NJ online sports betting has been live for more than half a year now. Now with more than 14 sites and apps accepting bets, there are more options than ever to bet online in New Jersey.
Here is our June, 2019 guide to NJ online sports betting.
New Jersey sports betting sites
DraftKings is the leader in daily fantasy sports and they were at the forefront of the push for legalized NJ sports betting. They are partnered with Resorts in New Jersey to bring their online betting platform to market.
Since launching on August 1, DraftKings Sportsbook has been the leader NJ online sports betting, pacing the market each month and running a consistent set of promotions to grab new users. 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, soccer, and the Oscars.
They have led the way in New Jersey with a range of unique betting styles. In addition to the afeormentioned “cash out” option, they launched sportsbook pools, a daily fantasy-style contest that allows you select a range of games and compete against other users. They were also among the first to add casino games to their app, allowing you the full suite of gambling options in one app, and to offer odds on AAF games.
PointsBet NJ 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, 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 one of the more tech savvy apps with a clean, modern interface– they look poised to be an NJ sports betting leader.
PointsBet received some publicity following the Rams-Saints NFC Championship game when they refunded all Saints bets. A week later, they offered no juice on the Super Bowl. They then gave back all bets on Duke when Zion Williamson blew a tire against North Carolina. They are uniquely promotional and offer a unique product.
PointsBet’s promo is one of the best in NJ sports betting with a $50 free bet with no deposit and two risk free bets up to $1,000 with promo code BROADLINES. This is an exclusive offer to our audience.
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 offers a strong signup bonus of a $500 risk free bet.
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’s signup bonus is one of the most straightforward in NJ online sports betting. They offer a $250 deposit bonus which only has to be bet once before it can be withdrawn.
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 is a straightforward $500 in free bets.
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.
Up to $500 deposit bonus and $10 free bet
888sport will give you a deposit bonus up to $500 and a $10 free bet with no deposit.
App availability: iOS and Android
888sports bonus: Up to $500 deposit and $10 free bet with no deposit.
William Hill Race and Sports Book
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
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.
Caesars has launched and the folks over at BetNewJersey.com have a Caesars bonus code.
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.
Your March 2019 NJ online sports betting guide
NCAA Tournament betting takes center stage in March after a slightly down month in February when revenue came in lower than expected. It is predicted that more people will bet on March Madness than on the Super Bowl.
There are eight licensed sites and apps ready to take your bets in NJ. DraftKings, BetStars NJ, FanDuel, SugarHouse, PlayMGM, Caesars, William Hill, PointsBet, Caesars, BetAmerica Sportsbook, Hard Rock 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.
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:
|William Hill||Monmouth Park||Ocean Resort Casino|
|SBTech||Golden Nugget (Churchill Downs)|
|Bet365||Hard Rock Casino|
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
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.
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.
1 Racetrack Drive
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
The Meadowlands’ sportsbook is powered by FanDuel.
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
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
The first Bally’s sportsbook features 30 chairs situated in front of three large screens and five smaller screens.
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.
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.
2100 Pacific Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
There are no details, but Caesars sportsbook is said to be opening in mid-August.
NJ sports betting updates
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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.
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?
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.
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.
As sports betting becomes legal in more states, expect to see large-scale corporate sponsorships between casinos and leagues, teams and broadcasters.
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
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.
They offer powerful analytics in slick iOS and Android apps.
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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