Sports gaming company DraftKings released a study earlier this month polling citizens on the upcoming return of sports. Unsurprisingly, a majority said they were ready to welcome back the major pro leagues.
With the NHL and NBA returning to action in neutral-site “bubbles” and baseball starting in fanless stadium, 78 percent of over 1,000 respondents to the survey said they were ok with spectator sports coming back without some of the traditional aspects of attendance.
A greater number said that they missed sports during the coronavirus-forced shutdowns a lot (56 percent) or a little (28 percent).
The Boston-based company released the findings last week. 1,000 self-identifying NJ sports betting fans, among other cities, were polled, along 250 who didn’t consider themselves sports fans. The survey focused on consumption habits from viewing and attending and did not ask about any wagering.
“With over half of respondents having reported missing sports during the resultant hiatus, fans across the country are inarguably eager for the return of their favorite leagues and teams, albeit with largely adjusted expectations as exemplified by our latest findings,” said Matt Kalish, co-founder and president, DraftKings North America, in a statement. “By deepening our understanding of the American fan through data and leveraging the technology of our platform, we are better able to adjust and serve the new experience of sports fans throughout the U.S.”
While 84 percent of respondents claimed they were concerned about COVID-19 before the leagues starting to shut down in mid-March, 56 percent said these stoppages led them to take the outbreak “more seriously”.
59 percent said the lack of games allowed them to focus on non-sports related television and movies, while 53 percent said they were able to spend more time with family and friends.
Without traditional North American fare, fans didn’t completely go hungry. Over one in four surveyed found new forms of competition to follow like esports (40 percent), international soccer (32 percent), and MMA (30 percent). 67 percent said they’ll continue to follow those new sports after the Big 4 return.
Most fans are ready for the return of sports but most think it’s too soon (39 percent) versus the right time (34 percent). The rise in cases in many states has been cause for alarm, with some athletes suggesting the timing is not right and a few opting not to play their respective seasons out of concerns for the chance of catching coronavirus.
As of now, games will be played in empty arenas and stadiums. As for the NFL, the league is allowing franchises to follow local guidance. Respondents were mixed about when they’d be comfortable attending games live.
Of the six options offered in the survey, the most popular was 4-6 months from now (24 percent), followed by until there’s a “cure” for COVID-19 (20 percent), and 0-3 months (19 percent). A majority of correspondents did agree that live attendance created concerns, like social distancing and other fans not wearing masks.
The NHL’s Stadium Series is in full swing and set to roll onto Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Financial Field this weekend.
With the Flyers and the Penguins turning grass to ice on February 23, NJ’s SugarHouse Online Sportsbook is giving you the chance to win the coolest seats in the house.
Part of the operator’s Super Series Sweeps, this week’s giveaway could see you watching the likes of Claude Giroux and Sydney Crosby do their thing outside, under the lights!
Win two VIP tickets at SugarHouse
To cash in your ticket and play for a luxury trip to Lincoln Financial Field, all you have to do is place a SugarHouse sports bet before 11:59pm ET on February 21. Do that and you’ll be in the draw for one of two-star prizes.
Now, before we give you the lowdown on what you can win, let’s talk about how you get into the mix. To be eligible for a ticket, you need to be a member of SugarHouse’s online sports betting app, PlaySugarHouse.
If you’re not, follow our sign-up link and create your first account today. Once you’re a full-fledged member, log in and do the following:
- Wager $75+ on any single to receive a ticket for the February 22 prize draw.
- Wager $20+ on any parlay to receive a ticket for the February 22 prize draw.
As you can see, the entry requirements couldn’t be easier to understand. As long as you make a qualifying bet before the close of play on February 21, you’ll be in the draw.
What’s great about this promotion is that the more wagers you make, the more tickets you’ll receive. To make the deal even sweeter, hockey bets count for double.
Therefore, those that are willing to get into the spirit of the Stadium Series and bet on the NHL will get two tickets instead of one.
A prize that steals the show this week
Anyone that earns at least one ticket will have the opportunity to win the following:
- Luxury sky-box tickets for you and a guest to the Flyers vs. Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, February 23.
- Free food and beverage throughout the game.
As we’ve said, there’s not one but two prize packages up for grabs. So, if you’re not first out of the hat, you could be the second. What’s more, the draw is 100% random. So, even if you have just one ticket, you could win.
Naturally, the more fingers you have in the pie, the better your chances of pulling out some fruit are. However, it’s important to stress that you don’t have to wager more than you can afford just to improve your chances of being picked.
Just as the Flyers or the Penguins could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with a single goal, you could do the same.
Play by the rules and you’ll be in the draw
The only way you’ll forfeit your right to win a ticket is if you cash out a bet early or the event/outcome is void. Other than that, a bet or two on sports over the next couple of days could see you watching a classic NHL encounter from the best seats in the stadium.
The final two points of order we need to clear up before we let you get active are:
All winners must claim their prize by 18:00pm ET on February 22. PlaySugarHouse.com will endeavor to contact all initial winners by email or phone. If you miss the deadline, you’ll lose your ticket.
