Bet on sports online in NJ now
As the leader of the fight, it was only fitting that the Garden State become one of the first states to offer widespread sports wagering. With the stroke of a pen on June 11, 2018, just four weeks after the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA) fell, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to legalize sports wagering and give regulatory power to the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE).
Today, New Jersey plays host to one of the country’s largest sports wagering industries, encompassing an even dozen land-based sportsbooks, and even more online and mobile apps. With so many books available, knowing where to play can be a tough exercise, which is why Sports Handle has put together this comprehensive guide to the industry, including our exclusive power rankings.
New Jersey sports betting: by the books
There is no shortage of land-based casinos, horse tracks, and online sportsbooks in which to place a straight, parlay, or teaser bet in New Jersey. Listed below is a comprehensive table illustrating all the sportsbooks where bettors can wager right now.
New Jersey online & mobile sportsbooks
|Provider||Bonus||Licensing Partner||Tech Provider||Mobile?||Integrated Casino?|
|FanDuel||Get Bonus||The Meadowlands||IGT/PPB||Yes||Yes|
|DraftKings||Get Bonus||Resorts Digital||SBTech||Yes||Yes|
|PointsBet||Get Bonus||The Meadowlands||Banach Technology||Yes||No|
|FOX Bet NJ||Get Bonus||Resorts Digital||TSG||Yes||Yes|
|bet365||Get Bonus||Hard Rock||Playtech||Yes||Yes|
|Borgata Sportsbook||Get Bonus||Borgata||IGT/GVC||Yes||Yes|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Get Bonus||Ocean/Monmouth Park||Liberty||Yes||No|
|Play SugarHouse||Get Bonus||Monmouth Park||Kambi||Yes||Yes|
|theScore Bet||Get Bonus||Monmouth Park||Bet.Works||Yes||No|
|Unibet||Get Bonus||Hard Rock||Kambi||Yes||Yes|
|WynnBET Sportsbook||Get Bonus||Caesars Entertainment||Scientific Games||Yes||Yes|
|Golden Nugget||Get Bonus||Golden Nugget||Scientific Games||Yes||Yes|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Freehold Raceway||SportsGenius||Yes||Yes|
|SuperBook Sports||The Meadowlands||In-house||Yes||No|
|PlayUp Sportsbook||Freehold Raceway||In-house||Yes||No|
|Hard Rock||Hard Rock||Scientific Games||Yes||Yes|
|Resorts Sportsbook||Resorts Digital||SBTech||Yes||Yes|
|Tipico Sportsbook||Ocean Casino||In-house||Yes||No|
|SI Sportsbook (Coming Soon!)|
New Jersey land-based sportsbooks
|The Meadowlands||FanDuel Sportsbook||East Rutherford|
|Resorts Casino||DraftKings Sportsbook||Atlantic City Boardwalk|
|Monmouth Park||Monmouth Park Sportsbook by Will Hill||Oceanport|
|Ocean Casino||Caesars Sportsbook (formerly William Hill) at Ocean Resort||Atlantic City (Boardwalk)|
|Bally's AC||FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally's AC||Atlantic City (Boardwalk)|
|Harrah's AC||Caesars Sportsbook (formerly William Hill) at Harrah's Resort||Atlantic City (Marina)|
|Hard Rock Casino||Hard Rock Sportsbook||Atlantic CIty (Boardwalk)|
|Golden Nugget AC||The Sportsbook||Atlantic City (Marina)|
|The Borgata||Moneyline Sportsbook at Borgata||Atlantic CIty (Marina)|
|Tropicana AC||Caesars Sportsbook (formerly William Hill) at Tropicana AC||Atlantic City (Boardwalk)|
|Caesars AC||Caesars Sportsbook at Wild Wild West||Atlantic City (Boardwalk)|
|Freehold Raceway||Parx Sportsbook||Freehold|
NJ Sports Teams Futures
Odds from FanDuel Sportsbook and they are subject to change.
|Hockey||New Jersey Devils||1974||Win Stanley Cup N/A|
|Hockey||Metropolitan Riveters||2015||Win Isobel Cup TBA|
|Soccer||NJ/NY Gotham FC||2007||Win NWSL Championship TBA|
|Football||New York Giants||1925||Win Super Bowl +8000|
|Football||New York Jets||1959||Win Super Bowl +15000|
|Soccer||New York Red Bulls||1994||Win MLS Cup +700|
The latest NJ news
Though NJ regulators had numerous sanctioning tools at its disposal, DraftKings avoided a suspension and a hefty fine in the settlement.
A bettor known for placing a $3M parlay at DraftKings across state lines says stress of the case has soured him on sports wagering.
Under the settlement, DraftKings must develop internal controls with detailed training procedures for detecting and preventing proxy betting.
New Jersey Online Sportsbook top offers explained
Several unique offers are floating around the New Jersey online sportsbook market, and while some may seem straightforward, it’s always important to know the terms before putting your hard-earned money on the line. Below we outline our top choices for new player offers and break down how to claim them. We also have comprehensive reviews of every site listed below to help you pick the site that best suits your needs.
FanDuel, one of the leading online sportsbooks in the country, first made its debut in New Jersey and is offering a risk-free bet up to $1000 in the state. While other online sportsbooks are also offering large risk-free bets, what makes the FanDuel offer especially unique, is that losing bets are paid out in site credit, not a one-time free bet. The site credit plays the same as cash, meaning you can place bets of any denomination and you will be paid out the stake plus the profit, unlike other sites that payout just the profits. In addition, the site credit doesn’t have to be used at one time, adding more flexibility.
