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Whether new to sports wagering or a seasoned sharp, we have you covered with a comprehensive look at the legal NJ online sports betting market, covering online and mobile sportsbooks that legally take bets, what you’ll need to do to get started, and a look back on how legal sports betting in the Garden State became a reality. Not an online guy or gal? We’ll touch on the state’s physical sportsbooks as well.

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NJ online sports betting: All of the books

SportsbookLand-Based PartnerMobileLaunch Date
FanDuel Sportsbook NJMeadowlandsSept. 2018
PointsBet Sportsbook NJThe MeadowlandsDec. 2018
DraftKings Sportsbook NJResorts ACAug. 2018
FOX Bet Sportsbook NJResorts ACSept. 2018
888sport NJCaesars ACSept. 2018
Caesars Sportsbook NJCaesars ACSept. 2018
Golden Nugget Sportsbook NJGolden NuggetFeb. 2019
Unibet Sportsbook NJHard Rock ACSept. 2019
BetMGM Sportsbook NJBorgata ACAug. 2018
Bet365 Sportsbook NJHard Rock ACAug. 2019
theScore Sportsbook NJMonmouth ParkSept. 2019
SugarHouse Sportsbook NJMonmouth ParkAug. 2018
Resorts Sportsbook NJResorts ACJan. 2019
Hard Rock Sportsbook NJHard Rock ACJan. 2019
BetAmerica Sportsbook NJGolden NuggetFeb. 2019
Borgata Sportsbook NJBorgata ACMay 2019
Parx Sportsbook NJOcean CasinoDec. 2019

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Launch date: September 1, 2018
  • Tech partners: IGT (platform), Paddy Power Betfair (pricing/risk management)
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: Betfair Casino (wallet), FanDuel Daily Fantasy (desktop platform)
  • Special features: In-play, cash out, active promotional schedule

To say that FanDuel online sportsbook has a lot going for it would be a pretty gross understatement. Forgetting about its massive daily fantasy database for a moment, FanDuel merged with industry sharp Paddy Power Betfair (forming the FanDuel Group), meaning it has one of the most adept sportsbook vets in its corner. Together, and with a little help from IGT, they have created a book that is largely loved by the NJ sports betting community, not to mention the staff at US Bets as well. FanDuel often has the best lines in almost every betting market, for both pregame and ingame.

FanDuel Sportsbook desktop and mobile lobbies

Fun fact: Your FanDuel Sportsbook balance comes with you when you travel to other states where FanDuel is legal.

DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Launch date: August 6, 2018
  • Tech partners: Kambi
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: DraftKings Daily Fantasy (platform, partial wallet)
  • Special features: In-play, cash out

Surprisingly, it was daily fantasy operator DraftKings and not an Atlantic City brand that launched the first online sports betting site in New Jersey. That first-mover status, along with DK’s crazy big user database, relationship with innovative tech provider Kambi, and aggressive marketing has paid off big, DraftKings has been among the market share leaders since day one. DraftKings initially faced some criticism early on for their relatively high juice, but have since improved their lines and sometimes can even be the best bet when price shopping.

DraftKings Sportsbook on desktop and Android

Fun fact: Bettors on DraftKings can use their daily fantasy contest winnings to wager on sports.


  • Launch date: September 13, 2018
  • Tech partners: The Stars Group
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: PokerStars NJ (wallet, mobile platform)
  • Special features: In-play, cash out, Spin & Bet

FOX Bet’s is the result of a partnership between FOX Sports and The Stars Group, which results in a sports betting match made in heaven. The Stars Group is no stranger to the online sports betting space, having launched an international product in 2015 that has grown faster than Lebron James’ net worth. It’s also the sister brand of a little online poker site that you may have heard of: PokerStars. Tons of promos, along with its slick user interface, cutesy game formats like Spin & Bet, and strong branding lead us to believe it’s going attract a fair number of punters.

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FOX Bet NJ desktop home
FOX Bet NJ desktop home

Fun fact: FOX Bet NJ loves to offer increased odds on 3-leg NFL parlays. Be on the lookout for these Super Boosts.

PointsBet Online Sportsbook

  • Launch date: August 22, 2018
  • Tech partners: Proprietary
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: None
  • Special features: Exciting Pointsbetting wagering, In-play

The Australian bookmaker first made landfall in the US in August 2018, and brought with them an exciting new betting option along with it. PointsBet has all your usual bets, moneyline, spreads, totals, and more, but what really makes PointsBet exciting is their exclusive PointsBetting option, which is basically a spread bet on steroids. It’s not for everyone and it can be a wild ride, but you can try PointsBetting risk-free up to $100 with PointsBet welcome offer.

