The oldest Atlantic City casino is reportedly on the verge of being the trend-setter in New Jersey.
According to a tweet from David Danzis of the Press of Atlantic City, Resorts Casino Hotel is a regulatory thumbs-up away from unveiling an on-property sportsbook along the Boardwalk.
.@ResortsCasino will be opening sports book on property Wednesday morning, pending regulatory approval, making it the first AC casino with both land-based and online sports betting
— David Danzis (@ACPressDanzis) August 13, 2018
As noted, Resorts, thanks to DraftKings Sportsbook launching a mobile app last week via the casino’s NJ sports betting license, would become the first Garden State property to feature both physical and online sportsbooks.
Will Resorts sportsbook be DraftKings-branded?
In June, nearly three weeks after the US Supreme Court opened the door for state-by-state legalized sports betting by striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), Resorts announced a partnership to bring in daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings as a sports betting partner.
At the time, it was speculated that the AC casino would feature a DraftKings-branded sportsbook on site. A month later, however, Resorts teamed up with SBTech, which would provide the casino with a “sportsbook solution across on-property, online and mobile channels” in New Jersey. As a result, DraftKings, which did not offer a comment Monday, would operate an online-only platform.
Wednesday’s expected launch of Resorts’ on-site sportsbook is pending approval from the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement. If all goes according to plan, the Resorts sportsbook will open at 11 a.m. and feature six betting windows, 15 TVs, and four self-serve kiosks.
Readying for football season at Resorts AC
In July, DGE director David Rebuck told the Associated Press that the DGE set a deadline for casinos and racetracks if they wanted to offer regulated wagering by the fall.
When the deadline passed, a number of properties beat the cutoff by submitting sports betting plans, yet there was no word if Resorts was among them. The following day, however, Resorts president Mark Giannantonio told the AP that his casino had indeed met the DGE deadline.
As a result, Resorts, assuming the DGE signs off, could debut its brick-and-mortar sportsbook as early as Wednesday. That would come on the heels of DraftKings Sportsbook officially launching, making the casino the first in New Jersey to offer physical and mobile sportsbooks.