Current Status: Legal
Sports betting was legalized in New Jersey in June 2018. Both mobile betting and in-person betting is allowed.
Sports Betting in New Jersey
When did New Jersey introduce sports betting?
In November 2011, New Jersey voters approved sports betting in a referendum. The result of the referendum led to the passage of the Sports Wagering Act of 2012, which was signed into law by then-Governor Chris Christie. The law authorised bets on specific professional and college athletic events at casinos and racetracks.
The NFL, NHL, MLB, and NCAA, on the other hand, launched a lawsuit to stop the bill, arguing that it was in direct violation of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The lawsuit was successful, and the state’s attempts to legalise sports betting were halted. The leagues also won in a later appeal of the injunction.
New Jersey then brought the matter to the US Supreme Court, which declared on May 14, 2018, that PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) was unconstitutional, making the sporting leagues’ injunction null and void.
As a result, the state was able to pass Bill 411, which authorised single-event sports betting at casinos and racetracks. On June 11th, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy placed the first bet, making New Jersey the third state with a regulated sports betting industry.
How sports betting in New Jersey works
All online sportsbooks in New Jersey are required by law to work with a land-based casino. Any casino or racetrack that has a sports betting licence can design three separate mobile betting skins or apps. Licenses aren’t cheap though, costing $400k for anyone wishing to open a betting business in New Jersey.
Mobile sports betting apps in New Jersey
New Jersey has since become the market leader in sports betting, with many of the country’s largest retail and online sportsbooks based there.
There are plenty of options when it comes to mobile betting websites and sports betting apps in New Jersey…
- 888 Sportsbook
- FOX Bet Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget Sportsbook
- Hard Rock Sportsbook
- Parx Sportsbook
- Resorts Sportsbook
- theScore Sportsbook
- Tipico Sportsbook
- William Hill
Who regulates sports betting in New Jersey?
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement oversees sports betting in New Jersey, while the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) governs parimutuel wagering, account wagering, and exchange betting on horse racing.
The state collect a 13% tax from sports wagers placed online.
Legal Sportsbooks in New Jersey
New Jersey was fast out of the blocks following the Supreme Court decision to legalize sports betting in 2018 and many retail sportsbooks and online betting companies quickly set up business in the state. Just one month later, the first legal bet was placed at the William Hill Sportsbook in Monmouth Park.
Now almost every casino and racetrack in New Jersey has it’s own retail sportsbook with the majority based in or around “America’s Playground” Atlantic City.
Here are locations of some of the main retail sportsbooks in New Jersey with their associated betting partner…
BetMGM Sportsbook – Borgata Casino Hotel, Atlantic City
In 2018, MGM Resorts opened a BetMGM sportsbook in its Borgata Casino Hotel in AC, making it one of the first providers to open a sportsbook in New Jersey. It includes a massive LED television wall, betting kiosks and a VIP lounge. The casino’s original racebook is situated right next to the sportsbook.
DraftKings Sportsbook – Resorts Casino, Atlantic City
Resorts Casino, which is owned by online gaming operator Mohegan Sun, first began accepting bets in 2018. DraftKings’ only retail location in New Jersey, the 5,000-square-foot sportsbook boasts an ultra-HD television wall, a bar, VIP areas, and 24-hour betting kiosks.
FanDuel Sportsbook – The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey
FanDuel’s first retail location in New Jersey was the sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack located in East Rutherford and is one of the closest sportsbook to New York State.
The FanDuel sportsbook at Meadowlands is quite spacious, with plenty of comfy seats, kiosks, tellers, and televisions for live sporting events.
FanDuel Sportsbook – Bally’s Casino
Bally’s Corporation was fairly late to enter the retail sports betting market, with their first sportsbook in New Jersey debuting in 2020 at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City. As part of the casino’s partnership with leading daily fantasy sports (DFS) betting site FanDuel, the betting company opened a temporary kiosk on the casino floor and soon after a they opened a permanent sportsbook with video walls and a self-pour beer wall.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook – Golden Nugget, Atlantic City
Landry’s Inc. launched its Golden Nugget-branded sportsbook in 2018 was one of the first operators to open a sportsbook in New Jersey. The sportsbook, which is situated immediately off the casino atrium, has a full bar to choose from, five video walls and 24-hour kiosk betting.
Hard Rock Sportsbook – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City
Although one of the smaller retail sportsbooks in Atlantic City, The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s sportsbook, which opened in 2019, is still a perfectly suitable place to bet with both tellers and kiosk betting options.
