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NJ Sports Betting Goes Live in Atlantic City, Monmouth Park: What You Need To Know

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New Jersey sports betting is a reality, after years of court battles and a month trying to craft a new law to regulate the industry.

The first bets will be placed in New Jersey on Thursday morning. Emergency regulations to oversee sports betting came down on Wednesday.

Here’s the rundown of what you need to know to take part in legal NJ sports betting this week.

Where can you bet on sports in New Jersey?

On Thursday, the list of places taking wagers appears to be at two.

Monmouth Park sports betting

Monmouth Park’s William Hill sportsbook will be open for business at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, when a ceremonial first bet will be placed by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Murphy signed sports betting into law this week.)

After that, here are the hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Borgata sportsbook

Borgata in Atlantic City will also take bets on Thursday, starting at 11 a.m. It will open every day at that time.

We have fewer details about what’s going on with Borgata in terms of logistics, although it already has a racebook that is just being converted. But the property is owned by MGM — which already operates Nevada sports betting — so expect that experience to be similar to its Las Vegas properties eventually.

Other sportsbooks?

Other casinos and tracks in the state have plans to offer sports betting in the near future, but not on Thursday. Here’s a rundown of everything we know about NJ sportsbooks.

How do I place a bet in NJ?

You should probably know how to bet on sports before you start to bet on sports. Here are guides on:

What can I bet on in NJ?

We know the menu of options at Monmouth Park already. See the rundown here. Pretty much any current or future sporting event. Bettors canĀ  includes, among other options:

  • MLB games
  • The World Cup
  • The US Open
  • Upcoming UFC bouts
  • Wimbledon

The menu of wagers includes futures for the NFL, if you want to get some money down on who will win the Super Bowl.

Can you do NJ sports betting online?

Not yet. But you can soon.

The law prescribed that online wagering can’t take place until 30 days after the law was enacted. Since that took place on Monday, we’re looking at the second week of July for online wagering to go live, if everything goes smoothly.

The state already features an NJ online casino industry, so expect all of the casinos and tracks to have online and mobile wagering, as soon as it’s feasible.

Dustin Gouker
- Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.