Sports Book to Open at Tiverton Casino in Rhode Island Today

The sports book at Tiverton Casino in Rhode Island, located near the Massachusetts border, will open later this afternoon. Tiverton will be the second casino in Rhode Island to offer legal sports betting. Twin River casino opened its sports book last week.

The Tiverton and Twin River casinos are currently the only legal sports betting options in New England. The nearby Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun do not yet have sports books and they will not have sports betting for the foreseeable future since the Connecticut state government pushed back discussions until 2019 on legislation that would legalize sports betting in the state.

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that all but banned sports betting in most of the United States outside of Nevada, sports books have been opening throughout the country. Before a casino can offer sports wagering the state it resides in must first legalize sports betting.


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In the Northeast, both New Jersey and Pennsylvania offer legal sports betting. Seven casinos in Atlantic City now operate sports books and the Hard Rock Atlantic City just announced last week that it would be opening its own sports book in the first quarter of 2019. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Raceway was the first to open a sports book in Pennsylvania. More sports books are expected to open in that state later this month and into 2019.

Tiverton Casino told NBC 10 that it expects its sports book to open at 3:00 this afternoon. Keep an eye on the casino’s sports book page for more details.

Hard Rock Atlantic City to Soon Offer In Casino and Online Sports Betting

If you walk around the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City looking for the sports book, you won’t find it because it does not exist. But that will change very soon!

It was announced yesterday that Hard Rock has partnered with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) to provide Hard Rock customers with sports wagering. The sports book is expected to open during the first quarter of 2019.

The deal, announced in a press release, will offer an “omni-channel” sports betting experience for Hard Rock patrons. Not only will GiG technology power the on-site casino’s sports book, but it will also drive sports wagering on Hard 

Rock’s iPhone and Android apps as well as HardRockCasino.com. Like all other Atlantic City online casinos, the apps and website will only accept wagers from gamblers physically located in the state of New Jersey.


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In a statement about the soon to open sport book, Hard Rock’s senior Vice President of online gaming, Kresimir Spajic, said

“The forthcoming launch of the Hard Rock Sportsbook in New Jersey will mark another step towards becoming a significant player in the national and international sports betting and online gaming industry.”

In the months since the Supreme Court ruled against a decades-old ban on most sports gambling in the United States and the swift passage of a New Jersey law allowing it, sports books have been opening at a rapid pace in Atlantic City. Seven of AC’s nine casinos currently operate sports books. Only Caesars and Hard Rock are currently without a sports book in their casinos.

The sports books in Atlantic City vary in terms of customer experience. They range from pretty horrible (Harrah’s) to almost Vegas-like (Ocean Resort) to having a great viewing experience (Golden Nugget). To get a feel of what the AC sports books offer, check out David Weinberg’ article in the Press of Atlantic City where he wrote a great piece about his experience at various AC sports books back in October.

Sports books have added a new excitement factor in Atlantic City casinos and the arrival of the book at Hard Rock will help round out the offerings at this great casino.

Eldorado Resorts Partners with The Stars Group for Online Sports and Casino Wagering

Eldorado Resorts (ERI) announced that it has partnered with The Stars Group (TSG). In this 20 year deal, TSG will provide online sports, internet gaming and online poker under the ERI casino brands.

ERI Partners with TSG for Internet and Sports Gaming
ERI Partners with TSG for Internet and Sports Gaming

The Stars Group brings its expertise in online gaming and internet sports betting. TSG owns well-known internet gambling brands such as PokerStars, BetStars and Full Tilt, among others. This is really a turnkey solution for Eldorado and provides a much quicker and cheaper solution than developing and maintaining its own online gaming solutions.

As part of the deal, in addition to revenue share, Eldorado will obtain an equity interest in The Stars Group. At the onset, ERI will receive a $25 million equity interest in TSG. TSG has the option for an additional equity interest of $5 million which it can excessive in the future.

This deal with TSG comes on the heels of Eldorado’s deal with William Hill back in September. Through that deal, William Hill will run the in-casino sports books in Eldorado casinos for the next 25 years.

Eldorado has also been in expansion mode lately. Most recently, it acquired most of the Tropicana casinos, including the Trops in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

See our related ERI coverage:

Eldorado Resorts’ Casino Revenue Increases; Hotel Revenue Decreases

Eldorado Resorts Regional Revenues Fall in Q3 2018

With sports betting and online gambling taking hold legally throughout the country, the ERI partnership with TSG makes great strategic sense and offers ERI the opportunities to expand online in a much more strategic and seamless way.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National is First Casino in Pennsylvania to Offer Sports Betting

The wait is over for legal sports betting in Pennsylvania as the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has begun taking sports wagers.

Hollywood Casino PA First in State to Open Sports Book
Hollywood Casino PA First in State to Open Sports Book

Hollywood’s sports book is located just steps off of the casino floor close to the Skybox Sports Bar. The casino’s sports book offers betting on all major sports including football, basketball, hockey, soccer and baseball. It also takes wagers on other sports such as boxing, rugby, cycling and even MMA events.

While Hollywood Casino is the only casino in Pennsylvania to operate a sports book for the moment, other casinos will be following in its footsteps very soon. SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh are slated to open their sports books on December 1 while Harrah’s Philadelphia and Parx Casino hope to open by the end of December.

