Last updated: November 23, 2021.
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. There is no other state more at the forefront of US sports betting than New Jersey, which features the most money wagered of any state. However, no other state has fought harder to reach this position than the Garden State.
Without the efforts of lawmakers and governors in New Jersey, the sports betting renaissance that the US is undergoing would not exist. In a decade-long court battle against the NCAA and professional sports leagues, NJ pushed to end a ban on sports betting outside of Nevada and a handful of other states with limited sports betting products. In May 2018, the federal ban on sports betting met its end when the US Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional in a 6-3 vote. New Jersey quickly facilitated legal sports betting just four weeks later and the first bet was placed on June 14, 2018, at Monmouth Park Racetrack.
Some consider New Jersey to be the new capital of sports betting in the US. No other state accepts more wagers on sporting events than the Garden State — not even Nevada. There are now more than a dozen online sportsbooks active in the NJ sports betting market, and more are set to debut soon. With so much at play in NJ sports betting, here’s a comprehensive look at the market, the apps, and its effect on the industry.
NJ sports betting sites
Sports betting apps in NJ 2021
With up to three brands per licensee in New Jersey, the market in the state is expected to be one of the largest in the US. Here is how all the online operators in the state compare:
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.
A major player in the global gaming scheme, Bet365 first touched down in NJ via a retail sportsbook partnership with Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City in 2019. The company followed that up with the launch of its own online book in partnership with Playtech in August 2020.
Penn National Gaming purchased a 36% stake in digital media company Barstool Sports in January 2020. Online and mobile sportsbooks bearing the Barstool brand name have since been unveiled and are now available in nine states. Barstool Sportsbook launched in the Garden State in August 2021 off of the license of Freehold Raceway, which is jointly owned by Penn National and Greenwood Racing.
The BetMGM app has been available as an NJ online casino for quite some time, formerly as PlayMGM, 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 Sportsbook is an Entain product operating under the license of Borgata, which also offers retail sports betting on property.
Betway, part of the Super Group family, is an online gaming company with a presence in a number of overseas markets. The company has entered the legal US sports betting marketplace with successful launches in four states to date. Betway made its debut in NJ in August 2021, just in time for the 2021 NFL season, off of a deal with Golden Nugget AC. It’s also available in Colorado, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
Borgata made history as the first Atlantic City sportsbook to accept a legal sports wager in June 2018, and the retail sportsbook operation has been significantly upgraded since then. Part of the MGM family, Borgata Sports launched its online and mobile sports betting platform in the Garden State in May 2019.
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 its migrated to SBTech) and the casino license of Resorts AC.
Caesars began 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 2018 NFL season kickoff. Caesars provides services for multiple properties in NJ including Tropicana, Caesars, and Monmouth Park.
FanDuel Sportsbook is the product of an acquisition by Flutter Entertainment 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, and Bally’s Casino.
FOX Bet Sportsbook
A sister site to FanDuel, FOX Bet is a product of a partnership between The Stars Group and FOX Sports. TSG is now a part of Flutter, and it has a long-standing partnership with Resorts Casino AC. In September 2019, the group deployed its newly acquired FOX Bet brand into the US market alongside its existing PokerStars NJ and Stars Casino products.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook
A physical sportsbook opened at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City in July 2018, but the online and mobile launch took some time. In partnership with SBTech, the company launched its app the following February. On the casino side, the online offering from Golden Nugget is a market leader in NJ.
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 and works in tandem with an attached online casino. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened on the boardwalk in June 2018, but sports betting didn’t arrive on site (or online) until 2019.
PointsBet is an Australian company that arrived in New Jersey sports betting market in early 2019. It partnered with Meadowlands Racetrack 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.
The final of the three mobile sportsbook licenses available to each NJ casino became the self-branded app for Resorts Sportsbook. Resorts partners with DraftKings Sportsbook and FOX Bet to account for the other two skins under the casino’s license.
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. However, it splits its online gambling license between two properties: Monmouth Park for sports betting and Golden Nugget for online casino.
SuperBook has been a major player on the Las Vegas sports betting scene since first opening its doors in 1986. The company has started to spread its wings into the world of online and mobile sports betting in other states. After a successful launch in Colorado in the latter part of 2020, SuperBook NJ debuted in September 2021 off of the license of Meadowlands Racetrack.
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.
