When the Supreme Court ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, or PASPA, unconstitutional, we all had the great state of New Jersey to thank. For over ten years, the Garden State worked tirelessly for the right of each state within the U.S. to legally regulate and license online sports betting. Today NJ sports betting is in full swing and it offers a fantastic mix of retail and mobile opportunities to place a wager.
Whether you are looking for NJ online sports betting opportunities or prefer the traditional retail experience, you will find the Garden State to has it all.
NJ Sports Betting: Overview
New Jersey focuses on both online sports betting and retail options. For any digital wager to take place, however, betting agencies must have teamed up with a retail, land-based property within the state. Еach casino can hold up to multiple licenses. Here’s the updated list of all sportsbook found on the territory of New Jersey:
|Borgata||Borgata Race & Sports||IGT||June 14, 2018|
|Bally’s||Wild Wild West Sportsbook||Scientific Games||July 30, 2018|
|Golden Nugget||The Sports Book||SBTech||August 15, 2018|
|Harrah’s||The Book||Scientific Games||August 1, 2018|
|Hard Rock||Hard Rock Sportsbook||Kindred||January 29, 2019|
|Monmouth Park||Monmouth Park Sportsbook, William Hill||William Hill||June 14, 2018|
|Meadowlands||FanDuel Sportsbook||FanDuel, IGT, Betfair||July 14, 2018|
|Ocean Resort||William Hill Ocean Resorts||William Hill||June 14, 2018|
|Resorts||Resorts Sportsbook||DraftKings, Kambi, SBTech||August 15, 2018|
|Tropicana||William Hill Tropicana||William Hill||October, 2018|
This puts the list of New Jersey sportsbook at 10 operating facilities insofar land-based businesses go. Each one has a mobile betting app and is also available to players who prefer to place online wagers. We will now look at how you can play at each sportsbook – whether you prefer to go there in person or just log into your online account.
Top Rated Sportsbooks in Atlantic City
BetMGM – Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City
Visit the Borgata Hotel and Casino Spa and choose to make your bets at either the BetMGM Sportsbook and Bar or the BetMGM Race and Sportsbook. Both of these use the MGM Resorts’ betting lines and odds, so it’s simply a matter of choosing a venue that offers the amenities you need while you make your bets.
While inside, decide whether you’d like to be seated at the banquette seating area, the U-shaped booths, or the high-top tables which are equipped with self-charging stations. Some other notable features that come with visiting this Sportsbook include:
- Live streaming of events
- Gaming kiosks
- Large video walls
- Betting windows
- A kitchen and bar
- Pre-game and in-play bets
- Online bookmaker available
- Apps for Android and iOS devices
- M life Rewards loyalty scheme
FanDuel Sportsbook – Bally’s Atlantic City
This is the bookmaker’s newly opened permanent location in Atlantic City. You can enjoy making bets on major US games like football, baseball, MMA, tennis, baseball, soccer, basketball, golf, and motorsports.
When you enter FanDuel’s floor, you can’t miss noticing the 25-foot central video wall, two 10-foot video walls, and 10 displays spread out across its floor space. Besides that, you can also look forward to amenities like:
- IGT’s self-serve betting kiosks
- Betting windows
- Popular bet options on major sports
- Kitchen offering pub-style fare
Golden Nugget Sportsbook – Atlantic City
For an established sports betting venue capable of accommodating you and your friends, try the Golden Nugget Sportsbook. With seating that can host more than 100 visitors, space isn’t an issue here. In addition to that, you get to enjoy:
- Several video walls
- Viewing on over 50 TVs
- Access to several betting kiosks
- In-play bets
- A match tracker for in-play bets
- Boosted parlays
- More than 10 major US sports available
- Dining options
- An online betting site
- Mobile betting platforms (iOS and Android apps and mobile browser version)
- Daily boosted odds (Golden Lines)
- Online bonus promotions
William Hill Sportsbook
In Atlantic City, you’ll notice there are quite a few William Hill sportsbooks that you can visit. The brand has been around for several decades, offering impeccable service wherever you go. The top locations you’ll come across while in Atlantic City include:
Wild Wild West – Caesars Atlantic City
This William Hill Sportsbook covers an impressive 15,228 square feet. It comes with exclusive facilities that take private betting to a new level. That’s thanks to privately booked options like the five Fan Caves.
