NJ Sports Betting: The Best New Jersey Has to Offer
From the Final Four to Fantasy Football, the Kentucky Derby to the Monaco Grand Prix, the Super Bowl to the Olympic Games, New Jersey is the place to enjoy the thrill of sports betting.
With a history dating back to 19th-Century horse-race tracks, sports betting has faced a long road to legality in New Jersey, the obstacles ranging from constitutional bans to constitutional amendments, to legal challenges--and all the way to the US Supreme Court.
Nevertheless, with a few restrictions, sports betting is now completely legal in New Jersey.
Sportsbooks operate at numerous Atlantic City casinos and several authorized racetracks.
Additionally, New Jersey’s laws allowing online gambling apply to sports betting. Major casinos and sportsbooks all operate websites and mobile apps which you can use to legally place bets anywhere in the state.
Can You Place Bets Online in New Jersey?
You bet you can!
Online sports betting has been completely legal within the State of New Jersey (outside of a few restrictions) since 2018.
Online gambling was made legal by an act of the New Jersey State Legislature and the Governor’s signature in 2013.
It was several years before this law applied to sports betting, but online sports betting is now legal in New Jersey due to a combination of:
- A 2011 amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution, allowing sports betting.
- the 2013 law allowing online gambling.
- 2012 and 2018 New Jersey State laws allowing sports betting.
- the 2018 overturning of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) by the US Supreme Court.
Online sports bets may be placed using an authorized website or app, operating under the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) license of an authorized Atlantic City casino or racetrack.
The servers operating the website or app must also be located on the premises of a licensed Atlantic City casino or racetrack.
To legally place an online sports bet, you must be over the age of 21 (verified by an identity check) and physically located within the state of New Jersey (as verified by GPS tracking).
have to be a New Jersey resident or a US citizen, however, and visitors over the age of 21 are welcome to place bets as long as it’s from within the State of New Jersey.
Plus, you can add or withdraw funds from your NJ online sports-betting account from anywhere in the world.
NJ Guide to Sports Betting Online
Online sports betting has been legal since 2018, when obstacles to state constitutional and legislative law were removed by the overturning of the Federal law, PASPA.
Just like land-based sportsbooks, NJ online sportsbooks offer many types of bets on nearly all sporting events.
To bet online at an online sportsbook, you must first create and fund an account. The account will confirm your identity with your Social Security number (or the last four digits).
You can fund your account by a number of methods, including ACH, credit card, PayPal, or wire transfer.
Before you bet, the app or website must confirm that you are located within the state of New Jersey using GPS geo-location.
Once you’ve passed verification, your new account should be accessible via the desktop browser, mobile, and even the land-based version of the sportsbook. You can even fund your online account by cash at the land-based sportsbook.
NJ Online Sports-Betting Bonuses
Most NJ online sportsbooks offer bonuses to new players, available when you first create an account and authenticate it with an identity check.
Bonuses come in a number of different types, including:
Note that upon first creating your account, you have a time window in which to fund it and to place your bets before the bonus expires.
- Free bets
- Free betting money with no deposit required
- Deposit-matching for first-time depositors.
The most popular sportsbooks in New Jersey include:
These sportsbooks tend to have the most aggressive new-account bonuses:
It’s important to understand how sports bets work, and what bets the bonus applies to, so you don’t make a mistake. Some bonuses may only apply to bets unsuitable for your gaming goals.
As such, NJ online sportsbooks offer the opportunity to place no-risk bets
to learn how sports betting works and which bets you prefer, before you bet real money.
NJ Sports-Betting Apps
Quick Glossary of NJ Online Sports-Betting Terms
- Action. What you’ve wagered on the game. E.g., “Do you have any action on this game?” “Yes, I’ve $500 on the Broncos to cover the spread.”
- Favorite. The player or contestant considered likely to win a game or contest. E.g., “The odds on that horse are low because he’s the favorite to win.”
- Dog. The player or contestant considered unlikely to win a game or contest, short for “underdog.” E.g., “The odds on the challenger are high because he’s the dog.”
- Total. The predicted number of points scored during the game by all contestants. E.g., “The total for the game is predicted to be 105 points.”
- Over. A number of points higher than the predicted total which can be bet on. E.g., “I’m betting on three points over, 108 points.”
- Under. A number of points lower than the predicted total which can be bet on. E.g., “I’m betting on three points under, 102 points.”
