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Caesars to launch sports betting in Mississippi and Atlantic City

Caesars to launch sports betting in Mississippi and Atlantic City

Two Atlantic City casinos which is owned by Caesars Entertainment will now allow sports betting in the casino and another two in Mississippi will start offering it from mid-August.

Bally's casino in Atlantic City starting taking wagers from Monday and now the company says that it's another casino in Atlantic City, named Harrah's will start taking the bets on Wednesday.

The company also says that it will begin to offer mobile sports betting, but they have not announced the time-table yet.

The gambling industry will closely watch which casino is going to be the first in New Jersey that will offer online sport betting following a May ruling by the US Supreme Court that cleared way for 50 states to offer legal sports betting if they wish.

Starlette Hedgepath of Halifax, North Carolina placed the first sports bet at Bally's.

Gold Strike Tunica, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, MGM's Mississippi casinos and it will be offering sports betting at noon Wednesday, according to a release.

Kevin Ortzman, who runs Caesars Entertainment's three Atlantic City casinos, said sports betting will bring a new customer through the doors and, soon, online.

He said he hopes to have that approval from New Jersey gambling regulators by mid-August, while noting that numerous other gambling companies are all seeking the same thing at the same time in New Jersey.

"The sports betting customer is not your typical core gaming customer that Atlantic City has been used to," Ortzman said. "Offering this as another wagering opportunity opens up a whole new chance to integrate this with our food and beverage, gaming and entertainment offerings."