s one-of-a-kind iGaming Lounge as Exhibit A.
Furthermore, Resorts is already offering quasi-sports-betting products, including the DFS/sports betting hybrid game FastPick and virtual sports.
Resorts boasts a lot of options when it comes to partnering with a sports betting provider. It could easily turn to one of its existing online gaming partners, The Stars Group or NYX Gaming (Scientific Games).
Tropicana hasn’t made any official statements about sports betting in New Jersey, but it’s a veritable lock the casino will offer sports betting on-property and online if permitted.