- Spread. A number of points that must be subtracted from the favorite’s total or added to the dog’s total to make the odds “even.” E.g., “The Broncos are favored to win over the Chargers with a -3 spread.”
- Cover. The act of earning enough points to account for the spread. E.g., “The Broncos will have to win by three to cover the spread.”
- Odds. The likelihood of an outcome. Betting on more unlikely outcomes (e.g. “high odds”) usually entitles you to more money if you bet on that outcome and win. E.g., “There’s only a one-in-five chance that the Chargers will win, so the book’s offering 4/1 odds.”
- Line. A margin of a team’s handicap, formed by combining the spread and the odds.
- Push. A tie game that results in the bettors’ bets being returned. “I got my money back in a push when the game ended in a draw.”
Best Sportsbooks in New Jersey
Wondering where you can place sports bets in New Jersey? Here are the top New Jersey sportsbooks, both brick-and-mortar as well as online, organized by license:
Sports betting at Monmouth Park dates back to its founding in 1870. This racetrack was the most enthusiastic about the reinstatement of sports betting, and in June of 2018 accepted the first legal NJ sports bets in over 25 years.
Sportsbooks operating in NJ under the Monmouth Park license include:
The Monmouth Park Sportsbook by William Hill
Launched July 14, 2018
175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Hours of Operation:
The first brick-and-mortar sportsbook in the state is powered by William Hill, a behemoth based in the UK that operates 115 Vegas sportsbooks, along with one-quarter of the sportsbooks on the British Isles.
The 15 ticket booths are supplemented by kiosks to provide one of the smoothest betting experiences of any land-based sportsbook.
Monmouth Park had built a $3 million sports-betting lounge well before the US Supreme Court overturned Federal bans on sports betting.
William Hill Sportsbook
Online - Launched September 2, 2018
In addition to the land-based sportsbook at Monmouth Park, William Hill uses their deal with the racetrack to license its own online sportsbook.
The app, fifth to the market, was first available only on Android, but debuted on iOS shortly thereafter.
The beta version was pared-down, with few options and features. The app has undergone numerous updates and now rivals its competitors in its online betting UX.
Play SugarHouse Sportsbook
Online - Launched October 23, 2018
The SugarHouse sportsbook initially launched under the Golden Nugget license, but switched to Monmouth Park shortly thereafter.
The third sportsbook app to the market, SugarHouse distinguishes itself via a proprietary platform with additional functionality licensed from Kambi.
SugarHouse has carved out a niche in a competitive NJ online gambling market by focusing on sports betting, offering NJ bettors a robust online sportsbook experience.
Monmouth Park may have the history, but the Meadowlands Sports Complex has the “wow” factor.
It is perfectly positioned to lead the pack in NJ sports betting due to its state-of-the-art racetrack, proximity to Manhattan, and partnership with industry leader FanDuel.
FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands
1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Launched July 14, 2018
Hours of operation:
While the Monmouth Park sportsbook got off to a later start, FanDuel’s brick-and-mortar sportsbook at the Meadowlands nipped at its heels with a temporary sportsbook that opened in July 2018.
Temporary or not, the FanDuel sportsbook at The Meadowlands features an impressive 5,300 square feet of gaming space with 15 betting windows, 60 TV screens, and a capacity for 500 bettors with individual monitors at each table.
Online - Launched September 1, 2018
Befitting its dominant status, FanDuel did not rush its NJ online sportsbook to market. The giant took its time to get it right.
The result was a polished product with industry-best UX, and the biggest launch of any online sportsbook.
Available in desktop, iOS, and Android format, this platform offers in-house UI design and GAN-powered account management.
Online - Launched January 17, 2019
Based in Australia, PointsBet offers standard online sports betting, plus its own proprietary “PointsBetting” system, a high-risk, high-reward form of wager.
Available for Android or iOS.
CG Technology Sportsbook
OnlineLaunched: Coming Soon
Long the top land-based casino in Atlantic City, Borgata dove head-first into the online gambling market upon legalization.
When sports betting became legal, Borgata set a goal to launch the first casino sportsbook in Atlantic City.
Borgata Race & Sportsbook
1 Borgata Way, Borgata Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Launched June 14, 2018
Hours of operation:
Monday–Friday: Opens 11am
Saturday–Sunday: Opens 9am
Closing hours based on sports programming.
Borgata achieved its first-to-market goal with the June 2018 launch of the Borgata Race & Sports Book.
Originally called the “Racebook,” the sportsbook occupies a swank lounge by the poker parlor with ten betting windows, a wall of TV monitors, and 100 seats, each featuring its own table-mounted monitor.
