NJ Sports Betting Rules Do Not Allow Public To Enjoy All Of March Madness

It may not have mattered for March Madness 2019, but what if Seton Hall or FDU made it to the Final Four? Legal NJ sports betting would’ve been out of luck.

Editor’s note: This is an opinion article. 

New Jersey has a gambling problem. But not in the way you’re thinking.

It’s more about its approach to NJ sports betting and legal wagering on collegiate sports. More specifically, at least for this time of the sports calendar, as it relates to March Madness betting.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has tipped off. Over the next three weeks, 67 games will decide the national champion.

Sportsbooks in Nevada and Pennsylvania, among other states, expect to draw ample business, hopefully, to make up for a down February courtesy of an underwhelming Super Bowl.

New Jersey, though, will not have the whole gamut of March Madness games.

The state’s 10 retail and 13 mobile sportsbooks are prohibited from offering betting markets involving NJ teams or games.

Here. Lies. The problem.

NJ sports betting prohibits betting on NJ

When Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law legalizing wagering in the Garden State, he signed off on several provisions.

  • Bettors must be at least 21 years old.
  • Athletes, coaches, referees and “other persons with potential influence or access to non-public information regarding sporting events” are prohibited from placing wagers on events overseen by the leagues in which they participate.
  • Wagers on high school events or collegiate events held in New Jersey or involving New Jersey teams will not be accepted.

The last of the three stand out, specifically the collegiate aspect.

Sportsbook operators in the state cannot offer wagers on teams located in New Jersey. They also cannot take bets on events staged in the state. (To be fair, Nevada had a similar regulation years ago. That has since changed.)

Even when NJ sports betting became legal, that bit of regulation appeared, well, interesting. A purpose of legalizing wagering, after all, is to capture those who use illegal means of betting.

This regulation, however, still allows offshore operations to offer something New Jersey does not.

During March Madness, the spotlight shines brighter on this prohibition.

March Madness betting should be popular

This is not a hot take: March Madness is a big deal. Like, a big deal. Rivaled only by the Super Bowl, the NCAA Tournament stands as one of the most popular, most-watched and most-wagered-on events in America.

A recent survey from the American Gaming Association concluded that some 18 million adults would lay bets on the tournament. Of that total, a mere 4.1 million will use legal online or retail sportsbooks.

Bill Miller, AGA president and CEO, noted in a release that “sports fans are expected to bet 40 (percent) more than they did on this year’s Super Bowl.”

These figures, he adds, “indicate there’s still work to do to eradicate the vast illegal sports betting market in this country.”

New Jersey was, and still is, not doing its part.

NJ sports betting driving bets away

David Rebuck, director of the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement, has long hunted the illegal sportsbooks.

“It’s not going to be easy, but you can never let (illegal sports betting websites) just get a pass,” he said. “In the future, I see that being a major initiative for the regulated markets to work to figure out the best ways to go after people.”

Well, here is that opportunity.

Because the non-NJ teams rule, at this time of year, is just driving bettors toward out-of-state — even offshore — sportsbooks.

This is not to say that No. 16-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson, a 28-point underdog, had any chance against top-seeded Gonzaga. (Although, No. 16 UMBC gave the country hope last year.)

But No. 10 Seton Hall, a runner-up in the Big East tournament, could’ve made a Cinderella run. (Neither team made it past the first round.)

Even so, NJ residents couldn’t take advantage.

Two days ahead of Selection Sunday, the DGE released a statement reiterating the state’s law.

“The NJ Constitution prohibits any sports wagering on New Jersey collegiate teams whatsoever. Sportsbook operators must advise customers of this prohibition when wagers are accepted on collegiate tournament events that include New Jersey teams.”

For the first time since legalized sports betting began in the Garden State, the exclusionary rule came into play in a real way.

How the regulation affects bracket contests

Start with traditional NJ sports betting. Sportsbooks outside New Jersey obviously listed Seton Hall and Fairleigh Dickinson as underdogs.

SugarHouse Sportsbook in nearby Philadelphia, for example, listed the Pirates at +118 to win outright against Wofford. In Las Vegas, William Hill paid +3000 for a Fairleigh Dickinson victory.