These come with gaming consoles, enough space for more than 20 bettors, table service as well as food from Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint. For those looking for a shared betting experience, the Wild Wild West has:
- Betting windows
- Seating for more than 100 guests
- A bar rail that seats more than 20 guests
- 30 VIP seats
- Communal TV and gaming areas
- Access to more than 10 sports options
- Bets on leading leagues and tournaments
- The William Hill mobile apps
- Exclusive mobile promotions
Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City
The William Hill Sportsbook here gives bettors several spaces to enjoy their betting activities. Boasting a floor space of 7,500 square feet, you can choose to seat yourself in the communal areas, or go for a more private betting experience.
This includes either reserving a VIP table or a Skybox Suite that overlooks the betting floor, thanks to its high ceiling. With the suite, you can have up to 10 other bettors join you. Other perks available at this Sportsbook include:
- Centralized panoramic video wall
- Betting kiosks
- Access to William Hill apps
- Mobile promotions
- In-play bets
- Several TVs across the betting floor
- Bar and dining options
Tropicana, Atlantic City
If a great assortment of drinks is what you need to help you make winning bets, then try out Tropicana’s sportsbook. With easy access to great bars like the FireWaters, you can sit back and enjoy viewing your games on the establishment’s large panoramic LED screen. You’ll get access to William Hill online perks like mobile betting apps and promotions, as well as:
- A massive odds board
- Seating for more than 150 guests
- A walk-up betting window
- Betting kiosks, with one for larger betting limits
- Several smaller screens spread out across the floor
Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City
Harrah’s sportsbook covers a smaller floor space than options like the Wild Wild West, at only 3,800 square feet. However, it comes with seating space for slightly over 30 guests, food service from the AC Burger Company (ACBC), and two fan caves that can accommodate up to 10 guests, each.
Due to the limited seating capacity, you have the option to make reservations, whether it’s for the fan caves or general sitting area. There are also:
- High quality LED screens
- Access to William Hill mobile perks
- Pro and college betting options
Hard Rock Sportsbook – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City
Although it’s small, covering 3,800 square feet, the Hard Rock Sportsbook in Atlantic City packs quite a punch. In addition to the sportsbook floor, you may also visit the sports bar attached to it, where you can easily view games while you refresh yourself.
You won’t find horse betting here, but you will get all major sports as well as options like NASCAR and golf, among others. More perks include:
- Six betting stations
- You can deposit and withdraw funds to and from online accounts
- More than 40 TVs in the sports bar
- Access to futures and live bets
- Odds boards and odds sheets are available
- Can seat up to 50 guests
- Has a mobile-optimized online betting platform
DraftKings Sportsbook – Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City
Located close to the entrance of the Resorts Casino Hotel, the DraftKings Sportsbook covers 5,000 square feet. Several LED screens make up the establishment’s video wall, creating a unique and immersive viewing experience.
There are even screens in the restroom so you never miss a beat. Those who need some privacy can proceed to the VIP seating areas. Other notable perks include:
- An impressive video wall
- Access to major sports and betting odds
- 18 betting kiosks
- A bar
- An online sportsbook
- A fully serviced bar and dining options available
As you can see, there are a lot of options for sports bettors in Atlantic City. Keep in mind though that whether you’re online or at a physical sports betting store, you need to be a minimum of 21 years in this state to gamble.
Also, whenever you’d like to access the online platforms, check the terms. Some online perks like bonuses and boosted odds are only valid to players accessing the platform while in Atlantic City. You venture to other New Jersey cities and the offers no longer apply to you since the sites use geolocation software.
New Jersey law allows casinos and racetracks to form as many as three online partnerships apiece. However, they must have a physical sportsbook first. Eight NJ casinos and racetracks have retail sportsbooks at the moment. DraftKings Sportsbook was their first mobile platform to launch on August 1st in 2018, and it held a monopoly on the market for more than three weeks.