Online - Launched August 22, 2018
Like its Borgata-branded sister site, the BetMGM online sportsbook is the product of a partnership with British sports-betting giant GVC and its ambitious plan for US expansion. Both sites are also IGT-powered.
Operating in NJ under the Borgata license, the BetMGM platform is nevertheless as robust as you would expect it to be from the titan of Nevada gaming, on both Android and iOS.
Newer on the Boardwalk, the Ocean Resort was constructed on the site of the short-lived Revel. It opened for business on the same day as the Hard Rock Casino and has quickly moved to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with in NJ gambling.
William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Resort
500 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Launched June 28, 2018
Hours of operation:
Chairman Bruce Deifik wanted to outdo every other sportsbook on the Boardwalk. It’s hard not to concede that he did it.
The William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Resort is a marvel. $6 million in the making, it anchors the casino right in the center of the gaming floor.
The 7,500-square-foot space features multiple bars with device charging stations, a 360-degree wall of TV screens, and seven betting windows with kiosks. It’s the place to bet on sports in style.
Smaller and more luxurious than many of its neighbors, the Golden Nugget is a favorite land-based casino featuring a world-class sportsbook.
Golden Nugget really
rules the roost online. No casino has gone for broke with its online presence quite like the Golden Nugget.
Wielding its license like a hammer, Golden Nugget has left its online competitors in the dust.
The SportsBook at the Golden Nugget
600 Huron Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Launched August 15, 2018
Hours of operation:
The 173-capacity SportsBook makes its bones as the “Uber fan cave”—small, but luxurious and rich in ambiance, featuring leather club chairs with charging stations and festive bar tables.
Located next to Michael Patrick Brasserie, the SportsBook makes the most of its space with TV screens on nearly every square inch of wall space--on both sides.
NOTE: Since the owner of the Golden Nugget also has an interest in the Houston Rockets, you cannot
bet on NBA games at the SportsBook at the Golden Nugget.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook
Online - Launched February 19, 2019
Some apps are stripped-down and beautiful; others are crowded with information. The Golden Nugget online sportsbook somehow manages to be both.
With this kind of attention to UI, it’s easy to see why Golden Nugget dominates the online gambling market.
Again, NBA bets cannot be placed due to the owner’s conflict of interest. The Golden Nugget online sportsbook nevertheless distinguishes itself with secure banking options and “Parlay Boost” bonuses, which increase your payout if you win a qualifying parlay bet.
OnlineLaunched February 7, 2019
The brainchild of Kentucky racetrack managers Churchill Downs, Inc., BetAmerica launched in partnership with SBTech.
Only recently launched on iOS, Android users have enjoyed BetAmerica’s rich set of features since its 2019 launch.
Resorts scored two big coups in its pursuit of high-profile partnerships.
The first was a deal with PokerStars, allowing Resorts to dominate the NJ online poker market. It also opened the door for a unique sports-betting partnership with FOX Sports.
The other was with DraftKings, a beast of a sportsbook already dominant in the Daily Fantasy Sports space.
Resorts Casino Hotel Sports Book
1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Launched August 15, 2018
Hours of operation:
Resorts established a temporary sportsbook at its land-based location, with a permanent sportsbook in progress.
Online - Launched August 6, 2018
DraftKings had already been building its online sportsbook team before PASPA had even been overturned.
When sports betting became legal, the notoriously aggressive company pounced, partnering with Kambi and achieving first-to-market status among NJ online sportsbooks.
It’s no worse for the rush—DraftKings online is a force to be reckoned with, a top-notch online sportsbook with flexible design and more control than its competitors.
FOX Bet NJ
Online - Launched September 13, 2018
FOX Bet is a subsidiary of PokerStars, as well as a partner of FOX Sports.
Newer to the sports betting space, the brand launched in Europe several years before its NJ debut under the license of PokerStars’ partner Resorts.
With this team of giants, you expect great things from an online sportsbook. FOX Bet NJ doesn’t disappoint. It has the features, bonuses, gameplay, and UI you would expect of major players like PokerStars and FOX.
Resorts Casino Sports
Online - Launched January 31, 2019
Resorts’ own-branded sportsbook on iOS and Android is overstuffed and a little bit of an information overload.
Once you get the hang of it, however, it’s easy to love how cram-packed with features this app is. Every bet you could possibly want to make can be placed on this platform.
