Legal and regulated sports betting is now live in New Jersey! Casinos, racetracks, and online gambling sites will soon have sportsbooks operational. In fact, a few already do.
Monmouth Park took the first sports bets in New Jersey on June 14, followed by Borgata in Atlantic City just a half hour later. The first online sportsbook to launch in the state was DraftKings Sportsbook app. It opened up to statewide betting on Aug. 6.
Here is a rundown of all the NJ sports betting news, sportsbooks, and partnerships to date in the Garden State:
NJ sportsbooks locations
Currently, there are eight open land-based sportsbooks in the state. While, as of this writing, Tropicana Sportsbook is not yet open, the casino has announced plans to open in the near future:
|Casino/Racetrack||Sports Betting Partner||Launch Date||Sportsbook Name|
|Monmouth Park||William Hill||June 14||Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill|
|Borgata Sportsbook||IGT||June 14||Borgata Race & Sports Bar|
|Ocean Resort Sportsbook||William Hill||June 28||William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort|
|Meadowlands||Betfair/FanDuel||July 14||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Harrah's Sportsbook||Scientific Games||Aug. 1||Harrah's Sports Book|
|Bally's Sportsbook||Scientific Games||July 30||Wild Wild West Sports Book|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||SBTech||Aug. 15||The Sportsbook|
|Resorts Sportsbook||SBTech||Aug. 15||Resorts Sports Book|
|Tropicana Sportsbook||William Hill||Unknown||Unknown|
New Jersey racetracks and Atlantic City casinos are allowed to open up live sportsbooks as well as three separate online skins as soon as they are given approval by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement.
New Jersey has three operational racetracks. This includes:
- Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport
- Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford
- Freehold Raceway in Freehold
A provision will also allow the former Atlantic City Race Course in Mary’s Landing to offer sports betting, should that facility ever reopen.
There are nine casinos operating in Atlantic City, including:
- Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino
- Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
- Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino
- Golden Nugget Atlantic City
- Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
- Resorts Casino Hotel
- Tropicana Casino and Resort
- Ocean Resort Casino
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
NJ online sports betting sites
There are now seven online sportsbooks in New Jersey. The list of operating sites will likely grow by leaps and bounds as the NFL season approaches.
DraftKings was the very first online sportsbook to debut in New Jersey. In many ways, being first to market allowed the company to set the pace for online sports betting.
Naturally, DraftKings carried its black and green colors and logo forward into the app. However, using Kambi-powered software, the DFS titan crafted a mobile-optimized experience for users.
First and foremost in this regard is the inclusion of the betting carousel. Rather than consign bettors to sift through several pages of betting options, DraftKings suggests bets to each customer.
These bets are customized to the player based upon his or her historical activities and betting habits. DraftKings Sportsbook presents the suggests in a clickable wheel for easy navigation.
DraftKings also offers a great deal of variety and flexibility in the app. Almost every type of bet imaginable is available, and bettors can wager as little as 10 cents in a single bet.
DraftKings also gives players the ability to book their wins and guard against last-second defeats. The live ticket system allows bettors to cash out open tickets before the game ends.
This ability comes at a price — the cashout amount adjusts based upon the status of gameplay but is never as high as the winning payout. However, bettors who don’t feel confident about their bets can get some return they otherwise wouldn’t. Even parlay players can cash out early.
DraftKings Sportsbook operated without competition for about three weeks in New Jersey. Then, on Aug. 22, playMGM debuted its app to the public.
The release came three weeks after MGM CEO Jim Murren said it would occur. However, the release still feels a bit unsure.
For one thing, playMGM is only available to Android users at this time. Neither Apple customers nor browser-based players can log on.
There is also not much integration right now. In fact, sources indicate that the Nevada version of their sportsbook will use different odds than the New Jersey book.
However, for players with loyalty to MGM or Borgata, the release is likely a welcome relief from DraftKings’s de facto monopoly.