But then the playMGM sports betting app went live on August 22nd, and then SugarHouse Sportsbook showed up a day later. This brought the running count to three, and then it kept running. A week later, both FanDuel Sportsbook and William Hill joined the online sports betting realm. Caesars added mobile betting on September.
6th, just in time for the very lucrative NFL season. By the following Monday, 888 Sportsbook appeared in the market as well to get in on the football action. Then came BetStars, incorporating sportsbook functionality into its existing PokerStarsNJ platform.
Best Mobile Sportsbooks
New Jersey is already a leader insofar as online sports betting goes. The state’s bookies have scooped up over 80% of all wagers online, which is a fantastic number. With the interest in mobile wagering being so high, it’s understandable why every sportsbook in the state has an app.
In fact, there are more online sportsbooks than there are partner retail venues. FanDuel and DraftKings operate exclusively online, for example. Here’s a list of the 21 mobile bookies in New Jersey as of October 2019:
|Online Sportsbook||Vendor||Launch Date||iOS App?||Android App?|
|BetMGM||GVC, Roar||Aug. 22, 2018||Yes||Yes|
|BetAmerica||SBTech||Feb. 2, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Bet365||Bet365||Aug. 30, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Borgata||GVC, Roar||May 14, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Bally||SG||Sep. 8, 2019||TBA||TBA|
|CG Technology||Stadium Tech||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Caesars||Scientific Games||Sep. 6, 2018||Yes||Yes|
|DraftKings||Kambi||Aug. 6, 2018||Yes||Yes|
|Fox Bet||TSG||Sep. 13, 2018||Yes||Yes|
|FanDuel||Flutter, IGT||Sep. 1, 2018||Yes||Yes|
|Golden Nugget||SBTech, SG||Feb. 19, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Hard Rock||GiG||Jan. 26, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Harrah’s||SG||Aug. 1, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Ocean Casino||William Hill||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|PointsBet||PointsBet||Jan. 17, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Resorts||SBTech||Jan. 31, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|SugarHouse||Kambi||Aug. 23, 2018||Yes||Yes|
|TheScoreBet||Bet.Works||Sep 3., 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Unibet||Kambi||Sep 10., 2019||TBA||TBA|
|William Hill||William Hill||Sep. 1, 2018||Yes||Yes|
|888||Kambi||Sep. 10, 2018||Yes||Yes|
Online Sportsbooks Details
- CG Technology
- Hard Rock
- William Hill
PlayMGM (Update: BetMGM) was launched on August 22, 2018. The playMGM app has been available as a New Jersey online casino for some time, but it has added 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. PlayMGM is an IGT product operating under the license of Borgata, which also offers retail sports betting on property. As of September 6, playMGM has been renamed to BetMGM.
BetStars was launched on September 13, 2018. The Stars Group, based on the Isle of Man, is the largest public gambling company in the world, and has a partnership with Resorts AC. As of August 31, 2019, Fox Bet replaced BetStars in NJ.
bet365 introduced its own sportsbook in New Jersey on August 26, 2019. The company initiated a soft-launch and proceeded to a full-scale roll-out of its offer on August 30, throwing its weight in the U.S. after Paddy Power Betfair and William Hill already had. Bet365 partnered up with Empire Resorts for the deal and introduced a full sports betting portfolio just on time for the NFL launch.
Borgata unveiled BorgataSports.com on May 14, 2019, ushering in a new era for sports betting fans in the state. Part of MGM Resorts, Borgata has been relying on GVC Holdings to provide it with the necessary software to provide sports fans with state-of-the-art betting solutions, including downloadable iOS and Android betting apps.
Bally’s sportsbook is fresh out of the oven with a new launch on September 8, 2019. The 15,228 sq. ft. facility came with a whopping LED screen wall capable of accommodating 16 games at once, plus a self-serving beer wall. Definitely a good start for Bally there. However, no online sportsbook has yet been announced.
