Updated: September 27, 2022
WILLIAM HILL OPENS NEW JERSEY’S FIRST SPORTS BOOK
Dignitaries Mark Occasion by Placing the State’s First Sports Bets
OCEANPORT, N.J. – Thursday, June 14, 2018 — William Hill, America’s leading sports book operator, today accepted New Jersey’s first legal sports wagers, officially opening its sports book at Monmouth Park Racetrack.
The historic moment was marked by the placing of the ceremonial first bets by Governor Phil Murphy. Governor Murphy’s historic wagers were a $20 futures bet, placed at 7/2 odds, on Germany to win the 2018 World Cup and a $20 futures bet, placed at 40/1 odds, on the New Jersey Devils to win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup. Governor Murphy was joined onsite by State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, former State Senator Raymond Lesniak, Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development, operator of Monmouth Park, and William Hill US CEO Joe Asher.
“We are excited to open for business at Monmouth Park,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, America’s largest sports book operator. “Obviously, it’s a big day for us. A lot of people have worked really hard for a long time to make today possible and I am grateful for their efforts.”
Now open, the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill offers a diverse sports betting menu that includes football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, and more. The complex features a 15-window main sports book, and an integrated sports bar, with over 40 HDTVs showing live sporting events and dynamic betting lines. The sports book is open seven days a week.
Customers visiting the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill have 29 different ways to bet the 2018 World Cup opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia (kickoff at 11AM ET) – the earliest sporting event available on today’s menu.
William Hill PLC is one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, employing over 15,000 people. Its origins are in the UK where it was founded in 1934, and where it is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The majority of its $2.1 billion annual revenues are still derived from the UK, where it has a national presence of licensed betting offices and one of the leading online betting and gaming services. In 2012, it established William Hill US with a focus on retail and mobile operations in Nevada, which is now the largest sports betting business in the USA. William Hill US currently operates 107 race and sports books in Nevada and the state’s leading mobile sports betting app and serves as the exclusive risk manager for the State of Delaware’s sports lottery. Following the ruling in May 2018 by the Supreme Court that the federal ban on state sponsored sports betting was unconstitutional, the company is planning to operate where permitted by law throughout America. William Hill also has licensed online operations in Italy and Spain and serves customers throughout the world from its Online headquarters in Gibraltar.