NJ Online Sports Betting

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NJ online sports betting is in its fourth full month now. With NFL and NBA seasoning full-swing, there are more options than ever to bet both in-person and online.

DraftKings Sportsbook became the first site to go live on August 1. SugarHouse Sportsbook and PlayMGM followed later in the month. FanDuel Sportsbook, William Hill, Caesars, 888sport and BetStars NJ all launched in September.

Here is our December 2018 guide to NJ online sports betting.

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Your December 2018 NJ online sports betting guide

For football betting, you already have a wide range of options for both online and in-person betting at sportsbooks.

There are eight licensed sites and apps ready to take your bets in NJ. DraftKings, BetStars NJFanDuel, SugarHouse, PlayMGM, Caesars, William Hill and 888sport NJ are all officially live. Which to choose? Well, in these early stages and with the generous bonuses being tossed around as sportsbooks aim to acquire customers, we recommend trying multiple sites. Odds vary quite a bit between each of them, and several offer unique action – such as DraftKings’ cash out option – so it’s worth shopping around. That said, we do have a few favorites.

DraftKings Sportsbook


draftkings sportsbook logo

DraftKings is the leader in daily fantasy sports and they were at the forefront of the push for legalized sports gambling. They’ve partnered with Resorts in New Jersey to bring their online betting platform to market.

Launching on August 1, DraftKings Sportsbook signaled the beginning of NJ online sports betting. You can bet through their web-based interface or through their iOS and Android apps.

They offer betting on baseball basketball, boxing, cricket, darts, football, golf, hockey, MMA, motorsports and soccer. They don’t yet offer betting on esports or non-sporting events.

The first to go live in New Jersey, DraftKings absolutely crushed the market in the first month of legal sports betting, taking in nearly $3 million in revenue compared to $100k for SugarHouse. In October, they accounted for 44% of the market in New Jersey, taking in $5.1 million, which was down from the $8.5 million they took in during September– the first month of football season.

DraftKings Sportsbook promo code

First bet matched up to $500.*

DraftKings is now offering a $500 free bet. They will match a user’s first bet up to $500.

The fine print: “First bet matched up to $500. Free bet must be used within 30 days of first bet. Free bet amount is not included in any returns or winnings. Free bet is also not redeemable for cash, non-transferable, and non-refundable. Promo ends 1/21/18. 21+. NJ only. Results not typical. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER.”

Claim the bonus.

App availability: iOS and Android

DraftKings Sportsbook bonus: DraftKings will match your first bet up to $500, meaning that whatever amount you wager on your first bet, you’ll have a second bet for that amount waiting for you.

Bonus: first bet matched up to $500

Minimum Deposit: $5

DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Ease of use
  • Variety of action
  • Modern interface
  • Live betting

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER.

21+. NJ only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details.

 

SugarHouse Sportsbook


sugarhouse sportsbook

SugarHouse Sportsbook launched its betting app (iOS, Android) in late August, becoming the third New Jersey sports betting site to do so.

They also offer a web-based interface that anyone outside of New Jersey can see (though you can’t deposit or place a bet unless you’re in New Jersey, of course).

SugarHouse has the added benefit of having an established online casino in New Jersey, so despite some bugs, depositing is a bit easier in the early going than others. It’s hard to explain, but in many ways, PlaySugarHouse offers the most complete online betting experience in New Jersey.

Though not as slick as either DraftKings or FanDuel, SugarHouse puts its sportsbook inside its PlaySugarHouse casino app, which is a solid feature for those of you who like to play other games. Their odds are the same as DraftKings and 888sport by virtue of using Kambi. And while their interface isn’t as good as the others, they offer the best bonus.

SugarHouse Sportsbook promo code

First deposit matched up to $250.*

SugarHouse offers the best deposit bonus. This is a very strong offer as SugarHouse must realize it needs to offer additional incentive to get players to sign up for their app over larger competitor brands.

Claim the bonus.

App availability: iOS and Android

SugarHouse Sportsbook bonus: SugarHouse will match your first deposit up to $250.

Bonus: First deposit matched up to $250

Minimum Deposit: $10

SugarHouse Sportsbook

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BetStars Sportsbook

betstars sports betting

BetStars NJ is a newcomer and one of the most promising  NJ online sports betting apps. Owned by The Stars Group, who owns PokerStars, BetStars has a straightforward interface with a series of unique betting options and the popular cash out option, which is also offered by DraftKings.

BetStars NJ promo code

$500 in free bets

BetStars NJ is coming out of the gate swinging with an incredible promo offering $500 in free bets.

