The popularity of football and the growth of sports betting in New Jersey is the recipe for success at Atlantic City casinos and sports betting.
In fact, this NFL the betting season could be that of the record books in Atlantic City casinos.
The league has already upped the ante in 2021 with the addition of a 17th regular season game.
But for the first time in 43 years of legalized gambling, sports bettors can make legal bets at any Atlantic City casino.
That’s right. The nine Atlantic City casinos have real sports betting. (See full list below).
âThe NFL is obviously queen when it comes to sports betting,â said Tom gable, director of horse racing and sports betting at AC’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “I think it’s going to be a huge, huge football season for sports betting in Jersey.”
NJ sports betting could set records in 2021, 2022
NJ’s sports betting market is already the largest in the country.
Besides the nine casino books, three racetracks statewide have stores.
But, the big draw in NJ is online sports betting. Over 90% of the money played in Jersey is done electronically.
At the start of the 2021 NFL season, NJ has 21 online sports betting. SuperBook, operating via the Meadowlands Racetrack license, is the latest arrival.
Since June 2018, more than $ 17.3 billion has been wagered on sports in New Jersey. Garden State sports bettors also set a monthly legal betting record of $ 996.3 million last December.
Based on the first two weeks of big NFL and college football betting, Gable believes September could be a record month.
âI think it will be a huge month,â he said. “And, probably, Jersey will come close to, if not exceed, that magic billion dollar number for the handle.”
Pigskin bets benefit Atlantic City casinos
Atlantic City casinos also have other factors working in their favor this NFL season.
There is a pent-up demand for in-person experiences. They gained momentum after a busy summer on the Jersey Shore. And, most of the pandemic restrictions in NJ are in the rearview mirror.
âAtlantic City Casinos are set to welcome even more customers this fall as we kick off the 2021 football and convention season with even more extensive amenities,â said Terry glebocki, president of the New Jersey Casino Association and CEO of Ocean Casino Resort.
Check out the full list of PlayNJ’s online sports betting and mobile apps here.
Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino
Facts: The 41,000 square foot FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally’s opened in March. Bets can be placed at five or more betting windows than 20 self-service kiosks.
What there is to know: Call ahead or stop by early for Sunday reservations. A fee of $ 50 per person includes a guaranteed seat as well as food and beverage service. Monday and Thursday evenings are based on availability.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar
Facts: NBA Hall of Fame Julius Erving placed the first legal sports bet at an Atlantic City casino on Borgata’s racing book on June 14, 2018. The 8,000 square foot BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar (formerly Moneyline Bar & Book) is located across the lobby.
What there is to know: Reservations are required for most major sporting events, including Sunday NFL games. Bar seats, high tables, booths and VIP sections are available.
Caesars Atlantic City
Facts: The Caesars Sportsbook inside the Far West Casino of Caesars AC is the largest on the east coast. The centerpiece is an 18 x 98 foot LED display.
What there is to know: Fan Caves are private viewing areas that can accommodate between 16 and 24 people. It is possible to watch up to three games at the same time. The Caesars Sportsbook fan caves also include an Xbox, table service, and food provided by Bar-B-Que by Guy Fieri.
Atlantic City Gold Nugget
Facts: Despite its small size (2,500 square feet), The Sportsbook has 53 TV screens and five video walls.
What there is to know: Space is limited, so arrive early on Sunday. The Sportsbook’s $ 22 beer bucket is one of the best prices in town.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Facts: Hard Rock’s 3,800 square foot bookie has around 50 seats and 40 TVs, as well as a full-service bar with video poker machines.
What there is to know: The sportsbook is located at the north end of the casino near Sugar factory.
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Facts: At 3,800, it’s the smallest of three Caesars Sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos. It still manages to hold 50 leather seats and two private fan caves that can accommodate 10 people.
What there is to know: Seats must be reserved on Sunday. The cost is $ 60 for the day, $ 30 for 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. games.
Ocean Casino Resort
Sports betting at the ocean by William Hill
Facts: Ocean was the first Boardwalk casino in Atlantic City to offer legal sports betting. The 7,500-square-foot sportsbook opened when the casino officially known as Revel opened on June 27, 2018.
What there is to know: Book a sports betting suite for up to 10 people on Sunday. The suites are located on the second floor and overlook sports betting.
Hotel Casino Resorts
Facts: The 5,000-square-foot DraftKings Sportsbook inside the complexes features 135 stadium seats, nearly 1,000 square feet of ultra-high-definition video walls, 12 automatic betting kiosks, five walk-in betting windows and a bar complete with offerings of food and bottle service at the table.
What there is to know: Reservations are encouraged on match days. Call ahead or meet in person before kick off.
Tropicana Atlantic City
Facts: The 5,000 square foot Caesars Sportsbook in Tropicana can accommodate over 180 people.
What there is to know: Even with all of these seats, reservations are required on Sundays. Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and 10 North Lounge are nearby if places are hard to come by in sports betting.
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