Caesars knows how to run a sportsbook. They should do, too; they run a dozen of them in Nevada. After PASPA was overturned, Caesars was expected to hit NJ sports betting like a ton of bricks.
They haven’t disappointed, making an early splash with two brick-and-mortar sportsbooks and two online sportsbooks, including one co-branded with online gambling mavens 888.
The Book at Bally’s Wild Wild West Sportsbook
1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Launched July 30, 2018
Hours of operation:
Betting at the Book at Bally’s is like betting at a movie theater, seated in one of thirty leather lounge chairs arranged in front of three massive cinema screens and five smaller screens.
With chargers available at every seat, no wonder their motto is “Seats to Beat the Stadium.”
Bally’s Wild Wild West is a great place to bet on sports for fans of Caesar’s Total Rewards loyalty program.
The Book at Harrah’s
777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Launched August 1, 2018
Hours of operation:
The 296-capacity permanent sportsbook at Harrah’s features an L-shaped layout and 50 comfortable leather club chairs, a twelve-seater table top rail, and six high-top tables.
The space also features two “fan caves”—VIP nooks with high-top tables that you can reserve in advance.
The Book at Harrah’s offers a full food-and-drink menu and access to Caesars Total Rewards.
Caesars Online Sportsbook
Online - Launched September 6, 2018
Caesars integrated their sportsbook into their online casino app. You can find it on a tab in the app, labeled “sports.”
With it, you can earn Caesars Total Rewards by placing sports bets online.
888 Sport NJ
Online - Launched September 10, 2018
This British gambling company partnered with Kambi to launch their own online sportsbook, separate from its relationship with Caesars but still operating under the Caesars New Jersey license.
One of the most popular sportsbooks in the world, the 888 Sport New Jersey platform features high-end graphics and a sleek, immersive UI.
The Hard Rock is one of the newest casinos on the Boardwalk. As such, it entered a crowded sports-betting market with something to prove.
Hard Rock is also emphasizing online sports betting, with its own sportsbook and skins coming from partnerships with Unibet NJ and bet365 NJ.
Hard Rock Atlantic City Sportsbook
1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Launched January 30, 2019
The 3,800 square-foot sportsbook at Hard Rock features a full-service bar, 50 seats, and 60 TV screens with an appealing “man cave” vibe.
Hard Rock Casino Sportsbook
Online - Launched January 29, 2019
Hard Rock integrated its online sportsbook into its existing online platform, making cash deposits and Wild Card Rewards balances interchangeable.
With a simple but effective UI, the Hard Rock online sportsbook offers competitive pricing and a commitment to getting it right, quickly.
Deposit Methods for NJ Sports-Betting Venues
NJ sports-betting venues offer a variety of methods to place bets or fund betting accounts, including but not limited to …
Short for “automated clearing house,” ACH is a kind of digital e-check which pairs your gambling account with a checking or savings account by the routing and account numbers.
It is a fast, cheap way to fund a gambling account or place a bet.
Credit Card or Debit Card
Websites, apps, and land-based sportsbooks accept bets and account funding by credit or debit cards, from major issuers like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Payments fund immediately when the transaction clears.
PayPal is one of the oldest, most trusted online wallets. If you have a balance in your PayPal account, you can use it to fund your bets online or at the land-based sportsbook.
You can also use PayPal as a portal to fund bets by credit card, debit card, or e-check.
Cash in Person at the Sportsbook
A land-based sportsbook will accept cash bets at a kiosk or the sportsbook desk.
Cash at 7-Eleven
You can also fund an online sportsbook account with cash at a 7-Eleven using the “PayNearMe” service. PayNearMe may be used to pay other bills by cash as well.
Neteller and Skrill
Neteller and Skrill are online wallets that may be good options in the event that your credit card is declined. However, fees tend to be higher than with PayPal or direct credit card charges.
Wire transfers are outdated forms of electronic payment using the telephone line to authorize funds transfers. With higher fees and longer transfer times than ACH, they are rarely a preferred method of bet funding.
NJ Sports-Betting History
Whereas casino gambling faced very few hurdles to legality in New Jersey, sports betting faced a long and complicated road—one involving many titans of New Jersey politics and a legal battle that ultimately went all the way to the Supreme Court.
Horserace betting in New Jersey dates back to the Freehold Raceway in the 1830s, where the Monmouth County Agricultural Society held their annual fairs featuring harness races.
Monmouth Park Raceway opened in 1870. Perimutual (pooled) betting was outlawed by the New Jersey legislature in 1894, and by an amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution in 1897.
