How To Score A Seat At NJ Sportsbooks Before Football Betting Kicks Off

Most of the 10 NJ sportsbooks at casinos and racetracks have reserved seating available during football season, but some also have fan caves… for a price.

As football season quickly approaches, the New Jersey sports betting market must prepare for the busy months ahead.

Since betting on college football and the NFL are so popular, NJ sportsbooks will likely see even more betting action this season than in their inaugural year.

Yes, there are 14 betting apps in the Garden State, but there are also 10 retail sportsbooks across the state.

The majority of these land-based sportsbooks are based in Atlantic City. But all 10 of them are up and running with new permanent spaces.

Sportsbooks are a great place to spend time during the fall weekends. Gamblers can enjoy quality food and drink while being able to watch and bet on every football game played each weekend.

But what’s the plan at the sportsbooks? Will it be the same old or something new? Will there be seat reservations on those busy Saturdays or a Monday Night Football drink special?

We took a closer look at a few (not all) of the sportsbooks in NJ to see what they have in store when the pigskins start to fly.

Borgata

  • Sportsbook: Moneyline Bar & Book
  • Reservations (if available): 609-317-7249
  • Reservation price range: $75-$100 food/drink minimum at VIP tables, private VIP areas are $1,000 for 10 people
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Moneyline Bar & Book has a 40-foot-wide LED video wall along with betting windows and lots of places to sit. It also features a 35-foot-long bar that includes more than 20 craft beers and a new dining menu by Executive Chef Tom Biglan.

Outside of the barstools, high-top tables and booths, there is additional seating inside the VIP lounge.

In order to sit in the VIP lounge, customers must make a reservation. The VIP tables will include a food/drink minimum ranging from $75 to $100.

Other private VIP areas run around $1,000 for 10 people.

Pricing for the VIP seating will vary depending on the specific day and which games are available for viewing. There will most likely be discounted beer and food specials that will be announced the week prior.

Fantasy football fans are welcome, too

For fans who enjoy playing fantasy football, Borgata has you covered, too. Moneyline offers several draft party packages ranging from $59 per person to $1,500 per person.

The sportsbook will provide you and your friends a personal draft day area as well as a draft board, commemorative merchandise, and much more.

Resorts

  • Sportsbook: DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
  • Reservations (if available): 1-800-772-9000
  • Reservation price range: VIP lounge requires $50 food/beverage minimum
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DraftKings Sportsbook inside Resorts in Atlantic City has plenty to offer as well. At 5,000 square feet, the book features multiple ultrahigh definition-LED video walls, including a 15-foot wall.

The sportsbook, which opened in November 2018, has 18 self-betting kiosks and five betting windows available for its customers.

Every Sunday through Thursday, DraftKings will have a happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m. It will feature $4 beers, $6 well drinks, and $1 off any food item through the entire football season.

If that doesn’t suit your football fancy, guests can enjoy drink specials every Sunday all day during regular season football games.

On Friday nights, from the start of the season until the Super Bowl, the sportsbook will have Ladies’ Night. The evening will consist of teaching the basics around sports betting as well as discounted drinks and half-priced sushi. Participants will also receive a $5 free bet.

As for game days, there is VIP seating with food and bottle service available. The VIP lounge consists of four different sections that hold up to a total of about 50 people. There is a $50 food and beverage minimum to sit in these areas.

The sportsbook also has stadium seating for around 50-60 free guests.

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Ocean Casino

  • Sportsbook: William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino
  • Reservations (if available): Skybox Suites, 609-783-8491
  • Reservation price range: Call the sportsbook/casino for details.

The William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort was one of the first books to open in Atlantic City. Set up smack dab in the middle of the casino floor, it’s 7,500-square-feet of sports betting, complete with a large video wall that encompasses almost the entirety of the book.

On Sept. 7, starting at 10 a.m., the sportsbook will be celebrating the return of football with its Kick Off to Football Season 2019. After placing a wager, customers are eligible to receive a free William Hill T-shirt.

The sportsbook will offer food and drink specials all day, too. Customers can enjoy $2 hot dogs as well as Bud Lite buckets for just $30.

Then at 7 p.m., there will be a pep rally at the Fire Pit at Lobby Bar. A live band along with the Atlantic City Blackjack Cheerleaders will be there to start the season of football betting on the right foot.