CG Technology became the last license holder for Meadowland’s Racetrack, after all previous permits had been sold, in February, 2019. Since then, the company has been working on the release of its mobile and online sports betting operations. However, CG Tech. has missed an important milestone in September, not opening on time for the NFL season.
Caesars Sportsbook was launched on September 6, 2018. Caesars began making plans for New Jersey sports betting back in July, announcing a partnership with Scientific Games. The group opened two retail sportsbooks in Atlantic City by mid-summer and the online/mobile platform went live prior to the NFL season kickoff.
DraftKings was launched on August 1, 2018. The two largest daily fantasy sports sites were among the very first to enter the New Jersey 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. Their platform operates under a partnership with Kambi and the casino license of Resorts AC.
FanDuel Sportsbook was launched on September 1, 2018. FanDuel Sportsbook comes thanks to the acquisition by Paddy Power Betfair and a network of partnerships that includes IGT. They became the state’s fourth online sportsbook when it launched in September, just in time for football season. The FanDuel Group also operates the sportsbook at The Meadowlands, which carries its online gaming permit.
SugarHouse Sportsbook was launched on August 23, 2018. SugarHouse Sportsbook became the third legal option when it launched late August. This product allows customers to use a single account across all of its gambling products. SugarHouse Sportsbook has a partnership with Kambi and the casino license of Golden Nugget.
Hard Rock has launched online sports betting in New Jersey on January 30, 2019 in a bid to bank on the Super Bowl. The Hard Rock Atlantic City teamed up with GiG as the betting company’s one and only trusted software partner, which has brought them steady benefits since.
Harrah’s finally got its online operations set up on August 31, 2019 when Caesars launched both sportsbooks. However, Harrah’s still dragging its feet on introducing a viable mobile alternative whereas Caesars’ other property, Bally, has welcomed its first digital sports fans on September 8, 2019. Harrah’s technology partner is Scientific Games which have been making a steady push in North America, and specifically the United States.
PointsBet teamed up with Meadowlands in New Jersey and launched its cutting-edge online betting platform on January 17, 2019. The company uses a proprietor software which allows fans to bet 24/7 and on various competitions, including professional and college competitions all throughout the United States.
Resorts arrived on the market on January 31, 2019, making a strong impression with its highly-polished online betting portfolio. Teaming up with SBTech for the ultimate goal of delivering an unparalleled betting experience, Resorts has done an excellent job so far. As of September 3, 2019, SBTech also entered the Garden State in another location with Golden Nugget.
TheScoreBet had a state-wide launch in New Jersey on September 3, 2019, becoming immediately available as iOS and Android apps for download. TheScoreBet is unique in more than one way – the company offers a ‘holistic media and betting experience.’ In fact, TheScoreBet is the first sports media company in the U.S. to launch its own sportsbook, which makes it a pioneer. The software is provided by another innovative maverick company, Bet.Works.
Unibet is also piling on the NFL experience with the sports betting company launching on September 10, 2019. Teaming up with Kindred to bring U.S. sports fans the experience they deserve, Unibet has entered a very competitive market, becoming the 21st company to do so since May 2018 when the activity was legalized.
888 Sportsbook was launched on September 10, 2018. The new 888 Sportsbook is the most recent extension of the partnership between 888 and Caesars. They’ve been offering New Jersey online gambling for years, and Caesars’ casino license carries the permit for 888’s online platforms in the state.
William Hill Sportsbook was launched on September 1, 2018. William Hill is positioned to become the biggest supplier for United States sports betting. They provide services for Ocean Resort and Monmouth Park NJ. William Hill also operates sportsbooks in every other state with legal wagering and its online/mobile platform was created in-house.
Even though New Jersey sports betting is legal, off-shore sportsbooks are still illegal. Sports betting in New Jersey, just as every type of legal gambling in the state, is highly regulated. We have listed the legal online sportsbooks here:
- CG Technology
- Fox Bet
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- Ocean Casino
- William Hill
These are your only licensed and regulated sportsbooks in the state. Be sure to find the official DGE seal before placing a bet anywhere in the Garden State. Part of the beauty of legalized sports betting in New Jersey is the fact that sports gamblers no longer have to use these off-shore sportsbooks. Yes, some off-shore sportsbooks are legitimate sites, but many are not.
