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Caesars Entertainment close to opening new sportsbooks at Bally's, Harrah's Resort

Caesars Entertainment close to opening new sportsbooks at Bally's, Harrah's Resort

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ATLANTIC CITY — Caesars Entertainment Corp. has invested nearly $11 million for construction of two permanent sportsbooks, including one that will be the largest in the city.

The Book at both Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and inside Bally’s Atlantic City’s Wild Wild West Casino will be open in the coming weeks.

The two casinos currently have temporary sportsbooks that have been operational since last summer after sports betting was legalized in New Jersey.

Kevin Ortzman, regional president of Caesars Entertainment’s three Atlantic City casino properties, said he anticipated unveiling The Book at Harrah’s in the next two weeks and was “cautiously optimistic” that Bally’s would be ready by the first week in June.

The more-than-15,000 square-foot sportsbook at Bally’s will be the “largest in South Jersey and possibly the state of New Jersey,” he said.

The centerpiece of The Book at Bally’s is a massive LED video screen standing 18 feet high and 98 feet in length that can be seen from the Boardwalk more than 100 yards away.

The space will also include more than 100 leather recliners, five fan caves for personalized game-viewing experiences and a 16-tap self-serving beer wall.

“I wanted to create a category-killer in Atlantic City,” said Ortzman. “There’s been so much pent-up demand for decades on legalized sports betting. We finally have it, and I want to be able to deliver to the customers.”

The construction of the permanent sportsbook will also allow Wild Wild West to regain floor space and increase offerings. Renderings of the space include dozens of “value games,” as Ortzman called them, including beer pong, shuffleboard, table and video games.

“We have a whole host of different, fun, social-type of games and this just further expands and evolves that whole experience,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to maximize that space.”

Caesars Entertainment is making a concerted effort to attract the millennial demographic, which Ortzman noted is poised to become the largest consumer-spending group in the United States within the next five years. Sports betting, he said, is a key part of what he characterized as “the casino of the future,” which focuses more on social interaction.

“There is a new group of customer coming in that is attributed to, not the new capacity, but the new offerings,” said Ortzman.

Eight of Atlantic City’s nine casinos offer sports betting. Only Caesars Atlantic City, which is connected to Bally’s, does not have a physical betting parlor.

Upon completion of the permanent sportsbooks at Bally’s and Harrah’s, only Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will have a temporary location. Borgata has said that its $11 million project will be complete this summer.

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Staff Writer

I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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