In case you didn’t know, New Jersey is home to nine retail sportsbooks.
There are plenty of NJ sports betting options to choose from when deciding where to hang out and watch a game (or five). Location is often the deciding factor on where someone heads to escape the Sunday chore list, place a sports wager, and watch an NFL game.
But what if the location wasn’t a factor? And what if, rather than hopping online to one of the eight NJ sports betting apps, you want to eat out and watch the pigskin fly?
While most NJ sportsbooks are in Atlantic City casinos, there are some other options out there. So here’s a look at each of the current NJ sportsbooks:
Ocean Resort Casino
Ocean Resort Sportsbook was touted as a must-see “state-of-the-art” sportsbook long before sports betting became legal. Bruce Deifik, the casino’s owner, committed to a great space to bet, or at least watch a game back in January.
Well, he delivered. Deifik poured $6 million into the 7,500-square-foot sportsbook that is the center of attention (literally) in the renovated casino.
Deifik spoke about the completed sportsbook when it opened its doors:
“We put a lot of money into building it out the right way, and we put it in a very, very expensive space in our property. But it was the right thing to do. And if you listen to people and you listen to their comments, it was absolutely the right thing to do.”
In the center of the sportsbook are two bars. A sports ticker surrounds the lower bar and is open 24 hours per day.
Surrounding the bar are 360-degree video walls covered with 45-foot televisions that feature games from two different cable companies. Watch several of your favorite games in comfort with theater-style seating and leather couches.
Ocean Resort partnered with William Hill US and is offering a $1,000,000 Gridiron Challenge. Bettors can win weekly and season-ending cash prizes of up to $5,000. If someone makes 193 or more correct bets (out of a possible 233), they will win $1,000,000. How’s that for a slice of fun?
Golden Nugget also spent time and money to open a brand-new sportsbook. The 2,500-square-foot lounge, powered by SBTech, has five video walls adorned with 57 televisions.
Comfortable seating abounds with lounge areas and semi-hidden nooks for more serious sports bettors. Nine self-service kiosks help minimize the time at the betting window, but there are four ticket windows when requiring a personal touch.
The sportsbook (an original name if ever there was one) is offering football season drink specials during games on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday. For those early risers, they are also serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook wants to be your second home. However, come NBA season, you’ll have to place your bets somewhere else.
Tilman Fertitta, the casino’s owner, also owns the Houston Rockets. As such, New Jersey law prohibits the Golden Nugget from accepting sports wagers on any NBA game.
The William Hill Sportsbook at Monmouth Park
Monmouth Park was New Jersey’s first sportsbook. If you can believe it, that was more than four months ago.
Also partnered with William Hill, Monmouth had been gearing up for sports betting even as NJ was fighting its case in court. The Oceanport racetrack invested millions in outfitting the former cafeteria and sports bar into the new and improved William Hill Race & Sports Bar.
The sportsbook has plenty of seating thanks to an expansion into the grandstand. It has more than 50 large screen televisions and 22 betting windows. And yes, they serve food and drinks.
The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands
The FanDuel Sportsbook opened its doors in July with one of the best locations of the lot.
Situated close to New York and in the same complex as MetLife Stadium, the home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, the sportsbook is a sports fan’s dream. It also boasts being the biggest retail revenue winner in NJ sports betting so far.
The 5,300-square-foot facility has 15 cashiers and 65 TVs. It’s committed to remaining open until the completion of all live US games. With a full menu and plenty of space to mingle, it’s a good spot for game watching. Though be advised, parking is free on every day except when an NFL game is in action at the stadium.
DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Atlantic City
The DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts hosts five betting windows and another 12 self-betting kiosks. The 5,000-square-foot space includes 1,000 square feet of video walls.
DraftKings and Resorts are enticing sports bettors to pull up a chair and stay awhile with a full bar, tableside bottle service and a complete dining menu.
DraftKings, under the Resorts license, is the current NJ sports betting revenue leader in New Jersey. The majority of that revenue comes from DraftKings mobile app.
Continuing its rivalry from the daily fantasy sports sector, DraftKings is ready to come after FanDuel’s claim to being New Jersey’s brick-and-mortar revenue winner.
The next few NJ sports betting locations, we must warn you, are in a temporary phase. Still, they are worth taking a peek at in case you prefer something a little more low key.
William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City
Tropicana Atlantic City opened its temporary sportsbook, located in the North Tower Casino, in late October. The William Hill Sportsbook at Tropicana is expected to be a showstopper once the permanent spot opens.
Sports bettors can watch the games and monitor their wagers at several locations adjacent to the temporary book. William Hill and Tropicana are keeping the details of the new sportsbook close to the vest.
Tropicana General Manager Steve Callender ahead of the opening said:
“A brand new venue is being created to host sports betting in the North Tower Casino, with kiosks located throughout the property. We are excited to share more details about Tropicana Atlantic City’s sportsbook in the coming weeks.”
The Borgata Race & Sportsbook has 100 seats, each equipped with individual flat-screen monitors. The sportsbook has 10 betting windows and is a nonsmoking venue.
But the Borgata sportsbook is operating in a temporary location for the time being. It was initially just a racebook. The casino is busy planning for a $7 million facility. The opening date is unknown.
Bally’s and Harrah’s
Caesars Entertainment hosts two sportsbooks, one at Bally’s and the other at Harrah’s. Both sportsbooks have big ideas to expand with permanent spaces. The Bally’s sportsbook is in the Wild Wild West casino.
Since they are related, both sportsbooks are similar, each with an 8,000-plus-square-foot space, eight TVs, leather seating and multiple high-top tables scattered throughout the facility.