Monmouth Park readies for sports betting

- The staff at the Monmouth Park racetrack in New Jersey are shining and cleaning the floors in a new wing dedicated to sports betting.

Monmouth Park has been ready to take bets since mid-May when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1992 federal prohibition on sports wagering in a case brought by the state of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Assembly and Senate unanimously passed a sports betting bill Thursday afternoon. The bill now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk.

Michael Grodsky of William Hill, the bookmaker at Monmouth Park, has been training tellers for weeks. He said he has hired dozens of new employees to handle the expected business.

Gamblers will be able to drop bets on anything from the NBA finals to the soccer World Cup. However, the legislation bans betting on high school sports. Also, gamblers will not be allowed to place wagers on college games that involve New Jersey teams or that are held in the state.

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