The fine print: “You’ll get the initial Free Bet up to $50 as a match of your first sports bet placement. If there are multiple qualifying bets on your first bet slip, the first bet placed will be the qualifying bet. Additionally, you will receive $50 as Free Bet when you bet $150. Do this up to nine (9) times within 90 days from your first sports bet to receive $450 in Free Bets.” Super Bowl promo can only be used on one team and with a maximum of a $5 bet.

Claim the bonus.

App availability: Android and iOS

BetStars NJ bonus: BetStars is offering $500 in free bets.

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Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

BetStars NJ

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FanDuel Sportsbook

fanduel New Jersey sports betting app

FanDuel’s interface is awesome, and the best of the bunch so far. It just looks good. One of the best things it has going for it is its live data visualization built right into the in-play bet areas. This is one of the things we wish DraftKings would implement. FanDuel doesn’t offer betting on as many sports as its counterparts, yet, as their focus is on the more traditional American sports, which doesn’t matter unless you want to get really exotic.

FanDuel Sportsbook promo code

$500 risk free bet*

While FanDuel’s sports betting app looks promising, their bonus is not very strong, compared to competitors. While we don’t recommend choosing your sportsbook on bonus alone, it is still a factor in most decisions. Perhaps FanDuel will offer something more once they are fully live.

App availability: iOS and Android

FanDuel Sportsbook bonus: FanDuel is offering a $500 risk free bet.

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Bonus: $500 risk free bet

Minimum Deposit: $10

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Established brand
  • Backed by Betfair
  • Excellent interface
  • Live betting view

888sport

888sport new jersey

888sport is a leading online casino which already has games available in New Jersey. They brought their online sportsbook, 888sport, in early September, becoming the sixth site to officially go live for NJ online sports betting.

A mobile-focused company, 888sport is backed by Kambi, meaning their odds are similar to many competitors. Their clean interface and free bet offer are the differentiators.

888sport promo code

Free $10 bet and $500 deposit bonus*

While this isn’t the strongest bonus we’ve seen, 888sport is the first online sportsbook in New Jersey to offer a completely free bet without any sort of deposit. It’s a good way to try out the app and decide if you like it.

Claim the bonus.

App availability: iOS and Android

888sports bonus: FREE $10 bet with no deposit and $500 deposit bonus

William Hill Race and Sports Book

William hill sports betting app

William Hill is the largest sportsbook in Nevada and they are well ahead of the curve when it comes to legal sports betting in New Jersey.

They have already opened sportsbooks with Monmouth Park and Ocean Resort.

App availability: iOS and Android

William Hill Race and Sports Book bonus: None yet

Bet365

bet365

A major player in the space, bet365 could be poised to dominate NJ online sports betting.

They recently signed a deal with the Hard Rock Casino, presumably to run their sports betting app.

This is a big deal as bet365 is a leader in the UK and, from a technology standpoint, could have an advantage over US brands which are scrambling to get their sportsbooks up and running.

But they are not expected to launch anytime soon.

PointsBet

pointsbet new jersey

A really interesting one. PointsBet is an Australian company that recently announced partnerships with Meadowlands Racetrack and Tioga Downs to bring sports betting to New Jersey and New York (and surely others).

Unlike traditional sportsbooks, PointsBet offers a compelling betting option that allows you to earn a multiplier for how many units over or under your bet is. It introduces a higher stakes way to bet on traditional over-unders without long all or nothing odds. They are targeting a fourth quarter launch in New Jersey.

Caesars

caesars new jersey sports betting

We don’t know a ton about this yet, but Caesars has entered into a partnership with OpenBet for it’s mobile sports betting option. A launch isn’t expected soon.

PlayMGM

playmgm sports betting app

MGM-owned Borgata will offer its NJ online sports betting option under the playMGM brand, backed by European company GVC.

In fact, MGM is the first operator to enter into an official partnership with a league– they partnered with the NBA to use branding, logos and data feeds. The latter is particularly interesting because it will allow for all sorts of live betting opportunities.

CEO Jim Murren told CNBC that mobile sports betting would begin at the Borgata in early August, but it’s unclear if he means online sports betting or just mobile betting while in the casino. Either way, it’s coming soon.

Deposit methods

This is something that often doesn’t get much attention from potential bettors, but the ease at which you can deposit and withdraw from betting apps is a major factor in the overall user experience.

At the start, DraftKings has had some issues with credit card companies that they are working through. They do accept all major credit cards and PayPal, however.

FanDuel offers several more options.