PointsBet is available on both Android and iOS and has one of the most stacked promotional schedules in the whole industry.

Fun fact: PointsBet has a fun promotion called the “Crowd Booster” where the more people that bet on a certain wager, the more they move the line in your favor.

Play SugarHouse Sports

  • Launch date: August 23, 2018
  • Tech partners: Kambi
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: Play SugarHouse Casino (wallet, platform)
  • Special features: In-play, cash out, full mobile integration

When Play SugarHouse, operated by Rush Street Interactive, burst upon the NJ online casino scene in September 2016, it was pretty much an afterthought. But players quickly noticed that the site did nearly every facet of iGaming better than anyone else. Suffice it to say, the site blew up, and their fully integrated sportsbook has performed quite well making it a one-stop-shop for all your betting needs. Beyond its stellar reputation, Play SugarHouse offers tons of bets (both pre-game and live), an aggressive and easy-to-clear welcome bonus, free bingo games, and a loyalty program that actually matters. And now that it’s aligned with Monmouth Park it can offer wagers on NBA games — something it couldn’t do while partnered with Golden Nugget AC.

Play SugarHouse Sports on desktop and mobile

Fun fact: The number of available in-play bets for any given contest is typically in the dozens, if not hundreds.

888sport NJ

  • Launch date: September 10, 2018
  • Tech partners: Kambi
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: 888casino, 888poker (wallet, loose ties to platform)
  • Special features: In-play, cash out

Like BetStars NJ (now FOX Bet), 888sport was established in other jurisdictions long before it set sail for the U.S. Not to mention, parent company 888 Holdings, partnered with Caesars in Atlantic City, has been an active participant in the NJ iGaming market since 2013, supporting both online casino (888casino) and poker (888poker) sites. All this bodes favorably for 888sport NJ’s prospect, as does its partnership with Kambi, tons of betting markets, and slick interface. But the playthrough requirements on bonuses are tough, and some of the lines have something to be desired, so we do wonder how just how large a niche it will carve out.

Fun fact: 888sport is one of the few NJ online sports betting sites that has a shared wallet with both Poker and Casino.

Golden Nugget Sportsbook

  • Launch date: February 12, 2019
  • Tech partners: SBTech
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: Golden Nugget online casino
  • Special features: In play

Golden Nugget online sportsbook went live in February 2019 and uses award-winning software partner SBTech for risk and lines. Golden Nugget Sportsbook shares a platform with its top-rated online casino and features daily odds boosts, parlay boosts, and a full slate of other promotional offers. Golden Nugget often has crossover promotions with their online casino.

Golden Nugget software is easy to use, has a ton of betting markets and lines are usually on par with the industry. Where they really shine is their betting options, both pregame, and ingame, there can be 100+ of choices that are easily sorted to help you find the bet you are looking for.

Fun Fact: The owner of the Golden Nugget is also part owner of the Houston Rockets, which initially disallowed Golden Nugget from taking NBA bets. The rules have since changed, and now all NBA betting is allowed except betting on the Rockets.

Caesars Sportsbook

  • Launch date: September 6, 2018
  • Tech partners: Scientific Games
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: Caesars Casino (wallet and platform)
  • Special features: full mobile integration, earn Total Rewards credits online

For a company that has tons of experience in the mobile sports betting sphere, Caesars sure disappointed with the initial launch of its online sportsbook in New Jersey. The lines are favorable, no doubt, but there’s just not enough of them, including very limited in-play option. That said, the groundwork of a solid app has been laid, as the sportsbook has already been integrated into Caesars’ popular online casino app, with sports wagers awarding Total Rewards tier and rewards credits, or you can just convert them to cash. The cashier is also top-notch, featuring PayPal, ACH payments and a host of other options. There’s just no sports specific welcome package and very little to bet on, and that needs to change.

Caesars NJ Sportsbook – desktop and mobile app

Fun Fact: Sports bettors can redeem their earned online Total Rewards rewards credits for on-site cash or for use at any of the nearly 40 Total Rewards casinos.

BetMGM Sportsbook

  • Launch date: August 22, 2018
  • Tech partners: IGT (tech), GVC (joint venture)
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: BetMGM Casino (wallet)
  • Special features: In-play

BetMGM sportsbook’s initial launch back in 2018 under its former name, playMGM, was underwhelming at best. The one redeeming quality was their ridiculous amount of prop bets, but even that didn’t make it a serviceable online sportsbook.