Any new winners drawn will have five hours from the point of being contacted to respond.
No cash alternatives or bonuses will be available. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a fantastic prize that will see you enjoy a full VIP experience at one of best hockey games of the season.
Bet, win and enjoy the best NHL action as a VIP
In our opinion, this is a fantastic promo if you’re a fan of hockey, sports, betting or you’re just a lover of action. As well as the entry requirements being accessible to virtually everyone, we love the fact there are no post-win wagering requirements.
Unlike the traditional online casino, poker, bingo or NJ online sports betting bonuses, you won’t have to bet a certain amount to release your prize.
Instead, all the effort is done before the draw. Then, if you do pick up a luxury prize package, the only thing you have to do is make your way to Lincoln Financial Field on February 23 in time for the game.
So, if you’re ready to bet your way to an impressive prize, log in to PlaySugarHouse.com and speculate on some sport today.
New Jersey lost its only NBA team when the New Jersey Nets moved to moved to Barclays Center and became the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2012. But that hasn’t affected NJ online sports betting.
The Garden State is still full of basketball fans who can now bet on NBA games from all across the country thanks to the launch of legal sports betting in NJ in the summer of 2019.
In fact, most licensed NJ sportsbooks and sports-focussed NJ gambling websites, outside of the one retail sports betting operation at Golden Nugget owned by Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, offer a variety of simple and easy ways even casual fans can bet on NBA action.
Basic NBA bets available at most NJ sportsbooks include:
How to bet on the NBA in NJ
NBA futures in NJ
NBA futures are just what they sound like. These are NBA bets involving something where the outcome will not be determined until a later date.
Traditionally, that means a bet on who will win the Division, Conference, or NBA Finals.
However, NJ sportsbooks will book futures bets on all 30 NBA teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs, as long as the team is still in contention.
The earlier it is in the season, the better odds you’ll usually get, except on teams that emerge as massive long shots as the season progresses.
NBA moneylines in NJ
Moneyline bets pay according to what oddsmakers feel are a team’s probability of winning. All you have do is pick the outright winner. The odds on each team are posted as either a negative (-) or positive (+) number.
If it’s negative, that team is the favorite and the number represents how much you have to bet to win $100 plus your bet back. If it’s positive, that team is the underdog and the number represents how much each $100 you bet will pay.
NBA spreads in NJ
The spread at NJ sportsbooks is the number of points oddsmakers figure the favorites should win by. A typical NBA home team might be -1.5 point favorite.
Check the line and make the correct prediction with the line factored in to win.
If you take the home -1.5 point favorite, you will when that team wins by two points or more. In this case, bets on the underdog win when the underdog wins outright, or the home favorite wins by just a single point.
NJ sportsbooks will typically make the odds on spreads -110. That means no matter what side you’re on, you’ll have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back.
NBA totals in NJ
NBA totals see NJ sportsbooks set a line on the total number of points both teams will combine to score. Then it’s up to you to decide if the actual total will be over or under that number.
Again, NJ sportsbooks will typically make the odds on totals -110. That means you’ll have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back, no matter what side you’re on.
NBA parlays in NJ
Take two or more of the basic NBA bets described above and put it on the same card and you’re betting an NBA parlay.
Parlay cards will pay much better than individual bets. However, you have to win all the bets that are a part of it for the parlay to pay.
You can put together parlay cards involving bets on a single NBA game, multiple NBA games, and even multiple sports.
NBA in-play betting
Additionally, Most NJ sportsbooks will also offer advanced wagering options including live in-play betting on NBA games. This allows you to make bets with odds that change as the action does. It’s a great option for anyone actively sweating their pre-game bets.
Where to bet on the NBA in NJ
As stated earlier, most licensed NJ sportsbooks, outside of Golden Nugget, will book bets on the NBA. Here’s a look at the legal NJ sports betting landscape:
NJ sportsbook apps
Currently, there are 12 NJ online sports betting sites in New Jersey with more on the way:
|Online Sportsbook||Sports Betting Partner(s)||Land-Based Partner||Launch Date||iOS?||Android?|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||SBTech||Resorts AC||Aug. 6||Yes||Yes|
|BetStars NJ||NA||Resorts AC||Sept. 13||Yes||Yes|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Betfair/IGT||Meadowlands||Sept. 1||Yes||Yes|
|William Hill NJ||NA||Monmouth/Ocean Resort||Sept. 1||Yes||Yes|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Scientific Games||Caesars AC||Sept. 6||Yes||Yes|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||Kambi||Monmouth Park||Aug. 23||Yes||Yes|
|888 Sport||Kambi||Caesars||Sept. 10||Yes||Yes|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||SBTech||Golden Nugget AC||Feb. 19||Yes||Yes|
|playMGM||GVC||Borgata AC||Aug. 22||Yes||Yes|
|Hard Rock Online||GiG||Hard Rock AC||Jan. 30||Yes||Yes|
|Resorts Online Sportsbook||SBTech||Resorts AC||Jan. 31||Yes||Yes|
|BetAmerica Sportsbook||SBTech||Golden Nugget AC||Feb. 2||Yes||Yes|
|bet365||NA||Hard Rock AC||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|Borgata Sports||GVC||Borgata AC||May 14, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Ocean Resort||William Hill||Ocean Resort Casino||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|Unibet||Kambi||Hard Rock AC||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|CG Technology||Stadium Technology||Meadowlands||2019||Probably||Probably|
NJ sportsbook locations
Currently, there are 10 land-based sportsbooks in the state:
|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; DraftKings/Kambi||Aug. 15||DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts|
|Tropicana||William Hill||Oct. 25||William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City|
|Hard Rock AC||GiG||Jan. 30||Hard Rock Sportsbook|
NBA betting tips
Betting on NBA games at NJ sportsbooks is a simple process, but picking winners is not.