Parx Sportsbook – Freehold Raceway
Freehold Raceway is the oldest racetrack in the United States, with a half-mile track in the Freehold Borough of New Jersey. Greenwood Racing Inc. has supplied horse racing betting services at Freehold Raceway for many years, but in 2020, the company opened its own sportsbook at the racetrack, giving betting odds on a range of major league and collegiate sports. Parx Sportsbook offers individual kiosks and various displays for watching live sports events whilst on track.
William Hill – Caesars Casino Atlantic City (Wild Wild West Casino)
Caesars Entertainment teamed up with sports betting powerhouse William Hill to launch sportsbooks in all of its New Jersey casinos. The Wild Wild West Casino is without a doubt the largest. This huge sportsbook includes five individual ‘fan caves’ where gamblers can watch sports on TVs that can display three live sports events simultaneously.
William Hill – Harrah’s Casino, Atlantic City
Harrah’s Casino is owned by Caesars Entertainment, is one of only three casinos outside of Atlantic City’s boardwalk. In 2018, the Harrah’s teamed up with William Hill to become one of the first retail sportsbooks in New Jersey when they launched a 3,800-square-foot retail sportsbook with video screens and individual betting kiosks.
William Hill – Monmouth Park, Oceanport
Monmouth Park is a horse race track situated in the Oceanport district.The Monmouth Park sportsbook opened in 2018 in conjunction with William Hill and is located in central New Jersey. It was a trailblazer in New Jersey sports betting being the location of the first legal sports bet after the Supreme Court ruling. The Monmouth Park outlet, like most sportsbooks in the state, has tellers, kiosks, cuisine, and televisions to watch live events whilst at the track.
William Hill – Ocean Casino
Open in 2018, Ocean Casino’s sportsbook is one of five New Jersey sportsbooks run by sports betting giant William Hill. This 7,500-square-foot room has a panoramic TV wall, live sports ticker, tellers, kiosks, and a very big bar.
William Hill – Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City
The Tropicana Casino, which is now owned by Caesars Entertainment, debuted its William Hill sportsbook in 2019. The sportsbook, which has space for 180 gamblers boasts a gigantic odds board plus a rather outstanding video wall.
The notorious Tropicana is always very popular tourist spot. Famed for its showgirls and prior ties to organised crime leaders, it was the most extravagant of the hotel-casinos built during the decade following WWII. A feast for the eyes in every sense.
Sports betting apps in New Jersey
New Jersey has established one of the strongest mobile sports betting markets in the United States, having launched quickly in August 2018.
In August 2018, DraftKings became the first company to launch an online sportsbook in New Jersey. Since then, almost every major online sports betting company has jumped on board and released an betting app in New Jersey, with 19 such apps on offer at the time of writing.
Mobile sports betting apps in New Jersey
Here’s a list of sportsbook apps available in New Jersey along with their Casino/Racetrack partner shown in brackets.
- Bally’s Casino – FanDuel App
- Borgata Casino – BetMGM Sportsbook, Borgata Sportsbook
- Caesars, Atlantic City – WynnBet Sportsbook 888sport Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, William Hill
- Golden Nugget Casino – Golden Nugget Sportsbook, BetAmerica Sportsbook
- Hard Rock Casino, Atlantic City – Unibet Sportsbook, bet365 Sportsbook, Hard Rock Sportsbook
- Harrah’s – William Hill Sportsbook
- Meadowlands Racetrack – FanDuel, PointsBet App
- Monmouth Park Racetrack – SugarHouse Sportsbook, theScore Sportsbook, William Hill
- Ocean Casino – William Hill Sportsbook, Tripico
- Resorts Casino, Atlantic City – Fanduel, Foxbet, Resorts Sportsbook
- Tropicana – William Hill Sportsbook
New Jersey Sports Betting Frequently Asked Questions
What is the legal age to bet with a New Jersey sportsbook?
To open an account with a New Jersey betting app or place bets at a retail sportsbook in New Jersey, gamblers must be 21 years old or older.
Can I use New Jersey sports betting apps from outside the state?
While out of state, some betting apps may allow you to check betting odds and account status. To place an actual bet, you must be physically present in the state of New Jersey.
How do I deposit into a New Jersey online sportsbook app?
Credit/debit card, internet banking, PayPal, Skrill, PayNearMe, Echeck/ACH Transfer, and Casino Cage payments at the app's partner casino/racetrack are all accepted by the majority of New Jersey sportsbook apps.