Sports Betting In Freehold

Sports betting in Freehold, New Jersey, is right around the corner, especially now that the state has formally authorized area casinos and racetracks to open up their sports betting lounges. Atlantic City might get the most press when it comes to New Jersey’s new sportsbook services, but the Freehold Raceway sportsbook promises to be just as good as these, with the added benefit of live horse racing on-site.

Freehold Raceway in Freehold, NJ, is the oldest horse racing track in America, as it has been in constant operation since the 1830s. While it doesn’t offer Thoroughbred racing, Freehold Raceway has always been synonymous with harness racing, and the Cane Pace – the first leg of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers – has been held there annually since 1955. (The other two legs of the harness racing Triple Crown are the Little Brown Jug in Delaware and the Messenger Stakes in New York.) Now that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) has been officially overturned by the US Supreme Court, sports betting in Freehold should be coming sometime within the next month or so.

Freehold Raceway Sports Betting
Freehold Raceway Sports Betting

Even though Freehold Raceway is not a racino (as there are no such facilities in New Jersey at this time), the venue is currently prepping its sportsbook service to offer live wagering and in-game betting to its patrons, much in the same way that neighboring Monmouth Park has taken the initiative to install a sports betting lounge back when the NJ state legislature was putting the finishing touches on its proposed sportsbook laws.

What To Expect From The Freehold Raceway Sportsbook

Now that all the requisite bills are passed, New Jersey residents should expect to be able to wager on sports at the Freehold Raceway within a month or so (and certainly before the start of the 2018 NFL season). As far as what to expect from the Freehold Raceway sportsbook itself, you can count on a couple of things: One, the Freehold Raceway sportsbook will be 100% comprehensive, on par with any other major sportsbook in the industry. Two, bettors who wish to wager on-site at the Freehold sports betting lounge will have access to comfortable seating, discounts on drinks, and a festive but subdued atmosphere perfect for both betting on your favorite matchups and watching the games themselves on the venue’s many big-screen TVs.

As it stands, Freehold Raceway – like the other two active horse tracks in New Jersey – could definitely benefit from the increase in revenue that sports betting would bring to the table. Even though the track is among the most popular harness horse racing venues in the country (with two seasons each year comprising all months except June, July, and August), Freehold Raceway is otherwise limited in its offerings, and a proper Freehold sportsbook would not only increase their paying customer base, but it would also introduce thousands of new bettors to the world of horse racing (and horse racing betting) each year, perhaps bringing back enough credence to the discipline to match its erstwhile popularity.

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