For the first time in history, some bettors might’ve actually considered more strongly taking a No. 16-over-No. 1 upset.

And what a payday it would’ve been. But only outside of New Jersey.

What has rolled out in the state, however, are bracket pools.

DraftKings Sportsbook introduced its DraftKings Brackets feature, which includes a paid entry pool for NJ residents and a free-to-play pool for anyone in the country.

Because users lay down money for the paid pool, DraftKings Brackets does not allow them to make a pick in games involving NJ teams. Even its free-to-play pool bars players from doing so.

Surely that was just a safety measure for DraftKings. (Nobody wants to be in a position Caesars Entertainment was in last fall.)

That said, FanDuel SportsbookSugarHouse Sportsbook, and Caesars Sportsbook NJ have free-entry bracket pools that allowed users to select NJ teams.

Why the regulation should change

This prohibition prevents customers from fully enjoying the experience, whether that be related to legal sports betting or filling out a bracket.

The value of Seton Hall at a betting window could draw more action after all. And the joy of predicting, and eventually bragging about, a deep tourney run by the Pirates (or a 16-over-1 upset by FDU) goes unmatched.

Consider, too, what this regulation would do if New Jersey returns as a host site for one of the tournament weekends. Should that occur, and if this regulation is still in place, NJ sportsbooks would not be able to accept bets on six games.

Fortunately, state bookmakers do not have to worry about that just yet.

The NCAA has already set sites through the 2022 tournament, and New Jersey is not included. NJ has essentially been blackballed since it began the process of legalizing sports betting eight years ago.

New Jersey, though, wants the tournament to return. If so, the state needs to revisit its regulations.

Make a NJ sports betting compromise, at least

This is not to suggest the NJ Legislature should eliminate the “no NJ teams and games” rule completely. It’s a good rule. And let’s be reasonable: It likely won’t happen with a snap of a finger. At least in the interim.

What New Jersey should do, however, is look toward New Hampshire.

The state is currently considering a bill to legalize sports betting. Among its regulations is a section called “prohibited sports event.”

Within it are similarities to New Jersey. More important, though, is an addendum NJ should seriously consider if it won’t rid its books of the non-NJ teams and games regulation.

Like New Jersey, New Hampshire would prohibit wagering on high school events and collegiate teams and events held within its borders.

Here is the bit New Jersey should consider:

“… provided that “prohibited sports event” does not include the games of a collegiate sports tournament in which a New Hampshire college team participates, nor does it include any games of a collegiate sports tournament that occurs outside New Hampshire even though some of the individual games or events are held in New Hampshire …”

Basically, New Hampshire bars betting on its state teams or events held in the state. Come March Madness, however, that prohibition is lifted.

Take note, New Jersey. Allow the masses to enjoy all of March Madness. Not just pieces.

DraftKings Sportsbook Adds Intrigue With March Madness Bracket Contest

DraftKings Sportsbook launched a March Madness bracket contest in NJ plus a nationwide free-to-play bracket contest with $164K in total prizes.

Back in the day, apple pie and baseball represented the all-American experience.

Today, especially this time of year, it’s all about filling out March Madness brackets.

The sheer joy of bragging about a predicted upset. The glee that comes with boasting about sitting atop your pool after each game. The feeling of invincibility when you actually win.

Now, DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey is adding a monetary reward to the mix.

In a first-of-its-kind legal offering, at least outside of Nevada, DraftKings on Tuesday announced the launch of DraftKings Brackets ahead of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

With it, users can fill out brackets and earn cash for correct picks.

How to play DraftKings Sportsbook bracket contest

As NJ online sports betting continues to grow, DraftKings continues to find ways to stay ahead of the game.

With DraftKings Brackets, users have the option to enter public or create private contests prior to the tournament, which is scheduled to tip off with the First Four on March 19.

Customers anywhere in the nation can choose to enter a free-to-play bracket at a shot at $64,000 in prizes, and players in New Jersey have the option to purchase a $20 bracket for a chance at $100,000.

Fans can also enter public contests or create private ones at the beginning of the tournament or join the Round of 32 or Sweet 16.

