A Guide to Sports Betting in New Jersey and Delaware

Lynette Rowe
June 11, 2018

Alito, a former U.S. attorney in New Jersey and judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, also wrote, "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make".

That meant Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport had to scuttle plans to open its sports betting operation without state regulation at the end of last month.

"Governor Murphy looks forward to closely reviewing the sports betting legislation that was recently passed by the Legislature", said his spokesman, Dan Bryan. State lottery director Vernon Kirk told ESPN that $322,135 in bets were taken at Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino.

During negotiations over the bill on Thursday, legislators also put in place provisions that will allow some casinos in the state to offer sports betting despite some of their owners having stakes in professional sports teams.

State casinos and racetracks had hoped to begin taking bets as soon as Friday, despite observers cautioning the bill could get caught up in budget talks between Murphy and lawmakers.

NY might not be too far behind New Jersey, Overmyer reported.

It now goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who hasn't said when he'll sign it. Three weeks ago, New Jersey prevailed in a Supreme Court case that struck down a federal law limiting sports betting to just four states.

"What a marvelous day for New Jersey", said Assemblymember John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem), one of the bill's sponsors.

Dennis A. Drazin, the operator of Monmouth Park Racetrack, is eager to get his license so he can start taking bets on Friday for the next game in the N.B.A. finals and the first game of the Yankees-Mets Subway Series.

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Three of the professional sports leagues were not happy over the lack of "integrity fee" payments they say would help them police betting patterns and called for better information sharing.

You will not be allowed to bet on high school sports, and college sports have a stipulation, CBS2's Steve Overmyer reported.

Earlier in the day, the Assembly's first order of business was tacking on an amendment that would allow the Atlantic City Golden Nugget, which is owned by Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, to have sports betting on all leagues except for the National Basketball Association.

In Mississippi, where lawmakers proactively legalized sports gambling at the state's 28 licensed casinos in anticipation of a favorable Supreme Court decision, regulators have proposed rules that could be voted on as early as June 21. Internet betting would begin 30 days after the rest of the law takes effect. That would let the Golden Nugget back in the game.

Still on the bench would be the Golden Nugget casino, which is owned by Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta, who also owns the NBA's Houston Rockets.

New Jersey lost numerous battles along the way but it has won the war, and New Jersey sports betting has just about arrived.

Now, any state is free to adopt laws legalizing it.

The bill would allow casinos and racetracks to offer land-based wagering immediately.

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