The BetStars sportsbook in New Jersey is a partnership between Resorts Atlantic City and the Stars Group, the same company behind the popular PokerStars NJ app.
The Stars Group may be based on the Isle of Man, but the company now has strong brand recognition in New Jersey with the PokerStars NJ, PokerStars Casino and now the BetStars app.
The on-property sportsbook at Resorts AC is entirely separate from BetStars.
BetStars NJ free bet bonus
Looking out over the field of the Garden State’s mobile sports betting apps, BetStars has one of the prettiest new player promotions out there as you can harvest up to $500.
The multi-tiered Welcome Bonus starts with getting a matched free bet up to $50 after you place your first wager. For every $150 wagered, you will receive an additional $50 free bet up to $450. (Bet $1,350 to earn the full value). No promo code is required.
On a smaller scale, BetStars is offering a weekly $5 free bet if you wager $25 on anything from Monday to Sunday (posted under the “User Challenges” window).
BetStars Promo – April 2019
Bet Three Get One Free: Want to receive a $10 free bet? The rules are simple: make three point-spread bets of $10 each on NCAA Tournament games. The offer is available to use on any bet. Customers must use the free bet within seven days. The promotion also applies to all March Madness games until March 31.
Home of the Underdog: Place a $20 wager on a No. 2 seed or lower to win this year’s NCAA Tournament and earn a $10 free bet for each round they advance. The free bet must be used within seven days and can be used on any sport. The promo also applies to all NCAA Tournament games until March 31.
BetStars is the NJ sports betting arm of The Stars Group and PokerStars NJ. The connection means New Jersey players have a shared wallet between the accounts. BetStars is available for iOS and Android users, and added a browser access option a couple months later. However, the ease of use and the cash-out option surely give it a leg up on its rivals in the market.
Create your BetStars NJ account
The BetStars NJ app is available for both iOS and Android users. Once the app is downloaded and the registration process is complete, the online wagering can begin.
The quickest way to get the app on Android is by downloading it from the BetStars NJ website. Look for the “Get Our Android App” button located next to an oversized cellphone image. After the app is downloaded, you can create an account and start betting.
A few weeks after it launched its mobile apps, BetStars NJ’s sports betting website kicked into gear.
Sports options available on BetStars
BetStars offers a full menu of sports on the board, which include:
- College basketball
- College football
- Motorsports (including NASCAR)
- PGA Tour and other golf tournaments
- Soccer (including English Premier League)
Types of wagers on BetStars New Jersey
The BetStars app includes a full range of betting options. On some events, the minimum bet ranges between 1 cent and 10 cents.
Moneyline is as basic as it gets. The favorite is posted with a three-digit number next to the minus sign while the underdog has a three-digit number next to a plus sign. The San Francisco 49ers, for instance, are listed at +370 against the San Diego Chargers. If they were to pull off the upset, the bettor would win $370 for every $100 wagered.
Point spreads are another preferred play for football games. You need to decide if you want to side with the favorite (giving up the points) or the underdog (getting the points). These can get rather intriguing, especially when underdogs are double figures in points.
Some may recall the Buffalo Bills going off as 16.5-17 point dog against the Minnesota Vikings. The Bills ended up winning the game in such convincing fashion that they became the favorite in late-game, live betting.
Total points, also known as the over/under, is merely deciding which side of the line the final score will fall.
A parlay is a single bet where you pick the winner of two or more sporting events, and each of the selections needs to win. BetStars offers up to a 20-team parlay. A winning ticket will produce a higher payoff than the individual bets.
The round-robin is a combination of parlay bets paired together. The BetStars platform helps create many possible combinations.
These wagers tie into a particular event within the game such as which player will score the first touchdown, how many yards a running back will get or who will hit the first home run in a baseball game.
This wager doesn’t just apply to the Super Bowl promo; the options are endless. Future betting is a way to lay money on a longshot with a potentially big payout.
These options are displayed under the “In-game” tab (located to the right of the main bet types). The number of available bets for a particular sporting event will be highlighted in red. There is not a set number.