Focus on these three indisputable facts regarding the NBA when you’re making your picks to improve your chances of winning:
- The best team wins the overwhelming majority of the time, especially at home. Find value by shopping around for the best price on home favorites.
- Players win games. Read injury reports to see who is in and who is out as the line up usually has a major impact on the outcome of the game.
- NBA games are almost always tight and often decided by a single basket. Look for big spreads with underdogs that have a tendency to play close games even when they are outclassed.
The biggest game of the year is taking place this Sunday, just as it does the first Sunday of February every year.
But for New Jersey sports betting fans, what sets this Super Bowl Sunday apart is that for the first time ever, you can bet on the game legally without traveling outside of the state.
There are now eight Atlantic City casino sportsbooks where you can bet on the 2019 Super Bowl, along with two NJ racetracks — Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. Or, alternatively, an even more convenient option is to bet the Big Game online or on your mobile device.
There, too, you have many choices, so let us help you decide. Caesars Casino & Sports is your best bet, thanks to an incredibly generous bonus offer this weekend that you won’t find anywhere else.
Place two bets — up to $100 apiece — for the price of one.
Caesars Casino Big Game Bonus
Who is eligible to participate
However, if you are not already signed up with this NJ gambling website, this would be the perfect weekend to do so.
That way, in addition to getting a $10 free sports bet just for signing up, plus a 100 percent deposit match bonus up to $300 — for casino games or sports, your choice — you will also be eligible for the Big Game Bonus.
How the Caesars Big Game Bonus Offer Works
First, you will need to log into your CaesarsCasino.com account and claim the offer.
Then you will need to pick a sports wager that you are willing to make with your own money. This can be on the Super Bowl or any other game this weekend. However, the wager must be on a single game being played no later than Sunday, Feb. 3.
As soon as your qualifying wager is accepted, you will have the opportunity to make a free in-play sports bet in the same amount. This can be on the same game you bet with your own money or a different game, but once again, it needs to be a single bet on one game only.
Furthermore, the free bet comes another important catch. Unlike the qualifying cash bet, it must be on a game already in progress. Thus, for example, before the Big Game kicks off, you can use your own money to bet either the Patriots or the Rams to cover the point spread for the full game.
Then at halftime, you can make a free bet for the same amount just for the second half of the Super Bowl.
If you want to wait until after Sunday, Feb. 3 to make your free in-play bet, be sure to check with customer support on what the deadline is.
How to get your free in-play sports bet
Here’s what you need to do to access the Big Game Bonus offer from Caesars and receive your free in-play sports bet:
- Log into your CaesarsCasino.com account during the Feb. 1-3 promotion period.
- Enter the code BIGGAME100 and click on “Claim.”
- Make a sports wager on the Super Bowl or any other single game taking place this weekend.
As soon as your wager is accepted, you will receive a free in-play sports bet equal to the same amount up to $100.
As mentioned, you will have to wait until the appropriate time after the game has started before you can actually make the free bet. When you are ready to do so, simply add an in-play selection to your bet slip and select the free bet icon next to “More Info & Options” on the bet slip.
Additional terms and conditions
Keep in mind that for both the cash bet and the free bet, the surcharge for making the bet is factored into the total price.
For example, when making a point spread bet, the charge is usually 10 cents on the dollar. So if you are hoping to win $100, you need to put up $110. If you win, the $110 you bet will be returned to you along with $100 in winnings, for a total of $210.
If you only give the casino $100, instead of getting $100 in winnings on top of your original bet, you should expect to be paid about $91.
The same applies to the free bet except, in this case, if you win, you will only receive your winnings and not the cost of the bet. Also keep in mind that prices on moneyline and prop bets vary, so be sure to know before you make your bet exactly what it is costing you.
Give the Caesars Super Bowl 2019 bonus a try
The Big Game Bonus is a great offer no matter what size bettor you are because Caesars is matching your own bet — up to $100 — with a free bet.
You also have a lot of flexibility regarding your choices for both bets. So it would be worth your while to spend some time studying beforehand to make a well thought out selection.
