Jersey Sides & Totals For NFL Week 3: How’s Your Team’s Quarterback Doing?

With so many NFL QBs on the injured list, Week 3 isn’t going to be easy for NJ sports betting fans but here’s more from FanDuel, Resorts, and Unibet.

When the dust settled after the Browns-Jets game Monday night, many NFL betting fans were left in a tailspin.

After all, NFL Week 3 begins with the loss of legacy quarterbacks Drew Brees (Saints) for at least six weeks and Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) for the season after elbow surgery.

Digging a little deeper, it’s not clear if Cam Newton is completely healthy in Carolina, the Jets lost Sam Darnold last Thursday to mono, then back-up Trevor Siemian went down Monday for the year against the Browns, and now have third-stringer Nick Falk starting this week against the Patriots.

Additionally, the Eli Manning (as a starter) era ended in East Rutherford as Daniel Jones takes over the starting reigns, and there was already Nick Foles going down in Week 1.

And just like that, you have five+ different starting QB’s in Week 3 from opening week. Yikes.

With all of these changes, there’s a lot to sort out for Week 3 in a short amount of time for both oddsmakers and bettors alike. Many teams can’t wait for their bye week to heal up on their injuries, which begin in Week 4 for the Jets and 49ers.

As we look ahead to Week 3, some of the questions I’m considering:

  • How lopsided will the Patriots (vs Jets) and Cowboys (vs Dolphins) games be?
  • Can the Buffalo Bills win outside of MetLife Stadium?
  • Are 2-0 teams like the Ravens, Packers, 49ers, and Seahawks really this good?
  • Are 0-2 teams like the Panthers, Broncos, and Jaguars really this bad?

Putting it all together for New Jersey bettors, there are 10 retail sportsbooks and, with the launch of Unibet last week, now 17 sports betting apps to choose from.

Each week, this column highlights up to three New Jersey sportsbooks and will take a deeper dive into the promos, props, and specials that you should be aware of heading into the weekend’s NFL football action.

For Week 3, I am looking at Unibet NJ, Resorts Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook.

The new kid on the block: Unibet

Unibet is one of 11 brand names under the umbrella of online casino operator Kindred Group. In addition to its launch in New Jersey last week, the Unibet brand is present in 20 other countries.

Unibet’s sportsbook app is part of an overall NJ online casino gaming offering. So there is only one specific promo related to football called the $100k pigskin parlay:

pigskin parlay unibet sportsbook nj

This is a promotion to pay attention to if you like to play NFL parlays.

Place a minimum $10 and a six-team parlay. If all the teams cover the spread by an additional 9.5 points each, there is a $100,000 payout on top of the base parlay winnings.

This is interesting as it gets one to think if the Patriots (-22.5) can beat the Jets by 33 points or conversely, can the Dolphins (+21.5) stay within 12 points of the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday? Not a bad way to invest a $10 stake.

There are some future bets listed on Unibet, at current, but it’s standard fare, with listed AFC/NFC champions and pricing for individual division winners:

unibet sports app team props

There are no MVP, defensive player of the year, or rushing leader props, which is odd. The only current player prop is for offensive rookie of the year:

unibet offensive rookie

Looking at Week 3 game matchups, the Unibet menu features 80+ wagering options for each game with the player props and the betting options expected to increase as we build toward Sunday:

nfl week 3 odds unibet sportsbook

Unibet has a unique take on the margin of victory point totals, as shown below for the Jets vs Patriots game, with 13-1 odds for the Pats to win by 43 points or more:

unibet team win totals new jersey betting

There are also props for highest-scoring quarter and half, and for the race to various totals:

unibet nj sportsbook game props

Settle in for a short ride at Resorts 

The Resorts land-based sportsbook features DraftKings as the brand operator. In its online space, the Resorts sports betting portal is powered by SBTech and is part of an overall casino gaming menu. 

They aren’t one of the big dogs on the sportsbook campus, but Resorts still packs a punch in a few areas.

