ATLANTIC CITY — DraftKings, through its partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel, has launched the first online and mobile sports betting platforms in the state.

DraftKings’ online and mobile sports-betting offering cleared state regulatory approval Monday morning and is now available to the general public.

Matt Kalish, co-founder of DraftKings, said the soft launch of the company’s online and mobile sports betting product, which began Aug. 1, was “fantastic.” The goal, he said, was to attract enough players through invite-only to get feedback and ensure the product met the company’s standards as well as those of state regulators at the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

“As a testament to our technology and product team, who worked about a year on this, as well as the regulators who have very quickly put together a nation-leading regulation of this product, everything went really, really smoothly, and we’re excited to be able to launch to every customer who is currently in New Jersey starting today,” Kalish said Monday morning.

Mark Giannantonio, president and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel, said the casino hotel was “thrilled” to be first to market with online and mobile sports gaming in the state.

“It is an exciting day for New Jersey sports fans who now have the opportunity to bet on their favorite sports with an innovative and exciting mobile online app,” Giannantonio said.

A day after the DraftKings’ soft launch, Resorts announced a second online and mobile sports betting partnership with The Stars Group. The casino hotel and the Stars Group extended their existing partnership to include in the future online and mobile sports wagering through the BetStars brand alongside the existing online poker and casino offering available through the PokerStarsNJ brand.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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