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Sports Betting (Almost) in Atlantic City

Posted: Oct. 18th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Almost sports betting in Atlantic City
Danny Drake

Although it is not technically betting, Atlantic City casinos are offering guests a sample of what sports betting is like through contests that allow gamblers to pick the winners of games and actually win prizes based on their selections.

Tom Ryan held up the slips of paper showing his football picks and boldly declared, “Here are the winners!”

Ryan, 65, of Brigantine, had just made his selections for the weekend slate of NFL games using a touchscreen at a kiosk at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. He and legions of other Atlantic City customers can win tens of thousands of dollars in cash or free slot play at Borgata and other casinos offering NFL “pick ’em” contests.

Unlike sports betting in Las Vegas, however, they don’t have to wager one penny to play. In Atlantic City, gamblers can get a taste of sports betting without having to bet.

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