According to the DraftKings announcement, more offerings could be on the way, too.

“College basketball and sports betting fans alike can expect more contests to open prior to the beginning of the tournament, too. Using the app’s ‘Reserve A Seat’ function, players can hold a spot in various contests until the teams are selected on March 17.”

Where to find DraftKings March Madness brackets

“To provide customers with the most complete tournament experience available,” the announcement stated, Brackets will be integrated within the DraftKings Sportsbook via the app on iOS and Android.

From the press release:

Using the app’s “Reserve A Seat” function, players can hold a spot in various contests until the teams are selected on March 17.

The actual bracket contest is available via the DraftKings Sportsbook app only but you can reserve a seat via the browser ahead of Selection Sunday.

draftkings bracket contest nj sports betting

“As American sports fans during March Madness, we are all playing bracket contests with our friends, family, and co-workers,” DraftKings co-founder Matt Kalish said in the release. “By launching Brackets on DraftKings Sportsbook, we are bringing the number one-way fans to engage with March Madness to the biggest stage — DraftKings’ industry-leading fantasy sports and sportsbook apps.”

What if NJ college teams are selected?

New Jersey law prohibits sports bets on any New Jersey college team, regardless of whether the games are played within the state or elsewhere.

In a statement, the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement clarified this point:

“The NJ Constitution prohibits any sports wagering on New Jersey collegiate teams whatsoever. Sports book operators must advise customers of this prohibition when wagers are accepted on collegiate tournament events that include New Jersey teams.”

If Seton Hall or any NJ college team does make it to the First Round of play, you can bet there will be no betting on those games even if it’s in a bracket contest such as the one DraftKings has planned.

Thousands of dollars up for grabs

The free-to-play pool limits users to one entry per person, while the paid entry for New Jersey residents allows users to create up to 16 entries.

As for distribution, the free-to-play pool pays out the top 6,475 places, including the top five finishers:

  • First: $5,000
  • Second: $3,500
  • Third: $2,500
  • Fourth: $2,000
  • Fifth: $1,500

The big tournament spreads winnings out among the top 1,195 places, highlighted by the top-five payouts:

  • First: $20,000
  • Second: $10,000
  • Third: $7,000
  • Fourth: $4,000
  • Fifth: $2,000

DraftKings adds more to its top product

Since online NJ sports betting launched last August, DraftKings Sportsbook has been the trendsetter.

Through January, the company accumulated $37,323,647 in NJ sports betting revenue, representing nearly 54 percent of the mobile industry’s overall total.

Aside from the Super Bowl, March Madness attracts arguably the most attention nationwide. Certainly, then, DraftKings wants to capitalize on it.

It did so last month when it introduced Big Game Squares for the NFL’s biggest game of the year.

Of course, DraftKings Sportsbook still offers March Madness betting:

To reach the Final Four

TeamOdds
Duke -200
Gonzaga-118
Virginia+100
Kentucky+200
Michigan State+200
North Carolina+200
Tennessee+200

To win the national championship

TeamOdds
Duke+250
Gonzaga+550
Virginia+600
Kentucky+1200
Michigan State+1200
North Carolina+1200
Tennessee+1200

Now, though, fans can dive even further into tournament action, courtesy of DraftKings Brackets.

Report: DGE Denies MLB Request To Ban NJ Sports Betting On Spring Training Games

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement reportedly will continue to allow bets on spring training games at NJ sportsbooks despite the MLB’s request.

New Jersey sportsbooks will welcome back spring training sports betting.

According to David Purdum of ESPN, the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has declined a request by Major League Baseball to prohibit NJ sports betting on spring training games.

A DGE representative confirmed to Legal Sports Report that the division responded last week to MLB with the denial.

As a result, legal wagering on the league’s exhibition contests will continue at the state’s 23 retail and online sportsbooks.

Spring training back for NJ sports betting

The DGE’s decision comes more than a week after the MLB sent a letter to the division asking to ban betting on spring training. The league also sent requests to NevadaPennsylvania, and Mississippi.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has already denied the MLB request.

The league’s letter reportedly addressed several concerns the MLB had with betting on spring training games, including “heightened integrity risks that come with it.

