Jake Banks | 14 Jun 2018

William Hill To Take 1st Legal Sports BetWilliam Hill is renowned for being at the forefront of the action and all things considered, this is still the case. The UK-based sportsbook operator will be accepting its very first wager in the state of New Jersey after the recent legalization of sports betting in the state. The state has been fighting for the legalization of sports betting for many years, and Governor Phil Murphy finally signed off on Assembly Bill 4111 earlier in the week, effectively bringing the lengthy battle to an end.

The state has been battling courts and the judicial system for many years in an attempt to overturn and strike down PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), calling the prohibition of sports betting in the state nothing short of unconstitutional, as it was in direct conflict with the 10th Amendment. The Act outlawed sports betting nation-wide, with the exception of only a few states, with the state of New Jersey not having been one of those states.

The Supreme Court finally ruled that PASPA was indeed in conflict with the 10th Amendment, and was struck down during May of this year.

All Eyes On Monmouth Park

The attention of many interested parties will be on Monmouth Park racetrack on Thursday, when bookmaker William Hill will be accepting its very first wager under the new rules. William Hill has been forging agreements and building relationships all along, even before the repeal of PASPA, and as a result, the bookmaker is now in the very fortunate position of being able to cash in on their tenacious longsuffering and determination throughout the entire process.

The company sealed a deal with Monmouth Park back in 2013, for the operation of no fewer than 22 sports betting avenues at the venue and the time has now finally come that the key agreement will be in a position to come to fruition.

In addition to the agreement with Monmouth Park, William Hill has also concluded the terms of a key partnership with the Ocean Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. The bookmaker will be at the head of operations of the casino’s new $6m gaming area.

A Big Day

Chief Executive of William Hill, Philip Bowcock, has said that the company is elated about the developments and changes in the system, allowing for the first legal bet to be placed on sports in the state of New Jersey.

He referred to Thursday’s event as one of the biggest and most significant in the history of William Hill as a company, since its establishment back in 1934.