New Jersey Sports Betting

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.

NJ sports betting sites

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Here is the updated list of online and mobile sports betting platforms operating legally in NJ:

Betting SitesBonus (T&C's Apply)iOS AppAndroid AppVisit
DraftKings SportsbookUp to $1,025 in bonusesYesYesPlay Now
William HillUp to $500 free bet on depositYesYesPlay Now
BetMGM SportsbookUp to $500 on depositYesYesPlay Now
PointsBet
$250 in Free Bets On DepositYesYesPlay Now
FanDuel Sportsbook Up to $1,000 match betYesYesPlay Now
SugarHouse Sportsbook
Up to $250 on depositYesYesPlay Now
Unibet SportsbookFree $30 On Sign Up
Up To $600 Risk Free Bet On Deposit
YesYesPlay Now
Bet365Up to $100 in Bonus Credits T&Cs ApplyYesYesPlay Now
Fox Bet NJ Up to $500 risk free betYesYesPlay Now
Caesars Sportsbook$10 No Deposit & Up To $300 On DepositYesYesPlay Now
888 SportsbookUp to $500 Welcome BonusYesYesPlay Now
Golden NuggetRisk Free Bet Up To $100YesYesPlay Now
Resorts SportsbookRisk Free Bet Up To $250YesYesPlay Now
Borgata Sportsbook$100 risk-free after initial $20 betYesYesPlay Now
Hard Rock$100 risk-free betYesYesNA
BetAmerica NJUp to $500 on deposit bonusYesYesNA
theScore BetNAYesYesNA

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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:

 

PropertySupplier/PartnerSportsbook
The MeadowlandsFanDuel Sportsbook, PointsBetOpen
Borgata IGT/GVC/Stadium TechTemporary open
Bally'sScientific GamesTemporary open
CaesarsScientific GamesNone
Freehold RacewayTBATBA
Golden NuggetScientific Games/SBTechOpen
Hard Rock ACGIGTemporary open
Harrah'sScientific GamesOpen
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillOpen
Ocean Resort CasinoWilliam HillOpen
Resorts ACDraftKings/SBTechTemporary open
TropicanaWilliam HillTemporary open

DraftKings Sportsbook

Read the review of DraftKings Sportsbook

Launched August 2018

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.

FoxBet Sportsbook

Read the review of FoxBet Sportsbook

Launched September 2018

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.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Read the review of FanDuel Sportsbook

Launched September 2018

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.

Launched September 2018

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.

PointsBet

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.”

Caesars Sportsbook

Read the review of Caesars Sportsbook

Launched September 2018

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.

SugarHouse Sportsbook

Read the review of SugarHouse Sportsbook

Launched August 2018

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.

888 Sportsbook

Read the review of 888 Sportsbook

Launched September 2018

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.

BetMGM Sportsbook

Read the review of BetMGM Sportsbook

Launched August 2018

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.

theScore Sportsbook

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.

Resorts Sportsbook

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

Launched, reviews coming soon

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:

  • Borgata
  • Bally’s Wild Wild West
  • Caesars
  • Golden Nugget
  • Hard Rock AC
  • Harrah’s
  • Ocean Resort
  • Resorts
  • Tropicana

Outside of Atlantic City, Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands both added sportsbooks to their existing horse betting facilities.

Is NJ online sports betting legal?

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?

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:

NJDGE web seal

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.

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