PlayMGM got to enjoy its singular competition for less than 24 hours. On the morning of Aug. 23, SugarHouse went live with its online sportsbook.
The sportsbook is the first of the three options to integrate fully with the existing online casino. Players can simply choose the appropriate tab on playsugarhouse.com to wager on their favorite teams.
The integration extends beyond simple betting flexibility, however. Players can use the same wallet to flip back and forth between the different functions without having to reload or transfer funds.
Players also earn rewards that pool into the same repository. The software works perfectly and intuitively on a browser and mobile presentations. The site even offers the same live ticket concept as DraftKings.
So, it seems that waiting a few weeks may have been beneficial for SugarHouse to work out the kinks.
William Hill moves with the ease of a company that knows its business. Unlike some of the other competitors in the market, William Hill is no stranger to online betting, sports betting, or the United States.
As a result, its app release in New Jersey was an understated affair. The company appears content to port its Nevada product into the Garden State.
At present, only Android users can access the William Hill app. However, an iOS version is said to be on its way.
FanDuel Sportsbook will likely never escape comparisons to its DFS archrival, DraftKings. While FanDuel seemed to have the early upper hand, DraftKings managed to be first to market with its online sportsbook.
Now, FanDuel is in the game. Its online offering, powered by partnerships with Paddy Power Betfair and IGT, is a slick and polished product that is built to compete.
The app features a betting carousel and tons of flexibility. FanDuel will accept wagers as low as 10 cents on the site.
That flexibility plays into the company’s ethos as a landing spot for the casual bettor. Sharps will likely seek out looser lines elsewhere.
Much like SugarHouse, Caesars has integrated its sportsbook with its other online offerings. Login and wallet details should remain the same for players with an existing account.
Scientific Games will power the app for Caesars. The two companies struck a partnership earlier this summer.
As a result, the Caesars app has a decent degree of functionality. Aesthetically, there are slicker products available, but it looks to get the job done.
However, Caesars does not have in-game betting or some of the other innovative products at this time. It’s clear that the main focus for the company was availability prior to the NFL season.
888 Sport went live as the seventh online sportsbook in New Jersey on Sep. 10. 888 has loads of experience overseas and its app reflects that seasoning.
The 888 Sport app offers different areas of focus for New Jersey players. One of its main components is exceptionally granular in-game betting.
Players can wager on the minutiae of individual sporting events with ease. Individual points and outcomes of single plays are available for betting.
As a result, a player could wager hundreds of times on a single contest. Perhaps this granularity is the reason that the site promotes its gamecast feature.
Gamecast allows players to monitor an event’s progress without actually observing it. The detailed visualization of the action yields the same or more data than a player’s eyes can track.
That said, some of the other features on the site are not terribly competitive yet. The site’s lines and pricing are higher than most other Garden State options.
New Jersey racetracks and sportsbooks
Here is a brief summary of each operational racetrack in New Jersey and their sportsbook status as of Aug. 9, 2018:
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Monmouth Park Racetrack was the first to accept legal sports bets in New Jersey when its William Hill sportsbook officially opened at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14. Gov. Phil Murphy placed the first bet in the state.
William Hill became the racetrack’s exclusive sports betting provider in 2013. The company paid $1 million for this right and agreed to an equal split of all future sports betting revenue.
The William Hill Race & Sports Bar
Monmouth Park used the cash to turn a grandstand cafeteria into the William Hill Race & Sports Bar with the idea it would one day be converted into a full Las Vegas-style sportsbook.
A series of betting windows under the grandstand were renovated into the Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill where the first bets were taken.
William Hill has also said it will pour another $5 million into the property to build a sportsbook with space for up to 5,000 gamblers.
In the meantime, the Monmouth Park Sport Book By William Hill will take bets:
- 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Mondays thru Thursdays
- 10 to 2 a.m. Fridays
- 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays
- 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays
In the same week the New Jersey Legislature legalized sports, Betfair US announced it had reached an agreement to launch both live and mobile sports betting at the Meadowlands.