DraftKings, also one of the top online sportsbooks in the U.S. market, is now offering a two-part welcome package that includes a $50 free bet + a deposit match up to $1000. The $50 free bet is activated as soon as you make your first deposit of at least $5, and the deposit match is 20% of that first deposit up to $1000. The wagering requirement is pretty steep on this offer, where $1 is released for every $25 wagered, but you do have 90 days to clear the bonus.
PointsBet is offering two risk-free bets when you register a new account, one for $500 on any standard fixed odds bet, and a $1500 risk-free PointsBetting bet. PointsBetting can be a wild ride and is basically a spread bet on steroids. You choose the spread, total, or prop bet, and you get rewarded for how right you are.
For example, if you choose to bet on the total of a matchup between the Nets and Knicks that is set at 225, and the final score adds up to 235, you would win 10x your selected betting unit, which is the difference between what you the set over was and the actual score. On the flip side, if the under hits 10 points below, you would lose 10x your betting unit. You can set limits for how far you want to go in either direction to mitigate damage on losing bets.
Bet365 may be a newcomer to the U.S. market but the company has been a top performer throughout the world for decades. Their new player offer is unique, as they will match your first deposit 100% up to $500 in site credit, but you have to put the initial deposit in play 1x before the site credit is released. For example, if you deposit $500, you will have to wager that $500 1x through in any denomination, and when completed, Bet365 will add $500 in site credit to your account. This can be bet in any denomination but only pays out the profits from the wager.
Play SugarHouse is the New Jersey representative for Rush Street Interactive, which owns and operates BetRivers throughout the country as its primary betting brand. Their $250 deposit match may not stand out as one of the larger offers, but it more than makes up in the fact that you only have to wager through the bonus 1x in order to convert it to cold hard cash. You can clear the bonus money by either placing sports bets, or playing in their casino, and after the initial deposit, you technically do not need to put any of your deposit at risk as the 1x only applies to the bonus funds.
When you make your first real money deposit at the Borgata Sportsbook NJ of at least $20, and place your first bet of $20 or more on any market offered on the site, you’re in business for the bonus. You will activate a series of 5 $20 free bets for a total of $100 in free bets. These free bets expire after 7 days and only pay profits, but this is a great deal as you only need to put $20 of your money in play to earn $100 worth of free bets.
theScore Bet will give you up to a $1000 match on your first deposit, but it will not be added right from the start. The bonus funds will be converted to cash in 5% increments, so if you max out the offer and deposit $1000, every $100 you wager on bets with -300 odds or longer, there will be $5 cash added to your account. This may not be the most ideal offer for most bettors, but you do have the opportunity to add an extra $1000 to your bankroll if you are a high volume bettor. Think of it as 5% cashback on your wagers.
It might’ve taken the Barstool Sportsbook a little longer than anticipated to go live in the Garden State, but better late than never, right? Players who wish to tail Big Cat or El Pres can sign up today and take a chance on a risk-free bet worth up to $1,000. And unlike many other risk-free bets, Barstool is similar to FanDuel in the sense that they reimburse any lost wagers in the form of site credit, not free bets. Being that site credit essentially works the same way that cash does, this is definitely an offer worth checking out.
As the mobile betting extension of the famous Westgate Resort & Casino Las Vegas, SuperBook Sportsbook is a fine product that many New Jersey bettors may not be too familiar with. That is all about to change, as SuperBook is currently offering one of the best and most unique new user promotional offers in the business. All new users who sign up with SuperBook are eligible for a $750 first time deposit match. After making your initial deposit, every bet placed from that point will be split in half – with your cash balance covering one half of the stake, and SuperBook’s bonus funds covering the other half. If you win, take home the full winnings. If you lose, only lose half the stake! For example, if a bettor placed $500 on a team to win at +100 odds, they’d only be risking $250 of real cash, while the rest of the bet is matched by SuperBook. If it wins, receive the full winnings of $500 plus your original $250 that was at risk. If it loses, only lose half the stake that you normally would’ve risked. This one is a little confusing, but it’s a no-brainer.
PlayUp Sportsbook is another brand that may not be as commonly known amongst bettors in NJ. Originating in Colorado, the brand only recently expanded outside of the Centennial State, marking New Jersey as its first destination. As a way to celebrate, PlayUp is offering all new users a 100% deposit match up to $750. And unlike many other sportsbooks, PlayUp’s deposit match only requires a 1x rollover requirement. Players just need to bet through the full deposit and bonus amount within 30 days of receipt and everything is theirs to keep. All in all, this is one of the strongest promotions New Jersey bettors will come across.
Top New Jersey risk-free bets
There are several sites that offer a risk-free bet that allows you to place your first bet up to a certain amount, and if that bet comes out as a loss, you will be refunded in the form of a free bet. For example, if you bet on the Nets -10.5 against the Hawks, and they win by 15, you will be paid out like normal and nothing else happens.
If they only win by 5, and that bet grades as a loss, you will be refunded with a one-time free bet(s) to be used on any market. These one-time free bets typically have minimum odds and is in the amount of the original bet. These free bets usually only pay out profit on the bet, so if you use a $100 free bet on a +100 odds bet, your potential payout will be $100. This is compared to a cash bet that would payout $200 ($100 stake + $100 profit). The sites that offer this type of risk free bet are:
- BetMGM – $1,000 max
- WynnBet – $1,000 max
- Tipico – $750 max
- FOX Bet – $500 max
- Unibet – $250 max
- Golden Nugget – $250 max
- Betway – $250 max
New Jersey sportsbook operator power rankings
Presently, the NJ online sports betting industry has been dominated by two license holders, one a horse track with a locational advantage and ties to a daily fantasy sports giant, the other a smallish Atlantic City casino that has linked arms with an even bigger DFS behemoth.