That suite football feeling…

But if you can’t be there on Sept. 7, don’t fret. Ocean Casino and William Hill customers can win a Suite Season Giveaway as well.

Customers can enter the drawing at the casino’s website, and once done, you become eligible to win an overnight stay for two and a VIP Hospitality Suite overlooking the sportsbook sometime during the 2019 season. That suite can hold up to six people and comes with complimentary food and beverage.

The contest ends on Aug. 31, and a winner will be announced Sept. 3.

As far as watching games at the sportsbook, William Hill offers Skybox Suite reservations for those who don’t win the contest. Customers must call to reserve pricing and suites. Each suite holds up to 10 guests.

Meadowlands

  • Sportsbook: FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands
  • Reservations (if available): None
  • Reservation price range: Not available
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The FanDuel Sportsbook located at the Meadowlands is one of the few land-based sportsbooks in NJ not in Atlantic City. The nearly 7,000-square-foot facility comes equipped with 30 betting windows, 20+ self-betting kiosks, and 82 TV screens.

FanDuel Sportsbook has three locations inside the Meadowlands Racetrack and has a lot to offer at each. There are high-top tables, barstools, couches, leaning rails, dining chairs, and even a VIP area.

The sportsbook features American food you’d typically expect to find at sporting events. However, unlike the previous locations, the VIP seating is not open to the public unless you are betting a total of $150,000 every 30 days.

That being said, there are no other upfront costs to enjoy a football game here. Everything else is first come, first serve.

Just be careful of those Sundays when the New York Giants or Jets have a home game at nearby MetLife Stadium.

On those days, there is a parking fee and it can be a trick to find a parking spot.

Harrah’s

  • Sportsbook: The Book at Harrah’s
  • Reservations (if available): Online at Harrah’s website or call 609-441-5800
  • Reservation price range: Call the sportsbook/casino for details.
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Harrah’s sportsbook, known as The Book, is yet another Atlantic City destination this football season. The Book has almost 4,000 square feet of space.

There are TVs across almost every wall and extra plush seating all around the sportsbook. The Book also features food options from the AC Burger Company.

For groups looking to enjoy the games, The Book also has two additional Fan Caves that can hold up to 10 people. The caves provide a more private and upgraded viewing experience and include table service.

In order to reserve a seat or a fan cave at the sportsbook, customers must fill out a form on Harrah’s website or call 609-441-5800 to reserve.

Golden Nugget

  • Sportsbook: The Sportsbook
  • Reservations (if available): None
  • Reservation price range: Not available
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Another Atlantic City retail sportsbook available for those NFL bets and football games is at the Golden Nugget. The Sportsbook, as it is called, showcases more than 50 TVs on five separate video walls.

There is seating for more than 100 people including barstools, chairs, cushioned seats, and couches.

However, the Golden Nugget doesn’t sell its sportsbook’s tables. As of today and heading into the football season, tables will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you happen to miss out on grabbing a table, you’re still more than welcome to eat and drink. There will be food and cocktail service within the Golden Nugget sportsbook every day.

The Sportsbook will also have food and drink specials throughout the season. These could include a discounted bucket of beer.

Golden Nugget’s sportsbook will sometimes reward bettors for making sizable wagers. For example, if someone bets over $100, they’ll receive a free drink, too.

Bally’s

  • Sportsbook: The Book at Bally’s
  • Reservations (if available): Visit the Bally’s website to reserve a table/fan cave.
  • Reservation price range: $50-$600

Located in Bally’s Wild Wild West Casino, this is by far the biggest sportsbook in AC. At 15,000+ square feet, The Book has plenty to offer when it comes to enjoying football season.

Its sportsbook is running a Fired Up For Football promotion that reserves seating inside the sportsbook for every football game.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a Monday, Thursday, or Sunday, Bally’s is prepared for football viewing.

To reserve a table or seat, customers must go to the sportsbook’s website. Here, you’ll able to choose between several different options. The choice you make depends on how you prefer to watch the game.

Table choices include:

  • Stadium Billiard: Includes reserved billiard table for up to four people.
  • Stadium Table: Includes a reserved table for up to four people.
  • Stadium VIP: Available for groups of five or more.
  • Large Fan Cave: Accommodates up to 25 people.
  • Small Fan Cave: Accommodates up to 16 people.