Tipico, a recognized market leader in Germany, made its US debut with a launch in NJ in December 2020. The company gained market access off of a second skin deal with Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City. Tipico has headquartered its US operations in Hoboken and has plans in the works for expansion into other states, including Colorado.
BetAmerica debuted its online sportsbook in NJ in early February 2019, just in time for the Super Bowl. It changed its name to TwinSpires in 2021 as part of a larger rebranding of the app. The sportsbook is powered by SBTech and gained access to the market off of the Golden Nugget license. TwiNSpires is a member of the Churchill Downs Inc. family, a company with a number of casino and racetrack properties under its umbrella.
Unibet, part of the Kindred Group, is a big name in global gaming circles. Its first US online sportsbook debuted in NJ in September 2019 off of its deal with Hard Rock Casino, and it has since launched in other states. Kambi is its US tech partner and powers the Unibet platform.
WynnBet debuted its mobile sportsbook and casino offering in NJ in August 2020. The company, best known for its iconic casino properties in Las Vegas, gained access to the market via a deal with Caesars. Behind the scenes, WynnBet is powered by BetBull Limited.
Is sports betting legal in New Jersey?
Yes, sports betting is legal in New Jersey. After a long, drawn-out court battle, 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 sportsbooks went live in August 2018. DraftKings Sportsbook kicked things off and was followed quickly by a slew of apps. The market now encompasses close to two dozen online operators and 12 retail books. Here is the current list of online and mobile sports betting platforms operating legally in NJ, including the ones expected to launch and their partnerships.
|Online Sportsbook||Visit||Licensed Partner||Tech Supplier||Year Launched||Integrated Casino?||Integrated Poker?|
|888 Sports||NA||Caesars Interactive||Kambi||2018||Yes||Yes|
|Bally Bets||Not Live||Bally's Casino||TBD||ETA Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|Bet365||Play Now||Hard Rock Casino||Bet365 / Playtech||2019||Yes||No|
|BetMGM||Play Now||Borgata Casino||Roar / Entain||2018||Yes||Yes|
|Betway||NA||Golden Nugget AC||Betway||2021||Yes||No|
|Borgata Sports||Play Now||Borgata Casino||Roar / Entain||2019||Yes||Yes|
|Caesars||Play Now||Caesars Interactive||Scientific Games||2018||Yes||No|
|DraftKings||Play Now||Resorts Digital||Kambi / SBTech||2018||Yes||No|
|Esports Entertainment||Not Live||Bally's Casino||TBD||ETA Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|FanDuel||Play Now||The Meadowlands||Flutter / IGT||2018||Yes||No|
|Fox Bet||Play Now||Resorts Digital||TSG||2018||Yes||Yes|
|Fubo Sportsbook||Not Live||Caesars Interactive||TBD||ETA Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|Golden Nugget||Play Now||Golden Nugget AC||SBTech / Sci Games||2019||Yes||No|
|Hard Rock||Play Now||Hard Rock Casino||GIG||2019||Yes||No|
|Maxim Bet||Not Live||Caesars Interactive||Carousel Group||ETA 2021||Unknown||Unknown|
|PlayUP||Not Live||Freehold Raceway||PlayUP||2021||Coming soon||No|
|PointsBet||Play Now||The Meadowlands||PointsBet||2018||Coming soon||No|
|Resorts||Play Now||Resorts Digital||SBTech||2019||Yes||No|
|Sporttrade||Not Live||Bally's Casino||TBD||ETA Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|SugarHouse||Play Now||Monmouth Park||Rush Street / Kambi||2018||Yes||No|
|TheScore Bet||NA||Monmouth Park||Bet.Works||2019||Coming soon||No|
|Tipico||NA||Ocean Casino||Tipico||2020||Coming soon||No|
|TwinSpires||NA||Golden Nugget AC||SBTech / Sci Games||2019||Yes||No|
|Unibet||Play Now||Hard Rock Casino||Kambi||2019||Yes||No|
|WynnBet||Play Now||Caesars Interactive||BetBull||2020||Yes||No|
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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 2017. 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, Murphy signed an updated NJ sports betting bill into law on June 11, 2018.
Licensing and taxes in NJ
When SCOTUS opened the door for individual states to legalize sports betting in May 2018, New Jersey was one of the first states to jump into action. Murphy signed off on legislation in June, and he also placed the first legal bet in the state just a few days later.
