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Ready to Play – and Parlay: Sports books now open for business


Heading to a casino this fall? Even if your favorite gambling joint is not located in Nevada, you may now have the opportunity to place a few bets on your favorite teams this fall. Several states are now offering sports wagering with more certainly to come.

As more properties get on board the sports book train just as the NFL season approaches, here’s a look at a couple of the latest sports books open for business.




Resorts Casino Hotel

Atlantic  City, NJ 

Resorts Casino Hotel (Resorts), one of the premier casinos in Atlantic City, reached a new milestone this past August when it opened its doors to the new Resorts Sports Book. The Resorts Sports Book is the newest land-based operation to join the emerging New Jersey Market and has struck reputable partnerships with fantasy sports king – pins, DraftKings as well as the multibillion – dollar Gaming and Online Gambling Company, The Stars Group Inc.

Resorts combined efforts with DraftKings to launch the first – ever online sports betting platform in the Garden State. DraftKings Sportsbook is now fully available to the public, providing sports betting and gaming to anyone, at any time. DraftKings Sportsbook was designed and built with the U.S. sports fan in mind, offering multiple methods to bet, including live, in – game betting for major and niche domestic and international sports. Resorts partnership with The Stars Group adds another mobile and online sports betting site to The Stars Group’s internationally recognized online gaming portfolio.

Resorts has announced that their third and final online skin, SBTech, is scheduled to roll out in the fall of 2018. SBTech – a global provider of both online and live sports betting solutions – will supply all on-property operations. With award – winning experience in operating across multi – jurisdictional territories, SBTech will be a fitting choice to complete this industry – leading trifecta.

A first-of-its-kind, the interactive betting lounge offers a tailored experience for the sharp and square action-seeker alike. Guests can watch the game come to life on a 12-foot video wall or take their seat at closing line to view the game on one of 15 individual television screens. The highly trained and knowledgeable Sports Book staff are prepared to walk first – timers through the sports betting process at each of the six betting windows or to welcome the more experienced better to use one of the self-serve kiosks. This Sports Book will act as a temporary sports betting location, with a larger, permanent Sports Book opening in the future. Resorts collaboration with elite industry-visionaries and their reputation for delivering an unparalleled experience has undoubtedly sharpened their edge as the superior gaming operator in New Jersey.

For more information on Resorts Casino Hotel, please visit or for the latest updates on the Resorts Sports Book and online sports betting. 


Beau Rivage and Gold Strike

Biloxi, MS and Tunica, MS

These two properties opened their sports books and were ready for action on Aug. 1. Both MGM Resorts properties accepted their first sports wagers at noon and share in the distinction of taking the first sports wagers in Mississippi.

The casinos celebrated the events in style. A group of local dignitaries gathered at each property’s newly-constructed betting windows for the honor of placing the first legal sports wagers in Mississippi history. In Biloxi the Beau Rivage featured: former Miami Hurricanes running back and two-time NFL Pro Bowler Willis McGahee; former Louisiana State Tigers All-American tight end and NFL star Robert Royal; legendary oddsmaker Danny Sheridan; and Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association Executive Director and Former Mississippi Gaming Commission Executive Director Larry Gregory.

“This is a banner day for Beau Rivage and all of Mississippi and we are proud to lead the way on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Bill Boasberg, president and chief operating officer of Beau Rivage. “Here in the heart of the South, home to some of the most ardent sports fans in the world, we open a whole new era of sports entertainment and we do it on the eve of football season. What could be better?”

Meanwhile, 350 miles to the north in Tunica, a similar group approached the new sports betting windows at Gold Strike. Among those were: University of Tennessee wide receiver and four-time NFL Pro Bowler Stanley Morgan; former Mississippi Gaming Commission Chairman Nolen Canon; Mississippi Senate Tourism Committee Chair Lydia Chassaniol; and Mississippi House Gaming Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Cedric Burnett.

“This is a defining moment in Gold Strike’s nearly 24-year history,” said David Tsai, Gold Strike president and chief operating officer. “Sports fans have long waited for this day and we are proud to be the first to offer our customers this exciting new opportunity to engage with their favorite sports and teams. We are honored to be a part of Mississippi gaming history.”

The first wagers date coincided with the 26th anniversary of the first bets made in Mississippi’s modern casino age on Aug. 1, 1992. The addition of Mississippi sports wagering comes just two months after the Supreme Court overturned the federal law restricting sports betting. The two sports books are operating out of provisional betting windows, but both resorts are in the final stages of design for future facilities.


Pearl River Resort and Bok Homa Casino

Choctaw, MS and Heidelberg, MS

These two properties also announced in August that sports betting is also on the horizon for the casinos owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Pearl River Resort, which is a major gaming destination for residents of Mississippi and Alabama, began accepting wagers by Aug. 30 with Bok Homa opening its sports book on Sept. 1.

“The resort is very excited about the opportunity to offer these new products for our guests in a vibrant and advanced gambling environment,” said Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson. “These newly-approved regulations will allow the resort to remain on the forefront of the gambling market as well as provide additional revenue streams to the tribe.”


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