New Jersey sports betting launched in 2018 and immediately became one of the most robust markets in the country. Legal sportsbooks exist both at casinos and racetracks, as well as online via mobile apps throughout the state.
Read on for more information about legal NJ sports betting.
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Here is the current list of online and mobile sports betting platforms operating legally in NJ:
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Which NJ casinos have sportsbooks?
Most every casino and racetrack in the state has moved to launch sports betting in NJ at some point.
Here is the updated chart of brick-and-mortar NJ sports betting locations, suppliers, and status:
Read the review of DraftKings Sportsbook
The two largest daily fantasy sports sites were among the first to enter the NJ sports betting industry. DraftKings Sportsbook was created under a partnership with Kambi and became the first legal online option for NJ bettors when it launched in August 2018. The platform operates under a partnership with Kambi (until the completion of a merger with SBTech) and the casino license of Resorts AC.
Read the review of FoxBet Sportsbook
The Stars Group, based on the Isle of Man, is the largest public gambling company in the world, and it has a long-standing partnership with Resorts AC. In September 2019, the group deployed its newly acquired FoxBet brand into the US market alongside its existing PokerStarsNJ and PokerStars Casino products.
Read the review of FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel Sportsbook is the product of an acquisition by Paddy Power Betfair and a network of partnerships that includes IGT. The platform became the state’s fourth online sportsbook when it launched in September 2018, just in time for football season. The FanDuel Group also operates the retail sportsbook at The Meadowlands, which carries its online gaming permit.
William Hill Sportsbook
Read the review of William Hill Sportsbook.
William Hill could become a dominant supplier for US sports betting. It provides services for Ocean Resort and Monmouth Park in NJ, the latter of which serves as its licensing partner in the state. It’s also worth noting that William Hill operates sportsbooks in every other state with legal wagering. Its online/mobile platform was created in-house.
Read the review of PointsBet Sportsbook
PointsBet is an Australian company that is one of the newest entrants in the New Jersey sports betting market. It is partnering with Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey for its first foray into the US.
In addition to more traditional markets, its main selling point is a unique form of a high-risk, high-reward feature that it calls “Points Betting.”
Read the review of Caesars Sportsbook
Caesars began making to reveal its plans for NJ sports betting in July 2018, announcing a partnership with Scientific Games. The group opened two retail sportsbooks in Atlantic City in mid-summer, and the online/mobile platform went live immediately prior to the NFL season kickoff.
Read the review of SugarHouse Sportsbook
SugarHouse Sportsbook became the third legal option when it launched in late August 2018. It’s another combo platform, rolled into the existing NJ online casino website/app under a new tab. The unified product allowed customers to use a single account across all gambling verticals. SugarHouse Sportsbook relies on a partnership with Kambi and the casino license of Golden Nugget.
Read the review of 888 Sportsbook
The new 888 Sportsbook is the most recent extension of the partnership between gaming giant 888 and casino giant Caesars. The duo has been offering NJ online gambling for years, and Caesars’ casino license carries the permit for 888’s online platforms in the state.
Read the review of BetMGM Sportsbook
The BetMGM app has been available as an NJ online casino for quite some time, but it picked up some new features. A software update revealed a sportsbook baked into the existing app, providing an all-in-one gambling platform under a single account. BetMGM is an IGT product operating under the license of Borgata, which also offers retail sports betting on property.
Read the review of theScore Sportsbook
Media company theScore entered the New Jersey market with high hopes of converting a massive user base from its media app into sports betting. While that progress has been slower than hoped, theScore remains a bit of a sleeping giant in the state. The company is partnered with Bet.Works for its app.
Hard Rock Sportsbook
Read the review of Hard Rock Sportsbook
Hard Rock partnered with GIG to bring sports betting to the property with the ubiquitous brand. The sportsbook is a smaller player in the market.
Read the review of Resorts Sportsbook
The final of the three mobile licenses available to each NJ casino becomes the self-branded app for Resorts Sportsbook. Resorts partners with DraftKings Sportsbook and Fox Bet (BetStars) to account for the other two skins under the casino’s license.
Golden Nugget, BetAmerica Sportsbooks
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NJ Sports Betting FAQ
NJ is already a forerunner for US gambling; it’s the home of Atlantic City and it has had NJ online casino games for years. It’s also the epicenter for the future of legal sports betting in the United States.
Here are some questions and answers about NJ sports betting:
Is sports betting legal in New Jersey?
Yes, sports betting is legal in New Jersey.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed NJ sports betting into law in June 2018, and the first legal bets were placed three days later. The first online/mobile sportsbooks went live in July.
Who offers NJ sports betting?
Every casino and racetrack in the state can offer sports betting, provided they are approved to do so. That includes all of the licensed Atlantic City casinos, as well the three racetracks elsewhere: Monmouth Park, The Meadowlands, and Freehold Raceway.
Monmouth Park was actually the first NJ property to introduce legal sports betting in June 2018.
Where can you bet on sports in Atlantic City?
All nine Atlantic City casinos currently offer sports betting:
- Bally’s Wild Wild West
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock AC
- Ocean Resort
Outside of Atlantic City, Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands both added sportsbooks to their existing horse betting facilities.
Is online sports betting legal in New Jersey?
Yes, online sports betting is legal in NJ. The New Jersey sports betting law includes provisions for online and mobile betting anywhere within the state’s borders. Each property can deploy as many as three individual brands, the first of which launched in August 2018.
NJ online casinos and poker sites have been operating since November 2013.
Which online sportsbooks are legal in NJ?
There are currently 14 online/mobile sportsbooks licensed for use in NJ:
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in NJ?
If you see a website with a domain ending in .eu, .lv or .ag, it is not permitted to offer sports betting to US customers. Even some sneaky .com sportsbooks are operating illegally.
The only online sportsbooks that are legal in NJ are the ones listed above, which are all licensed and regulated by the state. You should check to make sure the official DGE seal is displayed before you place a wager. It looks like this:
How did NJ sports betting become legal?
The launch of NJ sports betting signaled the end of a legal battle spanning nearly a decade.
The trouble stemmed from the state’s efforts to pass sports betting legislation starting around 2009. The ensuing court case pitted former NJ Gov. Chris Christie against the five largest US sports leagues — the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB. Newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy replaced Christie on the docket when he took office in 2018.
On the one side, NJ argued that sports betting should be a matter of states’ rights under the Tenth Amendment. On the other, the leagues cited the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 as grounds to prohibit state-regulated sports betting.
NJ went ahead and passed its sports betting bill in 2012, and the leagues promptly filed an injunction.
The state lost its initial District Court battle, then two more in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals — one before a group of three judges and another “en banc” hearing before the full panel. Each of those rulings went in the leagues’ favor, leaving NJ just one last avenue for potential relief. The state appealed to the US Supreme Court.
In a surprise move, the nation’s highest judicial body agreed to hear oral arguments from both sides in December. That alone was a small win, as SCOTUS takes up just a tiny fraction of the cases presented to it.
The decisive victory came on May 14, 2018 when SCOTUS decided broadly in favor of New Jersey, striking PASPA down in full. The 6-3 majority decision was penned by Justice Samuel Alito. You can read the full text of the SCOTUS opinion here.
Less than a month later, Gov. Murphy signed an updated NJ sports betting bill into law on June 11.