The Meadowlands originally planned to open its sportsbook on July 15, but changed its plans two weeks later. The FanDuel Sportsbook opened July 14.
The FanDuel Sportsbook is open at the following times:
- Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
- Sunday: 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Freehold Raceway is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming.
Unlike the other two operating horse racing facilities in the state, Freehold has yet to announce any kind of agreement with a sports betting operator.
However, Penn National Gaming officials have publicly stated they look forward to accepting bets on sports at Freehold. In fact, they’ve gone on record saying sports betting could keep the track viable in the face of dwindling interest in horse racing itself.
At this point, it’s unclear exactly what its next steps are.
Atlantic City sportsbooks
In November 2017, MGM Resorts announced plans to build a $7 million sportsbook at its Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. For now, Borgata renamed its existing horse race betting facility The Race & Sports Book. It launched sports betting on June 14 at 11 a.m.
In the meantime, the $7 million sportsbook is in the final design stages.
The Borgata sportsbook is open daily at 11 a.m. Times are subject to change based on sports programming.
Ocean Resort Casino
Ocean Resort Casino officially opened its doors on June 28, and with it came the first sportsbook on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
At the end of May, Ocean Resort Casino announced it had entered into a partnership with William Hill to build what they say will be the best sportsbook in Atlantic City.
The 7,500-square-foot sportsbook is in the center of the casino floor. Christened the William Hill Sports Book, it features a bar, video viewing, and live in-game betting odds. The William Hill Sports Book is open from 9 a.m. to midnight daily. Weekend hours will be extended to 2 a.m. after a few weeks.
Ocean Resort Casino also inked a deal with online gaming software provider GAN to launch an online casino website. GAN recently partnered with sports betting software provider SBTech to introduce SBTech’s sports betting technology to GAN’s online gambling platform.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Hard Rock Atlantic City is the re-branded and renovated Trump Taj Mahal property that opened June 28 alongside Ocean Resort.
On July 3, after hinting at a sports betting partnership at the opening day press conference, it was reported that Hard Rock and bet365 had formed a partnership. The news came from a public letter at the DGE.
With the news, it is now clear Hard Rock has every intention of joining the online sports betting market, and with a heavy hitter at the helm. Bet365 is a multibillion-dollar sports betting operation in Europe. This would be its first foray into the US sports betting market.
Resorts Casino Hotel
By now, it is well-known that DraftKings Sportsbook is the first mobile sports betting app outside Nevada. And that’s thanks to its partnership with Resorts Atlantic City. The hotel-casino inked a deal in early June with daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings to offer a New Jersey mobile and online sports betting product.
This was followed in July with the news that Resorts had also partnered with SBTech. Then, in August, Resorts announced that it would expand its current partnership with The Stars Group to launch the online sportsbook BetStars in the future.
On Aug. 15, Resorts opened its temporary sportsbook. The casino plans to launch a self-branded online sportsbook in New Jersey in September.
Resorts Sports Book hours of operation:
- Daily: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. (subject to change)
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Golden Nugget joined the NJ sports betting market on Aug. 15, just ahead of Resorts. The Sportsbook permanent space opened Aug. 31 and features seating for 100, 50+ TVs, and several self-service betting kiosks.
Golden Nugget sportsbook won’t be taking bets on NBA games as per conditions in the legislation. The conditions are related to Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta’s ownership of the casino and the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
Additionally, horse racing giant Churchill Downs reached a deal with online sports betting technology company SBTech in 2018 to run online gambling and sports betting operations under the Golden Nugget NJ online gambling license. That partnership, and its plans for launch, are also an unknown.
The Golden Nugget sportsbook hours of operation:
- Daily: 10 a.m. – midnight
Bally’s, Caesars, and Harrah’s
Bally’s and Harrah’s opened physical sportsbooks in Atlantic City in early August, becoming the fifth and sixth active operators in the state.
