Caesars Entertainment issued a press release on Monday announcing plans for a big sports betting push in New Jersey and Mississippi. This includes Monday’s launch of sports betting at Bally’s Atlantic City and Wednesday’s launch at Harrah’s in addition to the announcement that CaesarsCasino.com will begin accepting online sports wagers in New Jersey in time for the upcoming NFL season.
Mississippi will also see some of its first legal sports wagers in the near future with Caesars Entertainment stating it plans to commence sports betting at Horseshoe Tunica and Harrah’s Gulf Coast by “mid-August.”
Bally’s and Harrah’s Next to Open in New Jersey
In its press release, Caesars Entertainment announced the commence of sports betting at Bally’s Atlantic City on Monday and at Harrah’s on Wednesday. Bally’s Wild Wild West took its first sports wagers Monday morning at 11 AM and shared the moment on Twitter shortly after:
— Bally's AC (@BallysAC) July 30, 2018
According to the Press of Atlantic City, Seven Star Total Rewards members Scarlette and Michael Hedgepeth from Halifax, NC were personally invited to have the honors of placing the first ever sports bet at Bally’s. Local media outlets reported they put $100 at 9-1 on the Dallas Cowboys winning the NFC championship.
This makes Bally’s home to the fifth legal sportsbook in New Jersey. Monmouth Park and the Borgata were the first to the punch in New Jersey, followed by Ocean Resort and Meadowlands race track.
Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City will open the state’s sixth sportsbook when it launches its sportsbook on Wednesday. Caesars Entertainment also said in its press release that it will spend the next nine months building out the sportsbooks at each of its properties “to create the same world-class sports betting experiences currently available at its properties in Nevada.”
CaesarsCasino.com to Launch Online Sports Betting
Add CaesarsCasino.com to the list of NJ betting sites slated to open in the near future. Caesars Entertainment confirmed in its press release today that it will begin taking mobile wagers across New Jersey via the Caesars Casino & Sports mobile app, which is now available for download on Android and iOS devices.
Caesars Entertainment did not provide an exact timeline for mobile/online sports betting, but did say it will be ready to go prior to the start of the upcoming NFL season. The first preseason game gets underway on Thursday with the Chicago Bears facing the Baltimore Ravens at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The first regular season games begin September 6th.
A page at CaesarsCasino.com also signals the upcoming launch of online sports betting. Few details are given there other than a message saying mobile betting is “coming soon” and a little promotional text calling it “the most convenient way to place a sport wager and play online casino anytime, anywhere in New Jersey.”
CaesarsCasino.com will most likely not be the online Caesars Entertainment website to offer sports betting. Almost two weeks ago, Caesars Entertainment told reporters it has applied for online sports betting licenses for three of its Atlantic City properties. In addition to Caesars Online, the company also operates 888 USA and Harrah’s Online Casino.
Caesars Entertainment will be teaming up with Scientific Games to launch sports betting in New Jersey. The Scientific Games OpenBet platform will give operators the ability to take wagers on all range of sports, to offer in-play betting and to integrate live streaming video if and when NJ betting sites can obtain rights to broadcast pro sporting events.
Mississippi Sportsbooks Set for Mid-August Launch
Mississippi legalized sports betting last year and approved regulations this year to pave the way for casinos across the state to open sportsbooks. Caesars Entertainment confirmed on Monday that it will have commence sports betting at the Horseshoe Tunica and Harrah’s Gulf Coast in mid-August – just in time for the NFL season.
The Horseshoe and Harrah’s will be joining a Mississippi market that looks likely to grow quickly over the next two weeks. The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and Gold Strike in Tunica are set to accept the state’s first sports wagers on Wednesday.
IP Casino in Biloxi and Sam’s Town in Tunica have also confirmed they’re aiming for an early-August launch. If everything goes as planned, Mississippi gamblers will have their choice of at least six sportsbooks by the end of next month.