If you can afford to make the maximum bet the casino is willing to match, which is $100, you should certainly do so. However, if you don’t want to risk that much, feel free to make a smaller wager.
Lastly, even though Caesars isn’t limiting you to the 2019 Super Bowl for either the cash bet or the free bet, I can’t imagine not wanting to have some bets riding on this game.
The Super Bowl is one of the most fun games to bet on because, in addition to the standard moneyline, point spread, and over and under bets, there are a ton of props and specialty bets you can make, including in-play bets.
If you’re new to sports betting, don’t let the sheer number of possible bets on the Super Bowl intimidate you. Pick one of the more basic bets as your real money bet. Then ask a friend who is knowledgeable about sports to help you choose your free bet.
Just in time for Super Bowl 2019, New Jersey residents now have another alternative when it comes to NJ online sports betting.
Hard Rock Atlantic City just launched its new sportsbook app, about a week before Super Bowl Sunday.
The launch of the mobile app marks NJ’s 10th online sportsbook. Bettors within the Garden State now have an abundance of options to find as many odd prop bets as possible before the Patriots take on the Rams this weekend.
Hard Rock AC got permission Jan. 25 from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to begin testing its app for mobile sports wagering. The official soft-play period began Saturday.
A little hiccup before Hard Rock’s launch
The news broke about Hard Rock online sportsbook in part by accident on Friday. Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), the company behind the sportsbook app, sent out a press release, however, it was supposed to be embargoed.
After taking down the release from the website, the app went live the next day.
Despite the mishap, all parties involved are very excited about their optimistic future together.
“We are delighted to have reached another achievement in our partnership with Hard Rock,” said Robin Reed, CEO of GiG.
“Hard Rock has global recognition, unparalleled reach and the same high ambitions as us. We look forward to continuing to support Hard Rock’s growth in New Jersey and expansion around the world.”
Even though the casino missed its opportunity to accept wagers all football season, it will be available for one of the most popular betting days of the year with Super Bowl 2019 and March Madness.
The online book will also be offering lines on other common sports including basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball and college sports.
Hard Rock AC adds a land-based sportsbook
As mentioned, Hard Rock and GiG’s partnership also encompasses a land-based sportsbook at its Atlantic City location. The on-site sportsbook opened for business Wednesday.
The new retail book is still a temporary space with a more expansive, permanent book coming in the future.
Both the land-based and online sportsbooks, as well as Hard Rock online casino, are all powered by GiG. For NJ sports betting fans, this means that the NJ gambling website shares a wallet with its online sportsbook.
Resorts joins the NJ online sports betting crowd, too
Not to be outdone, Resorts launched its self-branded online sportsbook with partner SBTech on Thursday. The addition brings the total online sportsbook count in New Jersey to 11.
Resorts, for its part, already has made a name for itself via its partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook and BetStars NJ. Combined, the two have brought the digital end of the company to the top of the market. Now it has filled its quota of online sports betting skins with three.
Sports betting in New Jersey has been popular from the start when Monmouth Park and Borgata opened their betting windows in June. DraftKings Sportsbook launched in early August as the first online option.
New Jersey’s total handle is now more than $1.2 billion in sports bets. That number should continue to increase, and perhaps very quickly.
The recent launch of DraftKings Casino makes the company well positioned to become an even greater force in the NJ online gambling industry.
More about DraftKings and Evolution Gaming
On Jan. 24, casino gambling software company, Evolution, signed an agreement to provide DraftKings Casino with live casino games.
Evolution Gaming will use its studio in Atlantic City to live stream the games to the DraftKings Sportsbook app. The casino’s online and mobile players will be able to play baccarat and other games in real time with a real dealer.
However, no timeline was mentioned on when the live dealer games would launch.
James Stern, Evolution Gaming CEO for its US and land-based division, indicated that his company is excited about working with DraftKings.
He described DraftKings as “a young and dynamic company that has blazed a trail in recent years with its best-in-class technology and extensive knowledge of sports.”
Jamie Shea, senior director of the DraftKings Sportsbook NJ, sees the offering of live dealer games as a big step toward making DraftKings Sportsbook and Casino a “true, one-stop destination,” for a diverse group of bettors.
Live dealer games are popular in New Jersey
Since then, NJ live dealer games have become enormously popular. Golden Nugget has added onto its live dealer game count and extended the operating hours. Other NJ online casinos have jumped on the bandwagon, too.
In fact, before DraftKings Casino’s launch, Evolution Gaming has been live streaming blackjack and other table games from the same Atlantic City studio to several other NJ gambling websites.
The launch of DraftKings NJ online casino
On Dec. 17, DraftKings introduced its new NJ casino app for iOS and Android.
Initially, the casino didn’t have a web-based platform; it was only accessible on mobile devices and blackjack was the only game. However, the shared wallet with the Daily Fantasy Sports and sports betting platforms made it easy to log in the same way and switch to casino play.
Since the casino is integrated with the DraftKings sports betting app, there is no need to download a separate app.
