It might not have been the first state to implement legal sports wagering after the fall of PASPA, but New Jersey has done the best job of taking the proverbial ball and running with it. The Garden State has surpassed even the loftiest of expectations since introducing both brick-and-mortar and online sports betting last year, offering players a wide variety of sportsbook options across the state.
New Jersey bettors can go to virtually any major casino in the state and have an opportunity to place a wager, either in person or via mobile apps. And it’s the mobile presence that really stands out, with roughly 80 percent of all wagers accepted in New Jersey made via sports betting apps. The list is exhaustive, too, thanks in part to casinos being given up to three slots apiece for sportsbooks.
New Jersey Sports Books
|CASINO/RACETRACK||SPORTSBOOK||LAUNCH DATE||MOBILE STATUS||OFFERS/PROMOTIONS|
|BALLY’S||SCIENTIFIC GAMES||JULY 30/18||EXPECTED|
|BORGATA||PLAYMGM/IGT||JUNE 14/18||ACTIVE||Risk-Free Bet Up to $100|
|CAESARS||SCIENTIFIC GAMES||JULY 30/18||ACTIVE||Risk-Free Bet up to $300|
|GOLDEN NUGGET||SBTECH||AUG. 15/18||ACTIVE|
|GOLDEN NUGGET||BETAMERICA||FEB. 2/19||ACTIVE|
|HARD ROCK ATLANTIC CITY||HARD ROCK / GAMING
|HARRAH’S||SCIENTIFIC GAMES||JULY 30/18||EXPECTED|
|MEADOWLANDS RACETRACK||FANDUEL||JULY 14/18||ACTIVE||Risk-Free Bet up to $500|
|MEADOWLANDS RACETRACK||POINTSBET||JAN. 17/19||ACTIVE||Up to $1,000 Back On First Two Bets|
|MONMOUTH PARK||WILLIAM HILL||SEPT. 2/18||ACTIVE||$50 Free Bonus|
|MONMOUTH PARK||SUGARHOUSE||OCT. 2018||ACTIVE||Deposit Bonus up to $250|
|OCEAN RESORT CASINO||WILLIAM HILL||JUNE 28/18||ACTIVE||$50 Free Bonus|
|RESORTS AC||DRAFTKINGS||AUG. 15/18||ACTIVE||Risk-Free Bet up to $500|
|RESORTS AC||BETSTARS||SEPT. 13/18||ACTIVE||Risk-Free Bet up to $500|
|RESORTS AC||SBTECH||AUG. 15/18||ACTIVE|
|TROPICANA||WILLIAM HILL||OCT. 25/18||ACTIVE||$50 Free Bonus|
A few notes on the above chart:
- SugarHouse actually began its New Jersey tenure in an affiliate agreement with Golden Nugget, but moved to Monmouth in October 2018. The likely reason: Golden Nugget is owned by Tilman Fertitta, who also owns the Houston Rockets; his relationship with the team and the NBA as a whole prohibits his casino from accepting bets involving the league.
- Media companies are also getting into the mix; mobile sports app theScore announced plans to launch an online sportsbook in late-spring or early-summer in an affiliation deal with Monmouth Sportsbook, while Fox Sports and The Stars Group are joining forces to launch Fox Bet, which will take over for BetStars at Resorts Atlantic City in the fall.
- Other affiliation agreements could also begin bearing fruit later in 2019. Hard Rock is expected to add both Bet365 and Unibet online sportsbooks to its casino later this year, while CG Technology will likely be in operation at Meadowlands sometime before the end of the year.
New Jersey Sports Betting History
When examining the seismic shift in the current sports betting landscape, it’s important to acknowledge New Jersey as the catalyst. It started the fight to have PASPA repealed; nine years later, the Supreme Court agreed, opening the floodgates for all states other than Nevada to join the sports betting party.
Seventeen years after PASPA was enacted, New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak fought to have the act repealed on the grounds that it was unconstitutional; Lesniak estimated that his state was missing out on up to $100 million in tax revenue a year, money that was being funneled to offshore sportsbooks.