These range from $50-$600 depending on if the reservation is for a weekday or a weekend. Weekend reservations are obviously on the higher end as those are top viewing hours. Fan caves, however, are reserved for the entire day of the reservation.

Here’s a quick breakdown of rental options at Bally’s sportsbook. Prices and availability are subject to change:

Seating TypeWhat You GetWeekdays (Tuesday-Friday)Weekends (Saturday-Monday)
Stadium Seat$50 food/beverage minimum, one seat, all-day rental$50$50
Stadium BilliardSeating for up to four at billiard tableNA$50
Stadium Table$100 food/beverage minimum, seating for up to four people$100$100
Stadium VIP$300 food/beverage minimum, for groups of five or more, all-day reservation$150$300
Fan Cave (Standard)$250 food/beverage minimum, seats up to 25, all-day rental$250$400
Fan Cave (Premium)$600 food/beverage minimum, seats up to 25, all-day rental$350$600

Customers can even reserve just a single seat if they plan on enjoying football alone. This Stadium Seat, as well as the Stadium Table for four, is paid for by a minimum spend on food and drink. But the seat is yours for the whole day.

Whatever your choice, all of Bally’s sportsbook reservations can be made online.

On a side note: Bally’s will more than likely have food and drink specials for the football season. These will be announced closer to kickoff.

Tropicana

  • Sportsbook: William Hill Sportsbook at Tropicana Atlantic City
  • Reservations (if available): Day-of call 609-340-4022; advanced and group reservations call 609-342-7785
  • Reservation price range: Call the sportsbook/casino for details.
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A lot of football fans will find themselves at William Hill’s other AC sportsbook located at the Tropicana.

This newer retail sportsbook debuted in March and has a lot for customers to enjoy. It’s packed with 180 seats as well as a bar and lounge to watch upwards of 16 games at one time.

In fact, the sportsbook has more than 1,000 square feet of video display.

Although there is no food available inside the William Hill sportsbook, the space is located right across from Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House & Sports Bar.

Fans often grab some food and head right into the sportsbook.

General seating at the sportsbook remains first come, first serve unless a reservation has been made. Customers can sit at any of the available seats on the sportsbook floor, or they can reserve a spot in the elevated VIP lounge area.

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Keep in mind that any option you choose for football viewing and betting also comes with all of those NJ sports betting apps. But those apps are just one part of the equation this year.

The casinos and racetracks aren’t resting on their laurels either. It would seem customers have plenty of options when it comes to where to bet and watch when the first game kicks off.

Comparing The New Sportsbooks Opening At Borgata, Bally’s, And Harrah’s

Bally’s, Borgata and Harrah’s are getting ready to unveil new retail sportsbooks in Atlantic City this summer. What can you expect from the new spots?

New Jersey sports betting is about to celebrate its one-year anniversary. And if you thought this past year was crazy, just know that there are plenty more still to come.

By now it’s well known that 14 sports betting apps complement 10 retail books. And of those 10 retail books, more than half of them have new digs that replace the temporary ones.

This summer, new retail sportsbooks are opening at Bally’sBorgata and Harrah’s

Once completed, the words “temporary sportsbook” will never be used again when referring to Atlantic City casinos. But how do the new spots stack up against one another?

Borgata unveiled the details last week, and here’s an inside look.

Caesars Entertainment shared news of its expanded sports betting rooms in early May. And the one inside of Bally’s Wild Wild West Casino is looking like one of the big dogs in the market.

And as we patiently await the grand openings and ceremonial first bets, here is a breakdown of what we know so far.

Place a bet, grab a set, watch the game

Look at the monthly revenue numbers, and it’s clear NJ sports betting continues to post big returns.

But the majority of the handle (80%) is coming in via the 14 apps currently available in the Garden State. Retail sportsbooks need to be a viewing experience that attracts customers.

The number of seats along with the size of the space and screens are crucial, especially on Sundays during NFL season.

