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New Jersey Gov. signs sports wagering bill

June 11, 2018

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed a bill that allows sports wagering in New Jersey at racetracks, casinos, sites of former racetracks and online.
Monmouth Park, which partnered with William Hill US to operate its sportsbook, has been waiting for the governor to sign the bill--which had been passed by the state legislature on June 7--so it could begin operations, which it is now scheduled to do on Thursday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m.  
The Meadowlands announced last week it had entered an agreement with Betfair US to operate its sportsbook. Track owner Jeff Gural told harnessracing.com a couple of weeks ago he was hoping to open the sportsbook in time for the start of the National Football League season.
"Today, we're finally making the dream of legalized sports betting a reality for New Jersey," Gov. Murphy said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to sign Assembly Bill 4111 because it means that our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract new business and new fans, boosting their own long-term financial prospects. This is the right move for New Jersey and it will strengthen our economy."
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of a 26-year ban on sports wagering except for four states, including Nevada, New Jersey becomes the second state to authorize sports wagering, following Delaware, which began full-blown wagering on sports on Tuesday, June 5.
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