The Week In Sports Betting: Welcome To Fabulous New Jersey!

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When we wrote to you two weeks ago, Nevada was still the only place with fully legal sports betting.

The lag between the US Supreme Court decision and eastward expansion was short-lived, though. By last week, the count had grown to two with the addition of Delaware.

This week, there are three! New Jersey finally stormed through the doors on the one-month anniversary of the SCOTUS ruling. We now have, by informal definition, a crowd of states with legal sports betting.

Next week… well, no new states will have sports betting next week. Sorry. But a few continue to creep their way forward in various states of likelihood and progress.

Jump in the car real quick, and let us drive you around the landscape once more. Bring some water and your favorite podcast.

New Jersey has sports betting… finally!

The week’s biggest news was hard to miss.

New Jersey launched sports betting on Thursday, the culmination of a years-long fight against sports leagues that cost the state millions of dollars. The governor signed sports betting into law on Monday, the first regulations were published on Wednesday, and the windows were open the very next day.

Monmouth Park, the horse racing track in North Jersey, was the site of the most commotion on opening day. Dozens of media outlets and hundreds of bettors filled the William Hill Race & Sports Book starting around breakfast time.

State and industry representatives were in attendance, too, including Gov. Phil Murphy. He placed the very first legal bets, $20 each on Germany (7/2) and the New Jersey Devils (40/1) futures.

Borgata also opened its sportsbook, with NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving calling out the first Atlantic City sports bet. Dr. J threw $5 on the Philadelphia Eagles to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

PlayNJ has a play-by-play account from Oceanport, if you’re interested in more on NJ sports betting.

Other NJ tidbits

What the heck, New York?

Come on, New York. Why do you build me up (build me up) just to let me down?

The legislature is set to adjourn next week, and chatter suggests sports betting bills are unlikely to move in time. It’s a pity, too; there were tons of New Yorkers placing bets at Monmouth Park this week. At least we’re used to it. NY online gambling has been on the list of unfinished business for several years running.

Here’s what happened in a busy week for NY sports betting:

That being said, the last we heard from regulators was that they were considering moving forward under the existing law. If they do so, the state’s four commercial casinos could be allowed to offer sports betting this year.

And, it should be mentioned, NY has an uncanny habit of passing bills at the last possible second of a session.

Around the sports betting horn

There were things worth noticing in several other states — including one very large, very populous one in the West.

This last item doesn’t really fit with state news, but there’s nowhere else to put it. And it involves a city, which is in a state. So here:

Get your hot takes!

There were actually enough reasonable, sensible opinions this week to justify including some of them (unlike last week). Don’t worry, though, there were plenty of bad ones, too.

Do feel free to skip to the juicy stuff if you can’t help yourself.