NJ Gaming News: Wynn Launches Sportsbook App; FanDuel Palp Under Investigation

Written By Bill Gelman on August 6, 2020 - Last Updated on October 29, 2020

We are happy to report that the New Jersey sports betting drought is officially over. The NBA, NHL and MLB are all several days into their respective restarts.

For the most part, things are going according to plan … unless you’re a Philadelphia Phillies or Miami Marlins fan. Both teams saw a week’s worth of games impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks in their clubs.

As far as NJ sportsbook apps go, a new player with Las Vegas ties is launching just in time for NFL betting season. Any guesses who it could be?

And here’s another question.

Have you ever wondered how far a $2 wager will go at NJ online casinos? Let’s just say one BetMGM customer got extremely lucky. And by lucky, we mean hit a record online jackpot.

Here are the latest headlines making New Jersey gambling news this week.

Wynn Sports makes it 18 NJ sports betting apps

Wynn is the newest player in the NJ sports betting game. Yes, rumors have persisted for years that the Las Vegas-based operator planned to launch in the Garden State.

Some wondered if a launch would ever happen.

Well, the Wynn Sports (and online casino) app recently received the stamp of approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Operating under the Caesars Interactive license, it kicked off wagering with a five-day soft launch.

The platform, which is only available as an app on iOS and Android, is powered by European-based BetBull Limited and Global Payments Gaming Solutions.

As of Wednesday, there were limited offerings available to users.

Here are some of the current wagering options at Wynn Sports:

  • MLB
  • NHL
  • NBA
  • NFL
  • MMA
  • Soccer

In terms of the online casino, it’s strictly slots for now. The library includes a tad more than 40 titles. Some of the current selections are:

  • Jackpot Jester 200K
  • Starmania
  • Medusa
  • Irish Eyes 2
  • Cash Stampede

And for those keeping tabs, this makes it 18 NJ sports betting apps.

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BetMGM customer hits for $3.2 million

Most of us can’t wait for 2020 to end and may want to pretend it never happened.

However, one New Jersey woman will have a tough time forgetting about it.

And for good reason. Sherri W. recently scored a record progressive jackpot playing Luck O’ The Jackpot via BetMGM Casino NJShe turned a $2 wager into a $3.2 million payout.

This is one of those stories that doesn’t happen too often. In fact, according to the press release, Sherri’s husband “didn’t think it was real.”

How big is this jackpot compared to other wins at NJ online casinos? The last record was in 2015 at Betfair Casino to the tune of $1.5 million.

And speaking of BetMGM …

Guests returning to Borgata following its 100-plus day closure may notice a subtle change to the property.

Moneyline Bar & Book, which debuted last summer, is no more. The new name is BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar. Everything else about the space is staying the same.

That will include the indoor dining component once it’s permitted again.

It’s no secret that the BetMGM branding is expanding nationally. And with the NJ sports betting market one of the biggest, the move makes perfect sense.

GameCo expanding to NJ online casinos

GameCo is cleared to introduce its skill-based games to NJ online casino customers.

No, we are not talking about a new app.

The company is known for its video game gambling machines. Think Pac-Man with real-money gambling. In terms of what Garden State users will eventually see, however, the details are still being finalized. Now that GameCo has its license from the DGE, it’s cleared to strike a partnership with an operator.

Whoever it ends up being, the offerings are likely to generate some buzz among players.

GameCo says its products are “designed to attract and monetize Gen X and Millennial players at retail and digital casinos.”

Stay tuned.

What’s in store for Bally’s AC?

For now, Bally’s AC remains part of the Caesars Entertainment portfolio. But there is a pending deal to sell the property to Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

The Rhode Island-based company is going through the licensing process, and behind the scenes, the owner-to-be has major ambitions. They include putting Bally’s back in the spotlight.

It’s no secret that AC’s third-oldest casino needs significant capital investments. Play NJ caught up with Twin River CEO George Papanier, and let’s just say there are some big plans on the horizon.

Here is a snippet from the conversation:

“It’s not only the property and its appeal at the center of the Boardwalk, [it] is the fact that we’ll be entering into another sports betting market as well as an iGaming market. We think we could do a lot of things to this property that’s going to bring it back to a level of prominence that it once had.”

FanDuel Sportsbook in hot water again

FanDuel Sportsbook has the attention of New Jersey regulators once again, and not in a good way.

The company is being investigated by the DGE for an erroneous line on a recent Major League Soccer match.

The matter centers around a July 16 game between FC Cincinnati and Atlanta United in which FanDuel set the pregame line at Cincinnati +5 (-134). This the same Cincinnati team targeted to finish at the bottom of the league rankings. Atlanta, on the other hand, is the defending champion.

And there is the additional matter of how long the line was live.

The operator is holding all wagers until the matter is settled with the DGE.

On the board at NJ sportsbooks

The PGA Championship is underway at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

And the field is stacked. Brooks Koepka is the two-time defending champion. Can he make it a three-peat?

DraftKings Sportsbook has the odds of that happening at +900 as of Thursday morning. Rory McIlroy (+1100) is right behind him. Bettors looking for a wager with a little less risk can put money down on a top-five or top-10 finish.

And there are some impressive pairings, too.

Tiger Woods now sits at +2000 to win it as of Thursday. However, there are several other big names in the mix to consider.

Here is a look at some of the other PGA Championship favorites:

  • Justin Thomas +1400
  • Bryson Dechambeau +1400
  • Jon Rahm +1400
  • Xander Schauffele +1200
  • Dustin Johnson +1200
  • Patrick Cantlay +2500
  • Daniel Berger +3300
  • Webb Simpson +3300
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Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing about casino openings and expansions, special events and now NJ sports betting and online gambling.

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