As you’d expect, perhaps, bookmaking then continued illegally until racetrack gambling became legal again in 1939.
In 1992, Federal law intervened. Congress acted under its authority under the Commerce Clause to pass the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a law banning sports betting on the Federal level, excepting only a few states’ sports lotteries.
Interestingly, the bill was nicknamed the “Bradley Bill” after bill sponsor Bill Bradley of New Jersey, a retired NBA athlete.
PASPA passed over President George H.W. Bush’s signature and went into effect October 28, 1992.
Interestingly, New Jersey had a window of opportunity to pass state exemption laws to permit sports betting, provided that the laws were passed by January 1, 1993. New Jersey failed to meet that deadline.
In 2009, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak kicked off a long series of legislative challenges to PASPA, challenging the law in Federal Court.
The suit was thrown out in 2011, with a Federal Judge denying Sen. Lesniak’s standing to bring it.
That same year, the people of New Jersey amended the State Constitution to specifically allow sports betting. However, as a Federal law, PASPA had seniority.
Sen. Lesniak followed the amendment with the Sports Wagering Act in 2011. It passed over Governor Chris Christie’s signature in 2012.
Most major sports conferences, including the NBA, NFL, and MLB, swiftly sued the State of New Jersey to comply with PASPA.
A US District Court upheld PASPA in 2013. New Jersey appealed the decision, but the appeal was denied by the Third Circuit of the US Court of Appeals. In 2014, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal.
Sen. Lesniak responded with a revised Sport Wagering Act in 2014, which quickly passed over Gov. Christie’s signature.
Major sports franchises once again sued. A Federal Court upheld PASPA, as did the Third Circuit on appeal. This time, however, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal in 2017.
On May 14, 2018, the US Supreme Court found in favor of New Jersey, ruling PASPA unconstitutional.
With an already salutary State Constitution, the legislature passed revised sports-betting legislation over the signature of Governor Phil Murphy in June of 2018.
That month, the first legal bets since 1992 were accepted at Monmouth Park Racetrack.
Online gambling had already been legalized under state law since 2013. The first online sportsbooks launched in July of 2018
What to Look for When Choosing the Next NJ Sports-Betting Venue
Here are some factors to consider when choosing the venue at which to place your sports bets in New Jersey …
- Does the venue accept the kind of bets you want? Check reviews and the venue’s website to avoid a wild goose chase. Review our guide of the types of sports bets available to you, for inspiration.
- Does the venue accept wagers on the sport you want to bet on? Not every sportsbook offers wagers on every sport. For example, the Golden Nugget does not accept bets on NBA basketball games due to a conflict of interest (the owner of the casino also owns an NBA team!)
- Online or land-based? Online sportsbooks offer free-play and deposit-matching bonuses to new players, as well as the opportunity to place bets anywhere in the state. Land-based sportsbooks offer a festive environment, with food, drinks, social opportunities, and live viewing opportunities including walls of TV screens.
- For online betting—which website or app? Different sportsbooks offer different free-play or deposit-match bonuses. Shop bonus offers for the best fit.
What You Should Know about Current NJ Sports-Betting Law
Here are the basics of New Jersey sports-betting law as it stands:
- Bets must be placed and processed at licensed New Jersey casinos and racetracks.
- Bets may be placed at land-based licensed casinos or racetracks, or online using licensed gambling websites or apps.
- Bets may legally be placed on all professional or collegiate sporting events.
- The casino licensing fee from the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) is roughly $200,000.
- The sports wagering licensing fee from the Division of Gaming Enforcement is roughly $100,000.
- An internet gaming permit from the Division of Gaming Enforcement carries a licensing fee of roughly $400,000, with a $250,000 renewal fee and a $250,000 responsible gaming fee.
- Licensed sportsbooks also owe a $250,000 retainer to the Casino Control Fund.
- Different tax rates apply to casinos and racetracks. Land-based sports betting income is taxed at a statutory rate of 8.5% for both casinos and racetracks. Online sports betting income is taxed at a statutory rate of 13.5% for casinos, 14.5% for racetracks.
Can you gamble on sports in New Jersey?
As of 2018, yes, you can.
Sports betting faced several obstacles to legalization. The New Jersey State Constitution was amended in 2011 to allow sports betting, and the legislature passed laws allowing it as early as 2012.
However, sports betting was illegal on the Federal level due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, sometimes referred to as the Bradley Bill.
