NJ Sports Betting

A comprehensive rundown of both land-based and online options for sports betting in New Jersey

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NJ online sports betting reviews

Since launching in June, the New Jersey sports betting market has grown at a rapid pace. There are now nine brick and mortar sportsbooks in New Jersey. The list of online betting options will soon be just as long.

NJ Sports Betting sites 2018:

DraftKings Sportsbook beat everyone to market when it launched its NJ online sports betting app first on Aug. 6 after a soft-launch of its product on Aug. 1. We also have a list of online sportsbooks that have been announced but haven’t launched.

On Aug. 22, playMGM joined the market. However, their app is mobile-only and currently only available on Android. The first gaming operator in the US to offer an integrated online sportsbook and casino was SugarHouse Online Sportsbook & Casino, which launched on Aug. 23.

The list of sites grew to five over Labor Day weekend when both William Hill and FanDuel launched online. The two sites squeaked into the marketplace just in time for football season. On Sept. 6, Fanduel Sportsbook launched its online sports betting site and apps after being one of the first live sportsbooks at the Meadowlands. Additionally, Caesars Casino went live just in time for NFL kickoff. Meanwhile, 888 Sportsbook missed out on the first full Sunday slate of pro football games, but launched on Sept. 10 in time for the first week of Monday Night Football. BetStars joined the party on Sept. 13, becoming the eighth mobile sports betting option for players in New Jersey.

Online sportsbooks launching soon:

New Jersey sportsbook locations

There are so many sportsbooks entering the New Jersey market that it can be difficult to keep track. So, just to keep everything straight, here is a list of the land-based sportsbooks in the state, when they launched, and who their partners are:

Casino/racetrackSportsbookSports betting partner(s)Launch dateOpen?
BorgataBorgata Race & Sports BarIGTJune 14Yes
ResortsResorts Sports BookDraftKings/Kambi; SBTechAug. 15Yes
Ocean ResortWilliam Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean ResortWilliam HillJune 28Yes
Monmouth ParkMonmouth Park Sports Book by William HillWilliam HillJune 14Yes
MeadowlandsFanDuel SportsbookBetfair/FanDuel/IGTJuly 14Yes
Harrah'sUnknownScientific GamesAug. 1Yes
Hard RockUnknownbet365/KindredUnknownNo
Golden NuggetThe SportsbookSBTechAug. 15Yes
CaesarsUnknownScientific GamesUnknownNo
Bally'sWild Wild West SportsbookScientific GamesJuly 30Yes
TropicanaWilliam Hill Sportsbook @ TropicanaWilliam HillOct. 25Yes

And here is a look at the same info for the online operators in the NJ sports betting market:

Online SportsbookLand-Based AffiliateSports Betting PartnersLaunch Date?
DraftKings Sportsbook Resorts ACSBTech/KambiAug. 6
FanDuel Sportsbook MeadowlandsBetfair/IGT/GANSep. 1
William HillGolden Nugget ACWilliam HillSep. 1
888 sportsbook Caesars AC888Sep. 10
playMGMBorgata ACIGTAug. 22
CaesarsHarrah's, Bally's, CaesarsScientific GamesSep. 6
BetStarsResorts ACResortsSept. 13
PlaySugarHouseMonmouth ParkKambiAug. 23

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Land-based sportsbooks

Right now, there are nine physical locations in New Jersey to bet on sports. They are:

  • Monmouth Park Racetrack
  • Ocean Resort Casino
  • Borgata Hotel and Casino
  • The Meadowlands Racetrack
  • Bally’s
  • Harrah’s Atlantic City
  • Resorts
  • Golden Nugget
  • Tropicana Atlantic City

For now, these are the places to bet, but there is some interest from other casinos, so that number will grow in the coming months.

Monmouth Park

Monmouth Park Racetrack was the first sports betting location open for business on June 14. Gov. Phil Murphy began the new era in New Jersey by betting that the New Jersey Devils would win the 2019 Stanley Cup and that Germany would win the World Cup in soccer.

