What a difference a year makes! Since the historic repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) on May 14, 2018, legalized sports betting has grown by leaps and bounds.
Previously, Nevada had a virtual monopoly on legal sports betting. Besides Nevada, only three other states (Delaware, Oregon, and Montana) were exempt from PASPA, but unlike in Nevada, their sports betting options were extremely limited.
Everywhere else in the US betting on sports was completely illegal. So individuals who wanted to bet had to rely on proxies, local bookmakers, or offshore gambling operators.
As of this writing, legalized sports betting is up and running in 13 states, five more have already passed the needed legislation but sports betting has yet to be launched, and many others are considering legislation.
Current status of legal sports betting in the US
States where legal sports betting is now available
All of the following states now offer full-scale legalized sports betting, including wagers on the outcomes of individual games. They are listed below in the order in which the option became available. Of the 13 states, full-scale sports betting predated the repeal of PASPA in only one–Nevada.
State Date Launched
Delaware June 5, 2018
New Jersey June 14, 2018
Mississippi August 1, 2018
West Virginia August 30, 2018
New Mexico* October 16, 2018
Pennsylvania November 16, 2018
Rhode Island November 26, 2018
Arkansas July 1, 2019
New York July 17, 2019
Iowa August 15, 2019
Oregon* August 27, 2019
Indiana September 1, 2019
*Limited to certain tribes
States that have passed legislation and sports wagering should launch soon
Since the following five states have already passed the required legislation, it’s just a matter of time before full scale legalized sports betting should be up and running there, too.
- North Carolina
- Washington, DC
In Maine, legislation passed in both houses, but the governor elected not to sign it, so sports betting is on hold there for now, as it is in other states which have introduced legislation, but it has yet to be approved.
In any case, there is no denying that sports betting fever across the US is growing at an incredibly rapid pace.
Legal betting on sports is expected to draw 15% of Americans during the 2019 NFL season
The September 4, 2019 issue of The Press of Atlantic City reports the results of a national survey conducted by Money Consult Online for the American Gaming Association August 7-12, 2019. The sample consisted of 11,000 adults from different states.
Over 38 million Americans and nearly 1.6 million New Jersey residents indicated that they expected to place sports wagers during this centennial season of the NFL.
This number would presumably be even larger if legalized sports betting were currently available in more states. 24 percent of those surveyed indicated that they would probably wager on NFL games if legal and convenient in their home state.
Here are some other telling findings from the August, 2019 survey:
- 9 million Americans said that they would place bets at a retail casino sportsbook—an increase of nearly 1.2 million from 2018.
- 75 percent of the sports bettors said they were more likely to watch a game they have wagered on.
- 28 percent said they would be more likely to attend a game they have wagered on.
- 51 percent said they were more likely to watch pregame data and commentary on a game they have wagered on.
- 63 percent said they would be more likely to watch a game with their family and friends if they had a wager on it.
Keeping the regulated sports betting industry safe and viable
The enthusiastic manner in which Americans are embracing legalized sports betting is most encouraging to everyone involved in or affected by the industry. But at the same time, as the legal market continues to grow, implementing appropriate safeguards is a must.
As Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association points out:
“During this centennial NFL season, more Americans than ever before can wager on football in safe, well-regulated environments.
It is clear that as jurisdictions enact policies to provide a legal alternative to the dangerous illegal market, consumers follow suit and seek the protection they deserve….
As the legal market grows, it is imperative for gaming and adjacent industries to focus on implementing and promoting legal sports betting responsibly to protect consumers and ensure the viability of legal markets to the continued detriment of illegal operators.”
NJ sports betting: Start of NFL season packs Atlantic City sportsbooks
According to published reports, 80% of NJ legal sports wagers take place in online and mobile sportsbooks. But judging by the packed sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos all over town on Sunday, Sept. 8, the first Sunday of the regular season of the NFL, one would think otherwise.
From the Boardwalk to the Marina, all nine Atlantic City sportsbooks (Borgata has two) were filled with players eager for action, hoping to kick off the 100th season of the NFL on a winning note.
The crowds included not only large numbers of seasoned bettors but also many newcomers to sports betting.
According to a Sept. 9 article in The Press of Atlantic City, one Atlantic City casino sportsbook manager commented that he had never seen so many first time players. “A lot of $10 and $20 bets, but people are really into it.”
Pointing to the casino floor, which was also packed, and a bar with nowhere near enough seats for the huge crowd, the sportsbook manager added: “You can see what it’s doing for the restaurants and bars and casino.”
