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2018 timeline for sports gambling

May 14

The Supreme Court strikes down a 1992 federal law that effectively banned commercial sports betting in most states, opening the door to legalized sports betting.

Dates and locations of the first bets placed:

Delaware, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on June 5.

New Jersey, Monmouth Park on June 14.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy placing the first bet at Monmouth.
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July 11

Global sportsbook operator Paddy Power Betfair and FanDuel complete their merger.

July 14

FanDuel opens its sportsbook with 10 tellers and 27 televisions at the Meadowlands Racetrack, adjacent to MetLife Stadium.

July 30

MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings announce a $200 million 50/50 joint venture to create a sports betting and online gaming platform in the U.S.

July 31

The NBA unveils a three-year, $25 million sponsorship with MGM Resorts International, marking the first official sports gaming partnership executed by a major U.S. sports league.

Dates and locations of the first bets placed:

Mississippi, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and the Gold Strike Casino on Aug. 1.

West Virginia, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on Aug. 30.

In July FanDuel opened its first brick-and-mortar location at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, a 5,310-square-foot operation near the home of the NFL’s Giants and Jets.
Photo: courtesy of fanduel


Sept. 18

William Hill U.S. and the Vegas Golden Knights announce a multiyear partnership, the first ever between a major North American sports franchise and a sportsbook.

Date and location of the first bets placed:

New Mexico, Santa Ana Star Casino on Oct. 16.

Oct. 25

William Hill U.S. reaches a multiyear deal with the New Jersey Devils to place its name on a sports bar-style lounge on the main concourse of Prudential Center.

Oct. 29

MGM Resorts International signs on as the first sports betting sponsor of the NHL.

Oct. 30

Caesars Entertainment becomes the first sportsbook to sponsor both an NHL and NBA team through a deal with the jointly owned Devils and Philadelphia 76ers.