The NJ sports betting market has proven to be a mobile one.
In fact, there are 13 online and mobile sports betting products live in the Garden State, and in March 2019, these operations combined to generate more revenue than all the in-person retail sportsbooks across NJ put together. The gap between the two sports betting sectors has only widened since then.
The New Jersey sports betting market is a growing one and NJ online and mobile sports betting apps are now setting the pace.
Best NJ sportsbook apps
NJ sports betting app options
Which New Jersey mobile sportsbook apps are available for iOS and Android?
All of them are. While there was an Apple release delay for a few apps, all of the mobile sites are available for Apple and Android users. For instance, BetStars, 888 Sportsbook, and playMGM sportsbook apps launched on Android only. However, in October 2018, Apple gave clearance to iOS versions of these apps.
That means both iOS and Android users can now download and bet via all 13 NJ sports betting apps.
The other NJ mobile sportsbooks available are:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- William Hill NJ
- Caesars online sportsbook
- PointsBet sportsbook
- Golden Nugget Sports
- Resorts Sportsbook
- Hard Rock sports online
- BetAmerica Sportsbook
Who can play NJ mobile sports betting apps?
The answer to the question of who can make bets at the various NJ mobile sportsbook apps is a relatively straightforward one.
Anyone 21 years of age and up and inside New Jersey state lines can make a wager on any of the apps. Of course, players need to create an account with the specific app where they want to place a bet first. However, that’s a simple and easy process.
Considering all the NJ online gambling options available to NJ residents, gamblers might want to move here, but there’s no real need to.
Out-of-state players can sign up for an account with any one of the NJ mobile sportsbook apps and deposit money. But they can place a bet only as long as they’re inside state lines at the time.
Do NJ sportsbook apps share wallets with NJ online casinos?
Yes, most apps in New Jersey share accounts and online wallets with their NJ casino counterparts. Even FanDuel links the player’s account with its partner casino, Betfair online. However, there are two sites that don’t have a linked casino including PointsBet and William Hill.
NJ mobile sports betting apps: the big picture
Most NJ gamblers are well aware that the NJ mobile casino experience rarely equals what they find on their laptop or desktop. Plus, it’s quite a bit different from the live brick-and-mortar casino experience. There are significantly fewer games and a much lower level of social interaction online. However, the same does not hold true for NJ mobile sports betting apps.
NJ mobile sportsbook app designers and software providers have gone to great lengths to make sure the mobile experience mirrors what gamblers can find at a live retail sportsbook inside an NJ racetrack or Atlantic City casino.
Sure, you might not have a 50-foot video wall at home for watching the game, but the betting options are the same, whether you’re making bets at a wagering window or with a mobile app.
The big difference between NJ mobile sportsbook apps and retail sportsbooks is the convenience of being able to access up-to-the-second betting lines on a device that is portable, easily carried, and usually always with you.
With very few exceptions, NJ mobile sportsbooks offer the same list of sports to bet on and the same list of available bets. These generally include:
- Point spread
- In-play betting
The lines differ between apps. Plus, the in-play betting options are huge on apps including DraftKings, FanDuel, and SugarHouse, while they are barely there for an app like Caesars.
Most NJ mobile sportsbook apps do offer great functionality and are simple and easy to use. Below we’ll try to break down the key differences between the eight NJ mobile sportsbook apps on the market.
NJ mobile sports betting apps: snapshots
DraftKings Sportsbook launched in August 2018 as the first online sports betting app in the US outside Nevada. It has emerged as NJ market leader and the gold standard for NJ mobile sports betting apps with solid functionality and a huge variety of betting options.
New players get a $35 free bet on signup. And by the way, the offer also includes a free bet matched up to $500 when you a make a first deposit.
In-play betting, betting carousels, and variety of bets that now also now includes something akin to office pools has helped DraftKings Sportsbook become the NJ mobile sports betting app market leader. So far, it has shown no signs it is slowing down.
Learning from its daily fantasy sports (DFS) background, the DraftKings Sportsbook NJ mobile sports betting app is completely functional, innovative, and just plain fun.
BetStars NJ may be PokerStars’ entry into the NJ mobile sports betting market, but it clearly stands on its own as a mobile sports betting app designed for more than just online poker players who want to bet on sports.
Operating under the Resorts Atlantic City license, the app launched in September 2018 and its NJ sports betting market share appears to be growing daily. A welcome bonus that includes up to $500 in free bets is a good part of the reason why.
Use this exclusive PlayNJ.com link to place your first bet up of to $50 and you’ll receive a free bet up to $50. Additionally, players can get a $50 free bet when they bet another $150. Plus, they can do this nine times for a total of up to $500 in free bets. They’ll get a weekly free bet just for staying active.