Bally’s Wild Wild West held its Grand Opening party the same day
Probably the sportsbook with the most excitement–and also pandemonium–on Sunday, Sept. 8 was Bally’s Wild Wild West. The reason was the huge party there to celebrate the “grand opening” of that much heralded 15,228 square-foot sportsbook—the largest in Atlantic City (after the fact—the new sportsbook actually debuted in June).
Unfortunately, despite 200+ seats, it was standing room only for those who didn’t have reserved seats and arrived late. Former Eagles players Chris Long, Hollis Thomas, and Fred Barnett were on hand to meet and greet fans, take pictures, and sign autographs. Also, the first 200 people to place a bet of $100 or more received an NFL throw as a thank you gift.
NJ sports betting results for August
Football season has only begun, but already there is every indication, at least in NJ, that September, 2019 will set a new record for sports betting in the state. Meanwhile, the data showing the revenue for NJ sports betting in August are now in and indicate a whopping 115 percent increase in sports betting revenue for August, 2019 compared to August, 2018.
NJ sportsbooks—digital and retail combined—generated $11.26 million in revenue in August, 2019, with nearly $6.7 million coming from DraftKings.
Conclusion: Legal US sports wagering is growing by leaps and bounds
In the little over a year since the Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in May, 2018, legal sports wagers in the US have already amounted to more than $10 billion.
This fall and in 2020 as more states continue to jump on the bandwagon, these figures are going to skyrocket even more. How much more I wouldn’t venture to guess. Picking the winners of the weekly contests is challenging enough. But what an exciting time it is for sports bettors in New Jersey. As always, NJ Gambling Websites will continue to keep you informed on all of the latest developments.
The fact that Golden Nugget Online Casino is packed with over 600 great games (633 as of this writing) is certainly one of the reasons for its tremendous popularity. But it isn’t the only one. Whatever level of player you are, everyone’s a winner at Golden Nugget.
Golden Nugget is the only NJ gambling website that offers weekly, monthly, and year-end races where you go for the gold by competing against other players. The object is to try to rack up as many Golden Points as possible by making deposits and playing your favorite NJ online casino games. All registered players are eligible to compete. Those who play often enough and big enough will each win a prize.
How far can you climb up the Golden Nugget leaderboard this month? You won’t know until you try. But don’t put it off because right now the September race is on!
2019 Million Dollar Race
It’s great that all year long Golden Nugget Online Casino players can compete for bonus money prizes in weekly and monthly races. But ultimately, all of you who are entertaining the idea of winning a supersize prize should set your sights on the 2019 Million Dollar Race Grand Finale, as that’s where the big money is at.
The top 50 players on the leaderboard for the entire year will share a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000!
In many prize drawings, the bottom rung prizes are so tiny, players see them as a waste of time, but not this time. Players who finish in 21st through 50th place will receive $1,200 in bonus money. And, of course, from that point on up, the prizes keep getting even more spectacular.
It will take a lot of play to snag the third place, second place, or Grand Prize. But take a look at what Golden Nugget will be giving the three top winners.
- Third place: A year of Fine Dining or $12,000 in bonus money!
- Second place: A Vegas Dream Vacation for the winner and 10 friends or $18,000 in bonus money!
- Grand Prize: A year-long lease on a Rolls Royce or $36,000 in bonus money!
Third place, second place, and Grand Prize winners who choose to take bonus dollars in lieu of the other prize will receive the money in monthly installments. Otherwise, all bonus money prizes will be given out in one lump sum.
All year-end bonus money prizes come with the same wagering requirements and other terms and conditions as the bonuses awarded in the weekly and monthly races.
Everyone’s a Winner at Golden Nugget Online Casino in September
Win your share of a $75K prize pool
Every month of the year, Golden Nugget holds a new race with a guaranteed prize pool of at least $50,000. However, during some mystery months, Golden Nugget increases the prize pool to $75K or $100K. September just happens to be one of those mystery months. On day 1 (Sept. 1) Golden Nugget loaded the prize pool with $75,000 instead of the usual $50,000, and that’s just for starters. By the end of the month, the size of the prize pool could amount to a lot more.
Whatever leaderboard points you earn will be doubled
Your September play also counts extra, so those of you with a shot at winning one of the year-end prizes should take note. Just like in August, all leaderboard points that you earn from your play in September will be doubled. Players earn double points again in October and November, and triple points in December as the 2019 Million Dollar Race gets closer and closer to the finish line.
Top prizes for the top 15 players plus additional prizes for everyone
The September race is special in yet another way. Golden Nugget Online Casino holds a new race every month, but it’s been a while since the promotion included the Everyone’s a Winner feature. Now, for September, 2019, it’s back and here’s how it works.
After each day of the monthlong promotion period when one or more players win $15,000 or more, $200 will be added to the pot. But after each day when no one wins $15,000 or more, $1,000 will be added to the pot.