For instance, there’s a football pick ‘em handicapping contest with $40,000 in total prizes:

super pick em resorts sportsbook nj

While there are no specific NFL-related sport betting boosts or promotions, Resorts does offer a healthy bonus (bonus capped at $25k) for multi-leg parlays:

Resorts also has a player prop looking ahead to next year’s NFL Draft:

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For this NFL season, there is a prop for NFL MVP, with the current favorite and new State Farm spokesman Patrick Mahomes at +240:

The team future props are sparse, but there is pricing for each division winner:

division winners nfl resorts sportsbook nj

The Resorts NFL Week 3 menu is pretty basic, with 50+ wagering types available:

nfl week 3 odds resorts nj sportsbook

Still, here’s a closer look at the Resorts odds for the Eagles vs Lions game at the Link this Sunday:

eagles lions odds resorts online sportsbook

And a prop related to “overtime” complete with a unique spelling from Resorts:

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Of course, there should be more bells and whistles added to the Resorts NFL menu (and Unibet) as we get closer to Sunday afternoon.

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Scoring big with FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel has its base of retail operations at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford.

While its MetLife neighbors, the Jets and Giants, are winless thus far this year, FanDuel continues to knock it out of the park with multiple NFL wagering options and cool localized props. 

Yes, they have the offensive rookie of the year prop bet, including new Giants starting QB Jones at a relatively short price of 7 -1:

With such a distinct difference right now between the “haves and have nots” in the NFL, FanDuel has props for the Patriots to stay undefeated and the Dolphins to remain winless in 2019:

patriots dolphins season odds fanduel nfl

Beyond the obvious Pats and Dolphins extremes, I note the props for two local teams.

For instance, FanDuel asks a good question: When will the Jets win their first game?

ny jets first win odds fanduel nj sports betting

FanDuel views the situation with the Giants (0-2) perhaps not as dire as the Jets. As such, there are a prop posting odds for Jones to live up to his #6 overall draft hype in 2019 and resurrect Big Blue’s fortunes

ny giants playoff odds fanduel

Outside of these local angles, FD also has a prop bet around when the now Big Ben-less Steelers will register their first victory of 2019:

steelers first win odds nfl betting fanduel

When it comes to individual game betting FD has an outstanding menu of wagering options including weekly fantasy point totals for select players.

FanDuel has also introduced the “same game parlay,” which is a great feature for those that have wanted to bet more than one prop in a single game.

FanDuel does limit the specific props that can be used, but there are many to choose from. Here is an example of a same game parlay ticket for this Sunday’s Lions vs Eagles game that includes moneyline, over/under, margin of victory, half-time/full-time and a quarter moneyline.

It’s a nice amount of game action:

same game parlay bet fanduel sportsbook nfl

FanDuel also offers teasers, a unique multi-leg bet that started years ago at Las Vegas sportsbooks offering the bettor the chance to adjust a game’s betting by 6-7 points, with fixed odds payouts based on the number of correct game selections.

Shown below are three examples of a three-team teaser using the Colts, Ravens, and Browns with adjusted pricing based on the 3-point spread options of +6, +6.5 and +7 points:

teaser spreads fanduel nfl betting

Well played, FanDuel. Basically, this New Jersey sports betting app continues to push to offer its customers an extensive wagering menu.

The local line: Jets, Giants, Eagles

In looking ahead to the local-regional teams of NY and PA, here are the current Week 3 lines as of Thursday morning (Sept. 19) via FanDuel:

  • Giants +6.5 (-110) vs Buccaneers, Total of 48
  • Eagles -6.5 (-110) vs Lions, Total of 46
  • Jets +22.5 (-120) vs Patriots, Total of 44

Looking ahead to Sunday

After starting Week 1 at 3-0, things derailed a bit for me in Week 2 after Big Ben was lost for the season and the Steelers lost the game.

The Texans were all out to beat the Jags and didn’t come close to covering as a 9-point favorite. I righted the ship Sunday night with a contrarian “under” play cashing in the Eagles vs Falcons game.

Week 2 recap

Record Week 2: 1-2

Season YTD: 4-2

  • Eagles at Falcons: Total Points 52.5 – UNDER (Result: Falcons 24-Eagles 20; TOTAL 44)
  • Texans -9 over Jaguars (Result: Texans 13-Jaguars 12)
  • Steelers -4 over Seahawks (Result: Seahawks 28-Steelers 26)

NFL Week 3 picks

Both the Cowboys and Patriots enter this week as 20+ point favorites. I can’t consider these games, so instead I will sit back and watch other action.

