Online sports betting is coming to Connecticut and Puerto Rico and Philadelphia casino property is being sued. Those are two of the main headlines we’ve been tracking in this week’s second installment of the NJ Gambling News.
Philadelphia Property, Live Casino, Being Sued by An AC Casino
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia has gotten themselves into quite the predicament. Ocean Resort Casino was just able to file an official lawsuit against the property because they believe that their slogan was copied and used for financial gain.
- Live! is right in the middle of a marketing campaign themselves, which is centered around the phrase “Let’s Go for the Win.”
- Ocean Casino had a similar marketing campaign slogan with their “Go for the Win” phrase.
Ocean Casino had invested $140,000 into that marketing slogan a while back before then dropping another $1.5 million to get that slogan plastered all around the area. Ocean is looking for damages but there hasn’t been a determining asking price at the moment. They are also asking Live! to take down all advertising regarding their slogan, which they used on billboards and television commercials.
Online Sports Betting In Connecticut Misses NFL Start Deadline, Aiming For October
Anybody who has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the sports betting market in Connecticut may be in for a good surprise. It has just been announced that state regulators could get the new market set up in the very near future. Originally, the hope was that things would get fired up before the start of the 2021 NFL season. As it turns out, online bettors in Connecticut might have to wait a little bit longer as it looks like October is now the start date that’s being targeted. The regulations for the new sports betting bill were reviewed by the Regulation Review Committee with a vote afterward that ended up resulting in favor by a 9-4 margin.
The reason this bill was able to get launched so quickly was that their governor, Ned Lamont, had listed it as an emergency regulation. Because they were passed as such regulations, the state of Connecticut could end up changing some of its rules within the next six months.
Also, state regulators decided to allow each player to register just one credit card to their account if they want to. This has been a bit of an issue lately, but it seems they have come to a final decision on the matter. However, both Venmo and PayPal won’t be supported.
BetMGM Partners with Casino del Mar In Puerto Rico
Another day, another sportsbook wins a license in a new region. However, this one is groundbreaking as no other sportsbook had opened up shop in Puerto Rico just yet.
It was a historic week for BetMGM and Casino del Mar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They were able to work together in order to get mobile sports betting into the area. It is going to be the first agreement like this to happen outside of the United States in history and could open the door for many other potential moves.
BetMGM positions themselves in a great position by entering Puerto Rico as the population there is a lot bigger than a couple of states that were on their horizon. Puerto Rico is home to 3.28 million people, far more than New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Arkansas.
This move was a massive win for Puerto Rico as they weren’t able to get their sports betting regulation process finished before the start of the MLB season. The miss ended up hurting their revenue numbers quire a bit due to the popularity of baseball there. However, this could end up making up for those losses in the long run – especially with football on the go.
This week’s casino news starts off in Atlantic City where the July revenue report has been released. After a long, trying year, a lot of people around the boardwalk have to be pleased with the numbers that have been announced.
Atlantic City Casino July Numbers Soar
After 15 incredibly difficult months, Atlantic City casinos are finally thriving again. Gaming regulators announced that the casinos on the boardwalk have picked up $276.9 million in gross gaming revenue, which is less than one percent away from their total back in July of 2019. In that month, they reeled in $277.1 million. These casinos haven’t even been close to nearing that mark up until this past month as the pandemic has ravaged tourism in the area.
Online casinos were reportedly responsible for bringing in $118.6 million, which was a massive 35.7 percent increase when talking about year-over-year revenue. It is also a brand-new monthly record in gross revenue, surpassing the previous record of $113.7 million.
The recovery isn’t officially successful just yet, though, as we are going to have to see more positive results in August. Of course, now the Delta variant is being passed around, so it’s unclear if we’ll get past the COVID-19 pandemic or not. However, early results look good as there were around 38,000 people headed to Atlantic City during a three-day Phish concert, so that was a big boon to the area.
Spieth Strikes Deal With FanDuel
One of golf’s most popular players is partnering up with sports betting giant FanDuel Sportsbook. Jordan Spieth is one of the most recognizable faces in the PGA Tour right now and decided to start working with the NJ gambling website, FanDuel. The agreement lets FanDuel use Spieth’s image to promote their sportsbook and he is even going to be appearing in their upcoming commercials.
In return, FanDuel plans on doing everything they can to support the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, which hones its efforts on helping out military families, special needs children, and junior golf. The PGA has been focusing a lot of their attention to sportsbooks lately, seeing a number of their players and tournaments strike deals with FanDuel, BetMGM, PointsBet, and DraftKings.