Here is a look at how the three new spots will stack up against one another:

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The Book at Bally’s

  • Opening date: Set for mid-June soft opening
  • Size of space: 15,228 square feet (the largest in Atlantic City)
  • Number of betting windows: 10 (along with one high-limit area)
  • Will there be self-betting kiosks?: Yes
  • Seating: 102 seats, 30 VIP seats, and seating for 28 at the bar rail (video poker slots, included).
  • Viewing experience: The main area is being billed as a “haven for sports viewing.” The ultra-comfortable, theater style recliner seats will have a direct view of the 98 foot by 18 foot, high-resolution LED television wall with surround sound. And three to 12 games can be shown simultaneously.

The Book at Harrah’s

  • Opening date: Now open (soft opening)
  • Size of space: 3,800 square feet
  • Will there be self-betting kiosks?: Yes
  • Viewing experience: The highlights of the space include high-quality resolution LED televisions and extra plush seating. (Note: We were unable to verify the number of seats or betting windows available at Harrah’s sportsbook.)

    Moneyline Bar & Book at Borgata

  • Opening date: June 29
  • Size of space: 8,000 square feet
  • Number of betting windows: Six
  • Will there be self-betting kiosks?: Yes
  • Seating: 144 seats (along with a 35-foot-long bar with 19 built-in slot machines)
  • Viewing experience: The highlight will be the 40-foot wide by 11.5-foot tall LED video wall. There will be 17 additional 98-inch and 86-inch displays around the room.

What’s on the menu?

Atlantic City casino hotels have food courts, burger joints, and celebrity-chef run gourmet restaurants. But don’t worry. Food will be available to order right from your sportsbook seat, too.

Harrah’s customers can enjoy food service by AC Burger Company — a sit-down restaurant just off the casino floor.

Bally’s space is located footsteps away from Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint (from Food Network personality Guy Fieri) and the AC Snack Shack. Food service will be available from both outlets.

Borgata is billing Moneyline as its newest “destination bar.”

And the menu will include a dining program by executive chef Tom Biglin. Braised-sirloin chili, signature Moneyline burger, and fried fish tacos are just a few of the items. The food can be paired with one of the 24 craft beers on tap.

Fan caves, beer, and cocktails

Some customers may make a wager and head to the casino floor. At least with these new projects, there are numerous reasons to hang around. And it goes beyond collecting on the moneyline or parlay. 

At Bally’s, pending regulatory approval from the Division of Gaming Enforcement, customers will be able to enjoy 16 different brews on tap.

But it comes in the form of a self-serve beer wall. The setup will be the first of its kind in AC.

Those seeking a more intimate and private NJ sports wagering experience have the option of reserving one of 10 fan caves (large enough for a party of 10).

Each will include high-resolution televisions capable of being split into three different screens. There will be a foosball table, game consoles, and table service, too.

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The Harrah’s version includes two fan caves, and each can hold up to 10 guests with table service.

Borgata is going more the nightlife route with its Level One Cocktail Bar & Lounge. The 3,600-square-foot space with 104 seats is being billed as an “intimate venue for high-end gaming, curated entertainment, and high-end cocktails.”

It will connect to Moneyline through an escalated corridor.

And like other nightlife amenities at MGM-owned properties, there will be plenty of ways to enjoy the evening.

Besides the live music and DJ entertainment, the space will offer experimental cocktail programming and table service packages. And on big game nights, the lounge becomes a more intimate space to watch and wait for your bet to win or lose.

Betting hours

The betting windows are open daily, but hours may vary based on the sports calendar. Here are the current operational schedules:

Bally’s

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
  • Sunday: 10am to 11:30 p.m.

Borgata

  • Monday–Friday: Opens at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Opens at 9 a.m.

Harrah’s:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m.-midnight
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-midnight
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

However, keep in mind that the self-betting kiosks at each property will be available 24/7 and are often located outside the sportsbook.

A Call For More AC: Five Atlantic City Events To Look Forward To This Summer

Atlantic City and NJ sports betting are closing in on a big milestone. And the one-year anniversay is just the top of the summer events on the horizon.

Summer in Atlantic City, traditionally Fourth of July through Labor Day, is prime season for slots players and sports bettors alike.

And just like previous summers, the nine casinos around town are preparing for some pretty big events. Several of those events have a distinctly NJ sports betting connection.

Here are five Atlantic City events worth putting on your radar:

1. Borgata + NJ sports betting anniversary

Rewind to June 14 of last year. This, of course, is the date of the first legal sports bet in Atlantic City.