Certainly that worry comes with teams using minor league players along with players who ease into playing regularly rather than playing all-out right away.

In a statement from the MLB, the league noted that “Spring Training games are exhibition contests in which the primary focus of Clubs and players is to prepare for the coming season rather than to win games or perform at maximum effort on every single play.

“These games are not conducive to betting and carry heightened integrity risks, and states should not permit bookmakers to offer bets on them. Limited and historically in-person betting on Spring Training in one state did not pose nearly the same integrity risks that widespread betting on Spring Training in multiple states will pose.”

DGE pulled games while reviewing request

When the DGE received the league’s letter, several NJ sportsbooks, including DraftKings Sportsbook, had begun offering lines on spring training games.

In a statement, the state’s Office of the Attorney General acknowledged that the DGE received the MLB request.

Around the same time, the Nevada Gaming Control Board declined the league’s request. From its response:

“Based on our history and experience in regulating sports wagering, we are not inclined to prohibit our licensed sports books from taking wagers on MLB Spring Training games. We have a common goal to combat sports bribery and maintain the integrity of your sport, and are available to discuss ways we can work together in this effort.”

Not much concern surrounding ‘integrity risks’

To be fair, spring training does not generate much revenue. Nothing like the NFL preseason. Still, the MLB exhibition games have traditionally been offered at legal sportsbooks in Nevada.

Certainly, then, other states with regulated wagering would integrate spring training.

As noted, however, limits for betting on spring training remain relatively low. Any large bet on one of these games would theoretically come with a red flag.

In the end, New Jersey joins Nevada in denying the league’s request to prohibit spring training baseball.

OddsShark Website Pulls Plug On New Jersey Access After Regulatory Crackdown

After the Division of Gaming Enforcement sent a letter to OddsShark about its offshore sportsbooks, the website closed access to New Jersey residents.

The New Jersey crackdown on offshore sports betting has begun. And already, it appears, the state has begun seeing results.

Following a letter sent by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement earlier this month, the affiliate betting website OddsShark, which markets regulated and offshore sportsbooks, is no longer accessible by users with IP addresses in New Jersey.

Boiled down: The website that caters to popular illegal sportsbooks such as Bovada and BetOnline no longer reaches into New Jersey.

This marks a renewed interest of New Jersey pushing back on offshore sports betting sites. Five years ago, NJ issued a similar warning to Bovada.

DGE sends warning-filled letter to OddsShark

The DGE’s letter to OddsShark can be seen here.

It noted that the DGE reviewed the OddsShark website and noticed it promoted authorized NJ sports betting products alongside illegal platforms such as Bovada, BetOnline and 5Dimes, among others.

As such, the state warned OddsShark of potential repercussions if it continues to operate this way in New Jersey.

“This letter shall serve as official notice that your website, by offering unauthorized online gaming and sports betting links, is promoting activity that is contrary to New Jersey and federal law,” according to the letter dated Feb. 9.

“We request that you immediately remove any online gaming links that are not authorized under federal law or under the law of any State. The State of new Jersey reserves the right to pursue appropriate civil or criminal sanctions against you if you fail to take the requested actions.”

DGE letter hints at legal repercussions

In one of the first examples of a state with legal sports betting actually going after offshore wagering, New Jersey came out swinging.

The letter stated that the DGE “will not license or register any company that is promoting illegal sites, as this activity negatively affects that company’s good character, honesty, and integrity.”

“Additionally, the Division has instructed all New Jersey internet gaming and sports betting providers that they must cease doing business with any affilliate that promotes illegal gaming sites, regardless of whether the provider and affiliate are promoting New Jersey activity or activity in other jurisdictions.”

While the Garden State requested OddsShark either sever ties with those offshore books or cease operating in New Jersey altogether, the state also served a warning.

OddsShark, per the letter, “may be violating the criminal laws of the State of New Jersey.” It noted that the website could be committing racketeering and illegal promotion of gambling as examples. The DGE instructed all New Jersey casinos and internet gaming providers to cease doing any business with OddsShark.

“Additionally, the Division has also copied the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice on this letter so that it may consider taking appropriate legal action.”

