A northern New Jersey horse racing track has brought legal sports betting to New York City’s doorstep.
The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford began taking sports bets on Saturday morning.
The track is located in the sports complex where the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets play James Daniels Jersey , about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from New York. It’s the fourth sports betting outlet in New Jersey following the state’s U.S. Supreme Court victory in a case that cleared the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting should they choose to.
Dan Healy drove from Brooklyn and paid $20 in tolls to make a three-team parlay bet on baseball involving the Boston Red Sox, the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros in which all three bets must win to collect.
”It’s amazing that they’re finally doing it here rather than having to hop on a plane to Vegas to do this,” he said.
Jeff Gural, who runs the Meadowlands track, said sports betting will lead to more fan engagement with the games they watch.
”This is the beginning of a process that’s going to change sports in America,” he said. ”Realistically, who watches football on a Thursday night, Jacksonville versus Cleveland, that doesn’t have a bet on it?”
Former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, whose lawsuit eight years ago against the federal government kicked off the legal process that led to New Jersey’s victory in May in the Supreme Court case, made the first bets at the Meadowlands on Saturday. He doubled down on $50 bets he previously made on France to win soccer’s World Cup and the New York Giants to win the Super Bowl.
Three members of a family from Fairview went to the track to bet on their native Croatia to win the World Cup. Emmanuel Tarabokija put $1 Brandon Parker Color Rush Jersey ,000 on his team to win.
”Tomorrow, our whole block, we’re expecting 500 to 1,000 people for a block party to watch the game,” he said.
Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport, near the Jersey shore, and the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos in Atlantic City already offered sport betting, taking in $16.4 million in sports bets in the first two weeks it was legal. But the Meadowlands is seen as more potentially lucrative given its proximity to the nation’s largest city.
Industry executives say the real money will start flowing once sports bets are taken online. So far, no one has received approval from New Jersey regulators to offer sports betting over the internet, but numerous casinos are expected to try to do so before football season begins in September.
Atlantic City’s Hard Rock casino is seeking approval to offer sports betting at its brick and mortar facility on the Boardwalk.
FanDuel Group, which began as a daily fantasy sports company Cheap Customized San Francisco 49ers Jerseys , operates the sports book at the Meadowlands track. The company’s CEO, Matt King, said the partnership aims to be the marquee sports betting operation in America.
”The way people interact with sports is changing,” he said. ”We are on the cusp of something transformational.”
Once mobile betting is up and running, customers will be offered a vast array of in-game bets.
”You’re going to be able to bet on a baseball game and bet on every pitch,” Gural said. In football, ”you can bet on whether the field goal kicker will make it or miss.”
A baseball game in which one team jumps out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning will still be interesting with the option to bet on developments as it proceeds, Gural said.
Follow Wayne Parry at The surging San Francisco Giants have made the NL West a little more intriguing.
Brandon Belt and Joe Panik drove in two runs each, Hunter Pence had a pinch-hit, two-run double, and the Giants completed a three-game sweep with a 9-6 victory over the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. It was San Francisco’s seventh win in eight games and their first sweep of the Diamondbacks since September of 2016. San Francisco moved into a second-place tie at 2 1/2 games behind Arizona for the first time since June 10.
A four-run fifth inning highlighted by Pence’s double off reliever Silvino Bracho gave the Giants an 8-3 lead. Cory Gearrin (1-1) got one out in the fourth inning to earn the win in relief of starter Derek Holland.
Afterward Adidas Jake Guentzel Jersey , manager Bruce Bochy praised the veteran Pence – who is primarily a bench player at present – for accepting his role.
”He is our spiritual leader. I know his role has changed and he has handled it so well. This is a little bit of a change for him and it is not easy,” Bochy said. ”He has a great attitude and just wants to help the club win.”
The Giants tagged starter Zack Godley (9-6) for seven runs on nine hits in four-plus innings, ending his four-game winning streak. But Holland didn’t make it out of the fourth, chased after loading the bases with an intentional walk with San Francisco leading 4-3.
The Diamondbacks couldn’t take advantage, as Belt raced well beyond the first base bag into shallow right field to throw out Christian Walker at first and end the inning.
”We feel like we are in a good rhythm,” Pence said. ”It’s part of baseball and we feel like we are working on all cylinders and that is definitely momentum.”
Holland allowed three runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Godley’s five walks were the second most he’s issued in a start this season.
”I couldn’t locate certain pitches and they took advantage of that,” Godley said. ”They’re swinging the bat really well right now, one through nine.”
Arizona rallied with two runs in the seventh on Paul Goldschmidt’s 18th home run of the season, and Jarrod Dyson became the eighth player in team history to record at least two hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases in a game.
The Diamondbacks brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth with two outs, but Will Smith struck out Jake Lamb for Smith’s second save.
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WALKER IN LEFT
Walker, normally a first baseman, started Sunday in left field for the first time in his 44-game major league career.
To help provide coverage for the bullpen amid a long stretch without a day off, Arizona called up Bracho from Triple-A Reno before Sunday’s game. Pitcher Jimmy Sherfy was sent back to Reno. Bracho has been recalled five times this season.
FIRST PITCH FOR FIRST PICK
Recently drafted Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton, the first overall pick in June’s NBA Draft, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday’s game.
Giants: 3B Pablo Sandoval was hit by a pitch in the right elbow in the third inning and left the game before the bottom of the inning. X-rays were negative and the injury was announced as a deep bruise, with Sandoval’s status day to day. … 3B Evan Longoria is about a week away from taking some swings as he works his way back from a broken left hand, Bochy said. … RHP Jeff Samardzija’s final rehab start for Triple- A Sacramento is set for Monday and he is expected to pitch five or six innings with around 90 pitches.
Diamondbacks: INF Ketel Marte was held out after suffering a right leg cramp in Saturday’s game. Manager Torey Lovullo said he felt the team ”dodged a bullet” as far a more serious injury.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-2) is set for his sixth start of the season in the series opener against the Colorado Rockies on Monday in Denver.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (3-0) is set to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the series opener at Chase Field on Monday.