Borgata has yet to announce any special celebrations to signify the first anniversary. But the MGM-owned property does have something exciting coming this summer: an $11 million permanent sportsbook.

It’s one of three new retail spaces coming to Atlantic City (see below for the other two).  The location will be across from the current Borgata Race & Sports Book, which had a standing-room-only crowd for Kentucky Derby betting.

There is no doubt that sports betting is popular at Borgata.

Earlier in March, the Atlantic City crowd filtered into the Central Conference Center for Brackets at Borgata. It was one big March Madness betting party.

The new digs couldn’t come at a better time. The 2019 NFL season opens on Sept 5. The playMGM Sports app currently has the Chicago Bears posted as a 4-point favorite over the Green Bay Packers.

2. New sportsbooks from Bally’s + Harrah’s

Many of us have been wondering what Caesars Entertainment’s big sports betting plans are for Atlantic City.

The Las Vegas-based company did open temporary retail locations, aka The Book, at Harrah’s and Bally’s last summer.

Well, there are bigger and better things on the horizon.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, the company is close to opening not one, but two permanent retail spaces. The price tag is a combined $11 million investment.

The word from Caesars is that the Harrah’s version could have its soft launch as early as Friday, but it’s not set in stone.

Here is what we know about the space:

  • 3,800 square feet
  • High-quality resolution LED televisions spanning across the walls
  • Plush seating
  • Foodservice by AC Burger Company 
  • Private fan caves for up to 10 guests 

Going wild at the Wild Wild West

Meanwhile, the sister property, Bally’s, will soon be able to boast having Atlantic City’s biggest and possibly best sportsbook.

Slated for a soft opening in mid-June, the “immersive and socially driven experience” is so large that a couple of the nearby locations will be able to fit inside of it.

We are talking 15,228 square feet of sports betting space.

Here are a few details:

  • 102 seats (30 VIP seats)
  • Seating for 28 at the bar rail with the latest video poker slots
  • Atlantic City’s first-ever self-service beer bar with 16 different brews on tap (pending regulatory approval)

3. Coming soon: Mobile sports betting expansion

Are 13 NJ mobile sports betting apps not enough?

Don’t worry; there are many more on the horizon.

Based on recent comments from David Rebuck, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, we could see it expand to 20 by the start of NFL season.

Exact launch dates are still pending, and some apps still need to go through the licensing process.

But anticipate the following to hit the market soon:

4. Ocean Casino has a fresh look

In case you hadn’t heard, Ocean Casino Resort (aka Ocean Resort Casino) is sporting a casino-first mentality these days.

You may have gotten a glimpse of the new marketing campaign centered around the naming flip-flop of Ocean Casino Resort.

And, as the property closes in on its first anniversary (June 28), there are a lot of changes taking place. For one, there are new elevators:

Adding direct casino access to Ocean’s William Hill Sportsbook is a good start. But there is much more to come:

  • An additional 200 new slot machines on the casino floor.
  • New overhead music and a casino lounge that features live bands and DJs.
  • Separate smoking and nonsmoking areas.

Eric Matejevich, Ocean’s interim-CEO, expanded on the coming attractions via a press release.

“We are excited about the future of Ocean Casino Resort.

“Our new management team has made several positive operational changes and we are already seeing those results. There are more changes planned and we are committed to making significant capital improvements moving forward.”

Luxor Capital Group, the private investment firm based in New York City, is in the process of taking over the property.

5. Hard Rock celebrates one year in AC

Hard Rock Atlantic City shares the same birthday as Ocean.

It was just last summer when the two properties brought new life to what resembled a ghost town in the uptown section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

While Ocean experienced its share of turmoil and struggles in its first year, Hard Rock arrived with an international following. And a lot of brand recognition.

In terms of revenue, it sits happily in the middle of the pack.

But like anything else, don’t expect the rock ‘ n’ roll-themed property to rest on its laurels.

Along with the other eight casinos in town, it’s time to turn the AC up because summer in Atlantic City is gonna be hot.

Bally’s, Harrah’s Launch Sportsbooks This Week In Atlantic City; Online To Follow Soon

NJ sports betting begins at Bally’s and Harrah’s in Atlantic City this week. Caesars is rolling out sports betting at its properties in New Jersey and Mississippi with online sports betting next up.