Sports fans are not the only ones to applaud the arrival of sports betting in Pennsylvania. The state itself is expected to rack in the cash. Each casino that wants to offer sports betting has to pay a $10 million fee to the state. In addition, the state gets 34% of each casino’s sports betting profits.

The local governments are not missing out on the action either. The local governments that host the casinos will receive 1% of profits plus the local county will also receive 1%.

Sports betting in Pennsylvania will compete with legal sports books already operating in seven states. Most directly, PA sports books will go head-to-head with the newly opened sports books in Atlantic City. Most of the major AC casinos, including Harrah’s, Ocean Resort and Golden Nugget, have had their sports books up and running for several months.

As 2018 comes to a close, Pennsylvania sports and gambling fans have one more reason to celebrate and gamble locally – sports betting has arrived in the state!

Twin River Casino Opens First Sports Book in New England

While sports betting has been popping up at casinos in seven states across the country, New England got its first legal sports book this week.

Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI started taking sports bets on Monday, several months after the groundbreaking Supreme Court decision that gave states the ability to legalize sports betting by striking down a federal law that outlawed most types of sports betting outside of Nevada.

Twin River in Lincoln opened its sports book on Monday, November 26. The Tiverton Casino is expected to debut its own sports book within a few weeks.

Rhode Island is hoping to bring in millions in tax revenue from legal sports betting in the state. In fact, the state had $25.5 million sports betting tax revenue in the state budget, but that assumed that sports betting would begin in the state on October 1. With the nearly two month delay many observers predict that this year’s tax revenue will be approximately $12 million.

Revenue from the Twin River’s sports book will be divided by the casino, the operator of the sports book and the state. Twin River is contracting out the operation of the sports book to William Hill and IGT William Hill operates several new casino sports books, including at Ocean Resort in Atlantic City. At Twin River the contractors will receive 32% of the sports betting revenue. The state of Rhode Island is slotted to receive 51% of the sports betting revenue in the form of taxes. Twin River will receive the remaining 17% of the sports betting revenue.

Twin River Casino, and soon Tiverton Casino, are in a competitive advantage when it comes to sports betting in New England. The nearby giants, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, are currently unable to open sports books. The Connecticut legislature is not expected to tackle the issue of sports betting until next year, leaving the state’s casinos sports betting free for the time being.

Need a primer on sports betting? Check out this useful sports betting quick start guide provided by Twin River then pick your favorite team and head over to the first legal sports book in New England!

New Jersey Casinos & Racetracks Saw Over $12.5 Million Internet Sports Gambling Revenue in September

The Short Take:

  • In the second month since its debut, casinos and racetracks reported over $12.5 million in gross revenue in September
  • Resorts Casino led the pack with over $8.5 million in online sports revenue
  • Atlantic City casinos had over $9.6 million in online sports betting revenue while the two racetracks saw over $2.9 million in revenue
  • In the last two months the state of New Jersey has collected over $2 million in taxes on internet sports betting

In its second month of existence, legal internet sports betting in New Jersey brought in $12,567,785 in online gross revenue in September.  That’s a 302% increase from August when several casinos and racetracks were just getting their internet sports betting sites up and running.

The clear winner in internet sports betting in New Jersey in September was Resorts.  The casino brought in $8,505,940 in online sports betting revenue.  It should be noted that Resorts partnered with fantasy sports leader Draft Kings and it is clearly using its partner’s name recognition and reach to its benefit.

The Meadowlands’ sports internet wagering site was second, with over $2.8 million in revenue. Like Resorts, the Meadowlands has partnered with a leader in fantasy sports: Fan Duel

Here’s a look at the internet sports wagering September revenue for each casino or racetrack site:

NJ Internet Sports Revenue

Resorts held 67.7% of the market share for internet sports betting in September while the Meadowlands had a 22.7% market share.

In total, the five Atlantic City casinos that offer internet sports betting held a 76.7% market share in New Jersey with a combined $9,644,452 in revenue.  The two racetracks (Meadowlands and Monmouth) had a combined $2,923,333 in revenue which equates to 23.3% of the state’s internet sports betting market.

Here’s a look at the September market share for each of the casinos and racetracks that offer internet sports wagering:

NJ Internet Sports Betting Revenue

The September internet sports betting activity was a good thing not just for the casinos and racetracks, but for the state of New Jersey too.  The taxes paid to the state for the month totaled $1,633,311.

So far, since internet sports wagering was first offered in August, the state has collected over $2 million in taxes on over $15.6 million in online sports revenue.

While internet sports betting is growing fast in New Jersey, it is only part of the sports betting available in the state.  Casinos and racetracks also have on-site sports books which brought in over $11 million in September and almost $25 million since sports betting was legalized in New Jersey earlier this year.  Read our coverage of the on-site sports betting September data here.

Here is the list of sports betting websites that officially operated in the state of New Jersey as of the end of September and the affiliated casino or racetrack that operates each:

Ballys: CaesarsCasino.com

Ballys: us.888sport.com

Borgata: playMGM.com

Golden Nugget: PlaySugarHouse.com

Ocean Resort: nj.us.WilliamHill.com

Resorts: SportsBook.DraftKings.com

Resorts: BetStarsNJ.com

Meadowlands: sportsbook.fanduel.com

Monmouth: nj.us.WilliamHill.com