At the end of the month, the entire pot will be divvied up. First, the top 15 players on the leaderboard will each receive a designated fixed prize based on their respective rankings. Then the remainder of the prize pool will be distributed among all eligible participating players. All prizes will be in the form of bonus money credited to players’ accounts.
How to participate in the September race at Golden Nugget Online Casino
All of the monthly races start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month. But if you haven’t opted in yet for September, you can still do so. Just keep in mind that you will be competing against other players who have been earning Golden Points from the beginning of the month, so you will need to step up the pace if you hope to catch them. But the good news is that in this race, everyone’s a winner. So even if you don’t finish in the top 15, you’re still in the money.
Here’s what you need to do to get started:
- Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account.
- Go to Available Bonuses and opt into this month’s race.
- Make a single deposit of at least $20.
- Earn at least 50 Golden Points playing your favorite Golden Nugget online casino games
Distribution of prizes
As mentioned, all prizes will be in the form of bonus money. The following table shows what each of the top 15 players will win as their initial prize. They will also receive a secondary prize, as will everybody else. However, the amount will depend on how much more gets added to the $75,000 starting prize pool, so it won’t be known until the end of the month.
2 $ 7,500
3 $ 5,000
4 $ 4,000
5 $ 3,500
6 $ 2,500
7 $ 2,000
8 $ 1,500
9 $ 1,250
10 $ 1,000
11 $ 750
12 $ 600
13 $ 500
14 $ 350
15 $ 250
After the above amounts are subtracted from the prize pool, the remainder will be divvied up among all eligible participating players.
Bonus money wagering requirements
All bonuses will be awarded by 5 p.m. Wed., Sept. 2. Players will then have up to seven days to meet the stipulated wagering requirements. The bonus can be used either for casino play or sports wagering, whichever the player prefers.
- Most slots: 1x bonus
- Video poker, roulette, blackjack, and other table games: 4x bonus
- Excluded slots*: 5x bonus
*Out of the 585 slot games that Golden Nugget Online Casino currently offers, the overwhelming majority of them count 100 percent towards clearing the bonus. So all you have to do to clear the bonus is wager it once. That makes it a no risk bonus. The casino is staking the entire wager, so you can’t possibly lose any of your own money.
However, the remaining 21 slots only count 20 percent towards clearing the bonus. So the amount you have to wager if you choose any of these “excluded” slots jumps to 5x the bonus. See the casino website for the list of these 21 slots. We recommend that you hold off playing them until you don’t have a bonus to clear.
The wagering requirement for clearing the bonus with sports bets is 1x the bonus.
Additional terms and conditions
Before you start your wagers to clear the bonus, you will need to decide which one of the two types of bonuses you want: the casino bonus or the sports bonus. You cannot combine the two or switch to the other once you have made your selection.
Golden Nugget is giving you up to seven days to clear the bonus from the time you receive it. Prior to completing this wagering, both the bonus money itself and any additional winnings resulting from it will remain temporarily unavailable for withdrawal. However, you still have access to other money in your cashable wallet that is not related to the bonus.
Canceling the bonus, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to clear the bonus within the allotted seven days period will result in forfeiture of both the bonus and any additional associated winnings.
Golden Nugget Weekly Missions
The monthly race isn’t the only one that is currently ongoing for Golden Nugget Online Casino players. Every week you can compete in a new Weekly Mission, too!
What the Weekly Missions entail
As with the monthly races, the weekly races are also competitions to try to rack up as many Golden Points as possible. Keep in mind that the weekly races take place every week of the year, so there are a total of 52. Each weekly race starts on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
However, an important difference from the monthly races is that the weekly prizes are not guaranteed. Golden Nugget will only award them when the total number of Golden Points earned by all of the participants combined amounts to at least the designated Community total. Whenever that number falls short, the prize pool for that week is rolled over to the following week.
For those weeks when there is no rollover, the top 400 players will share a $3,000 prize pool. With a rollover, the amount by which the prize pool is increased will depend on the number of consecutive weeks in which the weekly prize pool was not awarded.
How to participate in the Golden Nugget Weekly Missions
You don’t necessarily have to play every day, but it’s best to start at the beginning of the week (Monday). If you wait until midweek or later to start playing, other players will have probably already registered an insurmountable lead. Also, before you start your play on any given day, don’t forget to opt into the promotion so you will get full credit for all of your play.
You must earn a minimum of 50 Golden Points over the course of the week to be eligible for a possible prize. Players can earn a maximum of 100 points per day and 700 per week.
Awarding of prizes
On the Tuesday after each week in which the number of Golden Points earned by all participating players combined equals or exceeds the indicated Community total, prizes will be awarded to the top 400 players. A random drawing will determine how these prizes will be distributed. For all prize pools consisting of the standard $3,000, individual prizes range from $2 free play to $500 free play. Prize amounts will increase whenever the prize pool is larger due to a rollover.