The passage of legislation opened the doors for the state’s casinos and racetracks to have physical sportsbooks onsite. Online and mobile betting gained official approval later that summer. You can place wagers on professional and college sports, with the exception of college games taking place in the state or involving in-state programs. Betting on high school sports and esports is also prohibited under NJ law. No integrity fees were included in the legislation, but it did specifically outline how the state would handle taxes on betting.
- Casinos pay 8.5% on land-based wagers and 13% on electronic wagers.
- Racetracks are subject to the same, plus an additional 1.25% on electronic wagers.
- All US sports bets are also subject to federal taxes of 0.25%.
The casinos and racetracks can have up to three mobile skins operating off their license, which costs $100K at issue. Internet gambling licenses carry a price tag of $400K as well as an additional $250K for responsible gambling fees. The initial cost has been far from a deterrent, as the biggest names in the legal sports betting industry have all set up shop in the state.
Sports betting deals in NJ
In a number of legal states, there has been a growing trend of sportsbooks teaming up with local sports teams for promotions. It’s another means of capturing attention in competitive markets, and a method that can prove to be quite effective. Here in New Jersey, there’s just a single pro team bearing the state’s name in the New Jersey Devils, but both the New York Giants and New York Jets play home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. All three clubs have various deals in place with sportsbooks:
- DraftKings/Giants: DraftKings is the official sports betting, online gambling, and daily fantasy partner of the team and can host a virtual sports lounge on game days.
- BetMGM/Jets: Branded studio for pre- and post-game coverage, signage across team assets and a free-to-play game for fans.
- Caesars/Devils: Branded club on concourse level of arena and signage throughout.
- FanDuel/Devils: A presence on TV broadcasts of Devils games.
- Unibet/Devils: Advertising spots on team radio broadcasts and arena signage.
The Garden State has been a success story in the early years of legal sports betting. While its close proximity to NYC has certainly helped, there’s also an ingrained gambling culture in the state via its lengthy history with casinos and racetracks. It will be interesting to see how long New Jersey can stay atop the charts as additional states come online with legal betting.
Which NJ casinos have sportsbooks?
In the wake of the US Supreme Court decision in May 2018, operators were quick to act in the Garden State. Monmouth Park Sportsbook by Caesars (formerly William Hill) accepted the first legal wager the following month. Today, you can find a retail sportsbook at each of the operating NJ casinos and racetracks. The majority of casino sportsbooks are in Atlantic City. Here are the details on where you can bet in person in New Jersey, as well as the partnerships that link each sportsbook brand to its corresponding license holder.
|Casino / Racetrack||Owner / Operator||Location||Retail Brand||Tech Supplier||Year Opened|
|Bally's Casino||Bally's Corporation||Atlantic City||FanDuel||IGT / Flutter||2020|
|Borgata Casino Hotel||MGM Resorts||Atlantic City||BetMGM||IGT||2018|
|Caesars Casino AC||Caesars Entertainment||Atlantic City||William Hill||William Hill||2018|
|Freehold Raceway||Greenwood Racing Inc.||Freehold||Parx||Kambi||2020|
|Golden Nugget AC||Landry's Inc.||Atlantic City||Golden Nugget||SBTech / Sci Games||2018|
|Hard Rock Hotel & Casino||Hard Rock International||Atlantic City||Hard Rock||GIG||2019|
|Harrah's Casino AC||Caesars Entertainment||Atlantic City||William Hill||William Hill||2018|
|Monmouth Park||NJ Sports & Exposition Authority||Oceanport||William Hill||William Hill||2018|
|Ocean Casino||Luxor Capital Group||Atlantic City||William Hill||William Hill||2018|
|Resorts Casino||Mohegan Sun||Atlantic City||DraftKings||SBTech||2018|
|The Meadowlands||NJ Sports & Exposition Authority||East Rutherford||FanDuel||IGT / Flutter||2018|
|Tropicana Casino||Caesars Entertainment||Atlantic City||William Hill||William Hill||2019|
BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar at Borgata
- Address: 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-317-1000
- Hours: Monday to Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, noon to midnight.
An 8,000-square-foot space with a huge LED video wall is among the highlights. There’s on-site food and beverage service, tellers and kiosks, and a VIP lounge in addition to dozens of other screens and seats. The original racebook remains in place and is only a few steps away from the larger sportsbook bar.
DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Casino Hotel
- Address: 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-340-6300
- Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The entrance to the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts is just steps away from the Atlantic City boardwalk. It’s a 5,000-square-foot space with an ultra-HD video wall. Amenities include a bar and pub fare, VIP seating areas, and kiosks available 24 hours a day.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally’s
- Address: 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-340-2000
- Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight.
FanDuel debuted at Bally’s Casino with a temporary kiosk on the casino floor, but the permanent book opened its doors a few weeks later. There’s a trio of video walls, teller and kiosk service, pub-style food, and beverage options that include a self-pour beer wall.
FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands
- Address: 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ
- Telephone: 877-689-0662
- Hours: Sunday to Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack is located in the northern portion of the state in close proximity to New York City. It’s a sprawling spot with comfortable seating options, lots of screens, tellers and kiosks, and food and beverage service.
Hard Rock Sportsbook
- Address: 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-449-1000
- Hours: Monday to Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The sportsbook at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located on the northern side of the casino and close to food and beverage options. It’s a smaller space in comparison to other books in AC, but there are still plenty of seats and screens, as well as tellers and kiosks for wagering.
Monmouth Park Sportsbook by Caesars
- Address: 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ
- Telephone: 732-222-5100
- Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight.
In the central part of the state, Caesars operates the book at Monmouth Park Racetrack, which has live horse racing on weekends during the spring and summer months. The sportsbook has teller and kiosk service, plenty of seats and screens, and onsite food and beverage.
Parx Sportsbook at Freehold Raceway
- Address: 130 Park Ave., Freehold, NJ
- Telephone: 732-462-3800
- Hours: Monday to Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There’s live harness racing and simulcasting at Freehold Raceway, as well as a Parx Sportsbook. Visitors will find food and beverage options, tellers and kiosks, and an assortment of seats and screens to take in all of the action.
The Sportsbook at Golden Nugget
- Address: 600 Huron Ave., Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-441-2000
- Hours: Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Located off the main atrium of the casino, the Sportsbook at Golden Nugget Casino Hotel boasts dozens of TVs, five video walls, a full bar and pub eats. There are seats and screens on site, and 24-hour kiosk betting available.
William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort
- Address: 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-783-8000
- Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight.; Friday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight.
The William Hill Sportsbook is located in the middle of the casino at Ocean Casino Resort. The 7,500-square-foot venue features a large bar area, a panoramic video wall, live sports ticker, comfortable seating options, and both teller and kiosk service.
Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s Resort
- Address: 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-441-5000
- Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight.
Harrah’s is one of three AC casinos not located directly on the boardwalk. The Caesars sportsbook is a 3,800-square-foot space with various seating options, lots of screens, and food provided by AC Burger Co.
Caesars Sportsbook at Tropicana
- Address: 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-340-4000
- Hours: Sunday to Monday, 9 a.m. to midnight.; Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight.; Friday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Caesars also handles the sportsbook at Tropicana Casino, a popular destination on the AC boardwalk now owned by Caesars Entertainment. There’s seating for 180 guests, a massive odds board and video wall, and teller and kiosk services. The book is conveniently located near various food and beverage options.
Caesars Sportsbook at Wild Wild West Casino
- Address: 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City
- Telephone: 609-348-4411
- Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to midnight.
Just steps away from the AC boardwalk is the Wild Wild West, which was formerly part of Bally’s. It’s now the sportsbook for Caesars Atlantic City Casino & Hotel, which is adjacent to the property. Highlights include a massive video wall, and various seating options including reservable fan caves. It is one of the biggest sportsbooks in the state.
How to start betting in NJ
Getting started with online and mobile betting in New Jersey is a quick and simple process. After scouting out legal places to play, just follow the steps below, and you can be placing bets shortly.
1. Sign up with a legal sportsbook
After choosing a place to play, you’ll need to complete the registration process. You can do this online or via the app. As you sign up, you’ll need to provide the following information:
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Last four digits of Social Security number
Once you’ve entered all of your information, you’ll need to verify that everything is correct; then you’ll accept the terms and conditions. If you register online, be sure to download the app for your device. After you’ve logged in on mobile for the first time, you’ll have access to both spots.
2. Review bonus offers
The competitive marketplace is outstanding news for consumers in New Jersey. Sportsbooks are seeking to attract as many customers as possible, and they’ll often lean on sign-up and bonus offers as a way to get customers in the door. Here are some of the more popular deals:
- Deposit bonus: Some sportsbooks will match your first deposit up to a certain amount, such as 20% up to the limit of the offer or a straight dollar-for-dollar match up to a maximum amount. The bonus funds will typically have a playthrough requirement attached.