PACKERS -8 vs Broncos

I’m looking for the Packers offense to get untracked and start to click in Week 3. In the Mile High City, I’m concerned with Vic Fangio’s conservative approach and with Joe Flacco’s ability to put Broncos points on the board.

COLTS -2 vs Falcons

The Luck-less Colts have started a gritty 1-1 with their first two games on the road. They draw a Falcons team that is just not the same team away from home and will be challenged to stop the Colts ground game led by Marlon Mack.

BILLS -6 over Bengals

With their season opener in Orchard Park, the Bills Mafia will be out in full force imploring their home team to a win and an unexpected 3-0 start.

As competitive as the Bengals looked in Week 1 in Seattle, they really took a step backward last week at home vs the surging 49ers. I think last week is more indicative of the Bengals fortunes in 2019, with the Bills to roll to victory this Sunday.

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
draftkings sportsbook

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.

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.

Team North Beach: Casinos, Businesses Join Forces To Promote A Slice Of AC

Atlantic City’s oldest casino, two of its newest, and a host of local businesses are teaming up to promote the new North Beach AC district.

Atlantic City’s oldest casino, two of its newest, and a host of local businesses are teaming up to promote one end of the Boardwalk in a brand new way.

Resorts Casino & Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Ocean Casino Resort, and a group of other local businesses have come together to re-brand the district surrounding the north end of the Boardwalk as North Beach Atlantic City.

They’re promoting it by throwing a community-oriented block party on Thursday, June 20. And continuing every Monday starting June 24, a live music series will entice visitors with specials at the participating businesses and casinos.

The partnership aims to put a new spotlight on the north end of a busy resort town.

The team behind North Beach Atlantic City

Outside of the casinos, the local businesses partnering in the effort include:

  • Absecon Lighthouse
  • MADE Atlantic City Chocolate Bar
  • Showboat Atlantic City
  • Steel Pier
  • Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall
  • The Iron Room

The group claims North Beach AC has developed into the city’s cultural epicenter over the past year.

In fact, Hard Rock, Ocean Casino, and the Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall have all opened in the area in the past 12 months. And the two casinos will soon celebrate their first anniversary with a huge celebration of their own.

The group is also encouraging visitors to the area to tag photos with the #NorthBeachAC hashtag on social media.

More about the North Beach Block Party

The North Beach Block Party on June 20 will run from 4 to 8 p.m.

As a part of the festivities, Absecon Lighthouse is offering block party attendees $1 off admission and entry into a draw with a grand prize valued at $500.

Hard Rock AC is hosting music at Hard Rock Cafe Backstage, Beach Bar, and Lobby Bar. Plus, a series of specials and giveaways on the Boardwalk offer guests the chance to win show tickets, dinner for two, spa experiences, and more.

MADE Atlantic City Chocolate Bar will offer samples while Ocean Casino will feature a live DJ and giveaways from William Hill Sportsbook. Ocean is also hosting a sidewalk sale with various retail discounts.

Resorts Casino & Hotel has partnered with Bacardi Ardi to provide music on the Boardwalk with DJ Eric. Smokey Starr will also perform at the Fins Bar at LandShark Bar & Grill. Resorts is also hosting a beer hoisting competition inside the property with games, food, and photo ops.

Showboat Atlantic City’s Surf Bar will have a DJ, entertainment, and various drink and food specials.

Steel Pier will feature live music and a variety of discounts on rides, food, and drinks.

The Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, which will have a mini pop-up destination in front of Resorts, plans to play Monopoly with visitors for various prizes. The beer hall also plans to host an after party from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring live music from Homespun Trio.

Finally, The Iron Room will preview the coffee it will serve at its new North Beach location.

Music Row Mondays

The live music series kicking off on June 24 is being called Music Row Mondays.

Each property will have live music and food and drink specials running from 4 to 10 p.m.

More information and the planned entertainment will be available on the North Beach Atlantic City website.

Working together to promote a slice of AC

Resorts President Mark Giannantonio told the Associated Press it makes sense to work together to promote the part of town these businesses call home.

“No doubt about it, it’s a new way of looking at things. It will raise all boats.”

