Sports Betting In Tri State Is Coming, But When?

David Madden
May 19, 2018 - 12:09 am

TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- With the highest court in the land approving sports gambling for any state that wants it, how soon will it be before you can make legal bets in our region?

You can thank New Jersey for getting us to this point. And Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro), tongue firmly implanted in cheek, thinks neighboring states could offer up a little appreciation.

"It would be very nice if you all considered writing a check to New Jersey," Burzichelli told KYW Newsradio. "We invested probably eight or nine million dollars of taxpayer's money into the costs to do the case before the Supreme Court from start to finish and, of course, we swept everyone in with us."

Seriously, though, he's sponsoring legislation to reform current state law to allow for sports betting and expects action in mid to late June.

In fact, Monmouth Race Track already has a betting parlor constructed and ready to open.

As for the Atlantic City casinos, Burzichelli said, "as you watch the news unfolding with the two casinos reopening in Atlantic City, the new Hard Rock and the reopening of what was Revel, I think they may be in a position to have a room in place by then too."

The pending legislation will allow the Casino Control Commission to expedite issuing sports gambling licenses to existing casinos.

Pennsylvania's approved the concept, but is still working on regulations.

Delaware already allows limited parlay bets on professional football and is working on how to allow full blown sports betting, at least at its three casinos.