Below we rank licensees based on several criteria, including revenue generated, overall market trajectory, quality of the sports betting products, and how many online skins are presently available.
#1 – The Meadowlands Racetrack
- Retail sportsbook: FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands
- Retail launch date: July 14, 2018
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: FanDuel Sportsbook, PointsBet Sportsbook, SuperBook Sportsbook
Located in the heart of East Rutherford, The Meadowlands Racetrack was among the first venues to open a sportsbook outside of Nevada, having taken its first wager just two months after PASPA fell. A mere stone’s throw away from New York City, and smack dab in the middle of one of New Jersey’s biggest population centers, the book at the Meadowlands has thrived, pulling in more revenue than any other retail book in the state.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the sportsbook is operated by one of the largest worldwide gambling operators in Paddy Power Betfair (now Flutter Entertainment), which merged with FanDuel in 2018 to create the FanDuel Group. FanDuel, which is among the most popular daily fantasy sports brands worldwide, acts as the forward facing brand of both the Meadowlands’ retail book and its primary online/mobile wagering site.
Supplementing the Meadowlands is its second online skin, PointsBet, an aggressive upstart from Australia that has taken the NJ online sports betting industry by storm through its clever promos and niche spread betting format, the aptly titled PointsBetting. Together, the duo has skyrocketed to the top of the online sports betting revenue charts, supplanting early frontrunner Resorts Digital (DraftKings Sportsbook and others).
The Meadowlands acquired its third and final online skin, SuperBook Sports, after a deal was announced in the Spring of 2021. The third skin was originally expected to be occupied by CG Technology’s upcoming new sportsbook, but the deal ultimately fell through when the company was acquired by William Hill (now Caesars) in September 2020. Instead, the Meadowlands gets to host a prominent brand backed by the Godfather of sports betting: Westgate Las Vegas. The rich got richer with this one.
There’s a reason beyond strong branding and a good location as to why the Meadowlands has done so well, and that’s quality: All of its products boast solid lines, sleek packaging, and are user-friendly.
#2 – Resorts
- Retail sportsbook: DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
- Retail launch date: November 20, 2018
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: DraftKings Sportsbook, Resorts Sportsbook, FOX Bet Sportsbook NJ
DraftKings online sportsbook was the first mobile sports betting platform to go online in New Jersey, taking its first bets in early August 2018. Being first to market certainly had its perks, as DraftKings was able to leverage its exclusivity and massive existing daily fantasy sports database to much early success. Its meteoric rise also proved a wake-up call to New Jersey casino brands that the DFS sites were in it to win it.
Since its initial launch, DraftKings remains among the industry’s revenue leaders and now even generates a healthy dose of NJ online casino revenue as well (casino games were integrated in December 2018).
FOX Bet followed as the second skin on the Resorts Digital license in September 2018, originally under the BetStars name. It received the new FOX Bet name after its parent company, The Stars Group, formed a game-changing partnership with FOX Sports the following year.
Resorts Casino itself added a sportsbook to its existing iGaming site. The SBTech-powered book is a solid option regularly offering reduced juice, decent promos, and featuring a sleek interface and fully integrated cashier. But the prop pricing is very poor.
The sole land-based book under the Resorts license is the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts AC, which launched in December 2018. Although aesthetically impressive, the smallish book hasn’t been a major source of revenue (but still better than some), likely due to its location in one of Atlantic City’s smaller casinos.
#3 – Monmouth Park
- Retail sportsbook: Caesars Sportsbook at Monmouth Park
- Retail launch date: June 14, 2018
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: Caesars Sportsbook, Play SugarHouse, theScore Bet
There was perhaps no one more excited about the launch of legal sports betting than Monmouth Park operator Dennis Drazin. The audacious CEO of Darby Development was readying sports betting at the struggling racetrack well ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision. His gamble paid off, as the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill (now Caesars Sportsbook at Monmouth Park) was ready to roll as soon as the gavel came down.
The June 14, 2018 launch generated a ton of publicity, and in our opinion, it was warranted, as this wasn’t a half-baked sports betting effort. Instead, the retail book formerly known as William Hill is well-conceived (albeit quaint) and has proven a solid revenue generator for the state.
On the online front, Monmouth Park licensed sportsbooks perform admirably, although nowhere near as well as Resorts or the Meadowlands. In addition to the Caesars Sportsbook app, which replaced the William Hill NJ app in August 2021 along with the rest of the rebrand, Monmouth Park plays host to two other online skins.
Monmouth Park picked up Play SugarHouse after the iRush Interactive arm abandoned a potential sports betting partnership with the Golden Nugget. This presumably was because the Golden Nugget was forbidden, at the time, from offering NBA lines. This has since changed, but SugarHouse has stuck with Monmouth Park. Play SugarHouse has also fully integrated its sportsbook into its very popular and innovative online casino, making the app a one-stop-shop for bettors of all sorts.
Monmouth Park also hosts a third online skin, this one backed by the renowned score-tracking app, theScore. theScore Bet’s online sportsbook has been underwhelming thus far, but continues to make improvements to its product.
#4 – Ocean Resort
- Retail sportsbook: Caesars Sportsbook at Ocean Resort Casino
- Retail launch date: June 28, 2018 (temporary), September 1, 2018 (permanent)
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: Tipico Sportsbook
The Caesars-branded sportsbook at Ocean Resort Casino is nothing short of a delight. Coming in at 7,500 square feet, and located smack dab in the middle of the casino floor, this is a book that is clearly meant to be seen. There have been months where the retail book has performed better than any other sportsbook in Atlantic City by a wide margin, which is all the more impressive considering the former Revel Casino has ranked dead last in gaming revenue for Atlantic City casinos.
