New Jersey Sports Betting

Your Guide To Legal Sports Betting In New Jersey

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Sports betting is now legal in New Jersey. And the floodgates have opened. Casinos and racetracks in the Garden State are working feverishly to launch physical and online sportsbooks.

The first NJ online sports betting site went live statewide on Aug. 6. DraftKings Sportsbook got the official OK from NJ regulators after an initial soft-launch period. But DraftKings’ monopoly ended the last week of August. There are now eight online sports betting sites in the Garden State. And more are likely to come.

NJ online sports betting sites and sportsbooks

After DraftKings (via Resorts Atlantic City) launched its app, new sportsbooks joined the market in quick succession. Currently, there are eight online sportsbook apps in New Jersey. Meanwhile, nine retail sportsbooks are up and running in the state including seven at Atlantic City casinos.

NJ online sports betting sites

Here’s what we know about NJ sports betting apps and websites:

Online SportsbookLand-Based AffiliateSports betting partner(s)Launch dateiOS appAndroid app
DraftKingsResorts ACKambiAug. 6YesYes
888 SportCaesarsKambiSept. 10YesYes
FanDuelMeadowlandsBetfair/IGTSept. 1YesYes
SugarHouseMonmouth ParkKambiAug. 23YesYes
Betstars
Resorts ACNASept. 13YesYes
CaesarsCaesars ACScientific GamesSept. 6YesYes
playMGMBorgata ACIGTAug. 22YesYes
William HillMonmouthNASept. 1YesYes
Golden Nugget sportsbookGolden Nugget ACSBTechUnknownProbablyProbably
bet365Hard Rock ACbet365UnknownProbablyProbably
Ocean ResortOcean Resort CasinoWilliam HillUnknownProbablyProbably
Harrah'sHarrah's ACScientific GamesUnknownProbablyProbably
Bally'sBally's ACScientific GamesUnknownProbablyProbably
ResortsResorts ACSBTechSeptemberProbablyProbably
Hard RockHard Rock ACGiGEnd of 2018ProbablyProbably

NJ sportsbooks at casinos and racktracks

Here’s what we know about the sports betting plans of Atlantic City casinos and North Jersey racinos right now:

Casino/racetrackSportsbookSports betting partner(s)Launch dateOpen?
BorgataBorgata Race & Sports BarIGTJune 14Yes
ResortsDraftKings Sportsbook at ResortsDraftKings/Kambi; SBTechAug. 15Yes
Ocean ResortWilliam Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean ResortWilliam HillJune 28Yes
Monmouth ParkMonmouth Park Sports Book by William HillWilliam HillJune 14Yes
MeadowlandsFanDuel SportsbookBetfair/FanDuel/IGTJuly 14Yes
Harrah'sUnknownScientific GamesAug. 1Yes
Hard RockUnknownbet365/Kindred/GiGEnd of 2018No
Golden NuggetThe SportsbookSBTechAug. 15Yes
CaesarsUnknownScientific GamesUnknownNo
Bally'sWild Wild West SportsbookScientific GamesJuly 30Yes
TropicanaWilliam Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic CityWilliam HillOct. 25Yes

 

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Here are the sportsbooks that are already open in New Jersey:

Monmouth Park

The 72-year-old racetrack in Oceanport had plans in place for NJ sports betting before it was even legal. Monmouth partnered with William Hill US way back in 2013 with plans to build a new sportsbook in the future. On June 14, 2018, the Monmouth Park sportsbook officially opened and took the first legal bets in New Jersey from Murphy. The Monmouth Park Sportsbook By William Hill is open at the following times:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Borgata Atlantic City

A half-hour after Monmouth Park took the first legal bets in the state, Borgata in Atlantic City opened its sportsbook with Philadelphia 76ers legend, Julius Erving, taking part in the ceremony. The Atlantic City casino, like Monmouth, turned its existing racebook into combination race/sports books. The site includes 100 seats with individual flat-screen monitors, 10 betting windows, a video wall with screens to view all major international athletic and race events, and an in-venue bar. The sportsbook is open daily starting at 11 a.m. (dependent on sports programming).

Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City

On June 28, Ocean Resort Casino officially opened its doors, bringing NJ sports betting to the Boardwalk. The William Hill sportsbook opened albeit in a temporary spot.On Sept. 6, however, the state-of-the-art, 7,500-square-foot sportsbook opened in all its glory for the start of football season. As of this writing, the Ocean Resort sportsbook is open from 9 a.m. to midnight daily. Weekend hours will be extended to 2 a.m. after a few weeks.

FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack

FanDuel opened its first true sportsbook at The Meadowlands Racetrack on July 14. The facility opened as the nearest sports betting location to New York City. It will retain this title at least through the end of 2018 due to regulatory issues in New York state. The FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack is open at the following times:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Bally’s Atlantic City/Wild Wild West

This sportsbook opened for business on July 30. Seven Star Rewards member Scarlette Hedgepeth placed the first bet at the new facility. Fittingly, she bet $100 on the Dallas Cowboys at the Western-themed casino. The sportsbook is now open for business during the following hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Harrah’s Atlantic City

Harrah’s AC opened a sports betting location on Aug. 1, two days after its sister property, Bally’s. The casino opened the wagering with a bit more flair and had Elvis and Frank Sinatra impersonators place the first bets. The new sportsbook shares the same business hours as its Boardwalk counterpart:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Golden Nugget Atlantic City

The Golden Nugget sportsbook opened on Aug. 15 in the space formerly known as the poker room. But it was quick to turn around and open its permanent space. The Sportsbook includes a 2,500-square-foot seating area with 50 TV screens and nine self-service betting kiosks.

  • Daily: 10 a.m. – midnight

Draftkings Sportsbook at Resorts Atlantic City

Resorts AC became the first Atlantic City property to have both an online sportsbook (DraftKings) and a physical sportsbook up and running. It opened its temporary NJ sports betting lounge on Aug. 15, shortly after Golden Nugget. On Nov. 14, however, Resorts and DraftKings announced that its new permanent sportsbook would be called DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, bringing DraftKings its first physical sportsbook presence in New Jersey. Here are the current Resorts sportsbook hours of operation:

  • Daily: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. (subject to change)

William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City

The newest kid on the betting block is Tropicana’s William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City. The venue opened on Oct. 25, making it to market roughly halfway through football season and just in time for NBA and NHL season. The book is a temporary set up in the North Tower of the casinos, but there are plans in the works for a 5,000-square foot permanent betting space in the future.

Sports betting partnerships and deals

There have also been several deals between gaming companies and various parties directly involved in sports. Those deals have included athletes, teams, or even entire leagues.

Now that sports betting is legal, sportsbooks, casinos, and teams are striking up partnerships and deals to capitalize on the expanding market. Since New Jersey is at the forefront of the new wave of sports betting, its teams and companies are finding themselves prime targets for dealmaking.

Perhaps no team has more new friends than the New Jersey Devils. The Newark team’s Prudential Center will feature branded lounge areas for both William Hill and Caesars Entertainment. The Devils will also display advertising for MGM Resorts, which signed a leaguewide deal with the NHL in late October 2018, and FanDuel.

See below for all the sports betting deals involving New Jersey teams and/or leagues so far:

League/TeamSportsbook/Casino Partner
NBAMGM Resorts
NHLMGM Resorts, FanDuel
New York JetsMGM Resorts, 888 Casino
Philadelphia 76ersCaesars
New Jersey DevilsWilliam Hill, Caesars, FanDuel
MLBMGM Resorts

NJ sports betting FAQ

Who regulates NJ sports betting?

The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement regulates all gambling in the state, including sports betting.

Where can I bet on sports in NJ?

All NJ gambling licensees are permitted to offer sports betting. That includes both the Atlantic City casinos and North Jersey racetracks.

What about mobile/internet sports betting?

There are eight online sportsbook apps available in the state. In order to place a bet at one of the apps, the player must be in New Jersey and be 21+ years of age.

What sports can I bet on?

Bets are accepted on all professional sports. It’s also legal to bet on most college sports, excluding contests involving New Jersey teams and venues.

What colleges are excluded?

The collegiate betting restriction primarily affects the state’s two Division I schools — Rutgers and Seton Hall.

Are there other NJ sports betting restrictions?

The law prohibits owners and other key members of sports leagues/franchises from booking wagers on their own league.For NJ, this restriction applies to the Golden Nugget alone. Its owner, Tilman Fertitta, also owns the Houston Rockets of the NBA. The Nugget’s sportsbook, therefore, will not be permitted to take action on NBA games.

What about esports?

Nobody is currently offering NJ esports betting, but it’s approved with limitations.Regulations allow betting on “all professional electronic sports and competitive video game events that are not sponsored by high schools, do not include high school teams, and do not include any participant under the age of 18 years.”

What about NJ daily fantasy sports?

Not only is daily fantasy sports legal in NJ, but the two largest DFS companies are also active in the NJ sports betting market, DraftKings and FanDuel.