Plus, Caesars online casino added a sportsbook app to its platform on Sept. 6 just in time for NFL football. All sports bets that can be made at Bally’s Wild Wild West or Harrah’s sportsbooks can now also be made online on CaesarsCasino.com.
Bally’s Wild Wild West sportsbook hours of operation:
- Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Harrah’s sportsbook hours of operation:
- Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Tropicana Casino and Resort
Tropicana Atlantic City was one of seven casinos sold to Gaming and Leisure Properties in early 2018. As a part of the deal, Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts will take on a lease of the property and manage operations.
William Hill has a long-standing partnership with Eldorado Resorts, running its many Nevada sportsbook operations. William Hill already has two sportsbooks open in New Jersey. A third eventually opening at Tropicana doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, but nothing has been said so far.
FAQ on the NJ sports betting law
Who can place a bet and what sports can be bet on?
Gamblers in New Jersey must be 21 or older in order to make a bet anywhere in the state.
The bill also includes language preventing athletes, coaches, referees, and any other persons with potential influence or access to non-public information regarding sporting events, from making bets on games overseen by the league in which they participate.
Additionally, New Jersey sportsbooks are prohibited from taking bets on high school sports or collegiate athletics taking place in the state or involving New Jersey teams.
What if a casino owns a team franchise?
Clauses were also included in the new law to allow MGM, Caesars, and Golden Nugget properties to open sportsbooks, despite each having some ownership stake in a professional sports team.
The bill prohibits casino operators who own a stake of 10 percent or more in a sports franchise from offering sports betting. For example, since Apollo Capital Management, a private equity firm co-founded by Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owner Joshua Harris, owns less than 10 percent of Caesars Entertainment, its Atlantic City casino properties have been authorized to open sportsbooks.
Casino operators also qualify for a waiver to this provision if the sports franchise is worth less than one percent of the operator’s total business.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa owner MGM Resorts owns the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. However, it qualifies for this waiver because the franchise is worth less than one percent of MGM. MGM reported $10.8 billion in net revenue in 2017.
Finally, a last-minute change also allows the Golden Nugget to move forward with a sportsbook on one condition. Owner Tilman Fertitta bought the NBA’s Houston Rockets for $2.2 billion in 2017. Parent company Landry’s had revenues of approximately $3.4 billion in 2017, leaving Golden Nugget unfit for both waivers.
The last-minute change will allow Golden Nugget to offer bets on all sports except NBA basketball. It is clear to take bets on college basketball.
What are the tax rates for sports betting?
The law sets the tax rate for racetrack sportsbook operations at 8.5 percent. Plus, an additional 1.25 percent payment to be split among each track’s host community and county where it operates.
Casinos will also be forced to pay an 8.5 percent tax on sportsbook revenues. Plus, an additional 1.25 percent payment. The difference being the additional 1.25 percent payment for casinos will go to help market Atlantic City.
Finally, the bill authorizes online sports betting out of licensed casinos and racetracks, beginning 30 days after it becomes a law. The bill sets the tax rate for online sportsbook operations at 13 percent.
Who oversees the NJ sports betting market?
The new law authorizes the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement and New Jersey Racing Commission to issue emergency regulations to govern sports betting in the state. These regulations are in effect for a period of up to 270 days and allow licensed casinos and racetracks to apply for what’s called a transactional waiver.
The waiver allows these organizations to commence sports betting operations immediately.
New Jersey sport bets
The new law opens up single-game wagering in New Jersey. Single-game wagering refers to a variety of different wagers, including but not limited to:
- Point spread betting (betting on set point spread lines)
- Moneyline betting (betting with varying odds)
- Parlay betting (placing multiple single-game wagers in a single bet)
The betting options at Monmouth Park feature most current or future sporting events, including but not limited to:
- Major League Baseball games
- The World Cup (soccer)
- The US Open (golf)
- UFC fights
- Wimbledon (tennis)
- National Football League futures