Types of Bets Available
New Jersey has set the standard for any other state in the U.S. With a fully-fledged industry as of October, 2019, the state has a lot to offer to sports bettors. Other than the retail experience, players are able to bet remotely.
That includes moneyline bets – as on the winner of a game, match or a race – as well as more challenging types of wagers, such as in-play or live bets. Similarly, NJ sports fans can place a wager remotely via one of the 17 available app or directly through the desktop version of a website.
While initially most sports leagues were opposed to allowing sports betting, a lot has changed very quickly in NJ and the U.S. in general. Today, the NBA and NFL don’t mind being featured in sports betting partnerships at all. As a result, several high-profile deals have been struck between:
- NBA – BetStars, FanDuel, MGM Resorts
- NFL – Caesars
- MLB – DraftKings, Fan Duel, MGM Resorts
- NHL – FanDuel, MGM Resorts, William Hill
Similarly, there have been partnerships between sports teams and casinos, such as:
- NJ Devils – Caesars, FanDuel, Unibet, William Hill
- 76ers – Caesars
- NY Jets – MGM Resorts, 888 Casino
More partnerships are coming down the pipeline as both casinos and sports teams are looking for new branding opportunities and to spread awareness for their business.
History of Sports Betting
New Jersey has always had a strong relationship with legalized gambling. From Atlantic City to Monmouth Park, legalized gambling in one form or another has been licensed and regulated in New Jersey for decades. Outside of Nevada, they are the state most dedicated to gambling, and many felt it was only a matter of time before New Jersey sports betting was realized. It all started with former Governor Chris Christie.
Gov. Christie and company fought court after court and ruling after ruling to get all the way to the Supreme Court. Despite their early loses and seemingly never-ending appeals, New Jersey never stopped believing. In fact, they were so confident in their case that they didn’t wait for the ruling to come down before beginning the lengthy process of putting state laws in place. All of the licensing rules, revenue taxes, and regulatory systems were in place months before the high court made their decision.
Once the Supreme Court finally made their ruling, New Jersey was ready and, for this reason, they are years ahead of other states with their policies, laws, and most importantly, their revenue. In fact, New Jersey sports gambling is already pushing the state of Nevada for the best and biggest gambling state in the union. Gov. Phil Murphy signed New Jersey 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 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Final Thoughts on Online Gambling
To date, New Jersey is the most developed online gambling market in the U.S. The state has all the trappings of a hub for gaming and while Nevada’s revenue continues to stay modestly ahead of NJ’s, the Garden State is only increasing its share of the betting market in the United States. In fact, NJ is poised to become the largest state in terms of total sports betting handle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, New Jersey is the absolute leader in online sports betting. The state already accepts around 70-80% of its wagers via mobile devices and remotely, which puts it ahead of any other state in the U.S.
There are 21 betting sites as of October, 2019, and they all offer comprehensive betting offers. Sportsbooks in NJ have all been developed to specific industry criteria set out by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE).
Hard Rock Atlantic City is one of the 10 land-based casinos to offer sports betting in New Jersey. Similarly, the brand runs an online betting operation with software provider GiG.
There are 10 retail sportsbooks and 21 online betting sites where you can place wagers in NJ. Most of the land-based venues are located in Atlantic City whereas the online sportsbooks can be accessed from anywhere in the state.
Yes, as long as this doesn’t involve any college or university team that is located in New Jersey.
No, Bovada has suspended all operations in several states across the United States, specifically to differentiate better between offshore sports betting and the mainland industry. The bookmaker may also try to obtain a NJ license in future.
Collegiate sports are the main focus of restrictions as you cannot bet on home teams. Similarly, any casino that has a conflict of interests with a sports betting league cannot offer bets on that league. For example, Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta also owns the NBA franchise Houston Rockets, which automatically cancels out all bets.