Eric Matejevich, acting CEO of Ocean Casino, added that the casinos and local businesses are all working together for the first time to highlight what they feel is a great experience in North Beach.

Matejevich said that guests can have three totally different casino experiences with close to 40 different restaurants within a 10-minute walk in the area.

For Hard Rock AC, the entertainment slant of the project was a no-brainer. The casino, after all, is well-known for its music acts and shows. When it first opened, it promised 365 days of entertainment.

Hard Rock President Joe Lupo said the group would be spending tens of thousands of dollars in an effort to increase revenue and visitation for area properties.

Lupo added that revenue from NJ sports betting and NJ online gambling has helped boost all three casinos’ bottom line. However, he also said a lot of that revenue is going to third parties.

But the ultimate goal of the North Beach Atlantic City team is to share and attract customers who come to the resort town. Casinos and non-casinos alike can share in the fruits of a changing AC landscape.

Everything Is Still Golden At The Top Of April’s Revenue For NJ Online Casinos

With Golden Nugget still on top, NJ online gambling revenue cleared the $30-million mark once again, for a year-over-year increase just shy of 60 percent.

The magic number is $30 million.

New Jersey online gambling revenue hit the mark for the first time in January. And Atlantic City’s internet casino operators have not looked back since.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released April numbers on Tuesday, and the seven online license holders reported revenue of $36,582,934.

It doesn’t top March’s record in which the totals ballooned to almost $40 million$39,134,380 to be exact. But it’s still a 58.9 percent year-over-year increase.

Plus, April’s overall performance is still good enough for second best all time.

NJ online casino revenue numbers

All five licensees that were operational this time last year reported double-digit increases.

Through the first four months of the year, the total revenue is at $141,060,432, good enough for a 52.4 percent increase.

Here is a complete breakdown of each casino operator and its internet gaming revenue:

Online Casino Licensee2019 April Revenue2018 April Revenue% Change
Borgata$5,463,153$4,591,30019%
Caesars$4,579,094$3,508,8230.5%
Golden Nugget$13,854,527$8,133,02470.3%
Hard Rock$1,554,913----
Ocean Resort$308,409----
Resorts$7,137,480$3,612,72697.6%
Tropicana$3,685,358$3,172,89116.2%

No record, but Golden Nugget still tops

Golden Nugget continues to be front and center, at least from an online gambling perspective.

The Marina District property reported $13,854,527, by far the best among all operators. And that’s a 70.3 percent increase from the same period last year.

But in terms of all-time numbers, April’s figures are slightly off from March’s record performance of $14,227,820. The latest number is still good enough for second best in Golden Nugget history.

And for the year, the license holder is now at a mind-blowing $50,963,562. For comparison purposes, Golden Nugget’s revenue from the casino floor is $63,627,733.

Resorts Digital continues upward climb

Resorts, like Golden Nugget, is one of the smaller properties in town. Yet, both companies seem to be making the most noise in the NJ online casino world.

Resorts Digital, the online arm of the land-based casino, reported $7,137,480 in revenue. But the bigger number is the 97.6 percent year-over-year percentage increase.

And having the still growing DraftKings Casino as part of its portfolio is playing a big part in this substantial growth.

The platform is integrated with the DraftKings Sportsbook, which is a huge part of the NJ sports betting story.

From the looks of things, cross-selling between sportsbook and casino is having a big effect for Resorts.

You can read more about April’s sports betting numbers here.

Hail Caesars Interactive

All three of the Caesars Entertainment-owned properties reported losses on the casino floor. The flagship Caesars Atlantic City reported the biggest loss at 24 percent.

But the tone switches to a positive one when bringing Caesars’ slate of online casinos into the equation. The operator reported $4,579,094 — a 30.5 percent year-over-year increase.

The portfolio consists of three brands:

No signs of slowing down

The healthy growth of the NJ online casino industry coincides with the success of the NJ mobile sports betting industry.

More than 8o percent of the monthly handle comes via apps and web browsers. And many of the current operators either have their respective mobile platforms integrated with the casino app or do cross-sell.

And four straight months over the $30-million mark show it’s working.

Plus this win-win is contributing to the bigger Atlantic City story: 11 straight months of growth. April alone comes in at a 16.9 percent increase from 2018.

