Justin Tuck knows a thing or two about the rivalry between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.
The former defensive end spent 11 seasons in the NFL, including nine with the Giants. Football fans visiting the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Atlantic City on Sunday, Dec. 9, may ask the former defensive end his thoughts about Sunday’s game between the two NFC East squads.
Don’t miss former NY Giant and Super Bowl champion @JustinTuck at our @DraftKings Sportbook Grand Opening Celebration on 12/9!! #DraftKings #Football #DoAC https://t.co/tPiH21Gjvd pic.twitter.com/R7vrpQ6zQx
— Resorts Casino Hotel (@ResortsCasino) December 6, 2018
Tuck, who played in two Super Bowls with the Giants, will be in town for the “grand opening event” starting at noon. Fans, even those rooting on the Philadelphia Eagles, will have the opportunity to meet Tuck.
The party at DraftKings Sportsbook
DraftKings Sportsbook officially opened on Nov. 20. And former Giants are regulars at the celebrations.
Last month, Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson placed the ceremonial first bet. He picked the New York Yankees to win the 2019 World Series.
Fans will have to wait until Sunday to see if Tuck picks a winner in the Giants/Redskins game.
As of Thursday, the DraftKings Sportsbook app had the Giants listed as a 3.5-point favorite on the road. The Redskins have lost two starting quarterbacks to injury and are now relying on Mark Sanchez, who Tuck played against during his NFL career.
Sunday will likely be filled with several hours of NFL talk, but the celebration is just the latest example of the fruitful partnership between DraftKings and Resorts.
DraftKings an NJ sports betting powerhouse
Several months later, DraftKings remains the market leader in terms of online/mobile revenue.
Resorts had a temporary sportsbook
A temporary Resorts-branded retail sportsbook opened on Aug. 16. The space consisted of a 15-foot video wall, six betting windows, and an interactive lounge area.
A grand opening and ceremonial first bet was held for that space, too. But Resorts had bigger plans in the works.
From the original press release:
This sportsbook will act as a temporary sports betting location, with a larger, permanent sportsbook opening in the near future.
Resorts sent out another press release on Nov. 16 announcing the details of the DraftKings Sportsbook.
The new space features an ultra-high definition video wall, VIP area, five betting windows, and 12 self-service kiosks along with food and beverage options. Wagers also can be made from the stadium-style seats via the DraftKings Sportsbook app, in-game betting included.
For DraftKings, the retail sportsbook marks another first. Here’s what Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder of DraftKings, had to say:
“We are tremendously excited to launch our first physical presence in the state with such a trusted partner, and to service their loyal patrons.”
What about a Resorts online sportsbook?
While the retail sports betting offerings are complete, a Resorts-branded online sportsbook could be added soon.
Over the summer, Atlantic City’s oldest casino announced a partnership with SBTech “to offer its sportsbook solution to sports fans.”
There was talk of a September launch, but it remains a work in progress. Casinos and racetracks are permitted to have up to three online partnerships apiece. DraftKings, The Stars Group, and SBTech would make it three.
Resorts Digital currently offers two of the eight legal NJ online sports betting options.