Someone must have told them because in September 2019, playMGM died and BetMGM was born. This was more than just a name change, it was a complete overhaul of their online sportsbook, the addition of a welcome bonus and a slew of new betting options. BetMGM held on to the good (tons of prop bets) and added a large library of in-game options, weekly promos, more betting markets and more!

BetMGM on desktop
BetMGM on desktop

Fun Fact: BetMGM sportsbook users can earn freeplay rewards at BetMGM Casino.

Sportsbook at William Hill

  • Launch date: September 1, 2018
  • Tech partners: Proprietary
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android
  • Integration ties: None
  • Special features: In-play

In just a short period of time, William Hill has established itself as a dominant force in the New Jersey (retail) sports betting market. Already it operates branded books at Monmouth Park, Ocean Resort Casino, and Tropicana Casino. Complementing its land-based books is a sports wagering app available for iOS, Android, and desktop. The app is, well … basically an extension of their retail books, supporting a decent amount of betting markets, limited in-play options, and offering a decent cashier. It’s rare that William Hill will have the best lines on basically any market, but their first deposit bonus definitely makes the site worth a look.

Fun fact: William Hill is the only operator in New Jersey aligned with more than one land-based partner.

Land-based sportsbooks in New Jersey

If the numerous online sports betting sites available in New Jersey aren’t enough to whet your wagering appetite, or if gambling over the Internet simply isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that New Jersey plays host to an array of land-based books. And good news for you Central and Northern New Jerseyans, these brick & mortar books aren’t confined solely to Atlantic City, as traditional casino gambling is.

Retail sportsbooks

Currently, eight Atlantic City’s existing casinos and two racetracks feature sportsbooks. Each sportsbook has their own individual feel to help them stand out as competition continues to be fierce.

CasinoSportsbookLaunch DatePermanent book?
BorgataMoneyline Bar and Book6/14/2018
Bally’sWild Wild West Sportsbook7/30/2018
Harrah’sThe Book8/1/2018
Golden NuggetThe Sportsbook8/15/2018
Ocean ResortCaesars Sportsbook6/28/2018
ResortsDraftKings Sportsbook8/15/2018
TropicanaCaesars Sportsbook10/25/2018
Monmouth ParkCaesars Sportsbook6/14/2018
MeadowlandsFanDuel Sportsbook7/14/2018
Hard RockHard Rock Sportsbook1/30/2019

Racetrack sportsbooks

The state’s horsemen are also heavily involved in the sports betting industry, with Monmouth Park and its enthusiastic operator Dennis Drazin cutting the ribbon on New Jersey’s first land-based sportsbook, the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill, on June 14, 2018.

This was followed exactly one month later by the debut of the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands. Since, the Meadowlands has become the top earning land-based book in New Jersey, which doesn’t really shock given its strong branding, proximity to New Jersey’s and New York’s main population centers, and of course, its view of MetLife Stadium — home of the New York Giants and Jets.

The state’s third horseracing track, Freehold Raceway, has yet to dip its toe in the sports betting waters, but its prospects are looking good.

Getting started at NJ online sportsbooks

Depending on whether you’re already involved in the NJ online casino or poker scene, it will take anywhere from zero seconds to no more than 5 minutes to place your first wager. That is, pending you meet a couple of eligibility requirements:

Under 21? Hold all bets

It doesn’t matter how mature you might be, if you’re under the age of 21, you cannot register an online sports betting account in New Jersey. This is the same age requirement used by Atlantic City casinos and the state’s online gambling and poker sites. 18-year-olds will have to stick to betting on the ponies and the lottery.

Both feet in New Jersey

Players don’t have to necessarily be in New Jersey to register and fund their sportsbook account, but in order to play for real-money, they will have to have both feet planted in the Garden State. Note, that doesn’t mean they have to hold residence in New Jersey, instead they merely need to be physically located within its borders.

So a bettor from a neighboring state like Pennsylvania or New York can view the New Jersey lines (on most sites), register and fund an account and then head over to that Starbucks right over the border to place real-money wagers, in so long as they have an established Wi-Fi connection or mobile network with GPS enabled.

Registering an account

For those involved in daily fantasy or NJ online casino/poker, registration on most online sportsbooks is a breeze. That’s because many operators have woven their sports betting sites into their existing platforms. Have a Play SugarHouse casino account? No need to register for the sportsbook. Same goes for DraftKings DFS account holders, and those registered with Betfair Casino, which uses the same registration info as FanDuel Sportsbook. Easy.

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Only the last four digits of your SSN required!

