New Jersey Sports Betting
New Jersey Sports Betting Guide
Legal online sports betting in America started in 2018 with the repeal of PASPA and we must give credit to The State of New Jersey for making it all possible.
The two most important moments in the history of legalized sports betting are the passing of PASPA in 1992, and the State of New Jersey’s fight to allow individual States the right to choose to legalize sports betting resulting in the repeal of PASPA. So…. is sports betting legal in New Jersey? Yes, and we have Former NJ Governor Chris Christie to thank for kicking off what has now become a waterfall of state legislation legalizing sports betting all over the country.
Gambling is not new in NJ. On May 26th 1978, Resorts Hotel & Casino, New Jersey’s first land based casino opened in Atlantic City, NJ. New Jersey also has a number of Horse Racing and off-track betting facilities. The earliest and longest running facility, Freehold Raceway, dates back to 1854.
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Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association
An Effort spearheaded by Former NJ Governor Chris Christie which began in 2011 and eventually made its way to the United States Supreme Court over the course of 7 years. The State of New Jersey successfully argued that PASPA was in violation of the constitution and took away from a States right to regulatory power. This decision ultimately allowed for the State of New Jersey to Legalize Sports Betting which opened legalization for Online Sports Betting.
Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA)
Also known as The Bradley Act, the law was passed in 1992 to clearly define the legal status of sports betting in America. The act effectively banned sports betting in America with exception of sports lotteries in Oregon, Delaware, Montana, and the licensed sports pools in Nevada. The act also excluded Jai Alai, Parimutuel horse, and dog racing from the act.
What Online Sportsbooks Are Legal In New Jersey?
Launched September 2018. 888 holdings is one of the largest and well known names in online gambling around the world. 888 has been offering a legal online casino product through it’s partnership with Caesars Entertainment since 2012. The partnership naturally continued through the launch of the 888 NJ online sportsbook.
Launched February 2019. The Churchill Downs Inc. owned brand is powered by SBTech online betting platform. The brand is partnered with Golden Nugget Atlantic City casino in order to operate under the land based casinos license.
Launched August 2018. The BetMGM sportsbook is owned and operated by ROAR digital, a partnership between MGM Resorts International and global online gaming provider GVC.
Launched September 2018. Caesars Entertainment went with SG Digital for it’s online sportsbook platform. The brand has operated online casino gaming under three different brands (Harrahs, Caesars, WSOP) since November 2013. SG Digital (formerly NYX) powered the Caesars Online casino while 888 Holdings platform powered the Harrahs and WSOP online casino and poker apps.
Launched August 2018. Draftkings Sportsbook was the first online sportsbook to enter the state. Initially via a partnership with Kambi sports betting platform and utilizing the Resorts Atlantic City casino license.
Launched September 2018. The DFS giant initially launched in 2009 and has become the largest Daily Fantasy Sports Brand in America. The FanDuel Sportsbook launched immediately following an acquisition and merger of International gambling companies Paddy Power and Betfair. After the group acquired Canadian owned Stars group, the parent company was rebranded and is now known as Flutter Entertainment. The Fanduel online sportsbook operates in New Jersey utilizing the Monmouth Park Racetrack license to power it’s NJ skin.
Launched September 2018. The Stars Group, notriously known as PokerStars, initially entered the market under the BetStars sportsbook brand. It later aquired the FoxBet brand in 2019 to offer American sports bettors a familiar media brand synonomous with American sports. The Stars group utlizies the Resorts Atlantic City casino license as it’s land based operating partner. Through a series of mergers, Foxbet sportsbook is now owned by Flutter Entertainment.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook
Launched February 2019. Initially the mobile sports betting platform for Golden Nugget was launched using the SBTech platform. In March 2021 Golden Nugget migrated to a platform powered by SG Digital, Scientific Games Corporations OpenGaming sports betting solution.
Hard Rock Sportsbook
Launched January 2019. Hard Rock Digital, an entity owned by Hard Rock International and the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida powers it’s online casino and sportsbook via the Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) online betting platform. Hard Rock Sportsbook operates under the Hard Rock Resort and Casino (Formerly Trump Taj Mahal) license.
Launched January 2019. Pointsbet, the Australian based gambling company has been operating since 2017. The New Jersey launch of Pointsbet online sportsbook was the first US operation for the company. The company uses the Meadowlands Racetrack license to legally operate in NJ.
Launched February 2019. Owned and operated by Resorts Digital Gaming, the online sportsbook is powered by SBTech.
Launched August 2018. Owned by Rush Street Interactive (RSI) the online sports betting and igaming division or Rush Street. The platform is powered by a combination of proprietary software from RSI and through a partnership with Kambi sports betting platform. New Jersey is the only market that RSI uses the Sugarhouse brand, due to the brands popularity from a formerly well known, Philadelphia based bricks and mortar casino. RSI operates under the BetRivers brand in other states and has rebranded all of their land based operations to the Rivers brand.
Launched September 2019. theScore sportsbook is owned and managed by publicly traded Score media and gaming INC.. The platform was built in-house by the parent company with the back-end CMS powered by Bet.Works online betting platform. theScore has a market access partnership in New Jersey via Darby Development LLC, the operator of Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey.
William Hill Sportsbook
Launched September 2018. William Hill, one of the most well known bookmaker brands in the world launched in New Jersey with two land based sports betting locations. Since launch, the brand was acquired by Caesars Entertainment. The merger was finalized in 2021. Since the merger, Caesars Entertainment announced it would soon phase out the William Hill brand, rebrand all sports betting assets to Caesars Sports and sell off all of the non-US William Hill assets.
New Jersey Sportsbetting FAQs
Are Offshore Sportsbooks Legal In NJ?
No. Only online sportsbooks that are licensed and approved by the NJDGE are legal for online sports betting in New Jersey. You can check the NJDGE website for a full list of legal operators. Only the sportsbooks listed above on this page are legal and safe for betting in the Garden State.
Is Sports betting Legal in New Jersey?
Yes, land based and online sports betting is legal in New Jersey. Govenor Phil Murphy signed the related bill into law in 2018.
Online and mobile berting is allowed anywhere within the states borders. Each approved bricks and mortar casino licensee and approved racetrack facility is allowed up to three brands, or skins, to utilize their gaming license to offering online sports betting.
Are Online Casinos Legal In New Jersey?
Yes Online and mobile casinos including slots, table games, virtual sports, and poker are all legal in New Jersey. Online Casino has been live and legal in New Jersey since November 2013.
What Betting Markets Are Approved In New Jersey?
Only federations, leagues, and events listed on the NJDGE website under the “approved event list” are acceptable for sports wagering in New Jersey. Some of the approved betting markets are as follows:
- Australian Rules Football
- Bull Riding
- Entertainment (Oscars, Emmy’s)
- Competitive Eating
- Lawn Bowling
- Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
- Table Tennis
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