Comparing the sportsbooks at Atlantic City’s Borgata and Ocean Resort ahead of the World Cup final
ATLANTIC CITY — The first significant event since sports betting became legal in New Jersey will be Sunday, when France plays Croatia in the World Cup final. Croatia? The governor told us it was going to be Germany.
Atlantic City has two sportsbooks running, one at the Borgata, the other at Ocean Resort. Both ‘books are adequate, but neither is a majestic parlor similar to what sports bettors might find in Vegas. But expansion, both properties have pledged, is coming.
The primary piece of advice for those coming to Atlantic City for Sunday’s match is to get those bets in early. Even the day before. Remember, France-Croatia starts at 11 a.m. Nothing sadder, at least in legalized sports betting, than getting shut out at the window. Especially for a futbol bet.
Can’t have Sunday Funday without a scouting report, so here’s a comparison of A.C.’s two ‘books.
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Borgata – Though expansion is on the horizon, the current sportsbook is small, with just about all of the seating reserved for those playing the horses. The bar within the sportsbook, called the Boot N’ Whip, has about nine seats, so hitting one of the Borgata’s other bars is the play. The beer garden, which is a short walk, has possibilities. Watch it, though. Complimentary drink tickets can be redeemed only in the sportsbook.
Ocean Resort – Big advantage here. The temporary betting station Ocean is using has the odds boards right behind it, which is a better setup than the Borgata, which is on the side. There is more space here, including the 17 or so seats at the bar. Their expansion should be done by football season.