Where to Hang: The Meadowlands is offering three different viewing options.
Victory Sports Bar is the main spot with 50-plus HD TVs (some of which fall under the “massive” category).
Victory opens at 11 a.m. Sunday; seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There is a $35 minimum purchase per person, with breakfast, lunch or dinner items available.
Also, reservations are available in the lounge area. It features a large central bar with great views of Victory’s 20-foot screens. The same minimum purchase amount applies, and the menu is à la carte.
The gallery, which opens at 4 p.m., will show Super Bowl 54 on a large roll-down projector.
Patrons can take advantage of the $25 tailgate buffet.
Gameday favorites such as wings, mac ‘n’ cheese, mini hot dogs, fries, chili and brownies are all on the menu. Seating is available for those with buffet reservations only.
As far as the sportsbook goes, there are two locations (both located on the grandstand level). One is an enclosed sports bar with seating for 100-plus guests along with a food and drink menu. There are more than 50 screens to watch the big game.
The other area is an open space featuring a giant 75-foot LED video wall.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sportsbook: FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands
Reservations (if available): None
Reservation price range: Not available
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.
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.
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.
Sportsbook: The Sportsbook
Reservations (if available): None
Reservation price range: Not available
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.
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:
What You Get
$50 food/beverage minimum, one seat, all-day rental
Seating for up to four at billiard table
$100 food/beverage minimum, seating for up to four people
$300 food/beverage minimum, for groups of five or more, all-day reservation
Fan Cave (Standard)
$250 food/beverage minimum, seats up to 25, all-day rental
Fan Cave (Premium)
$600 food/beverage minimum, seats up to 25, all-day rental
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.
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.
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.
Football betting, viewing, and NJ sportsbooks
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.
March Madness betting and the opening month of MLB season creates consumer demand. FanDuel and DraftKings customers are stepping up to the kiosk.
Sports betting kiosks are slowly popping up inside New Jersey retail sportsbooks.
And the combination of March Madness betting, more specifically the Final Four, and opening month of MLB season creates consumer demand.
And those consumers are looking for convenient ways to bet.
The FanDuel Sportsbookat the Meadowlands Racetrack is the latest NJ location to introduce them. The 14 betting terminals are brand new, unveiled weeks before the start of the NCAA Tournament.
More specifically, they are IGT PlayDigital’s PlayShot QuickBet kiosks.
Enrico Drago, senior vice IGT PlayDigital, commented via a press release:
“The self-service kiosks deliver the same high-quality user experience as the FanDuel website and mobile apps, and feature real-time pricing updates for a full range of markets to give players at The New Meadowlands Racetrack the best possible betting experience.”
With NJ sports betting closing in on its one-year anniversary, the current market is packed with 13 sportsbook apps. And yes, they have the edge when it comes to convenience.
But retail sportsbooks in the Garden State see self-service betting kiosks as a way to stay in the game.
FanDuel: Kiosks are a game changer
It’s no secret FanDuel’s NJ location is No. 1 when it comes to both popularity and sports betting revenue.
Opening weekend action of the NCAA Tournament produced standing-room-only crowds. This equals long lines at the betting windows.
Not exactly convenient for getting in a four-leg parlay. But those 14 new betting kiosks help with speeding up the betting process.
In a statement provided to NJ Gambling Sites, the FanDuel team called the kiosks “a game changer.”
“The ability to put more than 40 IGT kiosks throughout the Meadowlands Racetrack has eased the congestion at our betting windows and made the sports betting experience more enjoyable.
“The kiosks are extremely intuitive, customer friendly and feature our full range of events and markets giving us an edge on our competitors.”
IGT and FanDuel have what can be described as a “productive business relationship.” And it’s one that extends beyond New Jersey.
IGT in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
The FanDuel-branded sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resortopened last month. And there is another at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
Like the sportsbook operator, IGT is focused on “exceeding patron expectations.”
The PlayShot kiosks are just the latest example of this. Charles Cohen, IGT PlayDigital vice president for sports betting, explained that the ultimate goal was to go beyond simple convenience.
“IGT and FanDuel collaborated to ensure that the kiosks deliver a reliable, intuitive experience that reflects the quality and familiarity of the FanDuel brand.”
The kiosks, like the DraftKings mobile app, are powered by Kambi.
There are 18 0n property, including 16 in and around the sportsbook. Two others are located on the casino floor.
Too many kiosks? Neither DraftKings or Resorts thinks so.
Hal Tendler, DraftKings Sportsbook manager, said the emphasis has always been what is best for the customer. Kiosks just fit the bill.
“The actual bet is a smaller dollar amount, but there are probably more tickets printed at the kiosks than over the counter.”
Betting kiosks and a growing list for Kambi
The DraftKings name is plastered on the walls, but Kambi helps keep the betting process moving. The European-based company provides technology support to keep the bets moving.
And every client has specific requests for configuring their brand-specific kiosk.
Max Bichsel, Kambi US director, said the company’s focus is trying to create the “best in class product.”
