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WHO PLACED THE FIRST LEGAL BET IN NEW JERSEY AFTER THE SUPREME COURT RULED ON SPORTS BETTING?
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy officially launched sports betting in New Jersey on Thursday, June 14, 2018, morning at Monmouth Park when he placed $20 bet on Germany to capture the World Cup and a $20 future bet on the New Jersey Devils to win the 2019 Stanley Cup.
Flanked by Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park, former state senator Raymond Lesniak, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, and Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill U.S., Gov. Murphy placed his wagers with teller Quinton Harris at 10:38 a.m. Nearly 1,000 patrons then made their way to the 15 designated sports betting tellers in the grandstand to place wagers on a variety of sports and proposition bets available.
Another six tellers took sports bets in the William Hill Race and Sports Bar as Monmouth Park celebrated the long-awaited start of legalized sports betting in the state with a flourish.
“It’s a historic day for Monmouth Park and for the state of New Jersey,” said Drazin. “We’ve been fighting this fight for more than six years in the courts and now that this day has arrived and judging by the response from the fans who turned out for this, it’s exciting. Clearly, it’s something the people of New Jersey have been waiting for.”
Monmouth Park will be open for sports betting from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday. On the weekends, sports betting hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays.
Gov. Murphy was able to get favored Germany at 7-2 odds to win the World Cup and the Devils at 40-1 to win the Stanley Cup.