The crowd was intense as Gov. Murphy places the first wager, but bet on the newness wearing off.

They were already lined up, the legal-sized sheets of paper with today’s odds in their greedy hands, when Gov. Phil Murphy finally turned toward the betting windows at Monmouth Park.

He was here to place the first legal sports bet in New Jersey history, but the way the crowd of gamblers made a mad rush to get in behind him to make their own wagers, I wondered: Would the governor get crushed before he could put his $20 on Germany to win the World Cup?

And, more importantly, could I get odds on that?

This was a historic day in the state, that’s for sure. But it was also a surreal one. I’m not sure what I expected when I walked into Monmouth Park at 10 a.m. on a perfect spring day, but I certainly didn’t expect the scene that unfolded at the old racetrack.

The media presence, of course, was no surprise. The number of regular people here — if you set the over/under on the crowd size at a thousand, I would take the over — was something else entirely. What will it look like in a week? Good question.

But, on the first day, it was clear that people were ready and waiting — and ready to wait. I waited more than 20 minutes to place my first bet. A man at the front of the line was up there so long, I wasn’t sure if he was betting on the Mets or trying to buy them.

Finally, when it was my turn, I was ready.

“Can I bet $5 on Rutgers to win the college football national championship?” I asked.

The teller, it turns out, was ready, too.

“NO!” she told …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports


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