Online betting capabilities and other casino games have since been added. In fact, since Jan. 1, DraftKings online casino offers a choice of the following five games:
- Blackjack: Minimum bet $1, maximum bet $100
- Roulette: Minimum bet $1, maximum bet: $1,000
- Double Double Bonus Video Poker: Minimum bet: 10 cents, maximum bet $200
- Wheel of Fortune slot game: Minimum bet 50 cents, maximum bet $500
- Cleopatra slot game: Minimum bet 1 cent, maximum bet $600
As you can see, the betting ranges are wide enough to accommodate almost any type of player. Demo play is another option.
Granted, compared to other NJ online casinos that offer hundreds of games, this meager offering hardly even qualifies as a casino. But a site has to start somewhere.
Given DraftKing’s track record, its ambitious plans for 2019, and the new agreement with Evolution Gaming to offer live dealer games, DraftKings is certain to get bigger and better.
An international powerhouse
DraftKings, based out of Boston, was founded in 2012 as a daily fantasy sports (DFS) betting operator.
In just six short years, the company has expanded its services. It now offers DFS wagering in 11 professional sports in eight countries, including the US, Canada, UK and Australia.
DraftKings is the world’s largest DFS website, currently servicing 10 million customers worldwide.
But for the Garden State, DFS wagering is just the tip of the iceberg. Through its licensing arrangement with Resorts and a future live dealer casino, DraftKings diversifies its offerings to appeal to a much broader spectrum of bettors.
Super Bowl 2019 is now less than a week away. The biggest game of the year will take place Sunday, Feb. 3, in Atlanta when the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams.
Bettors everywhere in New Jersey will be doing their homework this week to determine what kind of action they may take on the Super Bowl.
With so many different NJ gambling websites to choose from in the Garden State, we’re going to break down which NJ online sports betting sites are the best and share some of the unique bets these books are offering.
- Patriots -2.5 (-115), -137
- Rams +2.5 (-106), +118
DraftKings Sportsbook has been the most successful in terms of revenue within NJ. Since being the first available in the state, it has held the top spot every month.
Part of its success is the extensive amount of bets offered for just about every sporting event. Of course, the Super Bowl is no different.
One of the more interesting bets on DraftKings is variations of game parlays. Most sportsbooks won’t allow you to create a parlay with two related legs. For instance, you can’t parlay the Patriots and the over together.
However, with game parlays, DraftKings gives several different parlay choices combining both teams and the over/under. It allows you to choose from the money line or spread along with the over or under in creating a parlay.
You could take the Patriots and the over together at odds of +225 or go the opposite route and bet the Rams and the under at +290.
DraftKings has a very exclusive Super Bowl 2019 limited time offer as well. Deposit $5 or more and receive ten free $10 bets + up to $600 match deposit bonus. The promotion ends immediately following Super Bowl 53, so get your bets in soon!
BetStars NJ Sportsbook
- Patriots -2.5 (-110), -137
- Rams +2.5 (-110), +120
Another very successful sportsbook in NJ is BetStars. The online and mobile app uses Resorts Atlantic City’s license alongside DraftKings.
BetStars NJ has plenty of betting options for the big game as well. One that stood out was its version of a touchdown prop bet.
It allows you to choose from a long list of players to determine who will score the first touchdown of the game or the last touchdown of the game. The majority of these pay out very well.
It even lets you bet if one of the players scores a touchdown at any point in the game.
Todd Gurley, who is one of the favorites, is currently listed at +700 to score the first touchdown, +600 to score the last touchdown and -162 to score one at any point.
BetStars gives its new customers $500 in free bets when joining.
FanDuel NJ Sportsbook
- Patriots -2 (-115), -132
- Rams +2 (-105), +116
FanDuel Sportsbook is another great option in NJ. In December, the book pulled in more than $5.5 million in revenue.
This New Jersey sports betting site has an incredible amount of prop bets for Super Bowl 2019. Of the endless list of player and team props, the most distinctive bet available is based around penalty yardage.
You can bet on the over/under for combined penalty yards for the game along with team-specific penalty yardage. The line for total penalty yards is at 94.5. It also allows you to bet on the number of penalties for each side. The Patriots’ number is set at 5.5, while the Rams are at 6.5.
FanDuel’s sign-up offer gives bettors up to a $500 refund if you lose your first bet.
Caesars NJ Sportsbook
- Patriots -2.5 (-115), -145
- Rams +2.5 (-105), +125
The first noticeable difference for Caesars is its money line for the game. Both the Patriots’ and Rams’ odds seem to be the highest of most sportsbooks.
This could be something to note for those bettors who plan on taking the Rams’ money line. They’re listed at +125 right now.
Another interesting bet at Caesars is the alternate lines available. The sportsbook doesn’t just give you an additional one or two options, but rather six. This ranges as far as getting the Patriots at +7.5 (-350) to Patriots -17.5 (+600).
Caesars Sportsbook gives its new users $10 free when signing up and up to $300 bonus on deposit.
