Borgata to Build $11 Million Sportsbook in Atlantic City; Set to Open This Summer
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has announced that the construction project on an $11 million expansion of its sportsbook. The Borgata can boast that it was the first casino in New Jersey to offer sports betting, and pretty soon it will also have a sportsbook/destination bar unlike any other casino on the east coast.
More Details About the Sportsbook Expansion
The casino plans to start the work on the new sportsbook next week. The project will cost $11 million and will not only make a bigger sportsbook, but will integrate it with a “destination bar.” It should be ready for patrons by this summer. The goal is to provide bettors and patrons with a unique experience that will keep them coming back.
Sports Betting in New Jersey
Since 1992, placing bets on sports games in the United States was illegal except for Nevada. The law that banned sports betting was called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
A Supreme Court decision in May overturned PASPA and made it open to all states to decide how to legislate sports betting. New Jersey was the second state to have fully operational sportsbooks after the decision, with Delaware being the first. The Borgata opened its sportsbook on June 14, 2018.
Since the Borgata opened, 8 more casinos with retail sportsbooks have followed, and eight online sports betting apps, as well. The other casinos with operating sportsbooks are
- The Meadowlands’
- Borgata (temporary location)
- Bally’s (temporary location)
- Golden Nugget
- Monmouth Park
- Ocean Resort Casino
- Resorts AC
New Jersey online sportsbooks are as follows:
- DrafKings Sportsbook
- BetStars NJ Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- William Hill Sportsbook
Other casinos with temporary or smaller sportsbooks in New Jersey that also have plans to expand this year include Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s Atlantic City, and Tropicana Atlantic City.
Resorts recently had a grand opening for its expanded, full-scale sportsbook, and the Ocean Resort Casino opened its own full-scale sportsbook operations shortly after opening for business in June.
At the Forefront of Legalized Sports Betting in NJ
According to the Borgata’s President and COO, Marcus Glover, at Borgata they are:
“We’re proud to have been at the forefront of legalized sports betting in New Jersey and look forward to advancing our product with an innovative gaming and entertainment experience for our guests to enjoy.”
Since the Borgata opened the first sportsbook until the end of November, operators have taken in $928 million worth of bets. December statistics will come out next week.
The Borgata is a casino, hotel, and spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Owned by MGM Resorts International, the hotel has 2,000 rooms. The 161,000-square-foot casino floor has 50 poker tables, 180 table games, and around 4,000 slot machines. The Borgata has the only race book in Atlantic City.
Borgata launched PlayMGM, its mobile sports betting app, in August 2018. It was the second casino in New Jersey to do so.
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