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Another Atlantic City Sportsbook Will Open Tomorrow

Kyle Scott - August 14, 2018

Resorts will open its sportsbook tomorrow. It’ll be the fifth to open in Atlantic City since a sports gambling bill was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on June 11.

Joining the Borgata, Ocean Resort, Wild Wild West and Harrah’s, Resorts has its tentacles deep into sports betting. They are the casino of record for DraftKings Sportsbook (each online sportsbook has to be backed by a licensed operator), which officially went live to the public last week, and will be for BetStars, a sportsbook from The Stars Group set to launch before the start of football season. So Resorts will be the first casino to have both a land-based and online sportsbook(s).

The sportsbook will be backed by sports betting powerhouse technology company SBTech, which according to a July 2 press release will “provide its sportsbook solution across on-property, online and mobile channels in New Jersey.”

So how is the New Jersey sports betting picture shaping up for football season?

Casinos

Borgata

Ocean Resort

Harrah’s

Wild Wild West

Resorts

Online sports betting

DraftKings Sportsbook

They are already live. We have a full review here.

FanDuel

FanDuel was actually bought out by European betting powerhouse Betfair earlier this year– it will serve as the US brand for its sportsbooks. Already the FanDuel Sportsbook is open at the Meadowlands, and their online app is set to go live before football season.

888sport

You probably haven’t heard of 888 unless you play online casinos in New Jersey, but they are planning to launch an online sportsbook before the start of football season.

BetStars

The aforementioned BetStars, a partner site of PokerStars, plans to launch by football season.

PlayMGM

Two weeks ago, MGM’s CEO Jim Murren said an online sports betting property was scheduled to launch through its Borgata casino, but that hasn’t happened yet. MGM has partnered with the NBA, so at the very least they should be live be basketball season.

There are others on the way – including PointsBet and William Hill – but we don’t know much about the timing.

The point is that the options for sports betting in New Jersey will soon look much different than they do now.

We have a full guide to NJ online sports betting that lists each of the sites and when they’re expected to go live.

Bonus: First bet matched up to $200

Minimum Deposit: $5

DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Ease of use
  • Variety of action
  • Modern interface
  • Live betting

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER.

21+. NJ only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details.

DraftKings Sportsbook Is Now Officially Live in New Jersey

Kyle Scott - August 6, 2018

DraftKings launched its sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, last Wednesday in New Jersey on an invite-only basis while the company completed a five-day soft launch trial.

Today, it launches in full. And while you have to be in New Jersey in order to use the app, you don’t have to live there. So if you’re at the Shore on vacation, you can get going.

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We’ve put together a full review of DraftKings Sportsbook. But the short version is that this is a very impressive debut.

At launch, DraftKings Sportsbook lists action on everything from baseball to darts – DARTS! – with a wide variety of traditional, prop and live bets. Most notably, however, they have implemented something called a “live ticket,” which essentially allows you to exit bets before their completion. So, if you’re winning a bet and want to lock in a profit, you can do so (albeit at a slightly lower rate), or you can exit a bet you’re losing to recoup at least a portion of it.

For a limited time only, DraftKings Sportsbook will match your first bet up to $200.* Current DraftKings daily fantasy players can use their available DFS funds in the DraftKings Sportsbook app. Otherwise, a minimum deposit is only $5— well worth it to try out what is the first online sports betting offering in New Jersey.

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*If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER. 
21+. NJ only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details. 

First bet matched up to $200. Free bet must be used within 30 days of first bet. Free bet amount is not included in any returns or winnings. Free bet is also not redeemable for cash, non-transferable, and non-refundable. Promo ends 8/31/18. 

Full disclosure: We are an affiliate of legal New Jersey sports betting sites, so we may receive a commission if you use our links.

Super Blowout Sale!

Kyle Scott - August 2, 2018

We’re having our biggest sale of the year– up to 52% off our most popular shirts. I’m not sure how else to word it. The sale ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m. There are very limited quantities in certain sizes, so do what you need to do.

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DraftKings Sportsbook Is Launching Today in New Jersey

Kyle Scott - August 1, 2018

DraftKings is soft-launching its sportsbook in New Jersey today, according to multiple reports.

From ESPN.com:

DraftKings, a prominent daily fantasy operator entering the sports betting space, announced Wednesday that it is opening registration for its mobile sports betting app in New Jersey and will begin with an invite-only trial period. Participants in the trial will be able to bet, win and lose real money. DraftKings did not give a definitive length of the trial but said that it is the final step before receiving approval by New Jersey Division of Gaming to officially launch the sportsbook in the state.

This jumps over the MGM announcement that they would be live by the end of the week.

The key phrasing here, however, is “invite-only,” so it might be days or weeks until it’s available to the public.

DraftKings Sportsbook will be backed by Resorts in New Jersey. For a list of all sports betting sites, check out our New Jersey sports betting page.

We will have a full review of the DraftKings Sportsbook as soon as it goes live.

MGM and The NBA Have Entered Into a Partnership

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2018

This is a big deal, so to speak.

When the Supreme Court overturned a 1992 ruling which effectively banned sports betting everywhere but Nevada, the leagues immediately began campaigning for a 1% integrity fee on all bets to come from legal sports betting. This was met by scorn from the gambling industry and was mostly laughed at by observers. The industry felt any partnership with the leagues should come as a result of natural business agreement rather than a government-mandated tax.