888 Sport NJ
- Patriots -2.5 (-115), -139
- Rams +2.5 (-106), +115
888 Sportsbook is a quality option for NJ sports bettors, too. It uses the Caesars’ license to operate in the Garden State.
Although the book has many great features and a variety of sports to bet, there aren’t that many options for Super Bowl 2019 as of Jan. 28.
Besides betting on the point spread, money line or game total, the only other offerings are for first half wagers.
The Patriots are -0.5 (-104) and the Rams are +.05 (-117) for the opening half. The money line is also listed with the Patriots at -136 and Rams +105. The first half over/under is set at 27.5 points.
888 NJ Sport will give you $10 free when signing up, and up to $500 on deposit.
- Patriots -2.5 (-115), -139
- Rams +2.5 (-106), +115
The final site worth noting is the SugarHouse Sportsbook. SugarHouse uses Monmouth Park’s license.
The most intriguing bet on its site has to be the option to choose what the winning margin of Super Bowl 2019 will be.
You’re able to decide if the home or away team will win by 1-6 points, 7-12 points, 13-18 points and so on. The lower discrepancies have odds around +350; however, if you bet the margin to be between 25-30 points, it’s +1,900 for the Patriots and +2,800 for the Rams.
Another fun wager is simply will the Patriots win the game 20-17. There isn’t an option to bet no, but the yes selection has odds of +3,300. A $10 bet would net you $330.
SugarHouse Sportsbook NJ will give you a first-deposit bonus of up to $250.
Super Bowl Sunday is inching closer and, as the big day looms, two NJ online sports betting sites are yards ahead of the competition.
For you as a first-time sports bettor, that can only mean one thing: tons of added value.
Before we line up these deals, it’s important to kick off with a caveat. As lucrative as these sports betting bonuses are, they’re not suitable for everyone. Put simply, you can only bag the following offers if you’re a new customer.
Now, the upside here is that online sports betting is still fairly new in New Jersey. Therefore, the chances are that most of you aren’t already members of DraftKings or FanDuel. However, if you are, these betting bonuses aren’t for you:
- All new customers at DraftKings can receive $35 when they create their first account, plus a matched bet worth up to $500.
- FanDuel first-timers can receive a risk-free bet worth up to $500 after registering an account and making their first deposit.
Make the right plays to score some extra cash
As you can see, that’s some serious value just in time for the Super Bowl. Naturally, the money isn’t just going to fall into your lap. In fact, you’re going to have to run a few plays if you want to boost your bankroll.
Fortunately, there aren’t many obstacles in your way. As long as you can follow the simple steps below, you’ll be able to scoop up to $1,035 in NJ sports betting value before Feb. 3:
DraftKings Welcome Bonus instructions
- Follow our secure DraftKings sports betting app sign-up link to create your first account.
- Input your details and wait for your no deposit bonus to be activated.
- Once set, you’ll find seven free bets worth $5 each in your account. These bets are valid for 30 days and are non-cashable. Additionally, you won’t receive your stake back if any of these bets are successful.
- After using your free bets, make a deposit and DraftKings will match your opening wager up to a maximum of $500. Again, this bet is non-cashable and you’ll have 30 days to use it.
- Finally, only your profit from this bet will be credited to your account.
FanDuel Welcome Bonus instructions
- Use our FanDuel sports betting app registration link to create your first account.
- Input your details and make your first deposit.
- Place an opening bet and FanDuel will activate the risk-free bonus.
- If your opening bet wins, you’re a winner. If it loses, FanDuel will refund your stake up to $500.
- All rebates are issued as site credit. Bonus funds are non-cashable but you can use them to make real money wagers. Any subsequent winnings can be withdrawn once you stake your bonus amount using real cash.
Different propositions, same great value
Clearly, there are two different scenarios here. However, each one is potentially lucrative. For example, if you join DraftKings before Super Bowl 2019, you’ll have two options. Either, you can use one or more of your $5 free bets to wager on the big game. Alternatively, you can clear these credits before February 3rd and use your matched bet to stake a larger amount on the action. Either way, you have the opportunity to put down someone else’s money and profit when things go your way.
For those who choose to ante-up at FanDuel, the strategy is simple: bet big on the 2019 Super Bowl without any worries. As long as it’s your opening bet, you’ll receive your full stake back (up to $500) if you make a bum pick. Of course, if you win, it’s happy days. However, the beauty of this bonus is that you can make a prediction and it won’t matter if you’re wrong.
In fact, that’s the beauty of both welcome offers and, in turn, the reason you should use them to make some bold bets. When it’s your own money, the prudent strategy is to do some research, assess the betting lines and go with a conservative pick. For instance, based on recent results, most would agree that the Patriots are favorites heading into the final showdown. At this stage, you can get odds of -139 on a straight win for the Patriots. Based on the evidence, this seems like a solid bet. However, when you’re using bonus money or you know there’s no risk, you can afford to be more outlandish.