In September 2020, Tipico Sportsbook went live as the sports betting online skin on Ocean’s license. Operating on in-house tech, and headquartered just across the river from NYC in Hoboken, the brand has rolled out an intriguing product. Despite this, Tipico has yet to find its niche inside a busy New Jersey market.
Unfortunately, the casino has yet to integrate a sportsbook into its existing (and struggling) online casino site.
#5 – Caesars Entertainment
- Retail sportsbooks: Caesars Sportsbook at Wild Wild West, Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s Resort, FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally’s Hotel & Casino
- Retail launch date: July 30, 2018 (Caesars Sportsbook at Wild Wild West), August 1, 2018 (Caesars Sportsbook at Harrah’s Resort), March 15, 2021 (FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally’s Hotel & Casino)
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: Caesars Sportsbook, WynnBET Sportsbook, Prophet Exchange (coming soon)
Caesars Entertainment actually makes use of three different sports betting licenses – one at Bally’s AC, one at Harrah’s AC, and one at the headquarters, Caesars AC. The company uses its own branding for its sportsbooks inside Harrah’s and Caesars, while FanDuel’s services occupy the newest of the three land-based books.
Turning to online, Caesars Entertainment carries just two skins on its license after 888sport recently shut down all of its services. They had previously operated in New Jersey under Caesars’ license.
The two remaining books on the license are Caesars Sportsbook and WynnBET Sportsbook. Caesars debuted its new and very improved sportsbook app in August 2021. It has a wide variety of sports and markets along with an impressive live betting product. It is a massive upgrade from the below-average Caesars Sports app previously offered to Garden State bettors. You should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet.
In July 2020, Caesars Entertainment added WynnBET Sportsbook to its online sports betting repertoire. WynnBET is the namesake site of the luxurious, iconic Las Vegas casino, The Wynn. WynnBET Sportsbook brings to the table a sparkling mobile app and a website to match, both living up to the brand’s prestigious name. It’s been a solid addition to the New Jersey market, along with other states across the country.
One interesting note related to Caesars in NJ is its announced partnership with Prophet Exchange, a newcomer to the sports betting industry. Prophet hopes to disrupt sports betting by offering a peer-to-peer exchange system of wagering. If you have a bet you want to make, you can offer it on the exchange. So maybe you want to take the Giants +6 against the Eagles but to get someone to take the other side you offer reduced odds of -103 instead of the standard -110. Then someone sees your offer on the exchange and accepts it. The bet is booked between you and another individual rather than you and the sportsbook. Prophet acts as the middleman. This is similar to how to the stock market works, but is a new idea in sports betting. Prophet hasn’t gone live in NJ yet. We will review the app when it is operating in NJ. Stay tuned.
#6 – Hard Rock
- Retail sportsbook: Hard Rock Sportsbook
- Retail launch date: January 29, 2019 (temporary), April 1, 2019 (permanent)
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: Hard Rock Online Casino, Bet365, Unibet
Hard Rock’s land-based and online sportsbooks launched in tandem, just days ahead of Super Bowl LIII. Clearly a placeholder, the retail book featured no real seating, no video walls, and no bar — three key components for any successful sports betting endeavor. What it did feature is the promise of a new permanent facility, one worthy of the iconic brand.
That permanent book went live on April 1, 2019, and now features 3,800 sq. ft. of dedicated space, seating for 50, 60 TVs, and a full-service bar equipped with the casino bar mainstay: video poker. It’s not an ideal set-up, as seating is limited and TVs line the wall (as opposed to a video wall), but it’s a massive step up from the temporary sportsbook.
Hard Rock has partnered with two European heavy hitters in Unibet and Bet365 for their online sportsbook skins. Unibet was one of the original online sportsbooks, launching in 1999 and boasts over 11 million customers in over 100 countries. They are bringing that experience to the Garden State via their Kambi-powered online book that brings great promotions, solid lines, and an easy to use interface.
Bet365, although not a household name in the U.S. just yet, is one of the biggest online sportsbooks in the world. Bet365 are pioneers in the game, being the first to offer in-game betting, live streaming, and many other features we all know and love today. When we say Bet365’s betting market and options library is massive, that is an understatement. Despite not having the most betting options compared to other online sportsbooks, it comes in an easy to use, non-cluttered package that caters to the rookie sports bettor and the most experienced alike. Bet365 is worth a look.
#7 – Golden Nugget
- Retail sportsbook: The Sportsbook
- Retail launch date: August 15, 2018 (temporary), September 1, 2018 (permanent)
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: Golden Nugget, Betway
Golden Nugget AC was the first Atlantic City-based casino to open a permanent facility, launching just ahead of the 2018 NFL football season. In terms of retail books, we rank Golden Nugget’s efforts as the best Atlantic City has to offer behind Ocean Resort. The book features seating for 100, an impressive 50 TVs, five video walls, self-serve kiosks, and other amenities.
Initially, Golden Nugget was unable to accept wagers on NBA games due to NJ laws stating that any operator with a major interest in a sports franchise cannot accept wagers on that sport. Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta also owns the Houston Rockets, but the rules have changed and Golden Nugget is now able to accept wagers on the NBA.
Golden Nugget’s online casino remains a top performer, but unfortunately, that has not crossed over to their online sportsbook. Golden Nugget’s second skin, Betway, launched in New Jersey in August 2021. The overseas monster has yet to find its footing in the American sports betting market, however partnerships with the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers, among others, tell us Betway is slowly but surely making some big moves.