We now have the first of those deals.

Today, the NBA and MGM announced their partnership

From ESPN:

On Tuesday, commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league struck a deal that makes MGM Resorts the exclusive official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA. MGM also receives the rights to use league highlights, logos and a direct data feed from the NBA that will be used to help fuel the company’s growing sports betting footprint.

Industry sources pegged the deal to be for three years and at least $25 million.

Silver said teaming up with the NBA will give MGM an edge over its competitors and produce a superior experience for customers.

“Those operators who create the best experience for consumers that have official data, that have the official imprimatur of our league and other leagues as well, are going to be those that win in the hearts and minds of consumers,” Silver said during an afternoon press conference in New York City to announce the partnership.

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM, sitting side by side with Silver, called the deal “historic.”

It is. This has been a long time in the works. Adam Silver was the first major professional sports commissioner to openly campaign for legal sports betting when he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in 2014. Four years ago, we had Scott O’Neil on our podcast, and he talked about how sports betting was on its way.

So it should be no surprise that the NBA is the first league to enter into official partnership.

Most important, from a practical standpoint, is the use of direct data feeds. This opens up the possibility for near limitless live betting opportunities. By using an official data feed from the NBA, MGM has the ability to offer in-play bets based on official information, so things like shot distance, player speed, and other proprietary data is in play beyond just the traditional box score stats that can be siphoned from anywhere.

As we’ve discussed, real-time betting is where the future lies for sports betting, and having these official partnerships with the leagues will be crucial.

Interestingly, this partnership doesn’t include the ability to offer betting during live game streams, but something like that is a possibility down the line.

As for mobile sports betting, MGM CEO Jim Murren said today that the Borgata plans to offer it by the end of the week (MGM owns the Borgata). But it’s unclear what he means by that. In an interview with CNBC that seems to have caught the attention of everyone, Murren said “at the Borgata.” It’s possible he means betting from a mobile device within the casino, which by the way will be the only type of mobile betting in Mississippi. New Jersey plans to offer full online sports betting, but this might not be that just yet. If it is, it would be the first online sports betting option offered in New Jersey, though options from DraftKings and FanDuel are expected very soon.

Regardless, we’ll have a full review of the MGM app when it’s available, and for updates on sports betting, bonus codes, and the best odds, sign up to our email list:

Bryce Harper Tracker

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2018

Keep it locked here all day for running updates and extreme rumor mongering.

10:42 a.m.: welp..

10:41 a.m.: hmmm..

9:49 a.m.: Logic

9:40 a.m.: Buster

9:31 a.m.: Boners.

Good fucking morning.

Another Sportsbook Opened in New Jersey Today

Kyle Scott - July 30, 2018

Caesars announced plans to open sportsbooks at two of its Atlantic City properties– Wild Wild West and Harrahs’.

From the press release:

The sports betting offering will begin with facilities at Bally’s, Wild Wild West on July 30 and Harrah’s Atlantic City and August 1. Caesars plans to follow the retail openings with the introduction of mobile sports betting throughout New Jersey on the Caesars Casino & Sports mobile app. In Mississippi, sports betting locations are targeted to be available at Horseshoe Tunica and Harrah’s Gulf Coast in mid-August, just in time for football season. Caesars has quickly mobilized to provide guests a new exciting gaming experience that sports fans can trust.

Sports betting began at 11 a.m. today at Wild Wild West.

As for mobile or live betting, it looks like Caesars will institute betting through its own branded app. That differs from how other casinos are handling things. DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel, 888 bet and others are expected to soon launch New Jersey online sports betting apps– most of those will be consumer-facing offerings backed by licensed operators, like Resorts, in the case of DraftKings.

Whatever the case, legal online betting is expected to go live in the coming weeks in New Jersey. DraftKings, FanDuel and 888 should all be up and running by football season.

If you want to be alerted when these sites go live, receive exclusive bonus codes and the best odds offered, sign up for our sports betting email list:

I’ll Be On the Philly Business Journal’s “Sports Media” Panel This Thursday

Kyle Scott - July 24, 2018

The Philly Business Journal is holding a “Business of Sports” conference on Thursday, at the Ballroom at the Ben. I’ll be on the sports media panel along with Brian Monihan (President of NBC Sports Philly), Spike Eskin (Program Director at WIP), and Donald Hunt (sportswriter at the Philly Tribune).

Our panel goes off at 10:15, but you might be even more interested in the other guests– Don Smolenski, Lara Price, Shawn Tilger, Dave Buck and Tim McDermott, execs from each of the major sports teams, will be there for the first panel, which gets underway at a crisp 7:45 a.m. There will also be an e-sports panel and a sponsors panel.

Tickets are $76 and you can get them on the Philly Business Journal’s site here.

Here’s the schedule:

Agenda:
7:00am – 7:45am: Breakfast & Networking
7:45am – 8:30am: Panel 1 – The Teams
8:30am – 9:15am: Panel 2 – eSports
9:15am – 9:30am: Break & Additional Networking
9:30am – 10:15am: Panel 3 – The Sponsors
10:15am – 11am: Panel 4 – Sports Media

See you there.