It seems as if old dogs can learn new tricks. Or to be more specific, old casinos can add new features. The eldest of Atlantic City’s casinos is about to get tongues wagging and upset the status quo as they hit New Jersey with the latest big thing in gaming – a brand new NJ sportsbook, the first casino in Atlantic City to open one!
Based on a recent tweet sent out from the smartphone of David Danzis, member of The Press of Atlantic City, it seems as if Resorts Casino Hotel is a rubber stamp away from opening their on-site sports book, right on Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk.
Just a few months have passed since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was set aside to pave the way for legalized and regulated sports betting on a state-by-state basis, Resorts Casino Hotel has teamed up with the giant of Daily Fantasy Sports, DraftKings, as their sports betting partner.
From the outset, it had always seemed that the godfather of the Boardwalk would make use of a DraftKings–branded sportsbook rather than a Resorts Sportsbook once they moved to enter into New Jersey’s legalized and regulated sports betting industry. But just a month later announcements were made about a partnership with SBTech. Their new partner was set to be responsible for providing Resorts with a “sportsbook solution across on-property, online and mobile channels” in New Jersey. This should mean that DraftKings, who chose not to respond to the situation on Monday, will have an online exclusive sportsbook.
With Resorts Casino only awaiting the approval of the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJ DGE) approval before launching their on-site Resorts Sportsbook. If everything runs according to schedule, the very first punters will walk in at 11 am and enjoy the sportsbook that promises 6 betting windows, 15 HD TV screens and 4 self-serve kiosks.
David Rebuck, Director of the DGE, set a deadline for all the casinos and racetracks that sought provide their punters with regulated sports betting by the end of spring. However, the deadline came and went, with several operators to squeak in thanks to submitting their sports betting plan just in the nick of time.
At the time, we were not able to tell with any certainty if Resorts Hotel Casino were among those that did make the cut. Just a day later Mark Giannantonio, President of Resorts, proudly informed us that they had met the deadline. This means that, if the DGE approves, Resorts Online Casino could soon be debuting Resorts Sportsbook, their brand new on-site sportsbook by Wednesday morning. This would be just days after the introduction of the DraftKings Sportsbook, making Resorts the first casino in NJ to have both a physical and online sportsbook.