And SugarHouse is by far the best in this regard, offering up the following methods: checking account, credit or debit card, Neteller, PayPal, Cash @ Casino Cage, and wire transfers. You can even deposit at 7-11s. They have experience as an online casino in New Jersey, and it shows.

Odds and pricing

A lot has been made about how the legal sportsbooks have inferior odds or are “more expensive.” In some cases this has been true in the early going, but the lines are on par with Las Vegas. To be clear, legal sportsbooks have to pay taxes and, thus, may not always compete with offshore books on prices. We’ve explained this tradeoff at length on our page of sports betting sites, but the gist is that you pay for a superior experience and the relative safety of betting with a regulated casino. But negative publicity about expensive odds, particularly when it comes to DraftKings and FanDuel, has been overblown. Though they have different odds, they are on par with what you’ve come to expect. In fact, the casino apps in several cases are offering much more expensive bets. The upside is that sites like DraftKings, FanDuel and SugarHouse offer a wide-range of betting options, making it possible to find a sweet spot.

 

NJ sports betting casinos

New Jersey online sports betting is ready to go. These are what we believe will be the casinos and their associated sports betting platforms:

DraftKings Resorts
PointsBet The Meadowlands
SugarHouse MGM
William Hill Monmouth Park Ocean Resort Casino
FanDuel The Meadowlands
SBTech Golden Nugget (Churchill Downs)
Bet365 Hard Rock Casino
PlayMGM Borgata
OpenBet Caesars
BetStars Resorts
888sport Caesars

Monmouth Park

175 Oceanport Ave.

Oceanport, NJ 07757

Monmouth Park was the first NJ sportsbook to open. They are partnered with William Hill and offer bets on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, boxing, MMA, and auto racing. Types of bets include straight bets, parlays, futures, propositions, teasers, and round robin bets.

The betting guide for Monmouth Park in NJ can be found here.

Hours of operation:

Monday-Thursday: 10am to 1am
Friday: 10am to 2am
Saturday: 7:30am to 2am
Sunday: 7:30am to 1am

The Borgata

1 Borgata Way, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The Borgata was the second sportsbook to open in NJ. They are backed by MGM Resorts and take bets on football, basketball, hockey, baseball, NASCAR, boxing, MMA, soccer, golf and tennis.

The sportsbook, officially called the Race and Sports Book, is located in the space formerly known as the Racebook. It features 100 seats, 10 betting windows, a video wall with large screen, and a bar.

Hours of operation:

Windows open daily at 11 am.

Ocean Resort

500 Boardwalk

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The Ocean Resort’s sportsbook is also powered by William Hill. It will feature a 7,500 square foot facility in the center of the casino, but for now is in a temporary space. The new area is scheduled to open in late July or August.

The sportsbook will feature large screens, widows to place bets, and three private rooms, catering to both families and big-spenders alike.

Hours of operation:

There are now posted hours for the Ocean Resort’s sportsbook.

Meadowlands

1 Racetrack Drive

East Rutherford, NJ 07073

The Meadowlands’ sportsbook is powered by FanDuel.

Harrah’s

777 Harrah’s Blvd.

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Harrah’s opened to a low-key launch with a bet on the Yankees.

Wild Wild West

1900 Boardwalk

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The first Bally’s sportsbook features 30 chairs situated in front of three large screens and five smaller screens.

Golden Nugget

600 Huron Ave.

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Golden Nugget’s sportsbook opened in a temporary location until the casino can build a permanent spot for it.

Resorts

1133 Boardwalk

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

SBTech backs Resorts’ sportsbook, and the casino also serves as the license partner for DraftKings Sportsbook and BetStars. The casino will also offer its own sports betting app.

Coming soon:

Caesars

2100 Pacific Ave.

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

There are no details, but Caesars sportsbook is said to be opening in mid-August.

Updates

Where and how to bet on sports in New Jersey

You can bet on sports in-person and online in New Jersey.

Here are the specifics for NJ online sports betting:

You must be located within the state when you bet. In fact, thus far, you can’t even open apps or deposit funds if you’re not in New Jersey when you try to do so. All sites and apps use geo-location services to determine your exact location with GPS (don’t both with a VPN because it won’t work).

You don’t have to live in New Jersey to bet, however. You just have to be there when doing so. If you work there, or are at the Shore on vacation, you can access online betting apps just like you would if you were at a casino.

This goes for depositing and withdrawing funds, as well. So if you win a bet you placed while in New Jersey and want to withdraw those funds from a different state, you’ll have to go back to NJ to access the app and withdraw to your bank account. It’s not ideal, and regulators are working on ways to allow betting across state lines, especially where online sports betting is legal, but this is not something that is in place yet.