#8 – Borgata
- Retail sportsbook: MGM Sportsbook & Bar (formerly Moneyline Sports Bar and Sportsbook)
- Retail launch date: June 14, 2018 (temporary) June 29, 2019 (permanent)
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: Borgata Sports, BetMGM
Borgata was just hours behind Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Seemingly overnight, they successfully added sports betting to their Racebook. Almost a year later, in June 2019, Borgata debuted the Moneyline Bar and Sportsbook (later renamed MGM Sportsbook & Bar). True to its name, it’s more of a sports bar than an actual sportsbook – but it works. The sportsbook has self-serve kiosks and 3 teller windows tucked away in the corner.
Borgata’s online sportsbook has gone through some major upgrades since its initial launch, adding additional betting options over the years, specifically within their in-game library. The app can sometimes be a little difficult to navigate and promos can be a little confusing, but they offer a ton of them – the value is definitely there.
BetMGM’s online sportsbook also went through a massive upgrade in mid-2019. This upgrade brought them up from a mediocre sportsbook to one that now competes near the top of the New Jersey sports betting industry. BetMGM really stands out for its willingness to reward its players, an area where other sports books struggle to come close. With major financial backing, BetMGM is now a real factor.
Both the Borgata and MGM sportsbook apps mirror one-another, functioning exactly the same in every aspect other than appearance. Where MGM appears gold, Borgata will appear light blue. Other than that, everything is exactly the same. And despite falling under the same parent company, players are permitted to create an account with both Borgata and MGM.
#9 – Freehold Raceway
- Retail sportsbook: Parx Sportsbook
- Retail launch date: September 25, 2020
- Online betting: Yes
- Online sportsbooks: Barstool Sportsbook, PlayUp Sportsbook
While its counterparts at Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands began offering retail sports betting right out of the gate following the banishment of PASPA in 2018, Freehold Raceway wouldn’t open up its sportsbook doors until nearly two years later.
Parx Sportsbook finally went live on September 25, 2020, occupying a small section on the second floor of the racetrack’s main building, pictured above. Players who enter the facility will be greeted by Kambi self-service kiosks before passing one of the many ticket windows along the walls. There are plenty of tables and chairs, and enough televisions around the room to match. All in all, it’s not the biggest and brightest brick-and-mortar around, however it gets the job done just fine.
With Penn National Gaming holding a 50% ownership stake in Freehold Raceway, it should’ve been expected that the Barstool Sportsbook was going to end up being one of the racetrack’s mobile betting skins. The Barstool Sportsbook mobile app didn’t get around to launching in New Jersey until August 2021, but has quickly risen to the top as one of NJ’s most popular betting apps.
PlayUp Sportsbook, a lesser-known brand based out of Colorado, made New Jersey its second state of operation when they agreed to a deal with Freehold Raceway on January 14, 2021 to become the track’s second online skin. Their mobile app definitely needs some work, but an attractive color scheme and lucrative welcome bonus are more than enough reason for bettors to give PlayUp a chance.
#10 – Tropicana
- Retail sportsbook: Caesars Sportsbook (formerly William Hill) at Tropicana AC
- Retail launch date: October 25, 2018 (temporary), March 8, 2019 (permanent)
- Online betting: No
- Online sportsbooks: N/A
In March 2019, Tropicana became the third venue in NJ to open a fully-fledged William Hill Sportsbook (now Caesars Sportsbook), and at 5,000 square feet, it’s nearly as impressive as the one at Ocean Resort. Tropicana AC is a casino on the rise, having undergone multiple renovations as part of a recent revitalization effort.
However, the real money in sports betting is online, so it’s impossible for us to rank Tropicana any higher than last when every other sport betting operation in New Jersey features at least one skin.
Getting started at NJ online Sportsbooks
There will be a little variation on how to get started at each site, but overall the process will be similar, and only takes a few minutes. The first step in the process will be to click through the provided link on this page for the NJ online sportsbook that you want to give a go. This will bring you to the landing page of that specific online sportsbook. Some sites will have a “register” or “create new account” button, while others will take you directly to the registration page.
Once you land at the registration page, you will need to enter some personal information. This includes:
- Date of Birth
- Phone number
- Last four digits of your social security number
All of this info is used for identifying that you are who you say you are. The online sportsbooks do not want accounts to be made by people that are not you – this is also built in for your protection. There are safeguards put in place at every step of the process, including registration, banking, and while you are placing your bets.
Once you enter your information, it will be run through a secure, encrypted identification software, and in the majority of cases, you will be approved for an account within seconds. Once approved, you can cash in on all of the available bonuses.
NJ sports betting deposits and withdrawals
With New Jersey online sports betting you can make deposits and withdrawals with confidence. Every banking feature is thoroughly vetted by the NJDGE, the same government entity that oversees all retail gambling in the state.
Every transaction is safe, and majority of available methods used for deposits and withdrawals are probably already familiar to you. Think of making a deposit the same as purchasing an item on an online shop, and withdrawals are similar to getting an online payment from a friend or family member. This is one of the biggest advantages of placing your wagers on legal and regulated online sportsbooks, as opposed to their illegal offshore counterparts. The days of wondering if you were ever going to get your cash out or having to convert your funds to some strange cryptocurrency are long gone. You can count on the legal NJ sportsbooks to process all payments quickly.
You may be asked to verify payment methods, and once again this is for your protection as much as it is to protect the sportsbook. The NJDGE requires this so that hackers or scammers can not withdraw funds to any fake accounts, and if they try, they will be stopped in their tracks during the verification process.
It is important to note that payment options are going to vary by site, but listed below are the most popular and familiar ways to get your money on and off your favorite online sportsbook.
