New Jersey voters first approved sports betting through a referendum in November 2011. The referendum result led to the Sports Wagering Act 2012, that was signed into law by then Governor Chris Christie. The legislation allowed wagering at casinos and racetracks on specified professional and collegiate sporting events.
However the NFL, NHL, MLB, and NCAA filed a lawsuit to block the legislation claiming that it was in direct violation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). The suit was successful and led to an injunction against the state’s attempts to launch sports betting. The leagues also won a later appeal against the injunction.
New Jersey then took the case to the US Supreme Court and on May 14th, 2018, the court ruled that PASPA was unconstitutional rendering the injunction taken by the sporting leagues null and void.
This allowed the state to push through legislation in the form of Bill 411 to allow single-event sports betting at casinos and racetracks. Governor Phil Murphy placed the first bet on June 11th, 2018 as New Jersey became the third state with a regulated sports betting market.
New Jersey is now the market leader in sports betting with many of the biggest retail and online sportsbooks in the United States operating in the state.
Who regulates the New Jersey sports betting industry?
The New Jersey sports betting industry is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement while the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) regulates parimutuel wagering, account wagering and exchange wagering on horse racing in the state.
Which legal sportsbooks are available in New Jersey?
Following the Supreme Court decision in May 2018, the state’s existing gaming operators moved quickly to launch retail sportsbooks with the first legal sports bet accepted by William Hill Sportsbook in Monmouth Park just one month later.
Currently, there are retail sportsbooks available in the majority of New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks with most located in or in close proximity to Atlantic City. Each retail location where you can place bets in person is listed below along with its betting partner/brand.
Bally’s Casino — FanDuel
Bally’s Corporation was a relative latecomer to the retail sports betting market only opening its sportsbook at Bally’s Casino in 2020. The casino’s partnership with FanDuel initially saw the betting operator open a temporary kiosk on the casino floor in 2020. This was then followed just a few weeks later by a permanent sportsbook that features video walls and a self-pour beer wall.
Borgata Casino Hotel — BetMGM
MGM Resorts was one of the first operators to launch in New Jersey opening a BetMGM sportsbook in its Borgata Casino Hotel in 2018. The 8,000-square-foot sportsbook features a huge LED video wall, individual betting kiosks, and a VIP lounge. The sportsbook is located right next to the casino’s original racebook.
Caesars Casino AC (Wild Wild West) — William Hill
Image credits: Wild Wild West by drpavlov / CC BY-NC 2.0
Caesars Entertainment partnered with sports betting giant William Hill to open sportsbooks at all of its New Jersey casino locations but the biggest is without doubt located at the Wild Wild West Casino. This 15,228-square-foot sportsbook has five private fan caves where gamblers can watch sports on TVs that can be split to show three different events simultaneously.
Freehold Raceway — Parx
Greenwood Racing Inc. has offered wagering on horse racing at Freehold Raceway for many years but in 2020, the company launched its own sportsbook at the racetrack offering odds on a wide variety of major league and college sports. The Parx sportsbook features individual kiosks and multiple screens to watch live events.
Golden Nugget AC — Golden Nugget
Landry’s Inc. was another one of the first operators to open a sportsbook in New Jersey launching its Golden Nugget branded sportsbook in 2018. The sportsbook is located just off the casino atrium and feature five video walls, a full bar, and 24-hour kiosk betting.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino — Hard Rock
Opened in 2019, the sportsbook at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is one of the smaller retail sportsbooks in Atlantic City but is still a relatively comfortable space with both tellers and kiosks.
Harrah’s Casino AC — William Hill
Owned by Caesars Entertainment, Harrah’s Casino is one of only three casinos not located on Atlantic City’s boardwalk. The casino was one of the first in the state to launch a sportsbook in 2018 partnering with William Hill to open a 3,800-square-foot retail space lined with video screens and kiosks.