New Jersey’s sports-betting laws faced a series of court challenges by the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and other major sporting leagues over most of the decade.
When the court battles finally reached the US Supreme Court, it ruled PASPA unconstitutional.
The State Legislature passed updated sports-betting laws in 2018, which now apply to sports betting.
Bets may be placed legally by persons over the age of 21 at a licensed Atlantic City casino or racetrack, or within the State of New Jersey using a licensed website or mobile app under the auspices of a sponsoring Atlantic City casino or racetrack.
Where can you gamble on sports in New Jersey?
Casinos and Racetracks
Official sportsbooks operate desks at participating Atlantic City casinos and racetracks.
Here’s where to find each one:
- Ocean Resort Casino 7,500-square-foot sportsbook in the center of the gaming floor, with a bar and video viewing area.
- The Borgata Hotel, Casino, and Spa Race & Sportsbook desk located next to the poker room.
- Bally’s Wild Wild West Casino AC “The Book” temporary desk; permanent desk in progress.
- Harrah’s Casino “The Book” temporary desk; permanent desk in progress.
- Golden Nugget Casino However, due to the owner’s ownership interest in the Houston Rockets, the Sportsbook at the Golden Nugget does not allow betting on NBA games.
- Resorts Casino Six betting windows.
- Meadowlands Racetrack FanDuel Sportsbook on East Rutherford.
- Monmouth Park Racetrack William Hill Sportsbook gaming parlor.
Relatively new to the scene, sportsbooks now offer self-service sports-betting kiosks and multiple authorized locations.
These kiosks could be a game-changer. The NCAA Final Four saw long lines at the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack, the most high-traffic sportsbook in New Jersey.
Kiosks make it much easier to enter a bet in a timely manner if you don’t want to use a mobile app.
Like ATM machines but for sports betting, kiosks provide the convenience and user experience of a mobile device on the grounds of a land-based sportsbook location.
Bets can be funded with cash or with prepaid sportsbook account cards. Some kiosks even allow bettors to sit at the kiosk while watching the game and betting live.
NJ sports-betting kiosks offer real-time updates of prices and odds. You can find them at:
- The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack. 14 IGT PlayDigital PlayShot QuickBet terminals.
- The DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts AC. 18 Kambi terminals.
More kiosks are in the works, including:
- SBTech kiosks for the Sportsbook at the Golden Nugget
- Kambi kiosks in partnership with SugarHouse and 888 sportsbooks.
NJ Online Sports Betting
Online or mobile sports betting has been legal in New Jersey since 2018.
If you are 21 or over and located within the state of New Jersey at the time of betting, you can place wagers with any of the major sportsbooks by opening an account with their mobile app or website.
NJ sports-betting apps and websites must, by New Jersey law, run off servers physically located at an authorized Atlantic City casino or racetrack.
What sports can you gamble on in New Jersey?
Bettors in New Jersey can gamble on nearly every sport, although not every book offers every sport. Reasons vary.
For example, the owner of the Golden Nugget owns an ownership interest in the Houston Rockets NBA franchise, so NBA bets are not accepted by the sportsbook at the Golden Nugget to avoid a conflict of interest.
Check each sportsbook profile and review to discover what sports you can bet on with each book.
Suffice it to say, you can find a sportsbook, kiosk, or online sports-betting platform to bet on a wide variety of sports, including but not limited to:
- ATP Tennis
- CFB College Football
- CFL Soccer
- EL (Euro League Fantasy Basketball)
- FIFA Soccer
- Formula 1 Racing
- LOL (League of Legends eSports)
- MLB Baseball
- MMA Fighting
- NASCAR Racing
- NBA Basketball
- NCAA College Sports
- NFL Football
- NHL Hockey
- PGA Golf
- RTIP Horse Racing
You can bet on any major sporting event you can think of, including:
- Olympic Games
- NFL Super Bowl
- MLB World Series
- FIFA World Cup
- NCAA Final Four
- Stanley Cup
- America’s Cup
- Monaco Grand Prix
- Tour de France
- Golf Majors
- Triple Crown Racing (Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes)
When did sports betting become legal in New Jersey?
While NJ laws have allowed sports betting since November 2011,
the first legal sports bets in NJ were placed in June 2018
after a long, protracted fight at the Federal level.
Sports betting was legalized by an amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution in November of 2011, backed by popular acclaim statewide.
An act of the New Jersey State Legislature also passed over Governor Chris Christie’s signature in January 2012.