Credit / Debit Card
Every online sportsbook in New Jersey accepts some form of credit or debit card for deposits. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted across all books, with a few that allow you to use your Discover Card. Same as if you were buying groceries, your credit or debit card will be securely processed and funds will be available immediately.
eChecks are the same as writing a physical check, but are processed online. You will link your checking account via the account and routing number on your paper check and your information will be processed through a secure third party processor. Your funds will be available immediately, but you may not see the money come out of your checking account for 24-48 hours. Withdrawals are available and take the same 24-48 hours to hit your account.
If you shop online, you most likely already have a PayPal account, and you can use that same set up for making deposits and withdrawals on your favorite online sportsbook. Use your balance, linked checking account or linked credit card, and withdrawals will be in your account shortly after your payout is approved. If you do not already have a PayPal account, or want to learn more about how to take advantage of this secure payment processor, you can check out our guide to using PayPal at legal online sportsbooks.
Play+ Prepaid Card
Play+ is an option that can be used for bettors that use one of the deposit only options and would like to have an option for withdrawing. You can sign up for the site specific prepaid card directly in the cashier, and in seconds you will be approved ready to link your credit card or bank account. Play+ withdrawals are instant, and you can either send the money back to your bank account or use the physical card (they’ll mail it to you, takes about two weeks). It works just like a Discover debit card – you can pull money from an ATM or swipe it directly to make purchases.
When you choose to make a deposit using PayNearMe, you will be given a barcode. This barcode can be brought to any 7-11, CVS or Family Dollar (among other locations) along with the cash you intend to deposit. The cashier will scan the barcode, take the cash, and the funds will be available in your account within 15 minutes. PayNearMe may exclude you from taking advantage of several bonus and promotional offerings, so be sure to check the terms and conditions before using PayNearMe.
Cash at the Casino Cage
Another cash option is going directly to the cage of the retail casino that is affiliated with the online sportsbook. When making a cash deposit, be sure to bring your ID and your user name. Cashouts can be picked up after your withdrawal is processed.
Skrill is a lesser known eWallet option that works similar to PayPal, but is a bit unique in that the USD funds can be converted to several different international currencies, and a few select cryptocurrencies. There are fees associated with using Skrill as a payment processor, but it has some perks that make up for them.
Online Bank Transfer
If your bank has an online bill pay option, you can probably make deposits and withdrawals using that same service. You will be asked to login to your online banking account, and money will be taken directly from your checking account. Withdrawals will be processed the same way. Sports betting cash will be available immediately, but it may take up to 24 hours to see the funds debit from your account.
While some withdrawals are instant, some may take up to 72 hours to process. The online sportsbook needs to review the account just to be sure that there is no suspicious activity. Typically, the first withdrawal may take longer than usual as payments may need to be verified.
Sports betting status in nearby states
With sports betting legal and regulated in the Garden State, you may get used to being able to just pull out your phone and place a bet, turning your living room or any sports bar into your own personal sportsbook. What happens when you travel out of town and want to place a few wagers? Can you? Will your balance carry over? The quick answer is, sometimes. Let’s take a look at the status of sports betting around New Jersey.
When you cross over the Delaware River into Pennsylvania you will find one of the most gambling friendly states in the Union. Similar to New Jersey, the Keystone State has legalized all forms of online gambling including online sports betting, online casinos, and online poker. You will find many familiar faces including BetMGM, Play SugarHouse and FOX Bet, but if you are looking to bet with the balance you had in New Jersey, the only balances that carry over are FanDuel and DraftKings.
If you would like to play on a sportsbook that is not FanDuel or DraftKings, you will need to create a new account in Pennsylvania. This may seem like a hassle, but this also means that you can claim the welcome package for a second time while visiting your friendly neighbor to the West. This means a whole new batch of deposit bonuses and risk-free bets.
The little state to the South does have legal sports betting, but has not given the green light to online sports betting just yet. In order to place a bet, you will need to travel to one of the states three retail casinos. The retail casinos are located throughout the state with Delaware Park being the closest to New Jersey, in Wilmington. Harrington Raceway and Casino is located in the Delaware State Fair, and Dover Downs Casino is at the famous racetrack.
Delaware does offer online casino games and online poker, so eventually legalizing online sports betting is a distinct possibility, but for now to get that bet in on Embiid to win MVP, you are going to have to get in the car and go to one of the three retail sportsbooks.
The state had previously only allowed for retail sportsbooks to operate in upstate New York, leaving the majority of city-based bettors out of luck. After many years of anticipation, New York finally went ahead and legalized online sports betting in the state at 9:00am on Saturday, January 8th, 2022. The launch featured four initial sportsbooks going live in the Empire State: FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, and BetRivers. BetMGM, PointsBet, WynnBET, and Resorts World Bet followed up shortly after. Once Bally Bet goes live in spring 2022 all nine licensed operators will be up and running in the largest sports betting market in the country.
Other nearby states
While they don’t share a border, there are other states in the area that are getting involved with sports betting. Virginia legalized and launched in 2020, Connecticut followed in 2021, and Maryland has legalized but is still awaiting its mobile betting roll out. Chances are, if you’re traveling around the northeast, you’ll find yourself in, or passing through a state with legal betting options.
Sports betting guides
If you are new to sports betting, new to online sports betting, or just want to brush up on your legal online sports wagering rules, bonuses, and terminology, be sure to check out our guides. These guides cover a range of topics and can help you hone your skills. They will help you on your path to becoming a sharper sports bettor.
- Sports betting bonuses: This guide to online sports betting bonuses will walk you through all the different bonus variations, how to claim them, and all the associated lingo that can sometimes be a little confusing to grasp at first.
- Guide to risk-free Bets: Not all risk-free bets are created equal, and in this guide we break down all the different types of risk-free bets that are offered in New Jersey and beyond. It’s important to know exactly what you are getting yourself into before placing that first bet.
