The biggest sportsbook of atlantic City hosted its official grand opening party on Sunday.
All 15,228 square feet of this, the Novel at Bally’s, hosted what resembled a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate party.
AC’s very first beer wall, along with cotton candy, Cracker Jack, included.
But this gathering of a few hundred NFL betting fans was not interested at speeches or a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Kickoff for the Eagles/Washington Redskins game fast approached.
The line for the windows extended to this Wild Wild Wild West Casino floor’s Middle. That’s where the former space was set up.
And while all of the action was taking place, was a ceremony that is little near. Former Eagles’ Chris Long, Hollis Thomas, along with Fred Barnett came running via a giant banner as confetti was fired off.
Kicking off the season in our brand new Sportsbook pic.twitter.com/4pV6Aria0Y
There was not any demand for someone famous to measure up to among the betting windows to place $100 bet to cover from the New York Giants.
The Novel, one of three new permanent spaces that opened back in June, is much larger compared to DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts (5,000 square feet) and William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino (7,500 square feet), combined.
Long, who won Super Bowl rings with Eagles and the New England Patriots, did pose for pics with lovers.
Stars aside, the administration team in Bally’s is”super excited” about the finished product.
The formerly unused and empty space is a gathering spot for thousands of soccer.
Besides using the large area, the main attraction is that the 98 foot by 18 ft, high heeled LED tv wall using sound.
And it can appear to 16 games at once. Sunday’s early viewing experience included:
But more importantly, the huge sportsbook is an appeal for the slower months.
General manager at the AC of Bally, karie Hall, is currently looking forward to seeing exactly what the new area does for your property.
“We receive extra company in. Folks get an experience they didn’t get. We’re eager to see how well that translates through the autumn and winter.”??
The NJ sports betting space services sister properties Bally’s and Caesars clients , also.
While the properties across town held their opening NFL weekend celebrations, fans at Bally’s enjoyed some additional perks.
Long, Barnett, and Thomas have been on land signing autographs and mingling with fans.
During Barnett days, which included 1990-95 with the Eagles, sports was restricted to Nevada. At least legitimately.
Things have changed.
Barnett stated he isn’t the type. He is not one to shy away from speaking about his group.
Lots of the NJ futures markets needed the Eagles regular-season triumph total at 9.5.
The wager was not taken by barnett, but he did offer this investigation:
“It’s about everyone staying healthy since I really think they have the tools to go far.”
Is it easy? Not necessarily.
“I have a tendency to consider everybody else that they’re likely to play against,” Barnett said. “So when I look at the Celtics in general, I think in order for them to become successful they are going to have to play really hard this year because there are some pretty good teams out there which are stacked up.”
Among those ifs is whether starting quarterback Carson Wentz could create it through the year healthy.
His career to date has included being sidelined with a torn ACL and vertebrae.
Quarterback Nate Sudfeld is out with a broken wrist. Current backup Josh McCown came out of retirement to register with the Birds.
Obviously, this Big Game is a subject for later in the summer.
The bigger topic for Week 1 was not the Eagles will cover the 10-point disperse. It had been the largest on the board.
And by coming out flat in the first half, a vibe was created throughout the space that was huge. The crowd that had gathered at the sportsbook on Sunday of Bally wasn’t prepared for that beginning.
Failing to pay the spread is 1 thing. Cutting to the Redskins at home (20-7 at the half) definitely would not fly with lovers.
The field was taken by A different staff in the second half.
Philadelphia scored 25 points. Unexpectedly, a game which was looking like the biggest upset of Week 1 has been within reach.
The bettors who obtained the Eagles minus the points almost ended up with a ticket, too.
This was until Redskins’ Trey Quinn caught a four-yard pass with six seconds on the clock. Eagles 32-27.
1 spectator blurted out:”They overcome the spread now.”
The Eagles’ moneyline, however, was a winner.
Next week’s audience at Bally’s sportsbook will likely be hanging around much later as the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons do not kick off until 8:20 p.m.
Call it into the beginning of plans that are possible that are larger.
“We’d really like to host a Super Bowl celebration here in The Novel at Bally’s. That would be incredible,” Hall stated.
February can’t come soon enough.
Bill Gelman is a sports writer located outside Philadelphia and not much away from the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing at Boardwalk Hall about casino openings and expansions, special events and world championship boxing. He is presently adding NJ sports betting and online gaming.