FAQ

This FAQ was put together by Mike Lyon. He is an attorney in Montgomery County, PA specializing in litigation and gaming law. He tracks all developments in sports gambling in the United States, with a particular interest in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The information provided in this post is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal advice. You should not act or rely upon information contained in this post without specifically seeking professional legal advice.

Is sports betting legal in New Jersey?

Yes.

When did sports betting become legal in New Jersey?

New Jersey lawmakers unanimously approved sports betting regulations on June 7, 2018. The bill was signed into law by the governor on June 11. His signature put the finishing touches on a seven-year struggle to make sports gambling legal in the state.

Before you throw a bet down, here’s some key parts of the law, and what you can expect when you get to the sportsbook in the Garden State.

Racetracks and casinos

Bettors looking to get in on the action right away should head to the closest casinos and racetracks. They’ll get a head start, as state regulators can give any casino or track that wants to host wagering an immediate temporary license to do so after the law is signed. This allows the large gambling houses to start taking action right away while the commission adopts more comprehensive regulations down the line.

Monmouth Park in Oceanside was the first location to accept bets. It bet big that sports wagering would eventually be legalized and invested $1.5 million into converting one of its bars into a sportsbook. Atlantic City’s Borgata also began taking bets on the first day it was allowed. Other tracks and casinos, including the Meadowlands, Ocean Resorts, Harrah’s and Wild Wild West soon followed.

Where can you place sports bets in Atlantic City?

The Borgata. Betting went live at the Borgata on June 14, when Dr. J placed the inaugural bet for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl again.

Ocean Resort. Its sportsbook opened on June 28.

Harrah’s. It’s sportsbook opened on August 1.

Wild Wild West. Its sportsbook opened at the end of July.

Coming soon: Caesars, Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, Tropicana, and Resorts. They are all expected to launch sportsbooks in 2018.

Kiosks and self-serve machines

Bettors may not have to visit a window and speak to a live person to make a bet; the law permits the use of self-service machines and kiosks to take bets within an individual sportsbook.

Online sports betting

NJ Online and mobile sports betting is live. The law permits casinos and tracks to provide websites and apps to host their sportsbooks. This makes sense. As you might have heard, mobile slot play and table games have been legal in New Jersey for several years. You will not, however, be able to use a New Jersey-sponsored app to bet unless you are physically within the state when the bet happens, though regulators are considering ways to allow wagers across state lines.

This provision was needed because of a federal law forbidding online gambling across state lines (the same one that still forbids online poker throughout the U.S.).

DraftKings, FanDuel and William Hill will all be players

At the outset, DraftKings, FanDuel and William Hill are all expected to be involved in online sports betting NJ.

DraftKings has partnered with Resorts for its sportsbook. Meanwhile, European gaming company Paddy Power Betfair bought a 61% stake in FanDuel and will launch its sports betting app under the FanDuel brand. William Hill will likely back the offering from Monmouth Park and Ocean Resort Casino.

What will these New Jersey sports betting apps look like?

It remains unclear how these apps will be implemented. The major versions of these apps will likely include geo-fencing options, as they already do for daily fantasy sports. This is a proven technology and makes the most sense. Further, sites like DraftKings and FanDuel already have robust apps, with large infrastructure and millions of credit cards on file. It makes too much sense to not create more friction by spinning off separate apps.

Some games and events are off-limits

Betting on any college or high school game or event taking place within New Jersey is prohibited. So is betting on any game involving a college team located within New Jersey—so Rutgers fans (and foes), take your money elsewhere. First thought to be a no-go, esports betting will be allowed in New Jersey, provided participants are at least 18. This came after updated regulation language was issued.

But most bets will be fine. Any professional game can be bet on. Any collegiate game not within New Jersey can take action. The legislation does not specify, but line, moneyline, parlay, over/under, and prop bets will most likely be posted. Check the board for a complete list of bets that the book will take. This site has put together a comprehensive sports betting guide which includes a guide on how to bet on sports along with advanced strategies like teaser bets.

Winning bets must be collected within one year

If any winning bet is not cashed within one year, the casino or track and the state get to split your winnings. The law is silent on the way to cash a winning ticket, but it does give each sportsbook the power to create their own house rules. Check your ticket and the book for information concerning cashing winning bets.

Be prepared to disclose personal information

The law requires any sportsbook to have procedures to take “personally identifiable information” from any person making a bet of $10,000 or greater. This is in line with federal money laundering and banking statutes governing the transfers of large amounts of money. The casinos and state need to make sure big bets aren’t fraudulent.

