ATLANTIC CITY — The first New Jersey casino to offer sports betting is expanding its space to do so. The Borgata says work will begin work next week on an $11 million project to expand its sports book and integrate it with what the casino calls a "destination bar."

The Borgata was the first New Jersey casino to take a sports bet last June after the state won a U.S. Supreme Court case clearing the way for all 50 states to do so. The sports betting has been operating out of temporary space. The new, larger bar and sports betting facility should be ready by summer.

Sports betting is off to a fast start in New Jersey, with $928 million worth of bets having been made from June 14, when the Borgata took its first bet, through the end of November. Statistics for December are to be announced next week. The Borgata is owned by MGM Resorts International.

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