Monmouth Park’s sportsbook operates with partner William Hill, the European gaming giant which contributed $5 million to update Monmouth’s cafeteria to a proper sports betting location.

The Monmouth Park Sportsbook by William Hill is open seven days a week. Its hours are usually 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. ET, with extended hours during the weekend.

Players can earn points in the William Hill Sports Reward Club. William Hill rewards members win $1 in free bets for every 1,000 points earned.

Monmouth Park
175 Oceanport Ave
Oceanport, NJ 07757

Borgata

Borgata’s sportsbook opened a few hours after Murphy placed his bets at Monmouth Park. The gaming location replaced Borgata’s Racebook and will accommodate both types of action.

The Borgata Sportsbook is open seven days a week. Betting windows open at 11 a.m. EST each morning.

Borgata offers 100 individual seats with dedicated monitors for player use. For player comfort, the room operates as a strictly non-smoking venue.

There are 10 windows for placing wagers. Since Borgata is an MGM Resorts property, players can earn points through their MLife memberships in the sportsbook.

There is also a horseracing kiosk for players who want to skip the lines for those types of bets.

Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Ocean Resort

Ocean Resort began accepting sports bets on the casino’s first day of service. Like Monmouth Park, Ocean Resort partnered with William Hill for the operations of the sportsbook.

The sportsbook itself, however, is not complete yet. So, Ocean Resort will offer sports betting through a temporary facility until the venue is complete.

Ocean Resort Casino
500 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Meadowlands

On June 14, The Meadowlands opened up its FanDuel-branded sportsbook.  While the last to market, it is already off to a strong start. It took in $1 million in handle its opening weekend, even with minimal sporting events to wager on. The property is poised for big business during football season too. The Meadowlands is home to both the New York Giants and the New York Jets. It is also just a short drive away from the New York state line.

The Meadowlands
50 NJ-120
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Caesars Entertainment sportsbooks

There are multiple Caesars properties in Atlantic City however, Caesars Palace Atlantic City is the one property that won’t have an NJ sportsbook. Caesars is instead offering a book next door to Caesars at Bally’s Wild Wild West. The book opened on July 30.

Over in the Marina district of Atlantic City, Harrah’s sportsbook, which opened Aug. 1 contends with neighbor Borgata.

Harrah’s Atlantic City
777 Harrah’s Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Bally’s Atlantic City
1900 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Resorts Casino

Resorts was the first New Jersey casino to partner with more than one sports betting company. Each casino can have up to three sports betting licenses under its name. Resorts is taking advantage of that by partnering up with both DraftKings and SBTech. The DraftKings sportsbook is a purely online entity. The Resorts-branded sportsbook opened up on property on Aug. 15.

Resorts Casino Atlantic City
1133 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Golden Nugget

Initially, it looked like Golden Nugget would not launch its sportsbook until 2019. However, the company managed to rush one to market in time for 2018 football season. The sportsbook opened on Aug. 15.

There is one caveat if you choose to wager at Golden Nugget. Due to New Jersey law, the property cannot allow action on NBA basketball games due to owner Tilman Fertitta’s ownership of the Houston Rockets.

Golden Nugget Atlantic City
600 Huron Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Tropicana Atlantic City

In a partnership with William Hill, the Tropicana in Atlantic City began to taking sports bets on Oct. 25. Sports betting kiosks can be found throughout the resort, and there is a betting location in the North Tower casino area.

This is William Hill’s third location in New Jersey.

Tropicana Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Online sportsbooks

What a difference two months can make in a state. On Aug. 6, DraftKings launched the very first online sportsbook in New Jersey.

For three weeks, DraftKings held serve by itself in the Garden State. However, over the course of the next two months, seven more sportsbooks have popped up in the online space.

In that time, online sportsbooks have quickly grown to revenues of tens of millions of dollars. All signs point to those figures merely being the beginning.

DraftKings Sportsbook

Just when it seemed like MGM would launch mobile betting first, a surprising contender leaped to the front of the pack. In June, daily fantasy sports company DraftKings announced a partnership with Resorts Casino to offer sports betting.

