Best Legal New Jersey Sports Betting Sites 2018

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Sports betting is now officially legal in New Jersey. On June 14, both Monmouth Park and the Borgata began accepting bets in-person. Online sports betting will go live in the summer of 2018 with several casinos and operators ready to offer sports wagering. This is a guide to the legal New Jersey sports betting sites.

New Jersey sports betting sites and apps

This is what we believe are the casinos and their associated platforms. This may change.

DraftKingsResorts 
FanDuelTBA 
William HillMonmouth ParkOcean Resort Casino
Betfair US (FanDuel)The Meadowlands 
SBTechGolden Nugget (Churchill Downs) 

1) DraftKings

draftkings sports betting app

DraftKings is the leader in daily fantasy sports and they have been at the forefront of the push for legalized sports gambling. They partnered with Resorts to provide their betting platform.

It is expected that the current DraftKings app, available on both iOS and Android, will serve as the home for their sports betting offering.

DraftKings announced a partnership with Kambi Group, which will power its online sportsbook. Kambi powers online sports betting platforms for partners around the world. It comes at least as a little bit of a surprise that DraftKings would outsource elements of its sportsbook, but doing so will presumably enable them to get up to speed more quickly than on their own.

No timetable has been set, but regulators have cleared the path for online sportsbooks in New Jersey, so it is only a matter of time.

Given their standing as the daily fantasy leader, DraftKings is expected to release a very competitive and popular online sportsbook. We will have a full review once it goes live.

2) William Hill

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 partnered with Monmouth Park to open a sportsbook, meaning they were ready to go when sports betting officially went live in New Jersey. And since they already have a compelling sports betting app in Nevada, it is expected that their offering will compete as one of the leading in New Jersey.

3) Betfair (FanDuel)

fanduel New Jersey sports betting app

This one is a little less straightforward. Betfair is partnered with the Meadowlands and will back their online sportsbook. However, the company just took stake in FanDuel and may use it as its US sports betting app.

FanDuel already has millions of cards on file and is a popular and well-known brand in the US, so it would make sense if Betfair leveraged that as the Meadowlands’ online sportsbook. 

Though we don’t know which site the company will use, the Betfair-Meadowlands option will likely be one of the first out of the gate in New Jersey.

4) 888 Bet

888sport new jersey

888 Bet is a leading online casino which already has games available in New Jersey. They are poised to bring their online sportsbook, 888sport, to the state as soon as online sports betting is ready to go.

Representatives from the company were in attendance at the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City and were lauded for being fast movers. 

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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 will sports betting be legal in New Jersey?

New Jersey lawmakers unanimously approved sports betting regulations on June 7. 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 will soon follow.

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. It will open on June 28 and prominently feature a sportsbook.

Coming soon: Ballys, Caesars and Harrahs. They are all expected to launch sportsbooks in the summer of 2018, in time for football season.

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 sportsbooks

Online and mobile sports betting will happen in New Jersey – and soon. The law permits casinos and tracks to provide websites and apps to host sports betting. 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.). One caveat to mobile betting: the law sets a 30-day period before any license for mobile betting to be issued. This allows for more comprehensive regulations to be passed by the gaming commission and to allow for the apps to be optimized. You won’t be able to bet from your phone immediately, but it’s coming.

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 in New Jersey.

DraftKings has partnered with Resorts, presumably to offer some sort of casino-backed online sportsbook. Meanwhile, European gaming company Paddy Power Betfair bought a 61% stake in FanDuel and will undoubtedly bring its experience in sports betting to the market. William Hill will likely back the offering from Monmouth Park and Ocean Resort Casino. The Meadowlands is involved with Betfair US.

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. Interestingly, the law also forbids betting on “electronic sports and competitive video games,” making esports betting a no-go for now.

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.

Updates

The future of legal online sports betting

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

Mobile sports betting

This is, unquestionably, the growth area for the industry. Mobile sports betting makes up roughly 70% of the market in Europe. Live sports betting and prop bets dominate online 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.

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.

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.

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 gambling. Put simply, New Jersey was for it and the sports 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. It will be the first state following the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow both casino-based and online sports betting.

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