Ocean Casino Unveils Renovations Plans For Massive Retail Sportsbook Venue

Written By Derek Helling on March 15, 2022
5 Million Makeover For Ocean Casino Sportsbook

If your idea of a retail sportsbook is one betting window tucked into a dark corner of a gaming floor, you’ll want to head to the new Ocean Casino sportsbook this summer. When the renovations are complete, it should redefine that image for you.

The Atlantic City venue is spending $5 million to transform 12,000 square feet of its property into a place guests will want to spend hours. The space will offer far more than just betting on NJ sports.

Ocean Casino sportsbook to offer brews and views

The highlights of the renovation plans include:

  • Elevated center bar
  • LED video walls
  • Mezzanine lounge
  • Slots
  • Table games

“Ocean is dedicated to being the premier gaming destination in the Atlantic City market,” Ocean Casino Resort general manager Bill Callahan said in a press release.

“This new venue will enhance the guest experience by providing an unbeatable atmosphere right in the heart of the casino floor.”

The 100-foot elevated bar will occupy the center of the new space and catch the eye upon entry. Seating at it will include 26 bar seats and 33 drink rail chairs. Players can access one of the 12 slot machines built right into the bar at some of the bar seats.

Around the bar will be a mix of blackjack and roulette tables. Guests who do not wish to play those games can catch live sports action on one of the three LED walls. The largest of those will measure 55 feet, while the others will come in at 43 and 42 feet.

A staircase will take visitors up to the Balcony Bar. From there, they can access a VIP experience and get a birds-eye view of the property and its surroundings. It’s all a great step forward for the original Atlantic City retail sportsbook.

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In June of 2018, the property, then known as the Revel Casino Hotel, opened its William Hill Sportsbook. It was the first true retail sportsbook on the Boardwalk. In keeping with tradition, it was also located at the center of the gaming floor.

While the location won’t change with this renovation, the branding will. The new sportsbook will be called The Gallery Bar, Book & Games. USBookmaking is also now handling the wagering instead of William Hill.

These renovations might be enough to put Ocean’s sportsbook into prime position. Last year, it was the second-highest-grossing among all Atlantic City retail sportsbooks. The book accounted for just shy of $2.4 million in win that year.

As a pivotal part of the casino’s larger $25 million updates, the sportsbook should re-open with all the new gleaming features sometime this summer. The design plans represent how sports betting is anything but an afterthought for Ocean.

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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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