First off, it’s just short drive across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge into New Jersey. There, even PA residents can get online with an NJ online and mobile sports betting app like DraftKings Sportsbook or playMGM Sports and bet on anything and everything from the Eagles to win the Super Bowl to Joel Embiid dropping 30 on the Knicks.
However, once they’re in the car, the full Las Vegas-style sportsbook lounge experience is not much further down the road.
NJ retail sportsbooks
In fact, there are now retail sportsbook operations at seven Atlantic City casinos and two more at New Jersey racetracks. Each offers a variety of betting options for Philadelphia sports betting fans and the opportunity to watch the action inside swanky new digs that rival just about anything in Sin City.
There are even more in the works, but as of Nov. 1, 2018, the nine retail sportsbooks in NJ are:
- Borgata Race & Sports Book
- Resorts Sports Book
- William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort
- Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack
- Harrah’s Atlantic City Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget The Sportsbook
- Bally’s Wild Wild West Sportsbook
- William Hill Sportsbook @ Tropicana
None of these legal NJ sports betting operations are too far from Philadelphia. However, the following three have most definitely proven to be worth the drive for Philadelphia sports fans looking to make a bet and enjoy a little bit of the live NJ sportsbook experience:
Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill
The Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill is NJ’s first sportsbook and it’s less than an hour and a half drive from the Philadelphia city center.
Monmouth Park had a sports betting plan in the works for years before it finally got the go-ahead from lawmakers this year. As expected, it’s now offering a premier sportsbook experience at the track.
The William Hill Sports Bar on the property has been converted into a fully operational sportsbook. In fact, William Hill and Monmouth have poured millions of dollars into the place, making it a great place to bet on games and watch them.
There’s a full bar with too many TVs to count, sports betting windows right there, at least 15 more just outside, and a decent food menu inside. Plus, there are TVs and a massive new betting board just outside the lounge as well. It’s a sports gambler’s paradise and most certainly worth the drive from Philly.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack
FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack opened inside the track’s Victory Sports Bar in July. It’s almost exactly an hour and a half drive from Philadelphia.
The 5,300-square-foot sportsbook opened with 10 betting windows, 27 big-screen TVs, and space for 490 people. Another five betting windows, 40 big-screen TVs, and space for 650 was added when the NFL season kicked off in September.
The launch came with a few glitches. FanDuel offered up some funky lines at first and made one very public $82,000 mistake. However, the operation has adopted a policy of putting the customer first in all these incidents. That gives Philly sports fans all the reason they need to drive up there.
First and foremost, however, FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack is offering a first-class sportsbook lounge experience that makes it worth the trip. Plus, it’s on the grounds where the Giants and Jets play home games, giving Eagles fans the chance to anti-sweat the competition in person.
William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort
The William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort offers something akin to the full Las Vegas casino sportsbook experience for Philadelphia sports fans willing to drive about an hour an ten minutes to the Atlantic City Boardwalk. However, since the sportsbook was built right in the middle of the casino floor, it’s so much more than that.
The 7,500-square-foot sportsbook features a 360-degree video wall and dozens of viewing screens. There are two bars, lounge seating with individual charging stations, seven ticket windows, and self-serve betting kiosks. The book itself offers all kinds of standard single-game and in-play betting odds. Plus, the casino is right there for players that crave even more action.
This place offers a unique sports betting experience in the center of an Atlantic City resort. One that is a swanky as its predecessor Revel, without all the pretension.
Philadelphia sports fans are certainly made to feel welcome. In fact, after launching with a temporary operation at first, the fully-functional sportsbook opened on Sept. 6 for the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons game.
This is NJ’s top sportsbook experience and, without a doubt, its worth the drive over from Philly.