Take a shot at glory with these NJ sports betting bonuses
Naturally, the more outlandish you are, the better the odds will be. Indeed, while the Patriots may be favorites, the returns on a straight win bet will be low. In contrast, if you placed money on the Rams at +115, you’d get more bang for your buck. Taking this further, you could make a prop bet on the number of passing yards Rams’ QB Jared Goff will make during the game. With a specific prediction like this, the odds are going to be more attractive which, in turn, provide better returns.
Under normal conditions, we wouldn’t usually advocate this strategy. But, in this situation, it’s perfect. Put simply, if you’re a sports betting newbie and you want to get the most value from the 2019 Super Bowl, our NJ online bonus picks are the way to do it. Regardless of whether you play it safe or go for a Hail Mary, the conditions are in your favor right now.
The market-leading resort in Atlantic City will invest more than $11 million into the development of a new sportsbook.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced its plans Wednesday to add a venue that will combine an entertaining bar environment with legal sports gambling.
The new Borgata sportsbook will debut this summer.
Borgata was the first Atlantic City casino to take a legal sports bet last June.
Since then, Borgata partnered with GVC Holdings to launch its mobile sports betting app, playMGM.
The online sportsbook brought in just under $200,000 in revenue in November. The casino, including its temporary sportsbook, topped more than $1 million in total revenue in sports wagers for the month.
Borgata sportsbook gets new life
As New Jersey sports betting continues to get more popular and grow, AC casinos must adjust to make its sportsbook experience more appealing to potential customers.
With this plan set in stone, Borgata is taking another step forward in solidifying its place among the top of the NJ sports betting market.
Marcus Glover, president and COO for Borgata, was eager to to put the plans in motion:
“Since Borgata arrived in the Atlantic City market more than 15 years ago, we have maintained a steadfast dedication to property growth and development, with our new concept exemplifying this objective. We are proud to have been at the forefront of legalized sports betting in New Jersey and look forward to advancing our product with an innovative gaming and entertainment experience for our guests to enjoy.”
Borgata, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, is hoping its expertise in sports betting can lead the casino to more success.
It’s unknown what amenities to expect at the new sportsbook; one can imagine it being on par with what MGM has been able to do in Las Vegas.
MGM has more than 25 years of experience in Nevada sports wagering. Its resorts pull in an annual handle of more than $1 billion.
Closing the gap in NJ sports betting
Despite having the ability to bet on sports within the casino, Borgata didn’t have a place dedicated strictly to being a sportsbook — until now. It has been using its pre-existing racebook as a temporary fixture.
This could be a large part of the discrepancy between the Borgata sportsbook revenue compared to others in the city.
The brand new William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Resort Casino has been doing substantially better than Borgata. Its 7,500-square-foot area has been extremely profitable and has gotten great reviews.
Ocean’s retail book earned revenue of nearly $2 million in November, more than double Borgata.
By committing to a permanent area worth $11 million, Borgata is making a hard push to challenge Ocean. It hopes to claim the top spot in Atlantic City sports betting. Perhaps the new venue will differentiate Borgata from its peers and give bettors an unparalleled experience.
It took 26 years — more than a quarter of a century — for the US Supreme Court to finally declare the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unconstitutional and overturn it.
That historic ruling opened the door for each state to decide whether or not and to what extent legalizing sports betting is something it wants for its residents.
But those moves have also sparked concern from the federal government and sports leagues.
Where different states stand on legal sports betting now
States where legislation has already passed
New Jersey sports betting became official in June 2018. But several other states, including Delaware, West Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, have been quick to act, too.
In fact, full scale legalized sports betting on individual contests is now available in all of these states, along with Nevada, where it has already been operating legally for many years.
Joining them is Washington, D.C. Contingent on congressional approval, Washington, D.C. will be the first US jurisdiction without a single licensed casino to authorize sportsbooks. When these sportsbooks will open, where they will be located, and who will run them remains to be seen. Plus, there are still a few rumblings happening.
Meanwhile, the situation in New Mexico is also unique, but in another way. That state has not passed any sports betting legislation yet. However, a tribal gambling compact has enabled the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel to take sports bets legally since October.
States with sports betting bills in the process
Also, many other states have shown interest. However, the process of actually implementing legislation is taking longer.
Among them, both Arkansas and New York have legislation permitting sports betting already in place, but not the option itself.
In Arkansas, voters in the November election passed a referendum to allow sports betting at four casinos. In New York, a law passed in 2012 allows sports betting at four locations as well. However, regulations and details are not complete.
Here are the other states, where legal sports betting in the near or foreseeable future looks promising:
- South Carolina
Five states on this list — Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia — already have bills in place for early 2019 consideration.
States less likely to legalize sports betting
The remaining states have taken no known action on the matter at all and are unlikely to do so anytime soon.
That includes two of the four states that were exempt from PASPA, Oregon and Montana. Their exempt status enabled them to offer only limited sports betting. That hasn’t changed with the repeal of PASPA.
