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New Jersey Sports Betting

New Jersey Sports Betting Legalization News

New Jersey had fought for years to overturn the federal ban on sports betting, claiming it was unconstitutional for Nevada to have a monopoly on the business.

On May 14, 2018, the United States Supreme Court finally agreed, opening the door for states to enact sports betting legislation. Exactly a month later, the first sports bet in New Jersey was booked by Gov. Phil Murphy at a Will Hill sportsbook at Monmouth Park.

With that came a flood of New Jersey sports betting activity which saw several casinos and race tracks open sportsbooks and several daily fantasy providers offer mobile betting in New Jersey.

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Is sports betting legal in New Jersey?

Yes. Voters approved the measure back in 2011 in a state referendum and then-Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law in January of 2012.

However, before the state could proceed, the professional sports leagues and NCAA sued the state to prevent them from doing so. It took another six years of legal battles to finally get PASPA overturned and for legal New Jersey sports betting to become reality.

Where can I bet at New Jersey sportsbooks?

You can bet at any New Jersey casino and at Monmouth Park, best known for its horse racing, as well as the Meadowlands Stadium, best known as home of the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants. You can also wager at numerous online sportsbooks which were approved in New Jersey.

Online sportsbooks (mobile apps or website)

Land-based sportsbooks in Atlantic City

  • Borgata
  • Bally’s Wild Wild West
  • Caesars
  • Golden Nugget
  • Hard Rock AC
  • Harrah’s
  • Ocean Resort
  • Resorts
  • Tropicana

What about mobile sports betting apps in New Jersey?

New Jersey quickly embraced mobile and online betting, which has been attributed with making its foray into sports betting such a success. Other states have restricted the activity to physical sportsbook locations within casinos and race tracks.

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What is the legal sports betting age in New Jersey?

Currently, you must be 21 years old to place a sports bet in New Jersey. This is a bit unusual since the legal age to bet on horses is 18.

Who is allowed to offer New Jersey sports betting?

Casinos in Atlantic City are all permitted to seek licenses. As well, online operators and technology partners of existing casino license holders can apply. The state made Monmouth Park and Meadowlands horse racing facilities also eligible.

Who regulates or licenses New Jersey sports betting?

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement was tasked with setting the framework for New Jersey sports betting, in cooperation with the New Jersey Racing Commission, which planned to offer sportsbooks at its major tracks. The rules and guidelines are set out in the law. View the legislation here.

What sports will be favorites of New Jersey sports bettors?

New Jersey sports bettors have plenty of ‘home team’ options to bet on, although home games for New Jersey colleges such as Rutgers are not eligible to be wagered. And New Jersey calls many New York teams their own and many New Jersey residents live close to Pennsylvania sports teams (in particular Philadelphia) as well.

In the NFL, the New York Jets and New York Giants both play at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. In the NHL, the New Jersey Devils have earned a special place in the hearts of fans with several championships. The Brooklyn Nets were the New Jersey Nets before changing NBA locales. And both the New York Mets and New York Yankees are either loved or loathed by New Jersey residents. In Major League Soccer, the New York Red Bulls call New Jersey home.

The state also boasts many quality NCAA college teams, including:

  • Rutgers Scarlet Knights – Big Ten football
  • Seton Hall Pirates – Big East basketball
  • Princeton Tigers – Ivy League basketball
  • Fairleigh Dickinson Knights – Northeast Conference basketball
  • Monmouth Hawks – MAAC basketball
  • NJIT Highlanders – Atlantic Sun Conference basketball
  • Rider Broncos – MAAC basketball
  • Saint Peter’s Peacocks – MAAC basketball