OddsShark faces decision

OddsShark is not exactly a nobody when it comes to sports betting. Frequently, the platform is cited by various sports media when it comes to odds and lines.

But the DGE is not about to let that continue.

The letter cited a DGE Director’s Advisory Bulletin from June 2015, in which the division notified operators and affiliates to cut ties with any illegal partners lest they be eliminated from or prevented from joining the New Jersey market.

When it comes to staying afloat, offshore sportsbooks rely on marketing and promotion from sites like OddsShark. DGE is at least forcing OddsShark to make a choice between promoting legal or illegal options.

DGE director continues fight against offshore

David Rebuck, director of the DGE, has long had the illegal sports betting industry in his crosshairs.

Last fall, Rebuck told GamblingCompliance that if “I find out that you are actively engaged in doing illegal gambling in the United States, you’re barred.”

In July, at the East Coast Gaming Congress, Rebuck shared how he recognized that the regulated NJ online gambling industry was already “cannibalizing the illegal online gaming market.” NJ sports betting would chip away even more at the offshore industry.

He added that if he discovered platforms servicing the legal and illegal markets, “there will be significant consequences.”

Bovada, specifically, has remained at the top of Rebuck’s list. He related that gaming regulators were spending “an inordinate about of time” attempting to identify the company’s head honcho.

Rebuck recognized that illegal sportsbooks are “very good at what they do,” in terms of staying operational while remaining in the shadows.

But this letter, and the disappearance of OddsShark from within New Jersey, shows that the DGE, in cooperation with regulated operators and other state departments, can find ways to protect the legal sports betting industry from offshore activity.

Editor’s Note: NJGamblingSites.com is an affiliate website that promotes legal online sportsbooks, casinos and poker sites in New Jersey.

New Jersey, Pennsylvania Combine To Fight Against Latest Wire Act Opinion

In the letter, New Jersey and Pennsylvania’s attorneys general call out the DOJ for a “deeply troubling” opinion on online gambling.

New Jersey has finally responded to the latest Wire Act opinion made by the Department of Justice. And the state has Pennsylvania in its corner.

In a letter written Tuesday to acting US Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro expressed “our strong objections” to the DOJ’s opinion that state-sanctioned online gambling could become a federal crime.

That opinion, issued earlier in January, reverses the previous position of the DOJ that allowed online gaming.

“This about-face is wrong and raises significant concerns in our states,” the two state AGs wrote.

“We ask that DOJ withdraw its opinion altogether or assure us that DOJ will not bring any enforcement actions against companies and individuals engaged in online gaming in our states — where it is appropriate under state law.”

In addition, Grewal submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to “obtain critical information” about the opinion of the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).

Specifically, Grewal wrote, “information relating to outside groups’ lobbying efforts urging the Department of Justice to reconsider this position.”

DOJ opinion ‘wrong’ and should be withdrawn

The letter explicitly expressed the “strong opposition” of both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“We can see no good reason for DOJ’s sudden reversal,” the letter said. “First, it runs contrary to plain language of the Wire Act. Second, DOJ has recognized that it should ’employ considerable caution in departing from … prior opinions,’ in light of the ‘strong interests in efficiency, institutional credibility, and the reasonable expectations of those who have relied on our prior advice.'”

It is this area in which the state attorneys general agree that the DOJ “acknowledges that states were relying on (the department’s) prior advice.”

Grewal and Shapiro noted that industries, such as NJ online gambling, developed their infrastructures based on the DOJ’s advice from eight years ago.

The DOJ “did not provide any intervening facts or information to justify such a major departure” from the 2011 opinion.

The department’s reversal, the letter concluded, “is wrong, and it undermines the values of federalism and reliance that our states count on.”

Latest Wire Act opinion vs. NJ online gambling

In the eight years since the DOJ issued its previous Wire Act opinion, state-sanctioned online gambling has taken off. Particularly in New Jersey.

Launched in 2013, NJ online gambling has generated more than $350 million in annual revenue and $60 million in gaming taxes, the letter said.