Monmouth Park NJ — William Hill
Monmouth Park by Calstanhope / CC BY-SA 4.0
Located in central New Jersey, the sportsbook at Monmouth Park was an early entrant in the local sports betting industry opening in 2018 in partnership with William Hill. Like most sportsbooks in the state, the Monmouth park outlet features tellers, kiosks, and food and screens for watching live events.
Ocean Casino — William Hill
The sportsbook at Ocean Casino is one of five William Hill retail sportsbooks in New Jersey. Opened in 2018, this 7,500-square-foot space features a panoramic video wall, live sports ticker, tellers, kiosks, and a large bar area.
Resorts Casino — DraftKings
Owned by gaming operator Mohegan Sun, Resorts Casino first started taking bets in 2018. The 5,000-square-foot sportsbook is DraftKings only retail outlet in New Jersey and features an ultra-HD video wall, a bar, VIP areas, and 24-hour kiosks.
The Meadowlands New Jersey — FanDuel
The sportsbook at Meadowlands racetrack in East Rutherford was FanDuel’s first retail location to open in New Jersey. This sportsbook is quite large with comfortable seating, kiosks, tellers, and screens to watch live events. This is one of the closest sportsbook located to New York state.
Tropicana Casino — William Hill
Now owned by Caesars Entertainment, Tropicana Casino opened its William Hill sportsbook in 2019. The casino is a popular tourist destination and the sportsbook is suitably lavish with seating for 180 gamblers, a huge odds board, and an impressive video wall.
Sports betting apps in New Jersey
Mobile sports betting in New Jersey launched in August 2018 and is one of the strongest mobile sports betting markets in the US.
State legislation requires that all online sportsbook operators partner with a bricks and mortar casino. Casinos and racetracks that have received a sports betting license are allowed to offer three skins for mobile betting. This means that, in theory, a license holder can partner with as many as three online operators who must pay an online licensing fee of $400,000.
DraftKings was the first brand to launch an online sportsbook in the state in August 2018. Since then, practically every major online sports betting operator has launched an app in the state and at the time of writing there are 19 apps available.
The list of mobile sports betting apps in New Jersey and their gaming partners includes:
|Sportsbook App||Casino/Racetrack Partner|
|FanDuel||Resorts Casino AC|
|FoxBet||Resorts Casino AC|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||Golden Nugget Casino|
|Resorts Sportsbook||Resorts Casino AC|
|Borgata Sportsbook||Borgata Casino|
|Unibet||Hard Rock Casino|
|Bet365||Hard Rock Casino|
|Hard Rock Sportsbook||Hard Rock Casino|
|888 Sport||Caesars Casino|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Caesars Casino|
|BetAmerica||Golden Nugget Casino|
New Jersey sports betting frequently asked questions
How old do you have to be to place bets at a New Jersey sportsbook?
Gamblers must be 21 years of age or older to create an account with a New Jersey sports betting app or to place bets at a retail sportsbook anywhere within the state.
Is it legal to use a New Jersey sports betting app outside of the state?
Some apps may allow you to check odds and your account status while out of state. However, you must be physically located in New Jersey to place a wager.
How do I deposit money on a New Jersey sports app?
The majority of New Jersey sportsbook apps will allow you to deposit using the following methods — credit/debit card, online banking, PayPal, Skrill, PayNearMe, Echeck/ACH Transfer, Casino Cage payments at the app's partner casino/racetrack.
How do I create an account for a sports betting app?
In New Jersey new users can register online without the need to visit a retail sportsbook. However, you will need to upload a valid photo ID and provide a valid social security number.
What happens to my sportsbetting account if my ID expires?
If your ID expires, you will be required to provide a new valid ID. Most apps will warn you if your ID is about to expire and allow you to upload a new one through the app or website.
Can I download New Jersey sports apps on both iOS and Android devices?
Yes, all New Jersey sports betting apps have both iOS and Android apps available.
What sports can you bet on in New Jersey?
You can place bets on all major professional sports along with collegiate sports and Olympic events. However, betting on New Jersey-based college teams is not allowed.