NJ Sports Betting News & NJ Sportsbooks Online Reviews

New Jersey Sports Betting

New Jersey now has legal sports betting, thanks to a new law from June 2018. Now, there are legal sportsbooks — both at casinos and tracks and online via mobile apps around the state.

Read on for more information about legal NJ sports betting.

Latest NJ sports betting news

NJ online sportsbooks

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

Betting SitesBonus (T&C's Apply)iOS AppAndroid AppURL
DraftKings Sportsbook$25 No Deposit & Up to $500 Match BetYesYesDraftkings.com/Sportsbook
BetStars NJ Sportsbook$50 No Deposit & Up to $500 On DepositYesYesBetstarsnj.com
FanDuel SportsbookRisk Free Bet Up To $500YesYesSportsbook.Fanduel.com
888sport$10 No Deposit & Up to $500 Match BetYesYesus.888sport.com
SugarHouse Sportsbook
Up to $250 on depositYesYesPlaySugarhouse.com
CaesarsNoneYesYesCaesarsCasino.com
William Hill SportsbookNoneYesYesNA
PlayMGMNoneYesYesComing Soon

That list should grow to around 20 online sportsbooks operating in New Jersey before the end of 2018 or early in 2019.

Which NJ casinos have sportsbooks?

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:

 

PropertySupplier/PartnerSportsbook
The MeadowlandsFanDuel SportsbookOpen
BorgataIGT/GVC/Stadium TechTemporary open
Bally'sScientific GamesTemporary open
CaesarsScientific GamesNone
Freehold RacewayTBATBA
Golden NuggetSBTechOpen
Hard Rock ACGIGETA: early 2019
Harrah'sScientific GamesOpen
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillOpen
Ocean Resort CasinoWilliam HillOpen
Resorts ACSBTechTemporary open
TropicanaWilliam HillTemporary open

DraftKings Sportsbook

Launched on Aug. 1, 2018
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. The platform operates under a partnership with Kambi and the casino license of Resorts AC.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Launched on Sept. 1, 2018
Read the review of FanDuel Sportsbook

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.

BetStars Sportsbook

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.

Caesars Sportsbook

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

Launched on Aug. 23, 2018
Read the review of SugarHouse Sportsbook

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.

888 Sportsbook

Launched on Sept. 10, 2018
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.

playMGM Sportsbook

Launched on Aug. 22, 2018
Read the review of playMGM Sportsbook

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 Sportsbook

Launched on Sept. 1, 2018
Read the review of William Hill Sportsbook.

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 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.

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?

Seven of the nine Atlantic City casinos currently offer retail sports betting:

  • Borgata
  • Bally’s Wild Wild West
  • Golden Nugget
  • Harrah’s
  • Ocean Resort
  • Resorts
  • Tropicana

Caesars guests can easily use the sportsbook at Bally’s, as the two properties are connected. Hard Rock AC is the only casino not yet on the list, but plans to launch early in 2019.

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

Is NJ online sports betting legal?

Yes.

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.

Which online sportsbooks are legal in NJ?

There are currently eight 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 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.

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.