Don’t set up a sportsbook without a license

Only “sports wagering licensees” are entitled to do so. The only entities really permitted to be “sports wagering licensees” under the law are casinos and tracks. Persons without a license who try to set up a sportsbook in New Jersey could be fined up to $25,000, and companies or partnerships who do it are looking at a fine of up to $100,000. Not to mention: they could be breaking federal law as well.

Where else is sports betting legal?

Obviously in Nevada. But Delaware was the first to implement legalized sports gambling following the Supreme Court’s ruling. They have legalized casino-based gambling, but no online betting yet. We have a guide for Delaware sports betting, which answers where, when and how you can bet.

The future of legal online sports betting

The casino industry came together at the East Coast Gaming Congress to discuss the future of NJ online sports betting. Here are some of the takeaways.

Mobile sports betting

This is, unquestionably, the growth area for NJ online sports betting. Mobile sports betting makes up roughly 70% of the market in Europe. Live sports betting and prop bets dominate online sports betting and are popular in the US through offshore sites, which offer a variety of options.

For the legal market to compete it will have to offer a more compelling product than is what available through those offshore sites. It can benefit by offering quicker and easier payouts, better technology, and the confidence in knowing that bets are safe with regulated, licensed casinos.

League partnerships

Much has been made about sports leagues like the NFL, NBA and MLB requesting a 1% integrity fee from the gambling industry. But that effort has been met largely with skepticism. However, casinos and sports leagues can partner in other ways. One is for operators to license data from the leagues for prop bets. This will enable sportsbooks to offer unique in-play wagers with accurate measurement. Already, MGM has partnered with the NBA, and undoubtedly there are more such deals coming.

Deposits and withdraws

Another benefit of legal sports betting is that casinos can partner directly with credit card companies to offer fast deposits and withdraws. This is important for the mobile market, where user experience is key. Offshore sportsbooks have a less-than-stellar reputation when it comes to withdrawing money. Early critiques of NJ online sports betting have been that, in some cases, making deposits with sportsbooks has been a less-than-stellar experience.

Sponsorships

As sports betting becomes legal in more states, expect to see large-scale corporate sponsorships between casinos and leagues, teams and broadcasters.

Fan experience

With viewer attention spans decreasing, sports betting will offer a unique way to engage fans while they watch. It will also improve the market for uninteresting games as they will for some carry the same weight as premier matchups.

Fans can expect to see odds, spreads and prop bets included in coverage, and sportsbooks sponsoring their favorite teams. The sports fan experience in New Jersey will change thanks to sports betting.

NJ sports betting tools and guides

Monster Roster

Based in the Sixers practice facility, Monster Roster offers individual game and prop picks based on an algorithm that ranks confidence from 1-5 stars. Does it work? Monster Roster guarantees that 52.5% of its picks will win or they won’t charge you for the day. They went 11-2 on the first day of the NFL season.

BetQL

They offer powerful analytics in slick iOS and Android apps.

AccuScore

A popular brand, AccuScore simulates games thousands of times and show you the outcomes.

New Jersey sports betting history

The path to legal sports betting in New Jersey was paved on May 14, 2018, when a Supreme Court ruling overturned a 1992 decision which effectively made sports gambling illegal in the US everywhere except Nevada, which was grandfathered in.

Officially Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Associate, the case pit the state of New Jersey against the NCAA and the four major sports leagues in a battle over whether states had the right to legalize sports betting. Put simply, New Jersey was for it and the leagues were against it.

In 2014, New Jersey repealed a law that prevented sports gambling, but it was immediately challenged citing a 1992 federal law that prohibited state-sanctioned sports betting. The law didn’t itself ban betting on sports, but it directed states not to permit it. That’s the crux of the argument the Supreme Court heard– whether the federal government directing states not to do something was the same as the government doing it themselves.

New Jersey challenged that this was federal overreach, and won.

The NCAA and other major sports leagues technically opposed New Jersey’s move (though the NBA has since come out in favor of legalized betting and most other leagues are also probably in favor of it) on the grounds that the law didn’t instruct states to do anything, with their stance rooted in the sanctity of sports, match fixing, social ills and other relatively abstract reasons that aren’t fully grounded in reality.

The court ruling in favor of New Jersey paved the way for states to legalize sports gambling.

Shortly after the ruling, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill legalizing sports betting in New Jersey. With NJ online sports betting, New Jersey is the first state following the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow both casino-based and online sports betting.

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21+. NJ only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details.