The state of New Jersey played a massive role in getting sports betting legalized outside of Nevada. It was only fitting given how attractive gambling already was in the state with the high volume of casinos that littered the boardwalk in Atlantic City.
While Delaware was technically the first to take bets outside of Nevada, they only had New Jersey beat by a matter of days. New Jersey sports betting was officially open for business on June 11, 2018 and the first bet was taken just a few days later on June 14.
The first wager was taken at the William Hill sportsbook in Monmouth Park with the Borgata in Atlantic City taking its first wager just 30 minutes later. Several more books have since joined the party.
There are currently 10 land-based casinos with sportsbooks available on site. The majority of those (8) being in Atlantic City. The other two are Monmouth Park in Oceanport and the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (less than a mile from MetLife Stadium).
New Jersey Online Sports Betting Sites & Sportsbook Locations
I think it’s pretty safe to say that online betting is a big deal in New Jersey. While there are only 10 sportsbooks in the state that you can physically show up to and make a bet, there are 17 different online sportsbooks that you can sign up for an place a wager.
One thing that’s different from Nevada and all the Las Vegas resorts, is that there are casinos in New Jersey who are affiliated with multiple online sites.
How to Sign Up & Get Started
It’s easy to get up and going with an online sports betting site in New Jersey. While a few may require you to sign up for your account and make deposits in person, most of them can be created right from your home.
All of the books have apps available on both iOS and Android devices. Simply download the app of your liking, create a new account, deposit funds and start making wagers in a matter of no time.
The only stipulation is that you must be of the legal age (21) to get an account up and running.
|Online Sportsbook||Land-Based Affiliate|
|888 Sport||Caesars (Atlantic City)|
|Bally’s||Bally’s (Atlantic City)|
|Bet365||Hard Rock (Atlantic City)|
|BetAmerica||Golden Nugget (Atlantic City)|
|BetMGM Sports||Borgata (Atlantic City)|
|Borgata Sports||Borgata (Atlantic City)|
|Caesars||Caesars (Atlantic City)|
|DraftKings||Resorts (Atlantic City)|
|Fox Bet||Resorts (Atlantic City)|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||Golden Nugget (Atlantic City)|
|Hard Rock||Hard Rock (Atlantic City)|
|Harrah’s||Harrah’s (Atlantic City)|
|Ocean Resort||Ocean Resort Casino (Atlantic City)|
|Resorts||Resorts (Atlantic City)|
|BetRivers (formerly SugarHouse)||Monmouth Park|
|Unibet||Hard Rock (Atlantic City)|
|William Hill||Monmouth Park|
This former fantasy based operation has quickly turned into a big time player in the sports betting industry. FanDuel’s sportsbook operations in New Jersey are run out of the Meadowlands, which is considered by many as the best land-based sportsbook in the state.
FanDuel opened up for business in September of 2018 and is known for their ability to draw players in with their great promotions. They offer several sign-up bonuses for new users and have a slick platform with competitive lines.
Another former fantasy based business that has taken over the sports betting industry. DraftKings is the gold standard in terms of online betting in New Jersey.
It was the first online sports betting app to launch in the US outside of Nevada when it was made available in August of 2018. New users can sign up or online or visit it’s main location at the Resorts in Atlantic City.
Like FanDuel, DraftKings knows how to market its product with enticing promotions for new users. Not only do new players get a free $25 bet when they sign up, they also get a free bet match up to $500 on their first deposit.
One of the more interesting online sportsbooks in New Jersey has to be PointsBet, which opened in December of 2018. That’s because it offers a very unique betting format known as PointsBetting.
It’s a high-risk high-reward format that rewards users for how right they are on a bet and docks them when they are wrong. Each point you beat the spread/total by is a multiplier on your original bet. Same thing if you are on the losing side of things.
Located out of the Resorts in Atlantic City, Fox Bet is the first sportsbook that was started by a major media outlet. Fox Bet has grown at a steady pace since opening up it’s book to the public back in September of 2018.
While it’s one of the newer sportsbooks to open up shop in New Jersey (launched in August of 2019), Bet365 is a well known player in the sports betting industry. It’s been around for a while as one of the major online books that many players used before sports betting was legalized. It’s base of operations is at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City.
One of the major players in the online industry in New Jersey from the start was SugarHouse Sportsbook, which opened for business in late August of 2018. In February of 2020 they rebranded to what is now known as BetRivers.
The book is located at Monmouth Park and offers an enticing $100 deposit match up to $250 (promo code PLAY250).
It’s definitely one you want to sign up for if you like in-game wagering. It offers the largest variety of options for live-betting. It also draws in new users with it’s innovated specials like it’s Jackpot Parlay.
Already a major player worldwide in the sports betting industry, there was plenty of excitement when Unibet opened its doors to New Jersey residents in September of 2019. It didn’t take long for this book to climb the food chain of NJ sportsbooks. It’s base of operations is at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City.
Here’s another recently added sportsbook that joined the mix in New Jersey in September of 2019. Already a popular app for sports bettors with it’s quick updating scores to track wagers, it’s no surprise that fans have nothing but positive things to say about it’s online sportsbook features.
Unless you are brand new to this whole sports betting craze, BetMGM should need no introduction. The MGM brand is one of the biggest land-based operations out there. BetMGM didn’t wait long to get into the action in New Jersey, opening up at the Borgata in Atlantic City in August of 2018.
Here’s another name-brand hotel and casino establishment that thrown its name in the hat of sports betting in New Jersey. Borgata Sports didn’t open up until May of 2019, but it hasn’t taken long for it’s loyal following to join in on the action. Given all of their promotions, you can except this trusted and loved brand to only keep growing.
Another big name in the casino industry that should be one most of you are familiar with. Caesars is one of the biggest players out there in the world of sports betting. It took it’s services to New Jersey in September of 2018 and has a partnership with 888, as well as Harrah’s and Bally’s. a
If you are someone that likes to bet on horses as much as you do sports, BetAmerica is definitely an online sportsbook that you will want to look into. Their site is broken into two sections for horses and sports. It opened up in February of 2019 and given it’s partnership with the Golden Nugget it’s one you can definitely trust.
The 888 Holdings brand has plenty to offer with it’s casino, poker and sports betting features. It too is a sportsbook that you trust, given it’s partnership with Caesars. It’s been a staple in the NJ online sports betting market since September of 2018.
Just about every state that has legalized sports betting has a casino that offers the William Hill Sportsbook. While the William Hill app could use some improvement, it’s definitely a trusted commodity in the industry and worth a look for anyone who wants multiple online accounts.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook
The Golden Nugget is one of the more popular online sports betting establishments in New Jersey. In large part because of its betting markets and type of wagers offered. The Golden Nugget was launched in New Jersey in February of 2019 and is located out of the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City.
Hard Rock Sportsbook
Hard Rock is one of the more recognizable brands out there. I’m sure most of you have at some point visiting a Hard Rock Cafe or at least heard of it. The Hard Rock sportsbook joined the ranks of New Jersey books in January of 2019.
Yet another big name in the sports betting industry that most of you are familiar with. Harrah’s has a partnership with Caesars, so you can expect a similar experience with this online book. Harrah’s launched in New Jersey in September of 2018.
One of the more popular online sports betting sites in New Jersey has to be Resorts Sports, which opened its sportsbook in New Jersey in late January of 2019. Definitely a trusted site with great on-the-go features for those located in the state that want to be able to wager on the fly.