Jake Banks | 29 May 2018

William Hill Sportsbook Joins NJ’s Ocean Resort CasinoOcean Resort Casino is one of two new land-based casinos set to open its doors in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 28 this year. The new casino is reportedly set to feature a sportsbook at its gaming floor, according to a statement from property principal Jordan Deifik last week.

Deifik revealed in his statement that the betting facilities at the casino will be operated by British betting giant William Hill. Ocean Resort Casino is being constructed on the site of what was formerly Revel Casino, the casino that opened in 2012 but shut its doors just a few years later after failing to generate profits.

After its closure, Revel was sold to Floridian tycoon Glenn Straub. After long periods of argument with the state’s gaming regulators and Atlantic City’s officials over whether he should need to obtain a new gaming license in order to relaunch the venue (and missing many of his own re-opening dates), Straub decided to sell the property to Colorado’s Bruce Deifik for a consideration of $200 million.

Former Revel Casino Revamped

This sale was completed early this year, with Deifik noting that he was willing to invest another $200 million into revamping the former Revel Casino. Now that the casino is just a month away from opening, its owners have confirmed the addition of betting to its other gambling services and facilities after the Supreme Court lifted the long-time federal sports betting ban last week.

William Hill has already made its way into the US betting industry, currently operating 115 of Nevada’s 183 total sports books. Before the Supreme Court ruling last week, Nevada was one of just a handful of states in which sports betting was legal in America.

Sportsbook to Boast Private Suites

In collaborating with the owners of Ocean Resort Casino, the UK bookie will now run a 7,500 square foot betting facility at the center of the casino’s gaming floor. The sportsbook is slated to be ready for business by June 28 as well, when the casino’s grand opening will take place according to property officials.

Additionally, the casino’s principal also revealed last week that the sportsbook will boast private suites for major sporting events, including the legendary Super Bowl. While New Jersey has not yet drafted the necessary laws to regulate sports betting services in the state, experts believe that lawmakers will draft an initial bill by the end of June. This could make the state one of the first to legalize the practice after the nationwide ban was abolished.

Ocean Resort Casino has also not yet been granted the necessary gambling licenses from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. However, the resort does not expect any challenges in this arena, with a hearing set to be held on June 6 to determine its fate.

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