DraftKings, Resorts to partner on online sports gaming

DraftKings has taken another step toward offering online sports betting in New Jersey, announcing Friday a licensing partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City — and satisfying an expected regulatory requirement in the process.

DraftKings, which offers a variety of games for sports bettors, said it has been preparing for several months to quickly enter the New Jersey market, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened up sports gambling to the Garden State and others.

“We are excited to work with Resorts Hotel Casino to bring our new DraftKings sportsbook to New Jersey,” Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO of DraftKings, said in a prepared statement. “As a tech-savvy and a long-term growth-oriented organization, Resorts Hotel Casino aligns perfectly with our customer-focused innovation culture.”

Resorts, a Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment property, is located on the Boardwalk, and has undergone extensive renovations since Mohegan took over in 2012.

“We are at a pivotal moment in the development of sports betting in the U.S.,” Morris Bailey, Resorts’ owner, said in a statement. “We are delighted to be able to have DraftKings utilize our gaming license in New Jersey. DraftKings continues to be at the forefront of sports entertainment innovation, and today’s announcement is the first step in being able to offer customers in New Jersey the most dynamic sports betting platform.”

DraftKings must await the passage of state laws authorizing sports wagering. Delaware announced Thursday that it would begin offering sports betting Tuesday, making it the first state to do so since the Supreme Court ruling.

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