You have the option to accept a payout on a wager before the chosen pick(s) closes. Your cash out maybe for a profit or a loss, depending on the situation.
Increase the odds
“Spin & Bet” is described on the website as a “game-changing” feature exclusive to BetStars, and it gives you an opportunity to enhance the odds on a potential winning ticket. The added risk is BetStars deducts 10 percent from the wager.
The Stars Stack promo is another added extra promoted via ads above the game listings. For NFL games, the odds boost applies to all of the chosen players to score a touchdown in key games. It’s currently being offered for Thursday, Sunday and Monday primetime games. Other odds boost options are available, too.
Using the BetStars NJ app
BetStars in New Jersey is about as user-friendly and comprehensive as it gets. It’s sharp-looking blue, white and gray color scheme and the easy-to-read font makes the app easy on the eyes.
Also, each sports team is posted on the board with their colors displayed in an icon such as a helmet or cap.
The main lobby features a full rundown of the upcoming card, and each game displays the straight bet options of moneyline, point spread and total points.
Additional betting options can be gained by clicking on individual games or the “in-game” tab. If the game you are looking for isn’t displayed, all the sports — darts and rugby included — can be found at the top of the page.
You can track wagers by clicking on “Open Bets” or the blue bet slip located toward the top right of the page.
Once logged in, you also have the option of deciding how you would like to see the odds displayed. American is the most popular, but fractional and decimal views are available, too.
“Promotions” and “Results” menus are posted just below the sports menu.
Depositing at BetStars
There are nine methods for funding a BetStars NJ sportsbook account. The minimum deposit amount is $10 and the maximum is $640.
- Instant e-check
- PayNearMe (available at 7-Eleven stores)
- PokerStars Play+ card
- PokerStars instant online banking
- Resorts Casino’s Cage
Withdrawing funds at BetStars
There are five withdrawal options:
- Instant e-check
- PokerStars Play+ card
- Resorts Casino’s Cage
BetStars accounts are aligned
Once you deposit funds, your money is available to use in the BetStars, PokerStars NJ, and PokerStars casino apps. It also means you can make a sports wager while playing online poker or slots.
Previously established login credentials will work for the sportsbook.
NJ sports betting rules
Location: New Jersey is the only state where you can make a bet using the BetStars NJ app. Geolocation technology is used to verify your location. If you live in New Jersey but are physically outside of the state at the time of making a wager, your bet will not be accepted.
Age: Just like the casino floor, you must be 21 years and older to gamble online.
Prohibited wagering: Betting on high school sporting events is not permitted. No wagers are accepted on collegiate athletic events taking place in New Jersey. Betting on any New Jersey-based college/university, including Rutgers, Seton Hall and Princeton, is not allowed. It doesn’t matter if the game is being played in the Garden State or New York City.
Stars Group has a strong track record
The Stars Group is recognized as one of the largest online gaming companies in the world, so adding a New Jersey sportsbook to its previously existing product line makes perfect sense.
The BetStars platform is established overseas means New Jersey users are getting a sharp-looking product with easy-to-navigate menus. The unique betting options and new player promo deals help make this app stand out.
The one negative, for now, is the lack of web browser product.
When the Division of Gaming Enforcement releases its September figures, the numbers will only paint a partial picture of how it stacks up against the seven other competitors. The field of online/mobile sports betting options in New Jersey will likely soon outnumber the nine land-based casinos in Atlantic City as European-based online gaming companies Unibet from the Kindred Group and bet365 also have mobile/online sports betting products in the works.
The Stars Group has millions of registered users around the world, including New Jersey. Matt Primeaux, senior vice president of strategy and operations, USA at the Stars Group, recently expressed the company’s excitement about rolling out the BetStars product to New Jersey sports fans.
“As one of the largest online gaming companies in the world with millions of customers worldwide, we have successfully launched BetStars in regulated markets across Europe and look forward to expanding and enhancing our New Jersey BetStars offering, including through leveraging the Sky Betting & Gaming acquisition following approval from the UK Competition and Markets Authority, to provide a premier product and experience to our customers in this new and developing market.”