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Meadowlands Racetrack Brings Sports Betting Closer To NYC

July 14, 2018 - 1:22 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) --  Sports betting is finally open for business at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Racetrack.

The horse racing venue in East Rutherford started taking bets at 11 a.m. Saturday, bringing legal sports betting to New York City's doorstep.

The track is located in the sports complex where the NFL's New York Giants and Jets play, about six miles from Manhattan. 

It becomes the fourth sports betting outlet in New Jersey, following the state’s U.S. Supreme Court victory in a case that cleared the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting. Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport, and the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos in Atlantic City had already offered it.

Those three outlets took in $16.4 million in sports bets in the first two weeks it was legal.