At the start of August, DraftKings launched its sportsbook. There is an interesting wrinkle though. There was no brick and mortar book.

The app is quite something too. It is one of the most advanced apps in the US market. Some of the impressive features include extensive in-game betting and prop bets as well as a chance to cash in your bet before the outcome is decided. Users can place wagers for as little as $.10. The website interface of the betting site strongly mirrors the app.

playMGM

The second app to launch in New Jersey comes from Borgata owner MGM Resorts International. The playMGM app launched on Aug. 22 but is currently only available on mobile, not on desktop.

While there is also a playMGM betting app in Nevada, the two books will offer different lines based on the local action.

PlaySugarhouse

Live on Aug. 23, the third mobile app to hit the New Jersey market was a historic one. The PlaySugarhouse mobile app was the first to seamlessly integrate a sportsbook into existing online casino software.

Customers on PlaySugarHouse can both bet on games and wager on casino games from the same location.

SugarHouse is a Pennsylvania casino, but its online casino has been part of the market for quite a while. The casino has not announced plans to launch sports betting in its home state yet.

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel was one of the first out of the gate when it came to brick and mortar sports betting, but it was late to the game when it came to going online. The FanDuel app launched on Sept. 1, the first day of college football season. The app is similar in appearance and feel to the DraftKings app, but it also is informed by the institutional knowledge of FanDuel’s parent company, PaddyPowerBetfair.

The app’s extensive prop betting offerings are the standout on the site, but it also offers in-game wagering and is available on all platforms.

William Hill

William Hill entered New Jersey first when it helped launch the sportsbook at Monmouth Park. Additionally, it powers the Ocean Resort sportsbook. It was only a matter of time before one of the global leaders in sports betting launched its popular app in New Jersey. It did so on Sept. 1, hitting the market the same time as FanDuel.

BetStars

BetStars, the sportsbook brand of PokerStars, launched its online app on Sept. 13. The standalone platform is available on Android, and the iOS platform is incorporated into PokerStarsNJ.

Caesars

Right as the first NFL game of the season kicked off in 2018, so did the sports betting component of Caesars Casino. Like PlaySugarHouse, the app is integrated into the Caesars online casino software. At launch, it did not offer in-game wagering, but that component should be available along with the full slate of betting options soon.

888 Sport

888 Sport jumped into the New Jersey sportsbook market on Sep. 10. 888 Sport is integrated with its other two functions – the casino site and the poker site. At present, the app is only available via browser and Android, but an iOS version is coming soon.

New Jersey sports betting FAQ

Is it legal to bet on sports in New Jersey?

Yes. Sports betting became legal in June 2018.

How old do I have to be to bet?

Only people 21 or older can bet sports.

Where can I bet?

All casinos and racetracks in New Jersey can offer sports betting. There are nine sportsbooks players can wager at, which are located at state racetracks and casinos.

Can I play online?

Yes, there are currently six online betting options.

What can’t I bet on in New Jersey?

There are quirks in the New Jersey regulations that players need to know before they head to the nearest Garden State sportsbook.

  • Players must be 21 or older to play.
  • Sportsbooks will not accept wagers on high school competitions of any kind.
  • Players cannot bet on collegiate events that take place in the state of New Jersey.
  • There can be no wagering on any event involving a college or university from New Jersey, regardless of where the event takes place.
  • Referees, players, coaches, or any other personnel where a conflict of interest may exist cannot bet on their own sport.

What are other kinds of gambling available in New Jersey?

There is both land-based and online gambling in New Jersey. All casino gambling takes place in Atlantic City. There are also three horseracing tracks in New Jersey.

Online gambling is available for poker, casino, horse racing, and daily fantasy sports. There will also be online sports betting within a few months.

Great! Does this mean I can bet on sports everywhere?

No. The Supreme Court decision basically made it a decision on the state level. At present, only seven states are either offering sports betting or have passed laws allowing for sports betting: