Ocean Resort Casino, one of the two casinos set to open doors in Atlantic City on June 28, will feature a sports book on its casino floor, property principal Jordan Deifik said Thursday. It was also understood that the betting facility will be operated by UK bookmaker William Hill.
Ocean Resort Casino is located at the site of the former Revel casino. The property was launched in 2012 but closed doors just two and a half years later as it failed to make a profit. Revel was then sold to Florida-based businessman Glenn Straub, who promised to reopen it as a casino resort. After continued bickering with New Jersey gaming regulators and Atlantic City officials over whether he should obtain a gaming license in order to relaunch the venue and after missing several self-imposed reopening dates, Mr. Straub sold the property to Colorado-based developer Bruce Deifik for $200 million.
The sale was completed early in 2018 and Mr. Deifik said that he would invest another $200 million to renovate the former Revel and relaunch it in the summer.
Now, as Ocean Resort Casino is just a month away from swinging its doors open, owners confirmed that they will add betting to the other gambling services to be offered in the venue after the US Supreme Court lifted last week the long-standing federal ban on sports betting.
Joining Forces with William Hill
William Hill has already entered the US betting market and currently manages 115 of Nevada’s 183 operational sports books. Prior to last week, Nevada was one of the very few states where betting was legal in the US.
Joining forces with Ocean Resort Casino’s owners, the British bookmaker will operate a 7,500-square-foot facility at the heart of the resort’s gaming floor. The sports book will be ready for operation by June 28, when the former Revel will celebrate its grand opening, property officials said.
Ocean Resort Casino’s property principal also revealed Thursday that their sports book will have private suites for major sports events, including the Super Bowl.
While the New Jersey Legislature is yet to craft the necessary legislation and regulations for the operation of sports betting services in the state, it is believed that lawmakers will complete the task by early June. The state could thus become the first one to legalize sports betting after the annulment of the nationwide ban.
It is also important to note that Ocean Resort Casino is yet to obtain the necessary license for the operation of gambling services from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. However, the resort is not expected to face any major hurdles in that relation. A hearing of the commission is slated to be held on June 6 and casino owners are likely to be granted the necessary license during that event.
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