The partnership between the London-based sports book and the resort casino at 500 Boardwalk was confirmed on Thursday by Jordan Deifik, principal of Ocean Resort Casino, who said that pending the necessary approvals the casino would be good to go for the scheduled June 28 opening, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
The former Revel, and briefly TEN, casino property, which after the second time declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy closed in September 2014, was acquired by Colorado developer Bruce Deifik’s AC Ocean Walk LLC for $200 million in early January this year. It is one of two Boardwalk properties scheduled to open by June’s end.
The former Trump Taj Mahal was sold for 4 cents on the dollar when it was purchased in March last year for $50 million by Florida’s Seminole Indians’ Hard Rock International and investors Joe Jingoli and Jack Morris and renamed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. The reimagined property is also set to open on June 28 this year after a $500 million makeover.
Ocean Resort Casino will, according to the Press of Atlantic City, feature a 7,500 square feet sports book that will be centrally located on the casino floor. Also reportedly confirmed by Jordan Deifik, the new wagering operation will feature private suites to accommodate major-draw sporting events, such as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and the Super Bowl.
Anticipating the recent outcome of Murphy v. NCAA, back in 2013 William Hill US partnered with Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey in a long-term agreement to become the racetrack’s exclusive sports betting provider. The historic racetrack was due to begin taking wagers on sports on Memorial Day, however, the launch was delayed after Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester asked that lawmakers be given time to establish regulations for what is anticipated to be a lucrative new venture.
William Hill U.S. currently operates its race and sports books at 108 locations in Nevada, according to the bookmaker’s website. Last year in Nevada alone, sports books held nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in wagers, according to gaming revenue figures released in January this year by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.