Mobile sports betting in New Jersey becomes a reality
The state Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has waved through Resorts Casino Hotel and DraftKings application to offer online and mobile sports betting on Wednesday.
Set to launch Wednesday, the first few sports bets will be by invite only. The DK sports betting app will be undergoing several days of testing. It is worth noting that the physical sportsbook is not operational yet.
Numerous other online and mobile sports betting applications are on file with the DGE and going through the process. But DraftKings Sportsbook approval marks the first online sports betting app outside of Nevada.
Once sports betting launched in New Jersey two months ago, the focus turned to an online and mobile version of the activity. The DGE regulations needed a 30-day waiting period which has now passed. The waiting period ended just a few weeks ago, and everyone has been waiting to see who would be first.
Resorts and DraftKings being first to market with its mobile sports offering is a milestone move. In what will undoubtedly be a highly sought-after secor, the first to market will have a particular advantage.
The announcement of the launch came in the mid-way through a busy week for sports betting news. In fact, earlier this week, MGM announced its agreement with the NBA.
Jason Robins, CEO of DraftKings, commented on the partnership: “Everybody knows there’s a big opportunity out there. It’s a new thing, so people are trying to see how they want to go about it, who they want to partner with. Anytime you’ve got a big market about to be created, there’s so much opportunity out there that everyone should benefit, as long as you do it the right way.”
DraftKings’ tech partner, Kambi, released this comment from its CEO Kristian Nylen:“Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Kambi, creating history with our partner DraftKings by processing the first online wager outside of Nevada following the repeal of PASPA. To be the first, and so far only, sports betting supplier to receive a Transactional Waiver to operate online in New Jersey only strengthens our position as the secure and quality choice for operators seeking a sportsbook partner.”
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