Two years later, a constitutional amendment was approved by the voting public, and Lesniak introduced the Sports Wagering Act, paving the way for New Jersey to offer legal sports betting. Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law in 2012.
But that wasn’t the end of it; the four major North American pro sports leagues and the NCAA all sued in order to have PASPA upheld and prevent New Jersey from forging ahead with the act. A judge upheld the sports betting ban, and overtures to both the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court yielded nothing.
In 2014, Governor Christie introduced and signed a different bill, one that would remove state regulations banning sports betting. The leagues again stepped in – but this time, the Supreme Court agreed to hear both sides after declining to entertain New Jersey’s appeal of its original bill a couple of years earlier.
In May 2018, five months after first hearing oral arguments, SCOTUS voted by a 6-3 margin to repeal PASPA; not long after, Governor Phil Murphy signed a sports betting bill into law, and by June, the state was finally able to open its doors to legal sports wagering.
New Jersey Sports Betting at a Glance
Here’s what you need to know about New Jersey’s current sports betting landscape:
- Sports betting is already a hit in the state, which, for example, pulled in more than $100 million in wagers for NCAA March Madness alone; that resulted in more than $10 million in revenue based on the books’ 10 percent hold on the handle.
- New Jersey brick-and-mortar casino sportsbooks pay an 8.5-percent tax on all revenues, while online sportsbooks are subject to a 13-percent tax; that money goes into a Casino Revenue Fund. Racetrack-based brick-and-mortar sportsbooks pay the same 8.5-percent levy on its revenues, but their online sportsbooks are subject to a 14.25-percent tax; that money goes into the State General Fund.
- FanDuel Sportsbook has emerged as the top operator in the state; the $13.3 million in revenue it helped generate in March represented 54 percent of the total sports betting take for the month. FanDuel revenue made up half of all sports betting revenue in New Jersey in Q1.
- There have been a few incidents that have resulted in fines; last summer, Gaming Innovation Group was fined $25,000 for a geolocation flaw that resulted in someone from Nevada being able to place a wager in New Jersey. In December, Borgata was fined $7,500 for taking wagers on two college games played within the New Jersey state borders, which is prohibited.
New Jersey Sports Betting FAQs
Where can I place a legal sports wager in New Jersey?
You can make a sports bet at any of the following casinos:
- Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ, 07757
- Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
- Ocean Resort, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
- Meadowlands, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ, 07073
- Harrah’s, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
- Bally’s (Wild Wild West), 1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
- Golden Nugget, 600 Huron Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
- Resorts Atlantic City, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
- Tropicana Atlantic City, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
- Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
When was mobile sports betting made available in the state?
New Jersey sports bettors didn’t have to wait long to make bets on their mobile devices, unlike what participants in other states have had to deal with. Mobile and digital wagering in New Jersey was approved for implementation 30 days after brick and mortar sportsbooks were given the go-ahead; DraftKings was the first online sportsbook to take the plunge in August 2018.
How is sports betting regulated in New Jersey?
The state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement is responsible for approving sports book technology and for regulating the operation of sportsbooks in the casinos and at racetracks, according to the official New Jersey government website.
What kinds of sports wagers can I make at New Jersey casinos?
New Jersey sportsbooks offer a wide range of bet types, including (but not limited to):
- Straight wagers
- Totals wagers (Over/Under)
- Moneyline wagers
- Prop wagers
- Futures wagers
What sports can I wager on at New Jersey casinos?
New Jersey casinos provide bettors with a wide selection of sports to bet on, including:
- Professional and college football
- Professional and college basketball
- Professional hockey
- Professional baseball
- Auto Racing
Wagers can be placed on all events listed above other than those taking place within the New Jersey border; this includes college basketball games involving Seton Hall and Rutgers. And as mentioned above, the Golden Nugget is not permitted to offer NBA wagering because its owner, Tilman Fertitta, also owns the Houston Rockets.
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