The Borgata officially became the first Atlantic City casino to accept sports bets Thursday morning

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The Borgata officially became the first Atlantic City casino to cast sports bets Thursday morning, as NBA legend Julius Erving, aka Dr. J wagered $5 on a repeat Superbowl victory for the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I’ll hold onto this ticket for a while, at least until next year,” Erving said after placing the first sports bet in Atlantic City history at the Race & Sports Book room in the Borgata, which until today served only to place bets on horse racing.

Erving said he had to make a quick decision as he was asked to make New Jersey history just the night before.

The big day is here! Sports betting finally to begin in N.J.

“I got a chance to look at the board and saw that the Sixers and the Eagles are both picked in the top 5, but I work for the Sixers so it might have been a rules violation to bet on that. So I chose the Eagles,” Erving said.

Dozens of other patrons eagerly waited in line outside of the Race & Sports Book room in the market’s top-performing casino that is celebrating its 15 year anniversary.

First in line was Tom Barton who drove in from Long Island. Barton said he made the first ever “big” straight sports bet in Delaware at the beginning of June and was hoping to be the first again, after Dr. J.

“I’m going to bet a future’s play, but I’m not going to tell anyone what it is just yet. In Delaware, I bet $1,000 on the Yankees. I’m not going to do the same bet, it’ll be a football play,” Barton said.

Next in line behind Barton was Jeff Lang who runs a sports business in Florida.

“Jersey led the way for the rest of the country for legalization, so it’s a huge day. I’d say it’s the biggest day for Jersey casinos probably since the Revel opened, so I’m just looking forward to it,” Lang said.

Lang frequents the Borgata and said he used to visit the Revel often as well. He and Barton promised to be back in two weeks for the opening of Ocean Resort Casino (at the former Revel) and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (at the former Trump Taj Mahal).

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News

      

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