But whether the customer is betting via the DraftKings kiosk or the mobile app, the platform is essentially the same. And just like the mobile app, customers build a bet slip. Wagers can be deleted prior to completing the transaction.
In fact, Kambi customers are taking advantage of this additional betting option.
Bichsel said in general, more than half of the retail bets come in through the kiosks. Parx, SugarHouse, and Rivers casinos in Pennsylvania all have Kambi betting kiosks inside their respective sportsbooks.
And much like with NJ sportsbooks, those betting machines are getting a lot of action.
KN: Considering the fact more than half of our US on-property bets are placed via these terminals, we believe a high quality kiosk is a must for any operator in or looking at the market.
Whether in Atlantic City or Pennsylvania, the machines have been putting in overtime with customers this month.
The opening weekend of March Madness betting — the first ever — will do that. Games started around noon and went until midnight.
Bichsel was happy to report the kiosks were up to the challenge.
“They definitely had a stress test in terms of the volume coming in,” he said. “Very proud how the kiosks held up in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”
More kiosks coming to NJ? You bet
In terms of other AC casinos, the Sportsbook at the Golden Nugget is equipped with nine self-service kiosks powered by SBTech.
Borgata currently does not have any betting kiosks since the Race and Sports Book is a temporary setup.
Special for March Madness betting, the MGM-owned property set up a special temporary space as part of its Brackets at Borgata promotion. Four additional betting windows are now open at the Central Conference Center.
But betting kiosks are coming this summer.
Borgata AC is building an $11 million permanent sportsbook slated for a summer opening. Betting kiosks (exact number to be announced) will be included.
Tom Gable, director of the Race & Sports Book at the Borgata, said he thinks they will be a great addition.
“It enables the customers to take as much time as they want. They don’t have to worry about someone standing behind them in line.”
And with Final Four betting front and center this weekend, customers will be lining up once again.
The Nevada sports betting company that operates retail and mobile reached a deal with Meadowlands to get into the New Jersey online sports betting game.
A longtime part of the Nevada sports betting industry is coming to New Jersey. CG Technology expects to launch in time for the next football season which starts in September.
CG Technology boasts a number of firsts, including launching the first mobile sports betting app in Nevada.
Here comes CG Technology to NJ
The company will operate in partnership with the Meadowlands Racetrack. CG Technology will be Meadowlands’ third sports betting skin, the full complement allowed under New Jersey regulations. FanDuel Sportsbook and PointsBet are its other two sports betting partners.
CG Technology is the second bookmaker with experience in Nevada to come to New Jersey, asWilliam Hill US operates three of the NJ retail sportsbooks, in addition to an NJ sports betting app.
“We are excited to announce this partnership with CG Technology,” said Jeff Gural, Chairman and CEO of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. “We are confident CGT, with its years of experience, will bring some new and inventive offerings that will appeal to the New Jersey online and mobile sports wagering market.”
CG has been a part of Nevada for years
CG operates eight sportsbooks in Nevada with seven casino partners. As well as the CG mobile app, bettors will find CG sportsbooks at:
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The company sees its Nevada experience as a major advantage as it moves to the New Jersey market.
“We are delighted to enter the New Jersey market and bring forth our decade-plus of experience catering to customers in the country’s biggest gambling market,” said Parikshat Khanna, CEO of CG Technology. “As an early mover in the Nevada sports wagering business, we always envisioned national expansion that would give American consumers more product options.”
Software problems led to a number of breaches of Nevada regulations. Bets were sometimes allowed after a game had ended and wagers were occasionally settled incorrectly. Bettors received either too much or too little money.
There were even some incidents where players outside the state borders placed bets online.
In November, 2018, the Nevada Gaming Commission finally agreed a settlement with CG Technology. Because of its errors, the company paid a $1.75 million fine plus a $250,000 contribution to the Nevada Council on Problem Gaming.
Over and above the money, CG Technology agreed to move to an “unaffiliated third-party sports pool wagering system.” That transition is due this month.
However, those matters are now in the past. CG can now look forward to a New Jersey expansion confident that it has survived and thrived despite some hard knocks.
The FanDuel Sportsbook At Meadowlands and William Hill sportsbook at Monmouth have big plans for a busy day of sports betting during 2019 Super Bowl.
Not to be outdone by their Atlantic City sports betting colleagues, Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park are planning their own Super Bowl 2019 festivities.
FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the Monmouth Park Sports Book byWilliam Hill are getting ready for what they expect to be their busiest sports betting day since their respective summer openings.
Super Bowl LIII kicks off Feb. 3 in Atlanta.
Besides taking parlay, moneyline, straight and special prop bets, both New Jersey racetracks have special Big Game festivities planned.
Monmouth Park, located in Central New Jersey, is a little more than an hour away from the Big Apple.
NJ racetracks and their Super Bowl 2019 plans
In terms of NJ retail sports betting revenue, the two racetracks continue to set the pace ahead of Atlantic City casinos.
