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.
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)
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- William Hill NJ
- Fox Bet NJ
- BetMGM Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- Unibet Sportsbook
- 888 Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget
- Resorts Sportsbook
- BetAmerica NJ
Land-based sportsbooks in Atlantic City
- Bally’s Wild Wild West
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock AC
- Ocean Resort
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.