Sports betting became legal one year ago, and some experts think New Jersey could someday overtake Las Vegas

May 14, 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer

By Ed Barkowitz

Watched a guy go into a sportsbook in Atlantic City on the first Friday of the NCAA Tournament in March. The sportsbook was dimly lit, but lively. Games were on all the screens, and he was hot for Wisconsin. Loved the Badgers, even though they were facing an Oregon team that had won eight straight and played its way into the field by winning the Pac-12 Tournament.

But before jumping on Wisconsin, which started at 4:30 p.m., he put $3,500 on Cincinnati to beat Iowa in the early block of games. Cincy had won the American Athletic Conference Tournament the previous weekend and when the Bearcats jumped out to an 18-5 lead, it looked like a fine start to the day.