No matter how you spin it, the AC gambling picture is looking bright and sunny. Just in time for summer at the Jersey Shore.

Resorts ‘Not That Surprised’ To Be Near The Top In NJ Online Gambling

Resorts Digital consultant Ed Andrewes shares his thoughts on why Atlantic City’s oldest casino is succeeding in this NJ mobile and online betting world.

Resorts is getting a lot of attention these days, and for a good reason.

Its NJ sports betting apps and online casino partnerships are producing strong revenue returns.

And we are talking to the tune of a 271.9% increase year over year. That number comes straight from the latest figures released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

NJ online casino revenue, as a whole, ballooned to almost $40 million in March.

One person keeping a close eye on these numbers is Ed Andrewes, owner of EAGC, lead consultant to Resorts Digital Gaming. New Jersey Gambling Sites caught up with him at last week’s Betting on Sports America conference in Secaucus, NJ.

To put it simply, a lot has changed from this time last year.

We are not that surprised because we almost doubled the size of our number of operators under our skin.

“We’ve been investing heavily in ourselves in both products and marketing. It hasn’t come as a huge surprise to me, but it obviously gets kind of noticed within the industry.”

DraftKings + sports betting = success

One of the big differences from this year and to last’s is the DraftKings Sportsbook app did not exist. The Boston-based company was simply a daily fantasy sports operation.

NJ sports betting was still in its very early prelaunch phase. And, in fact, until PASPA fell in May 2018, sportsbooks like DraftKings were just a pipe dream.

These days, Atlantic City’s oldest casino is hanging toward the top of the sports wagering revenue pack. And the partnership with DraftKings is a big reason why.

The Kambi-powered platform launched on Aug. 6 of last year and is continuously expanding its offerings. The platform now includes the integrated DraftKings online casino with live dealer games.

“DraftKings has done very well as a sportsbook,” said Andrewes. “They’ve also done very well on the casino side.”

But Andrewes also notes that DraftKings Casino players are different from those that play at Resorts online casino.

“The younger sportsbook players prefer playing table games rather than slots. Resorts has a very slots-based audience. Having the DraftKings brand has allowed us to tap into a whole new segment of the market both on sportsbook and casinos.”

Resorts is hangin’ with the big boys

DraftKings is the most popular brand, but it’s one of several that contributes to the overall success story at Resorts.

The overall Resorts Digital portfolio includes three mobile sports betting skins and four online casino brands.

Sports betting apps

Online casinos

The DGE monthly revenue charts do not provide a  breakdown of the individual operators. But Resorts is holding its own in this mobile and online gambling world.

Here are a few highlights from March:

  • NJ sports betting revenue: $7,278,126 (No. 1 in AC)
  • Internet gaming win: $8,472,091 (100.1% increase)
  • Total gaming revenue (sports/online): $15,750,217 (Resorts’ land-based casino earned $15,007,922)

By comparison, Bally’s Atlantic City earned $15,379,505 for the month. And that number is a combination of the casino floor and sports betting revenue.

And Andrewes is spreading the credit across the board.

“There has really been strong growth across all of our partners and our own in-house products.”

Resorts is still growing

Resorts Digital is now sitting toward the top of the NJ online gambling revenue charts (Golden Nugget is still No. 1), and there are no plans of slowing down.

Keep in mind; the Resorts-branded platform got into the NJ sports betting game in late January, days before the Super Bowl. Of course, the likes of FanDuel, DraftKings, BetStars and SugarHouse are more established.

But Andrewes likes what he sees so far.

“We are really, really pleased with the initial results. We’ve got a long way to go.”

For now, customers enjoy a shared casino and sportsbook platform with almost all of its partners as well as from the Resorts app itself.

“We are competing against some very strong brands that are more associated with sports. But we are pleased with the initial launch. … We are really looking forward to improving the product and building up exposure in time for the football season.”

For NJ Sportsbooks, Betting Kiosks Add Another Layer Of Convenience For Customers

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 Sportsbook at 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 Resort opened 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 CohenIGT 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.”

DraftKings + Kambi + Resorts

The betting kiosks inside the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts were getting plenty of use during the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

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. ParxSugarHouse, 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.

A March Madness betting test

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.