- Risk-free bet: After you sign up and make an initial deposit, some sportsbooks will let you place your first wager in risk-free fashion. If you place a bet and it loses, you’ll receive the amount of your wager back in the form of site credits. The offer has a maximum limit, and you’ll have to wager the credited funds on the site.
- Free bets: These are free funds for your account that you can use to place wagers. After signing up, you’ll get site credits that you can wager just like real money. The free bets are not eligible for withdrawal, but any winnings are yours.
Promotional offers don’t usually end at the sign-up stage. Many sportsbooks provide a regular array of incentives. Included on the list are odds boosts and parlay insurance. An odds boost offers the chance for enhanced returns on a specific wager, while parlay insurance covers you if you miss one choice on a multi-leg wager.
3. Fund your account
Once your account is good to go, you’ll need funds to play with. Online sportsbooks have dedicated sections for the cashier, typically located near the account area. Exact options will vary, but here are some of the most commonly available banking methods:
- Online banking
- Credit and debit cards
- Prepaid cards
Note that not all methods are available for both deposits and withdrawals. The top books generally have a decent number of selections, so there’s a good chance that you’ll find an option that works for you. From start to finish, you can complete the sign-up process in minutes. Sportsbooks invest heavily on the tech side, with the goal of providing a seamless experience for users. Many of them have managed to deliver.
Sports betting options
After you’re all signed up and ready to go, you’ll have plenty of options to explore. The menu at online sportsbooks runs deep with choices for both bets you can place and sports you can wager on. For bets, here are the most popular ways to wager:
- Moneyline: Just pick which side you think will win. Odds will be negative for the favorite and positive for the underdog.
- Point spread: You can take the favorite minus the points or the underdog plus the points. The side you choose has to cover the spread.
- Totals: This is a bet on the total score of a game. Oddsmakers set the bar with an estimate, and bettors can wager if the actual total will be over or under that line.
- Props: These are side wagers on things that might or might not happen during a game. Many of the most popular props revolve around player performance.
- Live betting: You can bet in real time after the game starts as the action plays out. It’s a fast-moving market in which the odds and offerings will be based on what’s happening.
- Parlays: Combine multiple selections on a single slip. The potential return rises with each choice that you add, but your odds of winning get longer as well.
- Futures: The futures market affords bettors the chance to make predictions on a long-term result, such as the winner of the next Super Bowl.
When it comes to markets available for wagering, the most popular attractions are the major North American team-based sports, followed by the top individual competitions.
- NCAA football
- NCAA basketball
You’ll have no trouble finding odds and lines for all of the above at legal sportsbooks. The NFL attracts the most overall volume, followed by the NBA. The majority of books also offer a range of smaller sports. Exact options will vary and could include the following:
- Australian rules football
- Formula One
- International team sports
- Table tennis
In short, you will not lack for options at legal sportsbooks. If you’re just interested in the major sports and simple bets, you’ll be covered. For those who like to explore different events and more exotic wagers, the same applies. For instance, Oscars betting is legal in New Jersey, too.
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 since 2013. 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:
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in NJ?
No. 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:
Who offers NJ sports betting?
Every casino and racetrack in the state can offer sports betting, provided they are approved to do so by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement. That includes all of the licensed Atlantic City casinos, as well as the three racetracks elsewhere: Monmouth Park, The Meadowlands, and Freehold Raceway.
Where can you bet on sports in Atlantic City?
All nine Atlantic City casinos currently offer sports betting:
- Caesars / Wild Wild West
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock AC
- Ocean Casino Resort
Outside of Atlantic City, Monmouth Park, The Meadowlands, and Freehold 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 18 online/mobile sportsbooks licensed for use in NJ as of 2021:
- 888 Sportsbook
- BetMGM Bonus Code NJ
- Borgata Sports
- Caesars Sportsbook Promo Code NJ
- DraftKings Promo Code NJ
- FanDuel Promo Code NJ
- FOX Bet Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget Sportsbook
- Hard Rock Sportsbook
- PointsBet Sportsbook
- Resorts Sportsbook
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- theScore Sportsbook
- Tipico Sports
- Unibet Sportsbook