For the rest, registration is a simple two-step process, first requiring that players enter some details about their person, including their social security number (but usually only the last four digits). Then their information is vetted via a rigorous verification process, used to ensure that player identities are protected from any shady deeds. This process takes just a few seconds, after which players are free to make their first deposit.

Funding an account

While several online sportsbooks in New Jersey offer no-deposit bonuses to new players, those who want to make more than a few wagers will likely have to make a deposit. Here’s the good news: Depositing funds on a NJ online sportsbook is easy, mainly because most operators have been successfully handling payment processing for years. The kinks, by and large, have already been worked out.

Bettors will find that just about every sportsbook accepts a variety of payment methods including ACH, credit/debit cards, prepaid card options, and PayPal, with all transactions processing near instantaneously. There are also a plethora of ways to get money off the site, with quick turnaround times. So no need to be anxious if that +1000 bet comes in and you want to lock up the win.

Word to the wise: When first funding an NJ online sports betting account, be sure to use one of the links on this page or on our review pages to ensure that you receive the maximum welcome bonus for new players.

Regulations, taxes, and revenue

It was only a few short weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court kicked PASPA to the wayside that New Jersey passed sports betting legislation. The bill passed by unanimous vote in both chambers and was swiftly signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy (who also happened to place the first bet at Monmouth Park later that week) on June 11.

Regulation of the industry was handed off to the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement, the same agency that handles oversight for Atlantic City casinos and online gambling sites in New Jersey. Luckily, the state had been primed to offer sports betting for many years, enabling regulators to release emergency regulations just two days after Murphy penned the sports betting bill into law.

New Jersey law mandates that only qualified casinos and racetracks be eligible for a sports betting license, and that online sportsbook operators must be partnered with a license holder. Other points of interest:

  • The fee for a sports wagering license was set at a minimum of $100,000
  • The tax rate is set at 8.5% for land-based venues, and 13% for online sites, with horsemen required to pay an additional 1.25% to the Division of Local Government Services in the Dept. of Community Affairs.
  • License holders are limited to three individually branded websites, or skins.
  • Wagering on college sports is allowed, unless a New Jersey college or university team is involved. Then it’s a no-go.
  • License holders have a 270-day window (transactional waiver) to operate online sportsbooks in the absence of a physical sportsbook.

New Jersey does not pay an integrity fee to professional sports leagues in exchange for data and league oversight, nor will it likely ever.

In terms of handle, New Jersey books took $184 million in bets during September 2018. And from June – September, the industry produced over $40.4 million in revenue. Word is still out on just how big the industry will get, as there are still a lot of books that haven’t launched yet, and many would-be bettors are still not aware of the distinction between legal and offshore sites, or that legal sports betting is even a thing. Industry analysts see NJ sports betting topping out at just over $300 million in annual revenue, which would render it an ever-so-slightly bigger moneymaker than in Nevada. We tend to concur with this analysis.

A brief history of New Jersey sports betting

New Jersey’s battle to legalize sports betting within its borders extends all the way back to 2009, when State Sen. Raymond Lesniak introduced sports betting legislation. His bill would easily pass via voter referendum in 2011, leading then Governor Chris Christie to pass it into law the following year.

Unfortunately there was one massive roadblock, and that was the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Amendment (PASPA) of 1992. PASPA, driven by former New York Knick Bill Bradley, prohibited sports wagering in all but four states (and really only Nevada). Interestingly, New Jersey had a one year window from the inception of PASPA to pass legislation legalizing sports betting in the state, but political turmoil doomed the effort. As a result, New Jersey was effectively shut out of sports betting for the next 25 years.

Shortly after sports betting regulations were posted in August 2012, professional sports leagues filed a suit against Christie and New Jersey. The next several years were riddled with disappointment for New Jersey, as it first lost in the district courts, then twice in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Then in June 2014, the state was delivered another devastating blow, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to accept New Jersey’s appeal.

Also in 2014, the always staunch gambling proponent Lesniak went to work on new sports betting legislation that would function as a sort of PASPA workaround. Same result, with New Jersey and Christie once again losing to the leagues in the courts. However, by this time, the prevailing attitude toward sports betting was beginning to show some cracks. Guided by this, New Jersey once again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case. This time, it accepted, hearing oral arguments in Christie v. NCAA (later Murphy v. NCAA) on December 4, 2017.

Five-and-a-half month later, on May 14, 2018, the Court announced its decision, voting 7-2 that PASPA violated the 10th amendment, and deeming it completely unconstitutional by a 6-3 count. Just a few weeks later, New Jersey passed a new sports betting bill, and at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Monmouth Park sportsbook on June 14, 2018, the industry was born.Today, it thrives