15 Oct Eagles’ Comeback Win A Happy Sight For NFL Fans At Bally’s Sportsbook
Atlantic City sportsbook hosted its official grand opening celebration on Sunday.
All feet of it, the Novel at Bally’s, hosted what resembled a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate celebration.
AC’s very first beer pub, and cotton candy, Cracker Jack, added.
But this gathering of several NFL fans was not interested in a ribbon-cutting service or speeches.
Kickoff for the Eagles/Washington Redskins game was fast approaching.
The line for the betting windows expanded to the Wild Wild Wild West Casino floor’s center. That is where the temporary distance was set up.
And while the betting action took place, was a ceremony that is little nearby. Former Eagles’ Chris Long, Hollis Thomas, and Fred Barnett came hurrying through a banner as confetti was fired off.
Kicking off this season in our brand new Sportsbook pic.twitter.com/4pV6Aria0Y
There was no need for someone famous to step up to among the windows to place $100 bet to pay against the New York Giants.
The Book, one of three permanent spaces that started back in June, is bigger than the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts (5,000 square feet) and William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino (7,500 square feet), combined.
Long, who won Super Bowl rings with Eagles and the New England Patriots, did pose for pics with lovers.
Stars aside, the management group in Bally’s will be”super excited” about the final product.
The unused and empty space located toward the rear of the casino floor is a gathering spot for thousands of soccer betting fans several days weekly.
The principal attraction is the 98 foot by 18 foot, high heeled LED television wall with surround audio besides having the massive space.
And it can show up to 16 games at once. Sunday viewing experience included:
But the sportsbook is an extra attraction for the months.
General manager at the AC of Bally, karie Hall, is excited about seeing exactly the new area does for the property.
“We receive additional company in. People get an experience they didn’t get. We are eager to see how well that contrasts throughout the autumn and winter.”??
The NJ sports betting space services sister possessions Caesars clients and Bally’s , also.
Lovers at Bally’s enjoyed some additional perks while their respective NFL weekend parties were held by the other properties across city.
Long, Barnett, and Thomas have been on property signing autographs and mingling with fans.
Throughout the playing times, which comprised 1990-95 together with the Eagles of Barnett, sports gambling was restricted to Nevada. At least legally.
Things have changed just a bit since.
Barnett stated he isn’t the type. However, he is not one to shy away from speaking about his former group.
Many of the NJ futures markets had the Eagles regular-season triumph total in 9.5.
Barnett did not take the bet, but this investigation was offered by him:
“It’s about everybody staying healthy because I really believe they possess the tools to go far.”
Will it be easy? Not necessarily.
“I have a tendency to consider everybody else that they’re going to play against,” Barnett said. “When I look at the league in general, I believe in order for them to be successful they are going to need to play really hard this year since there are a few pretty good teams out there which are piled up”
Among those ifs is whether or not opening quarterback Carson Wentz may create it during the season healthy.
His career to date has been sidelined with a torn ACL and fractured vertebrae.
Second-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld is out with a broken wrist. Current backup Josh McCown came out of retirement to register with the Birds.
Naturally, the Big Game is a subject for later in the year.
The bigger issue for Week 1 was whether or not the Eagles would insure the spread. It had been the biggest on the board.
And by coming from flat in the first half, a quiet vibe was made across the space. The massive crowd that had gathered in Bally’s sportsbook on Sunday was not ready for this start.
Failing to cover the spread is 1 thing. Cutting to the Redskins at home (20-7 at the half) definitely wouldn’t fly with fans.
The field was taken by A totally different staff .
Philadelphia scored 25 unanswered points. Unexpectedly, a game which has been looking like the greatest upset of Week 1 has been within reach.
The bettors who obtained on the Eagles minus the things ended with a ticket.
This was before Redskins’ Trey Quinn captured a pass with six seconds on the clock. Eagles 32-27.
One spectator blurted out:”They overcome the spread now.”
The Eagles’ moneyline, however, was a winner.
Next week’s audience at Bally’s sportsbook will probably likely be hanging around much later since the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons don’t kick off until 8:20 p.m.
Call it to the beginning of much larger plans.
“We’d really like to host a Super Bowl celebration here in The Novel at Bally’s. That would be incredible,” Hall said.
February can’t come soon enough.
Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based outside Philadelphia and not far in the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing at Boardwalk Hall regarding casino openings and expansions, special events and world championship boxing. He is presently adding NJ sports betting and online gambling to the mix.