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."
Philip Bowcock CEO William Hill said: "We took the first bet in New Jersey today from Governor Murphy just half an hour before the World Cup kicked off. This industry is certainly not boring! We are full of excitement about the future, and from the scenes in New Jersey so are the sports fans in the US. This is just the beginning - there is a lot of work to do but we are in a strong position and today's US launch gives us even more confidence about the future."
William Hill PLC, Press team