The Resorts Casino Hotel made history in 1978 when it became the state of New Jersey’s first casino to open its doors to the public.
In the intervening 40 or so years, a lot has changed in the gambling industry, and like a lot of their competitors, Resorts have made the move online to supplement their ‘bricks and mortar’ business.
The move online was cemented to coincide with Super Bowl LIII, with Resorts introducing their first sportsbook for bettors on the move. Powered by SB Tech, the site features all of the usual functions including pre-match and in-play betting markets, cash out and more.
After four decades at the top of the casino game in NJ, has Resorts got what it takes to compete on the sports betting front, too?
One of the major features that will please gamers is that Resorts have introduced a single shared wallet for their online platform, which means that bettors can use their bankroll across the sportsbook and casino products; rather than having to open separate accounts for both.
All of the key bet types are available, too, so whether you want to place a single wager or a parlay you will be satisfied; particularly if you enjoy ‘system’ bets such as teasers and round robins.
Resorts have delivered what we might call ‘the connoisseur's sportsbook’. There’s nothing flashy about its design – in fact, we might suggest it’s something of an eyesore – but this is a brand that clearly believes in offering their bettors the best odds and a comprehensive range of markets, from moneyline and spreads to over/unders and total points.
We’ve already alluded to it and the point stands: the Resorts sportsbook site won’t be winning any awards for design or visual innovation in a hurry!
So, if you’re looking for a ‘bells and whistles’ style online sportsbook then you are in the wrong place. However, if you want to place your bets at a site that has the user experience at its core, Resorts has plenty to offer.
They have eschewed the complex design and busy homepages of many of their rivals, and instead stripped things back so that new customers and those lack experience in sports betting online aren’t overwhelmed by what’s in front of them.
The main header has just four options, which helps to simplify matters, and the left-hand column – where the magic so often happens with online sportsbooks – is kept refreshingly clean with just Featured Links, Sports and Information categories.
For those who want to place their wagers with the minimum of fuss, you will find the central console of the Resorts site a Godsend. Flick between the day’s sporting highlights, live betting markets or upcoming events, with the handy dropdown menus helping you to access your favorite sports – and select the given timeframe of games you want to explore – in a flash.
And the betslip is reassuringly simple, too. Simply add your selections, decide if you want to bet a parlay or round robin, set your stake accordingly and press ‘place bets’. As we say, this is a simple premise designed to satisfy the needs of bettors who just want to get on with placing their wagers, rather than faffing around navigating menus and sub-pages.
With one hand Resorts giveth, with the other, they take away as far as their app is concerned.
So bettors who use iOS devices will be satisfied: already the app is available to be used on the iPhone and iPad. As for Android users, unfortunately, there hasn’t be a full release of the app as yet. Head to the Google Store and you will see an application for the ‘Resorts Casino Hotel’, but be warned this doesn’t feature the sportsbook or any ways to bet: it is simply an account management function for those who regularly visit the hotel in New Jersey.
Getting back to the iOS app, everything you need is here. Your single wallet allows you to switch between the sportsbook and casino with ease, and many of the plus points we have already highlighted in this review have been taken forward from the desktop site to the app.
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Nestled in amongst the Sports heading is a link to the ‘Resorts Boost’ section, where the firm has come up with an array of boosted odds for the very best upcoming sporting action. This is well worth a look, as you might find a selection here at a better price than anywhere else.
Any mention of Resorts’ special features can’t go by without reference to the extensive range of promotions that they offer; many of which are exclusive to the brand.
You can get a matched bet worth up to $250 after placing your first sportsbook wager, and that follows the welcome package where you can pocket a handsome 100% bonus on your first deposit worth up to $1000.
Parlay punters will love the enhancements that are available to them. Place a five-fold bet and if it lands you will earn a 20% bonus on top of your winnings, and this bonus increases on an incremental scale up to a 60% boost on 13-fold wagers.
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