Earlier this month, there was excitement in the air at the possibility of Atlantic City casinos opening by Memorial Day.
Now that Memorial Day weekend is upon us, a July Fourth weekend at the Jersey Shore seems more realistic, but still not a sure thing.
Not leaving things to chance, reopening plans for AC casinos are beginning to emerge for those planning a visit to a post-pandemic Atlantic City.
There are signs that the country is working its way toward the other side of this global pandemic. All 50 states have lifted some restrictions, including New Jersey.
And sports are starting to return. NASCAR took to the track last weekend, Churchill Downs had horses running on its track, and the UFC held a series of fights. Of course, all of these events took place without the fans, but they are back.
And while casinos in AC remain closed, NJ online casinos remain open. In fact, one online casino, in particular, has been investing in its online gaming portfolio during the lockdown.
Here is a look at the latest NJ online gambling news for this week.
Another AC casino prepares to open
As we prepare for the moment we can re-open our doors, safety is our first priority. That is why we have created comprehensive health and safety protocols outlined in our “Seven-Point Safety Plan.” Learn more about this important update: https://t.co/4WiwCdQAdf pic.twitter.com/xoXeEGZcJ0
— MGM Resorts (@MGMResortsIntl) May 12, 2020
While casinos are still waiting for guidance and regulations from the Division of Gaming Enforcement, it is never too early to ensure the safety of customers and casino workers.
The plan calls for similar measures to other reopening plans and includes enhanced measures for employees, social distancing requirements, and better air quality and cleaning protocols.
However, the most important part of the plan relies on you, the customer. If you have been exposed to coronavirus, MGM urges you to stay home.
Now, before you start planning your trip, it looks like it will be a while before Borgata opens its doors. The AC casino is not accepting reservations through most of the summer, its busiest time of year.
If you want to visit Atlantic City and stay at the Borgata, you will have to wait until at least July 1. The property has canceled all reservations until that date.
Golden Nugget continues to invest in its NJ online casino
Golden Nugget remains the highest revenue-generating online casino in New Jersey. And while it is not in jeopardy of losing its status, it has lost about 4% of its market share since the beginning of the year.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the casino is investing in the product that catapulted it to the top of the leaderboard in the first place — live dealer games.
The NJ online casino operator entered into a new partnership with Evolution Gaming to expand its live casino portfolio.
Golden Nugget online casino players can look forward to popular Evolution games, including:
- Dream Catcher
- Side Bet City
- Top Card
There is no timeline for the new live dealer games launch.
On the board at NJ sportsbooks
The major sports leagues are still formulating plans to get back to work. The good news, however, is some sports are already starting to return.
Believe it or not, golf is generating the most excitement at DraftKings Sportsbook in quite awhile.
The Match: Champions for Charity has Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning challenging Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady to a friendly game of golf.
There is no better rivalry than Tiger vs. Phil on the championship green on a Sunday. Add two of the NFL’s biggest names to the matchup and you have made-for-TV gold.
Here are the odds at DraftKings:
- Woods/Manning -186
- Michelson/Brady +160
DraftKings is offering NJ sports betting fans a free bet offer available for the event. Players tee off on Sunday at 3 p.m.
NJ sportsbooks are also covering NASCAR, which is back in action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the following odds on the Toyota 200 at Darlington:
- Kyle Busch -150
- Chase Briscoe +650
- Noah Gragson +800
And finally, there is horse betting, the one sport that has carried us through the lockdown.
After the Kentucky Derby canceled, it is a good sign to see horses back on the track at Churchill Downs.