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Atlantic City, known fondly as the World’s Playground, has a long and storied gambling history. Despite being outlawed at the time, the Prohibition era ushered in a wave of social gambling in Jersey—from slot machines to bets at the Freehold Raceway.
Sports betting is making some waves of its own in recent years. High-rolling executives, eager bachelor parties, and destination tourists flock to the Boardwalk to beat the odds.
And Ocean Casino Resort is thrilled to announce that we’re riding the wave too with our spick-and-span Gallery Bar, Book, & Games experience, fitted with multiple betting windows, an elevated bar and lounge, and slots and table games for the ultimate VIP Atlantic City sports book experience.
As you walk through the doors of The Gallery, you’ll encounter the action head-on. Stretching above the entrance at 100 feet sits the bar and lounge, which curates a collection of wager-worthy cocktails, including:
With a beverage in hand, you can bring your bets to the table. Sports fans and fortuitous risk takers can place sports wagers at betting windows or kiosks, stay and play a while, or head upstairs to The Balcony Bar to watch the games live.
If you have ever been to your favorite sports bar and made a friendly wager about who was going to win the night’s game, you already understand the basic concept of sports betting: picking the winners.
Of course, sports betting at a casino sportsbook ups the ante. Gambling Atlantic City is a whole new ball game. At Ocean Casino Resort, you’re walking into an immersive experience that puts sports betting at the center of the action. Here are some of the terms you’ll need to know:
Odds in a sportsbook are likely to be written one of two ways:
If you have “-” odds it means you have to bet that amount to win $100 (so -160 means a $160 bet would win $100 if it hits). And “+” odds show how much you win for a $100 bet (so +160 means a $100 bet would win $160).
Odds can also be written in decimal fashion, but you’re unlikely to see that in a sportsbook. Understanding moneyline and fractional odds will have you well positioned to understand most bets.
When it comes to sports gambling, there are so many different ways to bet it would take a guide as long as the Boardwalk to explain them all. However, there are a few types that tend to be dominant across all sports betting (regardless of the sport). These include:
With spread bets, the handicap has evened the odds. That means a bet on either side will have a similar payout.
There are many more bet types than this, but knowing these three types will start you out on good footing to enter the VIP sports betting experience.
Now that you understand the basics of odds and bets, let’s take a look at a hypothetical line you might see:
What can we tell from this line? Based on the Moneyline column we can see the Packers are favored. It will take a $180 moneyline bet on them to win $100. On the other side, a $100 moneyline bet on the Lions could win $320 if they pull out the victory.
The spread is 8.5 points to the Packers. So the Packers have to win by more than 8.5 (9 or more) for a bet on them to payout. The number next to the spread shows the payouts. It will take a $110 spread bet on the Lions to pay out $100. And it takes a $105 spread bet on the Packers for the same payout.
Lastly, we have the over/under set at 42. If you bet the over, a $100 bet pays $130. If you go for the under, you need to lay $110 to win $100. If the final score of the game adds up to exactly 42 then the bet is considered a push. There are no winners and you get your initial stake back.
With the betting basics under your belt and a balcony-crafted cocktail in hand, you can set the odds for a winning vacation at Ocean Casino Resort.
Our sports betting experience is open every day, so get ready to play.
We’re more than a destination—we’re an experience. Whether you’re watching the game live at The Balcony Bar, soaking in the sun at our pools and cabanas, or celebrating at HQ2 Nightclub, Ocean Casino Resort is a hip haven of happenings.
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