In honor of Spieth’s new deal, FanDuel announced that they are boosting the odds for the superstar in the BMW Championship. His odds went from -200 to +100, which makes a $100 wager eligible to win $100 instead of just $50. He didn’t end up winning, though, as Patrick Cantlay earned the tournament win as a 25/1 long shot.
DraftKings Becomes Official Sports Betting Partner of The Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are another professional sports team that is dipping into the world of sports betting. The Ravens were able to strike a deal with DraftKings Sportsbook in order to promote the legal sports gambling brand. DraftKings is going to be frequently mentioned in the organizations weekly podcast titled ‘The Lounge’ and is going to be the new title sponsor for their pregame show.
This is the fifth NFL team that DraftKings has been able to come to an agreement with. They are already an official sports betting partnership with the NFL as well.
There’s an absolute arms race going on right now in terms of partnerships in North America ranging from sports teams and leagues to content providers and much more. Although it’s still early, expect all 32 NFL teams to sign pacts with sportsbooks in the coming years as well as every professional, major sports franchise in all of the big sports. All of the sportsbooks are tossing around billions of dollars in marketing and advertising as they try to attract as many players as possible.
It’s hard to believe, but three years have passed since the dual opening of Atlantic City’s two newest casino properties, Hard Rock and Ocean Casino, on June 27, 2018. At the time, many people thought that nine casinos would be too many for Atlantic City and had serious doubts that the two newcomers, especially Ocean Casino Resort, would succeed. How wrong they were!
As the recent monthly reports from the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) consistently show, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Ocean Casino Resort are both going strong. In fact, both properties have surpassed even their own expectations. But they couldn’t have done it without the support and patronage of loyal players like you. So, it is only fitting that they show their appreciation at this time with some spectacular special promotions and giveaways.
Last year’s celebration had to be greatly toned down due to COVID-19. In fact, the Atlantic City casinos weren’t even open in June. So, the best that Hard Rock and Ocean Casino could do at the time was to come up with some great online offers, which we told you about here on NJ Gambling Websites.
But now that in-person celebrations in New Jersey have largely opened up again, wait till you see what these two bustling Boardwalk properties have planned for 2021. Hard Rock and Ocean Casino are pulling out all the stops to ensure that this year’s anniversary celebration is their biggest and best yet!
Hard Rock Casino Third Anniversary Celebration
No need to wait till July 4 to be treated to a dazzling fireworks display. The 2021 third year celebration at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino gets underway, today, Fri., July 25 with a bang, At 9:30 p.m., fireworks are set to go off. But if you’re smart, you’ll arrive long before then not only to ensure a great view but also to give yourself multiple chances earlier today to win free play.
What if you can’t get to Hard Rock Atlantic City today? No problem. The Hard Rock Casino third anniversary celebration free play giveaway continues Sat., Sun., and Monday, too!
Then, the following weekend (July 2-6), Hard Rock Atlantic City will be rocking again, handing out more free play, free t-shirts, and oodles of cash!
Hard Rock $300,000 Free Play Sweepstakes: Fri., 6/25 – Sun., 6/27
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Hard Rock will pick three players every 30 minutes from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. to each win $3,000 free play. You can earn entries each day playing your favorite slots or table games.
Hard Rock Day: Mon., 6/28
The celebration continues on Monday with Hard Rock Day. This time, instead of waiting and hoping your name will be called in a drawing, everyone’s a winner!
Simply play your favorite slots and watch your free play reward accumulate.
The later you play, the higher your multiple! Here is the breakdown:
- 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: 10x Free Play
- 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.: 20x Free Play
- 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: 30x Free Play
Any free play won in this promotion cannot be redeemed for cash and is valid on eligible games only. The offer is valid on the player’s next trip to Hard Rock Atlantic City.
$150,000 4th of July Sweepstakes: Sun., 7/4
If you think the above-mentioned giveaways at Hard Rock are over the top, hold onto your hat. After you see the spectacular prizes you can win July 4th weekend, especially the July 4th giveaway of $150K in cash, you might conclude that this casino is off its rocker.
On Sun., July 4, Hard Rock Casino will hold three separate drawings—at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Each time, 28 lucky players will be randomly chosen to win a share of $50,000 in cash prizes.
Players can win entries for these drawings based on their play between 12:01 a. m. on Fri., July 2 and 6 p.m. on Sun., July 4.