Caesars Entertainment has announced that it is about to start offering sports betting at its Atlantic City casinos. Online sports betting for New Jersey players will follow shortly.

Sports betting will be available at Bally’s Wild Wild West casino starting July 30 (today) and Harrah’s Atlantic City on Aug. 1.

There are no plans announced yet for a physical sportsbook at Caesars. But an NJ online sports betting site is likely to launch soon.

Caesars to introduce sports betting in NJ and Mississippi

The move is part of a wider rollout of sports betting at Caesars properties, which will include its Gulf Coast and Tunica properties in Mississippi. The company promises that further expansion of sports betting will follow wherever it becomes legal.

Mark Frissora, president and chief executive officer of Caesars Entertainment, had this to say:

“The recent Supreme Court ruling allows us to expand our sports betting digital and mobile offerings into new markets. We recognize that our customers expect exciting new experiences, which is why we will continue to offer new products through our mobile and digital platforms and inside our properties.”

NJ sports betting is already available in the state. The first sports bet under the new law was placed June 14 by Gov. Phil Murphy at the Monmouth Park racetrack.

Since then, a multitude of properties have gotten into the sports betting game including Borgata, Ocean Resort Casino, and the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands. Bally’s Wild Wild West sportsbook opening today brings the NJ sportsbook list to five.

It is only six weeks since the first bet was placed, but in a sense, it is a surprise that Caesars was not one of the first to announce their market entry. Caesars already has sports betting at its properties in Las Vegas, so it might have been considered to be ahead of the game.

Caesars sports betting powered by Scientific Games

Caesars runs its sports betting in partnership with Scientific Games and is looking to reproduce the success it has had in Nevada:

“Over the course of the next nine months, Caesars Entertainment will be building out the facilities to create the same world-class sports betting experiences currently available at its properties in Nevada.”

Scientific Games’ CEO Barry Cottle is equally thrilled by the expansion:

“We’re thrilled to partner with Caesars to help them bring best-in-class sports wagering experiences to their players. With OpenBet, our powerful and robust sportsbook platform, Caesars will have a truly open platform and end-to-end product suite that delivers the very best and flexible solutions and has proven success managing the largest share of the world’s online bets, more than 2 billion online bets annually. Our SG Digital team is excited to help Caesars stay ahead of the game, as they work to expand their sports betting, digital and mobile offerings into newly regulated markets.”

The online sports betting product will be added to the Caesars Casino & Sports mobile app, which is available for desktop and mobile devices.

One differentiator that sets Caesars online offering apart from the competition is that online player rewards are completely integrated with the Total Rewards VIP program.

Players earn Rewards credits whether they play on or offline, and the crossover VIP scheme means that online players are offered special promotions that can provide prizes at the live casinos.

The New Jersey sports betting market is beginning to heat up. More competition should be good news for New Jersey players as there will inevitably be a dogfight for market share.

That means better deals and more bonuses for players — bring it on!

NJ Casinos Post A September To Remember, With Online Gambling Lending A Helping Hand

September 2017 turned out to be a pretty good month for New Jersey casinos, online and off, with currently operating casino revenues up 6.5 percent.

September 2017 turned out to be a pretty good month for New Jersey casinos, online and off.

In fact, according to figures released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Atlantic City’s seven casinos saw gambling revenues increase 6.5 percent in September. The figures include revenues from New Jersey online gambling sites, which were also up 25.6 percent in September.

Currently-operating Atlantic City casinos posted $235.8 million in revenue in September 2017. This compared with $218.4 million in the same month last year.

Of course, these figures do not include more than $8.1 million revenue posted by the now-closed Trump Taj Mahal in September 2016. When Trump Taj Mahal numbers are taken into account, the increase in total gambling revenues in Atlantic City is a more modest 2.4 percent.

The best September for New Jersey casinos in a decade

However, Casino Control Commission Chairman and CEO Matthew B. Levinson told the Press of Atlantic City this was still a September to remember for the local casino industry.

“More than half of the casinos had their best September in a decade or more,” he said.

The year-to date number are now clearly up as well. Atlantic City Casinos posted a little over $2 billion in gambling revenue through the first nine months of the year. That represents a nine percent increase over the $1.8 billion posted by the casinos in the same period last year.

