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 to legally regulate and license sports betting in New Jersey. And since the decision came down and essentially legalized sports betting, New Jersey sports betting has been moving forward full-tilt to deliver as many sportsbooks, licenses, and online options as possible.
Governor Chris Christie and company fought to legalize gambling in New Jersey, winning in May, 2018.
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.
Brick and Mortar
There are currently eight brick and mortar sportsbooks accepting sports wagers in New Jersey. Here’s a quick run-down:
DraftKings Sportsbook 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.
BetStars Sportsbook 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.
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.
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.
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 it’s gambling products. SugarHouse Sportsbook has a partnership with Kambi and the casino license of Golden Nugget.
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.
playMGM Sportsbook 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.
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.
Since the 2018 ruling many sportsbooks have created their own online apps.
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.
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;
- 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.