OCEANPORT, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy officially ushered in sports betting in New Jersey when he made the initial wager at Monmouth Park on June 14.
Governor Murphy, an avid soccer fan who has called ESPN’s “Sportscenter” his favorite show, placed the first bet — $20 on Germany to win the World Cup. He also bet $20 on the N.J. Devils to win the Stanley Cup.
The Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill, located on the first floor of the Grandstand, opened to the public shortly after the first wagers and in time for World Cup Soccer with Saudi Arabia vs. Russia.
Sports betting became permissible when the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act on May 14 of this year. Last week the state legislature unanimously passed sports wagering legislation for New Jersey with the governor’s signature cementing the racetrack’s opening.
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