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Borgata plans to open a permanent sportsbook in Atlantic City to replace temporary NJ sports betting space.

Borgata Casino was the first in Atlantic City to take a sports betting wager after the measure was legalized in New Jersey. Now, after eight months utilizing their temporary space for NJ sports betting, Borgata has formally announced the construction of an official NJ sportsbook that their parent company is hoping to open in time for peak Jersey Shore season in summer 2019.

Borgata Sportsbook Looks To Increase Its Sports Betting Presence

Back in June 2018, just three days after sports betting in New Jersey was legalized, Borgata was the first casino in Atlantic City to take a legal sports bet. Basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer, “Dr. J” Julius Erving made the inaugural bet at Borgata on June 14 in the temporary sports betting space.

At that point, Borgata President and COO Marcus Glover exclaimed that Borgata has maintained a dedication to developing the property and brand since arriving in the Atlantic City market over 15 years ago. The introduction of NJ sports betting is only the latest example of that, with the Borgata Sportsbook adding innovative gaming and entertainment for its bettors.

MGM Brings Sports Betting Experience To The Garden State

Thanks to the parent company of Borgata, MGM International, that permanent Borgata Sportsbook spot is on its way to being constructed. MGM plans to invest more than $11 million in property development, creating an “entertaining bar experience with sports wagering.”

The MGM brand specializes in sports wagering, bringing over 25 years of experience to sports betting in New Jersey and exceeding over $1 billion in annual sports wagers across all of MGM’s resorts. Not only that, but MGM has partnerships with many professional sports leagues like MLB, NBA and NHL and sports teams like the New York Jets as they looked to expand these relationships in the year to come.

Currently, the temporary Borgata sports betting space has 10 betting windows and a video wall to watch live sports, along with 100 seats with video monitors and a bar. The $11 million investment in the permanent Borgata Sportsbook will definitely improve that NJ sports betting environment. As for online sports betting, players can place bets through Borgata Online Casino, which is integrated with the playMGM for NJ sports betting.