But just like all of the states where PASPA made all forms of sports betting illegal, Montana would need new legislation to expand their offerings to full-scale sports betting. Oregon may not need any such legislation, according to recent reports.
Protecting sports integrity
All of the available data points to the likelihood of sports betting becoming legal in most states. In fact, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming predicts 30 states will be moving in that direction this year.
As anticipated, there will be some holdouts. But even so, the spread of legal sports betting across America seems inevitable.
This expansion leaves many government officials, along with the pro sports leagues, concerned about the possible impact on sports integrity.
At the second annual US Sports Betting Summit held Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C., the speakers presented divergent opinions on some of the challenges that legal sports betting presents.
However, on one topic, an agreement was unanimous. The increased visibility and accessibility of sports betting calls for strong measures to ensure the continued protection of the integrity of the games.
Should the federal government be involved?
Several speakers, such as Naimia Stevenson, associate general counsel for the NCAA, were firmly in favor of involving Congress. Stevenson said she would like to see federal legislation requiring sports betting operators to work with the leagues.
She would also like federal sports betting regulations that would make it illegal for anyone younger than age 21 to bet on sports.
Clarence Nesbitt, general counsel for the NBA, wants to see federal regulations to ensure clearer rules on acceptable versus nonacceptable conduct and better protection of players’ rights.
Ohio State Sen. Bill Coley wants tighter regulations to keep out illegal operators and criminals.
Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, called for federal legislation mandating that 1 percent of sports betting be set aside for treatment programs for sports bettors with a gambling problem.
Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act
The likelihood that Congress and the federal government will indeed step in increased Dec. 19 with the introduction of the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act.
Senators Charles Schumer, D-New York, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, put aside their political differences to jointly sponsor this new bill.
If passed, the new legislation will put a lot more control over sports betting back in the hands of the federal government.
Provisions of the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act
According to reports from the Associated Press, the federal bill calls for all of the following:
- The US Justice Department would set minimum standards with which all states offering legalized sports betting would have to comply.
- Sportsbook operators would be required to use data provided or licensed by the leagues.
- The states would not necessarily be required to give the sports leagues a cut of their gambling revenue. However, the option would still be permitted.
- Federal funding would also have to be provided from taxes generated by sports betting for programs to provide treatment for those with a gambling problem.
It is plausible that at least one of these provisions could create some resistance: the requirement for sportsbook operators to use official data from the leagues.
Courts have already ruled that fantasy sports operators should not have to follow these requirements. Meanwhile, some of the leagues, notably the NBA and Major League Baseball (MLB), already have private agreements with certain casinos regarding the use of their data, particularly for wagers made on games in progress.
Reasons for the bill
Schumer expressed that the bill was necessary for Congress “to ensure that the integrity of the games we love was never compromised.”
He also believes that “the time is now to establish a strong national integrity standard for sports betting that will protect consumers and the games themselves from corruption.”
Hatch indicated ever since the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May, that he has been “working with stakeholders to ensure we were doing everything possible to protect the integrity of sports from corruption.”
According to Hatch, the bill was not a hastily drawn up document, but “the culmination of eight months of high-level meetings, discussions and negotiations.”
Although Hatch was about to retire, he felt it was important to show “bipartisan support for federal regulation.” He hopes that Congress will continue working toward that end.
Support from the sports leagues
The major sports leagues are apparently on board with the plan, too.
The NFL went on record on Dec. 19 with a letter to the two senators expressing support for the bill. Jocelyn Moore, an NFL executive, made the following statement:
“Without continued federal guidance and oversight, we are very concerned that sports leagues and state governments alone will not be able to fully protect the integrity of sporting contests.”
A statement from the MLB echoed a similar sentiment on the importance of protecting the integrity of baseball games:
“Legalized sports betting is rapidly spreading across the country, creating a clear need for a set of consistent, nationwide integrity standards to protect the sport that millions of Americans love.”
The PGA Tour also voiced support for the new bill and for establishing a national body to oversee the integrity of sports in this country.
Legal sports betting and the future
As of now, legal sports betting is still available in only a handful of states, but that is going to change.
Unfortunately, along with all of the good results that widespread sports betting can help make possible, there is also potential for some real problems.
It is admirable that politicians are recognizing the need now in this early stage of legal sports betting, rather than down the road when it may be too late, to work on making sure there are proper regulations in place to protect sports integrity.
The same applies to making sure the people with a gambling problem can get help they need before the addiction escalates. For the millions of people who love sports and can bet responsibly, legal sports betting is fun. However, many people will be tempted to bet on sports who should not be betting at all. I agree that more programs to help gambling addicts are a must-have in every state.
I also hope that the leagues and those responsible for the regulations don’t become so zealous as to go overboard in removing current betting options or give bettors a reason to feel an invasion of their privacy.
Of course, with a government shutdown entering its third week and no end in sight, when or if the proposed legislation moves forward is unknown.
Here on NJ gambling websites, we will continue to keep you informed of the latest developments as they happen with regard to possible federal government involvement in legalized sports betting.