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Monmouth Park sports bet set for Thursday

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Sports betting will begin Thursday at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport.
Sports betting will begin Thursday at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. - ()

All systems are a “go” for sports betting to kick off Thursday at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport.

On Wednesday, the state’s racing commission approved short-term rules governing how the state’s three race tracks operate sports betting pools.

The Division of Gaming Enforcement, which will oversee sports betting pools collected at the state’s casinos, has already rolled out its own rules this morning.

Monmouth Park has partnered with the U.K.-based William Hill and will put dozens of employees on the front lines to handle sports wagers from the turn-out Thursday morning.

Gov. Phil Murphy will place the state’s first legal bet. He’ll be joined by his predecessor, Chris Christie, who for years led the charge to make sports betting legal at Monmouth Park, as well as other lawmakers who were instrumental in getting the legislation passed.

They include Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District; Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District; U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th District; and former state Sen. Ray Lesniak.

There reportedly will be dozens of sports on which spectators can bet, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup, UFC, Pro Baseball and Canadian Football.

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Daniel J. Munoz

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Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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