Additional wagering requirements
All players who are entitled to a prize will receive it by 5 p.m. on the same day as the drawing. See the above section pertaining to the wagering requirements and terms and conditions for bonuses won in the monthly race. They apply to all bonuses awarded in the Weekly Missions as well.
Are the weekly challenges, monthly races, and year-end Million Dollar Race for you?
Golden Nugget is well known for its love of grand scale promotions, and these races are a perfect example. Everything about them screams “bigger is better.” But, of course, since both your odds of winning a prize and the size of the prize are predicated on how many Golden Points you earn, the only way to win big is to bet big.
In other words, these promotions are not for everyone. If you’re new to Golden Nugget Online Casino or if this is the first time you’re thinking about entering these races, first make sure that you can afford the level of play required for a realistic shot at winning. Don’t be misled by the meager $20 deposit requirement for the monthly races or 50 Golden Points minimum for either the monthly races or Weekly Missions. If all you play is the minimum, you will be wasting your time, as you will have zero chance of ranking on the leaderboard.
Before you start, check how many points the leaders have. If you think you can earn anywhere near that many, go ahead and enter. If not, follow the races from the sidelines (the leaderboards are updated daily) and take advantage of other special promotions at Golden Nugget like 50 percent and 100 percent deposit match bonuses and double Golden Points on the Game of the Week.
On the other hand, the September monthly race is special because you don’t have to rank among the top players on the leaderboard to win a prize. So this is the rare time when I would make an exception and recommend this promotion enthusiastically and unequivocally for all Golden Nugget players, including those who only bet small amounts. Why? Because everyone’s a winner!
Football fans in the New Jersey sports betting market now have a new way to wager on both the NFL and college football. DraftKings Sportsbook has a promotion available to all bettors who want to join the DK online football Pools Contest on the NJ sportsbook.
These online football pools were introduced last season at DraftKings and are now back again for 2019. Instead of just putting some action down on a single game, DraftKings pools allow football fans to pick a specific contest and make predictions for every game on the schedule.
Similar to Daily Fantasy Sports, sportsbook pools give players the freedom to choose exactly which contest they’d like to enter. The pools vary by type, prize pool, number of entries, duration and entry fees.
This promo is a fun way for bettors to have an interest in a wide variety of games, while only committing a fixed amount of money. These betting contests also give bettors some flexibility, as you don’t need to win every single game in order to earn a payout.
Inside DraftKings Football Pools
DraftKings Pools are a great transition for casual bettors or for those who feel more comfortable betting on daily fantasy. The range of pools is extensive as well, so gamblers of all experiences can find a pool that’s right for them.
Currently, DraftKings players can enter pools with the following entry fees:
Of course the prize pool differs based on the entry fee for each contest as well as the number of entries permitted to enter. While the most affordable pools payout $6, the $10 contests have pool prizes ranging from $60 to as much as $10,000.
The $500 entry is for the DraftKings Super Pool. This pool has a $1,000,000 prize pool and pays out anyone who finishes in the top 149 entries. Here are the highest potential winnings bettors can earn by placing in this contest:
- 1st – 25%
- 2nd – 15%
- 3rd – 10%
- 4th-5th – 5%
DraftKings Super Pool begins on Sept. 29 and lasts from Week 4 through Week 17 of the NFL season. In this time, players must select 70 games against the spread in total. There is no weekly pick requirement, though.
After the regular season ends, the entry with the most wins will earn the top prize.
Other pools have different rules, however. DraftKings users can join weekly pools for just Week 2 of the NFL season. In this contest, players pick the winners of the games straight up, instead of against the point spread.
This weekly pool has an unlimited number of entries and payouts are limited to just the top three spots. The pay table for this pool is as follows:
- 1st – 50%
- 2nd – 30%
- 3rd – 20%
Beyond predicting the outcome of NFL games, there are pools available that include strictly college football, as well as props.
There is a pool for Thursday Night Football where bettors must predict what will happen for eight different prop bets specifically for that night’s matchup. Props include which player will score the first touchdown, who will have more passing yards, will there be a safety and so on.
DraftKings Private Pools
Besides the standard pools provided by the online sportsbook, football fans are able to create their own contests to enjoy with friends and family. You’re able to select if it’s for college or NFL, which type of pool it is, the date of the contest and the entry fee price.
This is a great move by DraftKings, as a lot of football enthusiasts love competing against people they’re watching the games with.
Pools are a fun way to have an interest in a lot of different games without having to pay for each bet. They will most likely grow in popularity as the football season intensifies.