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New Jersey now has legal sports betting, thanks to a new law from June 2018. The first legal wagers were placed just three days after Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill.
|Betting Sites||Bonus (T&C's Apply)||iOS App||Android App||URL|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||$ 25 No Deposit & Up to $200 on deposit||Yes||Yes||Draftkings.com/Sportsbook|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Up to $100 on deposit||Yes||Yes||Sportsbook.Fanduel.com|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||Up to $250 on deposit||Yes||Yes||PlaySugarhouse.com|
|BetStars Sportsbook||Up to $500 on deposit||Coming Soon||Yes||Betstarsnj.com|
|William Hill Sportsbook||None||Yes||Yes||NA|
|PlayMGM||None||Coming Soon||Yes||Coming Soon|
That list should grow to around 20 online sportsbooks operating in New Jersey before the end of 2018.
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It seems likely that every casino and racetrack in the state will move to launch sports betting when they are able.
Here is the updated chart of brick-and-mortar NJ sports betting locations, suppliers, and status:
|The Meadowlands||FanDuel Sportsbook||Open|
|Borgata||IGT/GVC/Stadium Tech||Temporary open|
|Bally's||Scientific Games||Temporary open|
|Hard Rock AC||TBA||TBA|
|Monmouth Park||William Hill||Open|
|Ocean Resort Casino||William Hill||Open|
|Resorts AC||SBTech||Temporary open|
|Tropicana||William Hill||Coming late 2018|
Here is the updated list of online and mobile sports betting platforms operating legally in NJ:
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. The platform operates under a partnership with Kambi and the casino license of Resorts AC.
FanDuel Sportsbook is the fruitage 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, just in time for football season. The FanDuel Group also operates the retail sportsbook at The Meadowlands, which carries its online gaming permit.
Launched on Sept. 13, 2018
Check back soon for a review of BetStars 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, the group deployed its BetStars brand into the US market alongside its existing PokerStarsNJ and PokerStars Casino products.
Launched on Sept. 6, 2018
Check back soon for a review of Caesars Sportsbook
Caesars began making to reveal its plans for NJ sports betting in July, 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.
SugarHouse Sportsbook became the third legal option when it launched in late August. 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.
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 icense carries the permit for 888’s online platforms in the state.
The playMGM app has been available as an NJ online casino for quite some time, but it picked up some new features in August. A software update revealed a sportsbook baked into the existing app, providing an all-in-one gambling platform under a single account. PlayMGM is an IGT product operating under the license of Borgata, which also offers retail sports betting on property.
William Hill is poised to become the 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.
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:
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.
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.
Six of the nine Atlantic City casinos currently offer sports betting:
Caesars guests can easily use the sportsbook at Bally’s, as the two properties are connected. Hard Rock AC and Tropicana are the only other NJ casinos not on the list, and both are expected to launch sports betting before the end of the year.
Outside of Atlantic City, Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands have each added sportsbooks to their existing horse betting facilities.
The NJ 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.
There are currently eight online/mobile sportsbooks licensed for use in NJ:
If you see a website with a domain ending in .eu 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:
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.