- Top sports betting podcasts: There are a ton of podcasts out there related to sports betting, but here at SportsHandle we waded through all the major options and came up with our top choices. These podcasts are all unique in their own way, and we break down why we chose them for our list.
- Expected value: Not many sports bettors think about expected value when placing their online bets, and even fewer apply it to the wagering strategy. Our expected value strategy walks you through the basics and moves on to some more advanced theories about how to properly assess your betting with a strong mathematical approach.
- Top scores and odds apps: Keeping track of your bets has never been easier when you take advantage of one of the sports scores and odds apps on our list. Keep track of scores, betting odds, and more, right on your phone.
- Sports betting twitter: Everyone thinks they are an online sports betting genius, but many of the names on our top sports betting Twitter follows actually are. Some are deep into analytics while others are just a fun follow. Be sure to check out our top picks to help make your Twitter feed even more enjoyable.
- Get a Grip Podcast: Brought to you by two of our very own, Dave Sharapan and Dan Back, this sports betting podcast delivers all the news and info about the legal sports betting industry like no one else.
Regulations, taxes, and fees
Under New Jersey law, only qualified casino and racetrack properties can apply for a sports betting license. In addition, anyone hoping to run an online sportsbook must first be partnered up with a license holder.
The tax rate on NJ sports betting was set at 8.5% on gross gaming revenue for land-based casinos and tracks, with tracks paying an additional 1.25% to the Division of Local Government Services in the Dept. of Community Affairs. Later, in October 2018, Gov. Murphy signed off on an additional 1.25% tax to be paid by casino sportsbooks, with the funds allocated for the Casino Reinvestment Development Agency, and used for the purposes of marketing Atlantic City. Online sportsbook pay a flat 13% tax on gaming revenue.
The fee to apply for a sports betting license is $100,000.
License holders are limited to three individually branded websites, or skins, each, and only have a 270-day window in which to operate an online book without a retail facility. This hasn’t proven an issue so far, as all license holders went live with retail outlets before going online, or in tandem.
There are a few additional caveats in the regulations that have impacted the industry. While operators can take wagers on college sports, they are forbidden from taking bets on college games that involve New Jersey teams, regardless of whether they’re played in New Jersey or not. Similarly, you can’t bet on any college games taking place in the state of New Jersey, regardless of who is involved. There are efforts underway to reverse these policies, but for now, they remain intact.
Frequently asked questions
Is legal sports betting live in New Jersey?
Yes, and it has been since June 2018 when retail sportsbooks at the Borgata and Monmouth Park began taking bets.
Today’s industry is much larger, with plenty of land-based books and online sites open for business. Expect the online number in particular to swell, perhaps as high as 25, by the time the industry reaches maturity.
Who is eligible to place wagers at NJ sportsbooks?
As long as you’re the legal gambling age of 21, and not on any voluntary or involuntary self-exclusion lists, you can place wagers at a land-based outlet.
Those looking to place wagers online must be geolocated in the state borders of New Jersey. That doesn’t mean you have to hold residence in the Garden State, but it does mean that you’ll have to have location services activated on your device, and that the device must first recognize that you are in fact, in New Jersey.
You do not have to be in New Jersey to skim the betting lines, register an online account, or even make a deposit — only to place real-money wagers.
How do I register for an online sportsbook in New Jersey?
Typically, registering for an online sportsbook entails providing a few pieces of identifying information such as your full name, address, and social security number (usually only the last four digits). The information is then processed by the system for accuracy, and if all checks out, you’ll be good to go.
In order to withdraw from an online sportsbook you may be asked to provide a scanned copy of your driver’s license or another identifying document, and may also have to upload documents that verify the account information tied to your preferred withdrawal method. For instance, those wishing to withdraw via eCheck (ACH) might be asked to upload a copy of a recent bank statement. You will only have to do this one time.
Do online sportsbooks offer bonuses to new players?
One of the key advantages of placing wagers online is that all new players will be entitled to some sort of bonus offer.
The welcome bonus packages themselves vary, with some sites offering a 100% match on first deposits with a rollover requirement, and others a full refund (capped at a certain amount) in the form of site credit, pending a bettor’s loss on their initial wager.
A select few sites may even offer new players what’s called a no-deposit bonus. To claim these, users simply have to sign up for the site, no deposit required.
In order to maximize the amount received, we highly encourage bettors to sign up via one of the links on this page, or through our NJ online sportsbook reviews, as we commonly offer packages that are better than the public offer.
What types of sports bets are available in New Jersey?
- Straight bets
- In-game wagering
- Futures bets
How are the betting lines at NJ online sportsbooks?
While there is no easy answer to that question, we can say with clarity that the betting lines hold up remarkably well compared to the Nevada market, which is actually a bit of a surprise considering the higher tax rate.
That said, the pricing does vary quite wildly from site to site, with some operators commonly offering reduced juice on point spreads and totals, but mediocre prop pricing, and others rolling out all sorts of prop boosters, but below average pricing on moneylines. Some offer solid lines across the board, while others are worth taking a complete pass on.
Luckily, New Jersey bettors have plenty of options. Through our reviews, readers will be able to quickly gauge which sites are worth taking a flyer on, and which ones might only be worth using if there’s some sort of promotion available.
The path toward New Jersey sports betting
New Jersey was the major driving force behind the push for legal sports betting for over a decade. In 2009, the state tried and failed to bring a case challenging PASPA’s constitutionality. A district court dismissed the case for lack of “standing.”
Then in 2011, a public question appeared on New Jersey’s November general-election ballot, asking if the state constitution should be amended to authorize wagering on professional and amateur sports at casinos and racetracks. The referendum passed by a wide 64-36 margin.