Total casino revenues in the Garden State hit $2.6 billion in 2016. This was a 1.5 percent increase over the $2.563 billion posted in 2015. It also represented the first gambling revenue increase in New Jersey in a decade. The casinos now appear on pace to do that again and more this year.

Year-to-date online gambling revenues hit $183,670,496 for the first nine months of the year. This represents a 27.1 percent increase over the $144,491,417 posted in the same period last year.

Borgata’s $70 million in revenue on top

Atlantic City’s top-grossing casino since it first opened in 2003, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa continued to hold on to the top spot in September by a rather wide margin. In fact, the Borgata’s $70 million in revenue represented a nine percent increase over the same month last year. Plus, it was more than double the amount posted by any of its competitors.

It was basically a three-way tie for second with Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City ($31.3 million) barely edging out Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino ($29.8 million) and Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City ($29.8 million).

Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino revenues were actually down less than one percent compared to the same month last year. The property joined fellow Caesars Entertainment entity Bally’s Hotel And Casino as the only two Atlantic City casinos to post revenue declines. Bally’s Hotel And Casino gambling revenues were down two percent to $17.8 million last month.

NJ internet gambling revenues up across the board

Online, each of the five Atlantic City Casino operators that hold internet gambling licenses posted increases. This helped push the total internet gaming win up to $20.4 million.

Golden Nugget continues to set the pace online. Online gambling sites under its license (SugarHouse, Betfair) posted $5.7 million in online gambling revenue throughout the month. Golden Nugget’s online gambling revenues were up a whopping 56 percent from the $3.7 million it posted in September last year.

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New Jersey’s Live Poker Market Took A Slight Downswing In August

New Jersey’s live poker scene experienced a bit of a dropoff in the month of August. Plus, the results weren’t much better for legal online poker in NJ.

The New Jersey poker scene experienced a bit of a downturn in the month of August.

In fact, according to numbers released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement last week, Atlantic City’s five live poker rooms reported $2,232,229 in revenue for the month of August 2017. This represented a 5.3 percent drop from the same month last year. Atlantic City poker rooms reported $2,357,794 in revenue in August 2016.

Of course, in August 2016, Atlantic City was home to six live poker rooms, not five. The Trump Taj Mahal and its 24-table poker room was still open in August 2016. It reported $80,152 in monthly poker revenue at that time.

Taking away the Taj, the five poker rooms still in operation in Atlantic City posted $2,277,642 in poker revenue in August 2016. However, the August 2017 poker revenue totals were still down $45,413, or approximately two percent, from there.

$244.8 million in total NJ casino revenue

Of course, New Jersey poker room revenues continue to represent just a small percentage of overall casino revenues in the state. In August 2017, the seven Atlantic City casinos posted total gambling revenues of $244.8 million.

In the meantime, New Jersey online poker room revenues appeared to hold steady last month at approximately 10 percent of overall online gambling revenues in the state.

New Jersey online gambling sites reported an overall internet gaming win of $21.3 million in August 2017. Meanwhile, New Jersey online poker sites posted $2.1 million in revenue.

Borgata sets the live poker pace

As far as brick and mortar poker rooms were concerned, the room at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa continued to hold onto its spot as market leader. Borgata claimed its 79-table room pulled in $1,320,943 in poker revenue in August 2017. It is expected those numbers will get up even higher this month with the World Poker Tour stopping at Borgata Sept. 17 to 22.

No other room was even close. The 40-table poker room at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City pulled in $319,169 in revenue to grab second place.

Here’s how the other three Atlantic City poker rooms looked in August 2017:

PokerStars NJ leads online poker

Online, PokerStars NJ continued to lead the local online poker market reporting $821,901 in revenue last month. PokerStars NJ expects its numbers to climb next month as it hosts the $1.2 million guaranteed New Jersey Championship of Online Poker from Sept. 30 through Oct. 16.

Online poker sites operating under the Borgata internet gaming license now include Borgata, Pala, playMGM and partypokerNJ. These sites combined to post $649,905 in revenue in August 2017.

Meanwhile, Caesars’ online poker sites including 888 and WSOP.com combined to record $610,554 in revenue last month.

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Golden Nugget is our favorite NJ online casino, and for good reason. It has more than 500 casino games (the most in New Jersey) and offers live dealer games. It also has great deposit options and an easy-to-use online and mobile interface.

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