Sports betting was not allowed at this time, however, because a Federal law--the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)--still prohibited it.
PASPA was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in May of 2018.
In June of 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed updated legislation on sports betting into law.
The first legal sports bets in New Jersey were placed at Monmouth Park in that month, June 2018.
Sports betting has been legal ever since.
What betting restrictions are in place in New Jersey?
Sports betting is legal at any authorized and licensed New Jersey casino, racetrack, or former racetrack.
Online betting via website or mobile app is allowed if the site or app is operated by a licensed New Jersey casino or racetrack, running off servers on-site at an Atlantic City casino or racetrack.
Land-based casinos or racetracks must be open at least 30 days before they can license an online sportsbook.
No upper limit currently exists on sports bets in New Jersey, though a limit of $5 million has been proposed.
Bets can only be placed by persons 21 or older.
Bettors must be located within the state of New Jersey to legally place an online wager. Money can be deposited or withdrawn from a New Jersey online gambling account from anywhere in the world.
Is mobile sports betting allowed in New Jersey?
Yes, it is. Online betting has been legal by an act of the State Legislature and Gov. Christie’s signature since 2013. The law applies to mobile devices.
Once sports betting became fully legal in 2018, the earlier law authorizing online casinos was ruled to apply to sports betting.
Some restrictions apply. The mobile app must be authorized by and operate under the license of a regulated Atlantic City casino or racetrack.
The casino or racetrack must be operational at least 30 days before it can offer an online sportsbook.
The bettor must be over the age of 21 and physically located in the state of New Jersey. Identity checks and GPS tracking ensure these rules are followed.
How much revenue does New Jersey expect to generate through sports betting?
Since legal sports betting launched in 2018, over $4.7 billion has been bet
on sports in New Jersey.
From these bets, NJ sportsbooks have so far reaped over $331 million in revenue.
From that revenue, the state of New Jersey has secured over $39 million in taxes collected
against an 8.5% statutory tax rate for land-based wagers, a 13% statutory tax rate for wagers placed on casino apps, and a 14.5% statutory tax rate for wagers on racetrack apps.
What does the future hold? Direct sports betting is expected to produce $8.3 billion in total wagers
Add indirect sports betting, and New Jersey expects nearly $19 billion in total wagers
What are the tax liabilities on sports betting in New Jersey?
According to the 2018 New Jersey law authorizing sports betting, winnings from sports wagers are subject to New Jersey gross income tax.
3% of the payout for gambling winnings will be withheld at the time of withdrawal to cover New Jersey state income tax. This withholding applies to both residents and non-residents.
If you suspect that your combined withholdings do not cover your New Jersey state tax liability, estimated deposits may be submitted to avoid interest and fines using form GIT-8
Gambling losses may be used to offset gambling winnings on your New Jersey tax return, but gambling losses may not
be used to offset other income.
If offsetting gambling wins with losses, you may be required to provide evidence of those losses.
The New Jersey Gross Income Tax Return
has a line where you can enter “net gambling winnings.”
Is fantasy sports betting available in New Jersey?
New Jersey is one of many states where Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) betting is legal. New Jersey state law codified the legality of DFS wagers in 2017.
In fact, DFS betting is one of three kinds of gambling where the usual age limit of 21 does not apply. As with the lottery and bingo, persons of 18 years of age or older
may legally wager on Daily Fantasy Sports.
The two largest NJ land-based and online sportsbooks to offer DFS betting include:
What are the different types of bets you can make in New Jersey?
New Jersey sportsbooks offer a variety of types of wagers you can place on a single contest (known as “single-game wagers”). These include:Moneyline Bets
This is the most common, most straightforward and simplest form of single-game wager.
A player picks a team to win a particular contest. The player bets as much as he or she likes. If the selected team wins, the player gets paid out according to Moneyline Odds.
Moneyline expresses odds in terms of negative numbers. This number represents the amount of money you need to bet to win $100 on that bet, over and above the money you wagered.
The favorite usually has a number of -100 or less. The dog usually has a number higher than -100.
If your team is the favorite with Moneyline Odds of -110,
you could bet $110
and get $210 back
if you win, a 91% return.
If, on the other hand, your team is the dog with Moneyline Odds of -90
, you could bet $90
and get $190 back
if you win, a 111% return.
Run Line, Puck Line, or Goal Line Bets
These bets offer an alternative to the moneyline bet for gamblers to wager on the outcome of baseball (“run line”), hockey (“puck line”), or soccer (“goal line”) games.