The Stars Group might be better known for its PokerStars NJ online poker product, but the poker and NJ online casino platforms are integrated with BetStars. Plus, the BetStars software is as intuitive and easy-to-use as one will find in NJ. Add it up and BetStars NJ is a solid entry into the NJ mobile sports betting market that is great for poker players who like to bet on sports and just about anyone else for that matter.
Thanks to its proximity to New York City, FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack has emerged as the top dog in the retail NJ sportsbook sector. The organization launched a companion mobile app in September and all indications are the product has the stuff to compete with the NJ mobile sports betting sector leaders as well.
Also coming into the market from a DFS background, FanDuel Sportsbook has a keen understanding of how to attract customers through bonusing. New players can take advantage of a bonus system that offers up to a $500 refund if they lose their first bet on the app.
There are some stipulations, including the fact a minimum deposit of $10 must be made within seven days of completing registration. Bonus funds must first be wagered before they can be withdrawn, and the total bet amount must equal the initial deposit plus the bonus. Plus any bet made on a heavy favorite with odds greater than -200 doesn’t count.
However, there is still an opportunity to make a risk-free bet of up to $500, which is a great way to start building an NJ sports betting bankroll.
The software platform is slick, well-designed and intuitive. Plus, the betting options are varied and the lines competitive, making FanDuel Sportsbook a solid option in NJ sports betting.
888 Sportsbook NJ
888 Sport brought what is one of the most popular sportsbooks in the world to the NJ mobile sportsbook market in September 2018.
The operation runs under the Caesars license, and although both are there, 888 Sport offers wagering on a wide variety of international and US sports that includes more than just rugby and cricket.
New users are entitled to a no-deposit bonus of $10 and a one-time 100 percent deposit match bonus up to $500. Although, there is a 6x playthrough requirement that must be met by making wagers with at least -200 odds.
There is a mobile app and a browser-based site that both include high-end graphics, software, and a relatively functional user interface. However, what makes 888 Sport truly competitive in the NJ mobile sports betting market is its large variety of deposit options and integration with 888 Casino and 888 Poker.
SugarHouse Sportsbook launched near the end of August 2018. It is an NJ mobile sports betting app fully integrated with its NJ online casino product.
It still offers new players who sign up for an account using the promo code PLAY250 a deposit match of 100 percent up to $250. The bonus money can be used at both the SugarHouse online casino and online sportsbook.
Of course, SugarHouse bears the name of a popular Philadelphia casino. Therefore, the app is sure to maintain a connection to the emerging PA online casino and online sports betting business once its up and running.
SugarHouse Sportsbook was the first integrated site in NJ. The sportsbook has separated itself from the pack offering the largest variety of in-game betting in the NJ market. It also welcomes innovation, like its Jackpot Parlay. Add it up and the NJ sports betting app is something local gamblers should at least have a look at.
Caesars Casino & Sports
Caesars Casino & Sports is the new integrated sportsbook and online casino app launched by Caesars Entertainment just as the 2018 NFL season kicked off.
Like the SugarHouse product, this one offers seamless access to betting lines and online casino games. However, its variety of games and sports wagering options appear somewhat limited.
New players get a $10 free bonus plus $300 cash back when they sign up for an account using the promo code BETFREE10.
Instead, Caesars appears to be banking on name recognition to boost this NJ mobile sports betting product… a plan that frankly hasn’t worked that well so far.
Borgata owner MGM Resorts International jumped in the mobile sports betting app business in August 2018. The playMGM Sports app is powered by IGT software and is similar to the popular playMGM Nevada sports betting app. The real difference is the lines are based on local action.
There is also a playMGM Casino app in NJ, but sports betting is not exactly integrated with it. Players can download the main casino app and the sports betting app, then link the two together. In fact, they’ll need to do that to make a deposit.
Players cannot deposit directly to the sportsbook app. They need to download the playMGM Casino app, register, link and make the deposit there before transferring the funds to their sports wallet.
Other than that, the playMGM Sports app is certainly usable and the lines are somewhat competitive.
However, all signs point to MGM thinking name recognition is the key to competing in the NJ mobile sports betting market as opposed to creating a superior product.
William Hill NJ
William Hill is the largest sportsbook operator in the US with it’s 100-plus Nevada sportsbooks alone.
It now runs retail sportsbooks at Monmouth Park and Ocean Resort Casino, and Tropicana in NJ as well. Plus, it launched an NJ mobile app similar to its Nevada offering in September 2018.
The software is easy to navigate through and the lines are as competitive as they come. However, the deposit and withdrawal methods are limited compared to others.