Soon after, in 2012, the legislature amended the Casino Control Act and allowed the Casino Control Commission to begin offering licenses to casinos and racetracks to take sports bets. Later, then-governor Chris Christie and the state expressed an intention to go further and enact regulations to allow sports betting in Atlantic City casinos and racetracks. In response, the NFL, NCAA, and other sports leagues sued to block the state from implementing any such sports betting activity. The leagues won that round and got an injunction in federal court, which stopped New Jersey in its tracks.
The leagues consistently used PASPA to block New Jersey from legalizing sports betting — ostensibly to preserve the “integrity of the game.” But that argument began to crumble in light of several events:
- The leagues embracing and investing in daily fantasy sports
- Leagues holding numerous games and sporting events in Las Vegas
- Moving pro teams to Las Vegas (the NHL’s Golden Knights and, later, the NFL’s Raiders),
- Public remarks and writings in favor of legal sports betting by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
However, they didn’t back down in their fight against sports betting.
The lawsuit dubbed “Christie I” began to address the merits of New Jersey’s case and its various constitutional arguments against PASPA under the Tenth Amendment. It’s a long and somewhat complicated tale in a gray area of the law that involves state sovereignty and equal sovereignty (the idea that all states should be treated equally, or on equal footing), and an anti-commandeering doctrine (the federal government cannot compel the states to enact laws or dictate how it governs its own citizens).
Ultimately, New Jersey lost in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, where the court held that “while the guarantee of uniformity in treatment amongst the states cabins some of Congress’ powers, no such guarantee limits the Commerce Clause.” In other words, federal law may impact states differently, resulting in scenarios where, as here, Nevada may license sports betting operations, but New Jersey cannot.
New Jersey also made an argument under the “anti-commandeering” doctrine. New Jersey’s argument did not convince the court, but the state did get an idea for a novel angle of attack, and also gained some traction with its arguments as one judge dissented from the majority.
The sequel, “Christie II”
In 2014, New Jersey executed a novel plan in “Christie II” by passing a law (Senate Bill 2460 by Senator Raymond Lesniak) that partially repealed its state prohibitions against sports wagering, which effectively would allow sports betting, without explicitly saying so (the law “partially repeals prohibitions, permits, licenses, and authorizations concerning wagers on professional, collegiate, or amateur sport contests or athletic events.”)
The Third Circuit noted “clever drafting” in the law by New Jersey, but ultimately did not find in the state’s favor. But once again, the court was split 2-1, followed by a rehearing en banc where New Jersey lost, 9-3. The court rejected the state’s anti-commandeering argument but didn’t squarely address the equal sovereignty arguments (explored in great depth here).
In October 2016, New Jersey filed for a writ of certiorari (for a Supreme Court review) in the “Christie II” case. It was seen as a major long shot given that SCOTUS accepts such a small number of cases each year.
But then the high court asked the acting Solicitor General to file a brief on the case, which he did in May 2017, recommending that the court deny New Jersey’s petition. But then the Supreme Court decided to take up the case anyway. Not because the high court is terribly concerned about sports betting, but because of the way that PASPA works.
In an amicus brief (“friends of the court”), a coalition of 20 other states wrote that they “submit this brief in support of Petitioners because PASPA impermissibly skews the federal-state balance. Amici states take no position on the wisdom of sports wagering, nor would all amici likely legalize sports betting even if permitted.”
The major issue was that PASPA could be an unconstitutional, Tenth Amendment-based encroachment upon states’ rights. That was New Jersey’s argument. They argued that PASPA forced the state (and others) to maintain and enforce laws against sports betting, as opposed to the federal government actually creating laws to regulate or prohibit citizens directly.
And further, New Jersey argued that PASPA simply dictates a policy, but creates no framework whatsoever for states to follow with respect to sports-betting policy. This had wider ramifications for the interplay between federal and state laws and policy.
SCOTUS rules in favor of NJ
The case, originally titled Christie v NCAA (it changed with the new governor), was heard by the Supreme Court after making its way through the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The high court heard oral argument for the case in December 2017 and ruled in May, with Justice Samuel Alito authoring the majority opinion. The court decided to strike down PASPA completely, ruling it unconstitutional, bringing a major victory to New Jersey and other states hoping to offer legal sports betting.
In an opinion joined by all of the justices except Justice Ginsburg and Justice Sotomayor, Alito stated:
“The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make.
Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not. PASPA ‘regulate[s] state governments’ regulation’ of their citizens, New York, 505 U. S., at 166. The Constitution gives Congress no such power. The judgment of the Third Circuit is reversed.”
New Jersey built its case on constitutional grounds — arguing that the law “commandeered” states to uphold its anti-gambling laws, or maintain them, or prevent states from repealing them — in violation of principles of state sovereignty. And it worked. Congress had overstepped its bounds. Congress could have outright banned sports wagering, and still could, but that’s not what PASPA did.
NJ lawmakers move quickly
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, New Jersey wasted little time getting its sports betting operation moving.
In fact, that very same day State Sen. Stephen Sweeney introduced S2602, a bill that would see sports betting regulated under the purview of the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement. A mirror bill was introduced in the assembly (A 4111), and it would quickly sail through both the Senate and the Assembly by unanimous votes.
Gov. Phil Murphy penned the bill into law on June 11, saying in a statement, “I’m thrilled to sign Assembly Bill 4111 because it means that our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract new business and new fans, boosting their own long-term financial prospects. This is the right move for New Jersey and it will strengthen our economy.”
Just a few days later the industry was up and running with both Monmouth Park and the Borgata launching retail sports betting operations on June 14, 2018. Online sports betting would follow in early August, and the rest, as they say, is history.