NJ Sports Betting Starts Soon, So What Are Atlantic City Casinos Planning?

Written By Kim Yuhl on June 13, 2018

On May 14, the US Supreme Court overturned Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The highly-anticipated decision cleared the path to legalized sports betting throughout the nation.

New Jersey was responsible for challenging PASPA in court. Many thought it would be the first state outside of Nevada to accept sports bets.

Alas, as New Jersey was busy passing regulations, Delaware beat them to the finish line by over a week. As of Monday, though, NJ sports betting legislation is officially official.

Gov. Phil Murphy plans to place the ceremonial first sports bet at Monmouth Park on Thursday. After that, casinos and racetracks can legally take sports wagers.

Not every Atlantic City casino will be ready to accept sports bets right away, though. Some casinos are raring to go, while others are still in the planning phase.

With that, here are the sports betting plans for Atlantic City casinos.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Borgata plans to rename the Racebook to the Race & Sports Book on the first day of sports betting. It will begin to accept sports wagers shortly after Monmouth Park takes the ceremonial first bet. The casino confirmed on Wednesday it would take the first bet at 11 am Thursday, June 14. Additionally, a brand new sportsbook venue is currently in the design phase.

An MGM spokesman said in an emailed statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

“Having spent decades successfully operating sportsbooks in Nevada, building trust with regulators, MGM Resorts is positioned to be a leader in sports wagering. Sports and sports betting are key entertainment experiences that drive ongoing consumer engagement. The MGM brand has a strong association with sports and sports betting and is well recognized by consumers.”

Golden Nugget at Atlantic City

Golden Nugget currently ranks as the number one NJ online casino, and it plans to offer online sports betting to complement its massive online gaming portfolio.

Expect online sports betting to launch by the beginning of the NFL season. A physical sportsbook will also be available at the property but with one caveat.

Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets. There was concern that due to the legislation Golden Nugget may be ineligible to offer sports betting. A clause in the regulations prohibits Golden Nugget from accepting bets on NBA games, but all other legal sports betting will be available.

Ocean Resort Casino

Ocean Resort Casino has been planning for a state-of-the-art sportsbook on the Boardwalk since announcing its initial renovation plans. It is preparing for a 7,500-square-foot sportsbook in the heart of the casino floor.

Ocean Resort recently partnered with William Hill US to operate its sportsbook, which will be operational when the property celebrates its grand opening on June 28.

There is one minor flaw in the plan. Ocean Resort has yet to secure a gaming license. Earlier this week the casino assured fans on its Facebook page that it is in touch with gaming officials and is on track to open in full on June 28.

Hard Rock Atlantic City

Hard Rock Atlantic City has been quiet on the topic of NJ sports betting ahead of its June 28 grand opening. This behavior is unlike the casino, which has been very vocal about its renovation plans for the former Trump Taj Mahal every step of the way.

The lack of sports betting news from the property may come from the fact that it is trying to figure out its options. Hard Rock Atlantic City has a naming-rights deal with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins that may limit their ability to accept sports wagers.

Resorts Casino Hotel

Resorts Casino Hotel has deemed the internet gaming room on the property as the site of its new sportsbook. On June 1, DraftKings and Resorts teamed up to offer sports betting in the near future. Exactly when the sportsbook will open is unknown, but reports indicate it will be located in the iGaming Lounge.

But a DraftKings sportsbook has many excited and curious. For one thing, DraftKings currently doesn’t have any way to offer sports betting, but it has every intention of launching a sports betting app. For another, DraftKings has only ever offered daily fantasy sports contests. But the Resorts sportsbook could, in theory, be something entirely new and unique.

Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts Atlantic City, wants the sportsbook to be a game-changer:

“We are delighted to be able to have DraftKings utilize our gaming license in New Jersey. DraftKings continues to be at the forefront of sports entertainment innovation, and today’s announcement is the first step in being able to offer customers in New Jersey the most dynamic sports betting platform.”

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Caesars Entertainment and Tropicana Casino Resort

Plans for sportsbooks at Caesars properties and Tropicana in Atlantic City are unknown.

Caesars has one of the most popular sportsbooks in Las Vegas. It is highly likely they will introduce sports betting in Atlantic City. Today, however, those plans remain a mystery for all of its Atlantic City properties.

Caesars Entertainment owns:

  • Caesars at Atlantic City
  • Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
  • Bally’s Atlantic City

Tropicana Casino Resort also operates sportsbooks in Nevada partnering with William Hill for its Laughlin property and CG Technology in Las Vegas. Like Caesars, expect Tropicana to offer sports betting in the future.

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Kim Yuhl has been covering the US online gambling market since 2013. Her work is featured on various sites and covers sports betting, online casino gambling, and online poker. Kim is a full-time traveler and vlogger and is currently slow traveling to 60 countries. You can follow her travels at kimandway.com and on YouTube at kimandway.

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