Hard Rock T-Shirt Giveaway: Mon., 7/5 – Tues., 7/6 (also on Mon., 7/12 – Tues., 7/13)
Earn $5 comp dollars on one of the four valid promotion days. Then print your voucher for a free Hard Rock t-shirt at any Wild Card Rewards kiosk.
Hot Seat: Tues., 7/6 (and again on Tues., 7/20)
Play your favorite slots between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. for a chance to win $500 Bonus Free Play every 30 minutes!
Ocean Casino Resort Third Anniversary Celebration
Ocean Casino Resort is another must-visit Atlantic City casino destination for every player to include on their itinerary between now and July 4th weekend. This casino will be giving away a boatload of prizes that run the gamut from free play and gift cards to $25K in cash or a brand new 2021 BMW.
15x Free Play Multiplier: Black and Chairman cardholders only: Sat., 6/26
All Black and Chairman cardholders will receive 15x their earned free play on slots ALL DAY on Sat., June 26.
Simply visit a rewards kiosk between 12 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. that day to activate your multiplier.
Players will be able to use 1x their earned free play the same day and the remaining 14x earned free play anytime over the next 90 days.
5x Free Play Multiplier: Mon., 6/28
All cardholders receive 5x free play on slots ALL DAY on Mon., June 28. Cardholders will need to visit a rewards kiosk between 12 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Monday to activate their multiplier.
Players will be able to use 1x their earned free play the same day and the remaining 4x earned free play anytime over the next 90 days.
$25,000 Gift Card Sweepstakes: Tues., 6/29
Every Ocean Casino Resort cardholder will receive one free entry into this sweepstakes. The casino will award five winners every 30 minutes from 2 pm. to 11:30 p.m., each of whom will receive a $250 gift card for a popular brand.
Players have from 12 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. on Tues., June 29 to activate their entry and deposit it into the virtual drum at any Ocean Rewards kiosk.
Then, if their name is called, winners have 30 minutes to claim their prize at the Gift Redemption Center. Otherwise, the prize will be forfeited. No replacement prizes will be awarded. It is possible for the same person to win more than once.
$100,000 Sweepstakes: Sat., 7/3
The third anniversary celebration at Ocean Casino Resort continues over the July 4th weekend with another spectacular giveaway. On Sat., July 3 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., the casino will hold a $100,000 sweepstakes!
10 players will be randomly picked every 30 minutes to win up to $500 in free play. The ginormous giveaway will conclude at 11 p.m. with Grand Prize drawings totaling $25,000 in cash!
All Ocean Rewards cardholders will receive one free entry. They have from 12 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. on Sat., July 3 to activate their entry and deposit it in the virtual drum at any rewards kiosk.
The prize structure will be as follows:
- 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Every 30 minutes, 10 winners will win $250 in Free Play.
- 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: Every 30 minutes, 10 winners will win $500 in Free Play,
- 11 p.m.: 4 Grand Prize winners will win $2,500, $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 CASH!
All winners have 30 minutes from the time their prize is announced to claim it at the Casino Rewards desk. Otherwise, their prize will be forfeited. No replacement prizes will be awarded. It is possible for the same person to win more than once.
Ocean Casino July 4 2021 BMW Sweepstakes
The big holiday weekend isn’t over yet, so is Ocean Casino Resort saving its biggest and most spectacular giveaway for last? It sure looks like it because here is what the casino will be giving away on Sunday, July 4.
From 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., three players will be randomly chosen every 30 minutes to win $500 Free Play. Then, at 11 p.m., there will be a Grand Prize drawing, where one super lucky person will be picked to win a 2021 BMW X3 SUV!
Players have from 12 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. to activate their one free entry and deposit it in the virtual drum.
Then, if their name is called, they will have 30 minutes only to claim their prize at the Ocean Casino Rewards desk. Otherwise, their prize will be forfeited. No replacement prizes will be awarded. It is possible for the same person to win more than once.
Why every player should visit Hard Rock and Ocean Casino for their third anniversary
Hard Rock and Ocean Casino deserve a big round of applause for competing as well as they have in a crowded market. Each of these casinos has added something uniquely its own, and they should be especially commended for that.
Whether you win a big prize in a drawing or not, just for showing up and playing as you usually do, you will win Free Play. So, be sure to come out to Atlantic City soon for all the fun and excitement and chance to win big that these fine casinos have to offer.