Instead of a numeral to determine how much you have to bet to win $100, these bets offer straight odds based on the spread—shorter odds for a heavy favorite, longer odds for a heavy underdog, and so on.
Point Spread Bets
The “point spread” is a number set by the sportsbook. It indicates the number of points by which the favorite is expected to win the game.
The favorite will have a negative point spread, the dog a positive spread. For example, “The Patriots are the favorite with a -4 spread” or “The Dolphins are the underdog with a +2 spread.”
A bettor may bet on the favorite to win the game by the spread or more. This is called “covering the spread.” Even if the team wins, if it does not win by as many points
as predicted by the sportsbook, the bettor still loses the bet.
A bettor may also bet on the dog to overperform. If the dog wins or
loses by fewer points than the spread predicts, the bettor wins the bet.
The over/under refers to the number of total points expected to be scored in a game by both competitors.
A bettor may bet that the total number of points will exceed the predicted over/under, or fail to exceed the over/under.
These bets apply to the outcome of either the first or second half of a contest.
This kind of bet allows you to wager on the performance of two competitors against each other—two horses or two racecar drivers, for example—regardless of the overall contest winner.
In-play bets feature odds that shift as a contest progresses. They’re only available with online sports books.
Types of in-play bets include:
- Cash-Out: allows the bettor to withdraw winnings early, or take some of their stake out if they are losing.
- Edit My Acca: allows bettors to remove events from their multi-bet accumulator after the bet has been placed, possibly after the contest has started.
- Edit My Bet: Allows bettors to swap one bet for another or revise a bet in play.
A “parlay bet” means making one wager on a combination of outcomes—the outcome of more than one game, for instance, or multiple outcomes (winner + spread, for example) on one game.
The more outcomes you add to a bet, the less likely you are to be right about every one of them, and you have
to be right about every one of them in order to win a parlay bet.
As such, the odds for the separate outcomes get multiplied together to one set of very long odds. As such, winners of a parlay bet get big
Progressive Parlay Bets
This form of parlay bet isn’t so “all-or-nothing.” It may allow the bettor to reap winnings even if he or she does not guess every outcome correctly.
A progressive parlay bet requires the bettor to select at least four outcomes to wager on.
This type of bet links two or more outcomes by “if/then” clauses. The bettor has action on the next bet in the chain if
he or she wins the first bet, or the contest ties or cancels.
Often referred to as “prop bets” or “exotics,” these are bets on outcomes that have little to do with the actual outcome of the game. They are less “serious” than other bets and more of a lark or a throwaway—just for fun!
Sportsbooks offer a number of prop bets on a range of outcomes, some of them so frivolous as to resemble a drinking game more than a sports bet. Prop bets might allow you to wager on:
- How many three-point shots will Lebron make?
- Will there be a penalty in the first five minutes?
- Who will win the coin toss?
- Will there be a wardrobe malfunction?
- Will the game go to overtime?
- Will the singer of the National Anthem make a mistake?
Also known as “outright betting,” futures bets are wagers on a long-term outcome—for example, the winner of the Super Bowl, World Series, or World Cup.
If you place a futures bet early in the season, you will be playing very long odds. After all, the season just started. Who knows what will unfold?
As the season progresses, the odds get shorter and shorter, as the field narrows and the players show their strengths and weaknesses.
Teasers and Pleasers
These variations of other kinds of bets allow you to bet on more likely or less likely outcomes, in exchange for better or worse odds.
For example, if the favorite of a game has a predicted spread of -4, you could bet on a spread of -5 for longer odds. This is called a “pleaser.”
Alternatively, you could bet on the more
likely outcome of a spread of -2 or better, in exchange for shorter odds. This is called a “teaser.”
Full-cover bets are rare in New Jersey sports betting, but rumors abound that you will see more and more options to place a full-cover bet online or at the casinos or racetracks.
These extremely-long-odds bets allow you to place one bet on a whole range of outcome selections (winners, spreads, overs/unders, etc.)
Full-cover bets have whimsical names, like:
- Patent (three selections, singles included)
- Lucky 15 (four selections, singles included)
- Lucky 31 (five selections, singles included)
- Lucky 63 (six selections, singles included)
- Trixie (three selections)
- Yankee (four selections)
- Super Yankee (Canadian) (five selections)
- Heinz (six selections)
- Super Heinz (seven selections)
- Goliath (eight selections).
Bookmakers offer bonuses on the “Lucky” full-cover bet categories, the most common being to double the odds on one winner.