William Hill has long taken a volume approach to competing in the US retail sports betting sector. The strategy appears to be the same in New Jersey. How they plan to compete in a dominating mobile NJ sports betting market remains unclear.
PointsBet launched its NJ mobile sports betting app in December 2018.
Its claim to fame is the unique PointsBetting style of play it offers. The more a bettor gets right, the more points he/she scores, the more money the bettor wins. PointsBet has also been known to refund bets when something goes awry in a specific game. They call it a Good Karma Payout.
In terms of bonuses, use the PointsBet NJ Promo Code PLAY50 when you sign up and you’ll get $50 in free bets. Plus, up to $500 free bets twice when you make a deposit.
Promos include unique payouts on some moneyline wagers when a team is leading at halftime and various cash-out options.
The app is easy enough to use and the lines are competitive, although the deposit options are fairly limited.
However, PointsBet isn’t banking on its software to compete with the big boys on NJ mobile sports betting. It’s using some unique marketing strategies and promotions to do that.
Golden Nugget Sports
New Jersey’s top online casino site now offers sports betting as well. Golden Nugget Sports launched in February 2019 on the same platform as the online casino, making the transition between the two completely seamless.
The launch comes with a risk-free bet promotion attached. Players who sign up for Golden Nugget Sportsbook NJ through this exclusive link are entitled to a $50 risk-free bet.
Just make a $50 bet after logging into the sportsbook and if it loses, you’ll get a refund in the form of a $50 free bet. Of course, the bet must be exactly $50 and only straight wagers are eligible.
However, Golden Nugget Casino account holders are also eligible for the promo as long as they have not bet on the sportsbook previously.
Golden Nugget Sports runs on a nice looking and easy to use software platform. However, the best part of it all may be the fact the sportsbook and online casino run on the same platform. That means switching back and forth between the two on the mobile app can be done with a tap of the screen.
It also means a shared wallet and access to Golden Nugget’s wide variety of deposit options.
Overall the platform is organized and clean. As a result, there’s only one thing holding back Golden Nugget Sports from competing with the market leaders in NJ mobile sports betting. Golden Nugget has been shut out of NBA betting because owner Tilman Fertitta also owns the Houston Rockets.
Other than that, it’s game on at Golden Nugget Sports.
Hard Rock sports
Hard Rock launched an NJ sports betting app in January 2019 just ahead of the Super Bowl.
The online and mobile sportsbook runs on Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) software and it is completely integrated into Hard Rock’s online casino platform.
That means only one wallet is needed and the transition between online casino and sports betting is a seamless one. Plus, the Hard Rock loyalty program allows players to earn points whether they’re betting sports or playing casino games.
Hard Rock’s pricing is competitive and the software platform is as easy to navigate as most.
Hard Rock and GiG have lofty goals and appear willing to go after then with continuous improvements being made to the sports betting side of the app. If that keeps up Hard Rock should have no problem keeping pace in the ultra-competitive NJ mobile sports betting sphere.
Churchill Downs launched BetAmerica Sportsbook under Golden Nugget Atlantic City’s license in early February 2019. That means no NBA betting thanks to Golden Nugget’s affiliations with the Houston Rockets, making it difficult for BetAmerica to compete with the big boys of NJ sports betting.
BetAmerica is an app only operation as well. There is no website where players can check lines or bet without downloading the mobile app. Plus, there’s no customer loyalty program to speak of.
Other than that, BetAmerica Sportsbook is a full-service sports betting operation. The SBTech-powered software runs smoothly and most bets are available with competitive lines.
You can also opt into several promotions after sign up on the site’s promotions page. This includes a $20 bonus when you make your first wager of at least $20 using the app on any mobile device.
Resorts Sportsbook online
The Resorts Sportsbook mobile NJ sports betting app launched in late-January 2019. It is fully integrated with Resorts’ online casino product. However, users will quickly realize the app is more casino than it is sports.
The integration means a shared wallet and seamless transition between betting sports and playing casino games. However, the bells and whistles are really reserved for online casino action and the sports betting side of things appears rather sparse.
That said, Resorts Sportsbook runs on easy to use SBTech software with a clean look.
Unfortunately, novice sports bettors looking for a little help won’t find it here. Resorts has no sports betting FAQ or instruction manual available like most do.
However, new players will get a $20 free-bet bonus as long as they sign up for an account with Resorts Sportsbook using the bonus code MAXBONUS.
That code also entitles users to a 100% deposit bonus of up to $1,000 plus a match bet of up to $250.
Giants like DraftKings Sportsbook and BetStarsNJ are already running under Resorts’ license and it looks like Resorts Sportsbook was designed to ensure Resorts at least offered mobile sports betting as a part of the online casino app, rather than compete with those two.