FanDuel Sportsbook is the king of the mountain. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released its December numbers earlier this month, and it showed that the property generated $3,577,177. William Hill was in second place with $1,031,336.
So drawing a sports betting audience will not be a problem on Super Bowl Sunday.
For those unfamiliar with the two NJ racetracks, here is a rundown of what both have on hand.
Sports Betting Scene: The FanDuel Sportsbook, with its 50-plus HD TVs, is opening at 8 a.m. on game day.
The 5,300-square-foot space can hold about 500 people. The 20 sports betting stations, VIP area, and a variety of seating options make it among the best in NJ for watching the Super Bowl.
Where to Hang: The Big Game Tailgate Party & Buffet is free to enter (parking, too). The buffet will be set up in the upstairs lounge and is $34.95 per person (not including tax and gratuity). It will be available from 4-8 p.m.
Chili with nachos and cornbread, buffalo wings with blue cheese, cheeseburger and hamburger sliders, mixed green salad, cookies and brownies are just some of the menu items.
Group reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM.
Sports Betting Scene: Monmouth Park is where the first legal sports bet in New Jersey took place back in June. The William Hill-operated space features 15 betting windows, an integrated sports bar, and more than 40 HD TVs.
Where to Hang: Monmouth Park is hosting a Big Game Party of its own inside the Turf Club. It’s being billed as “our biggest party yet.”
The $85 all-in ticket includes tailgate favorites, a halftime buffet, and four drink tickets. Tickets are only available online and can be purchased via the Monmouth Park website.
NJ online sports betting options, too
Of course, you can visit the NJ racetracks during Super Bowl 2019 and place your bets via the mobile apps, too. That way, you won’t miss out on all the food and fun.
Online sportsbooks have land-based partnerships in place with both racetracks, so placing a bet can be as simple as a couple clicks on your iOS or Android device.
Meadowlands Racetrack is partnered with FanDuel (of course) but also PointsBet, one of the newer sportsbook apps available in the NJ online sports betting market.
PointsBet’s claim to fame is Points Betting, a unique way to place a bet on sports based on points earned and points lost. However, PointsBet, for now, is only available via browser and an iOS app.
Monmouth is partnered with William Hill NJ but also is the license used by SugarHouse Sportsbook. The online sportsbook is powered by Kambi and is available on iOS and Android.
Purses at Meadowlands Racetrack will get $1 million a year from NJ sports betting thanks to a deal to share revenue from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Purses at Meadowlands Racetrack are getting a $1 million a yearboost from sports betting operations at the track.
The Meadowlands Racetrack and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey (SBOA) announced Dec. 1 that they had reached a 10-year, revenue-sharing agreement. The agreement will add a minimum of $1 million a year to the purse account at the track.
And there’s hope the state is ready to give NJ horse racing another $100 million over the next five years.
The money will be taken from revenues from the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands retail NJ sports betting operation. The revenue includes the FanDuel Sportsbook mobile sports betting app.
When FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands launched July 14, it quickly became the top-grossing retail sportsbook location in the state. The operation has recorded $15,206,392 in gross sports betting revenue through the end of October 2018. Its FanDuel Sportsbook mobile sports betting app launched Sept. 1.
$100 million horse racing bill
Meanwhile, the track and SBOA are hoping the state is prepared to do even more. Both are pushing for the state to pass legislation providing another $100 million in purse supplements to the racing industry over the next five years.
The bill was introduced in October. It is sponsored by Sens. Vin Gopal, Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho and Richard Cody.
It calls for a $20 million a year investment by the state into the local racing industry for the next five years. If passed, the payments will begin in fiscal 2019. The money will come from the state’s general fund.
The state would give Thoroughbred racing purses at Monmouth Park, and the short all-turf Thoroughbred races it runs at Meadowlands, $10 million annually.
Other specifics of the NJ bill
Standardbred purses at Meadowlands, Freehold Raceway and the Standardbred breeding industry would split the other half of the money.
The state would give Meadowlands $6 million for harness racing purses and Freehold $1.6 million. The state would give New Jersey Sire Stakes purses $1.2 million. Plus, the state would send New Jersey-sired Standardbreds $600,000 in purse bonuses and Standardbred breeder awards $600,000.
In September, lawmakers referred the bill to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Meadowlands and SBOA hopes
Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural and SBOA President Mark Ford are hoping Meadowlands’ move to funnel sports betting money into horse racing will give the state the impetus it needs to move forward.
Gural said he’s hopeful the money will help Meadowlands become a premier racing venue once again:
“With a bill for a five-year $100 million purse appropriation scheduled to be introduced in the legislature shortly, we are all hopeful that we will be able to continue our good work with the SBOA and bring the Meadowlands back to its stature as a premier racing venue.”
Ford implored the rest of the industry to reach out to legislators to let them know how important the bill is to NJ horse racing. He said the industry should look to help out anyway it can:
“If you are betting sporting events, be sure to place your bets with FanDuel at the Meadowlands or use the FanDuel app, as a portion of every dollar you wager will show up in the purse account.”