New Jersey sports betting is now legal. Here’s more about where and how you can bet on sports in The Garden State.
How Legal New Jersey Sports Betting Happened
After many long years of frustration and court battles, New Jersey finally has sports betting. On June 11, 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 411 and opened the door for operators to offer the chance to wager on the outcome of sporting events.
Murphy was the first person to place a bet in the state. He did so on Thursday, June 14 at Monmouth Park Racetrack.
This law came on the heels of the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The verdict, which came on May 14, ended the decades-long prohibition on sports betting in the United States.
New Jersey Sports Betting Sites
So far, Monmouth Park Racetrack, Borgata, and Ocean Resort are the only locations accepting bets.
Five other properties expect to offer sports betting by the end of summer 2018.
The others haven’t announced a firm date for opening their facilities, but they are undoubtedly trying to open as soon as possible. Here is the full list of properties and their statuses regarding sports betting:
|Property||Expected Opening Date||Partner|
|Bally’s Atlantic City||Mid-August||None announced|
|Freehold Raceway||None announced||None announced|
|Golden Nugget||Q1 2019*||Churchill Downs/SBTech|
|Hard Rock AC||None announced*||None announced|
|Monmouth Park||Open||William Hill|
|Ocean Resort||Open||William Hill|
|Resorts Atlantic City||None announced||DraftKings|
|The Meadowlands||Mid-July||Betfair US|
|Tropicana AC||None announced||None announced|
*These properties may offer only partial options or a temporary fix. Golden Nugget will not accept betting on NBA games due to its owner also owns the Houston Rockets.
Monmouth Park Sportsbook
Monmouth Park now has a sportsbook open 7 days a week. The Monmouth Park Sportsbook by William Hill is generally open from 10 AM – 1 AM EST, with longer hours during the weekend.
Because gaming company William Hill is operating the facility, players at Monmouth Park are eligible to join the Sports Reward Club. Registration is free.
Players can earn points each time they wager. For every 1000 points, William Hill will award $1 in free bets.
Borgata’s sportsbook is in the same place as its former Racebook. The book is open 7 days a week, beginning at 11 AM EST.
There are 100 seats in the venue, with individual monitors for players to use. The room is strictly a non-smoking area.
Borgata offers players 10 betting windows, which should keep the lines down. There are also dedicated kiosks for horseracing.
Borgata also hosts handicapping tournaments for horse bettors who want to add excitement to their day. Since Borgata is an MGM Resorts property, players can earn points on their MLife cards as they play.
New Jersey Online Sports Betting
You will be able to bet on sports in New Jersey online and via mobile devices soon, but not yet. The first sites and apps are expected to go live in July 2018.
Nearly every Atlantic City casino and racetrack is expected to have a NJ sports betting app by this year or early next.
New Jersey Sports Betting FAQ
Is it legal to bet on sports in New Jersey?
Yes. It has been legal since New Jersey enacted a law in June 2018.
Where can I find places to bet?
All New Jersey casinos and sportsbooks are authorized to accept sports wagers. However, at present, only Monmouth Park Racetrack and Borgata Hotel and Casino are doing so.
Can I bet online?
Not yet. Casinos and racetracks may apply to allow online wagering in July 2018.
What sports may I bet?
You may place bets on any contests at the college level or above EXCEPT games played within the state’s borders or games played by New Jersey schools.
What are other types of gambling available in New Jersey?
New Jersey offers both land-based and online gambling. All land-based gambling must occur in Atlantic City or at one of the three racetracks. Online wagering is available for casino games, poker, daily fantasy sports, and eventually sports betting.
Is sports betting legal in every state since the Supreme Court struck down PASPA?
No. Each state must create its own legislation for sports betting individually. At present, six states offer sports betting or have legislation to that effect:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
What Does New Jersey’s New Law Actually Say?
Any new piece of legislation comes with its own idiosyncrasies. Here are the parameters outlined in the law:
- Any casino or racetrack with a valid sports betting license may offer sports betting to the public.
- Both casinos and racetracks will pay an 8.5% tax on land-based revenue.
- After 30 days from the bill’s effective date, casinos and racetracks may apply to offer online sports betting.
- Both casinos and racetracks will pay a 13% tax on online revenue.
- A portion of the collected taxes from online casino wagering will enter a fund to help market Atlantic City.
- Racetracks will pay an additional 1.25% tax on online revenue, which will distribute into the towns and counties in which each track sits.
- Only people 21 or older can place a bet.
- Betting on high school sports is prohibited.
- Betting on college events in the state of New Jersey is prohibited.
- Betting on New Jersey college events, regardless of location, is prohibited.
- Referees, players, or coaches cannot wager on their own sports.