Additionally, annual state lottery sales hover around $3 billion and contribute about $1 billion to the state, making it the fifth-largest source of revenue in New Jersey.

Similarly, Pennsylvania rolled out its online lottery in May 2018. Since that time, iLottery generated $23.8 million in gross gaming revenue.

The Keystone State uses funds from lottery sales to benefit older citizens in the state.

Now, though, the DOJ says the “transmission of information relating to any kind of online wagering can violate federal criminal law.”

This includes interstate transmission of information that is “merely incidental,” according to the letter.

“The opinion casts doubt not only on traditional online gaming,” the letter said, “but also multi-state lottery drawings (such as Power Ball and Mega Millions) and online sales of in-state lottery tickets. While regulators and the industry are reviewing the full range of impacts this opinion may have, each potential implication is of concern.”

Among the implications listed in the letter include jobs, the health of Atlantic City, and state funds for the public good.

FOIA request also issued

Meanwhile, Grewal submitted an FOIA request seeking information as to whether lobbyists spurred the DOJ to reverse its opinion.

From the letter:

“Press reports … indicate that this new advice followed substantial lobbying by outside groups that have long been unhappy with the 2011 opinion — but who were unable to convince Congress of the merits of their view. That is not a good enough reason to trample over the law and states’ rights, and to upend the settled expectations on which we have been relying for nearly a decade.”

Grewal asked for expedited results and requested records addressing communications, consultations, or meetings relating to the Wire Act and online gambling, among other things.

Those records, per the request, should stem from a variety of sources:

  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Office of the Deputy Attorney General
  • Office of the Associate Attorney General
  • Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division
  • Office of Legislative Affairs
  • Office of Legal Policy
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • Office of the Executive Secretariat

In addition, Grewal requested any information relating to “non-governmental actors or organizations” and “any organization or individuals in the Executive Office of the President.”

Such a request comes on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report that billionaire and longtime opponent of online gambling Sheldon Adelson was the major force behind the opinion’s reversal.

Fighting back against Wire Act opinion

The letter stands as the first official response of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Former New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak told Online Poker Report that he is willing to answer the call to help states stand tall against the DOJ opinion.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy also offered his support of the letter.

“Our growing online gaming industry is a key component in revitalizing Atlantic City and strengthening New Jersey’s economy,” Murphy said in a statement. “This unexpected opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice not only jeopardizes the future of our casinos and gaming industry, but also threatens the jobs of thousands of New Jerseyans.”

“I am pleased to see that Attorney General Grewal is committed to challenging the Justice Department’s unreasonable interpretation of the Wire Act.”

Also chiming in was David Rebuck, director of the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement:

“New Jersey has regulated online gaming for five years and has developed the most successful regulatory model in the world. The State is fully committed to maintaining and ensuring the highest regulatory standards for New Jersey’s evolving online gaming industry, including the most recent addition of sports wagering.”

Grewal noted that the DOJ’s latest opinion “is wrong on the law and wrong for New Jersey.” For five years, since New Jersey introduced online gambling, the state “relied on the Justice Department’s promises to develop a strong online gaming industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Now, Grewal added:

“With the stroke of a pen, the Justice Department is trying to take that all away. I’m committed to standing up for New Jersey and challenging this misguided opinion.”

Hitting Paydirt: Your NJ Online Sports Betting Extravaganza For Super Bowl 2019

Get into the Super Bowl 2019 spirit with a rundown of the odds, lines and prop bets available at DraftKings, FanDuel and SugarHouse NJ online sportsbooks.

Well, what do you know? Another Super Bowl featuring Tom Brady.

On Sunday, when the New England Patriots quarterback takes the field in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53, he will record his ninth appearance in the big game.

No team in league history has made that many appearances.

Against the Los Angeles Rams, Brady and the Pats will aim for a sixth Lombardi Trophy in a rematch of Super Bowl 36 in 2002. Fittingly, that game, won by New England, was the last time the Rams appeared in the Super Bowl.

The biggest game — nay, event — of the year is set to kick off. The two best teams (depending on your perspective) remain.

So, why not have the same approach for New Jersey sports betting?

For what will surely be the largest business day in the short history of NJ sports betting, the spotlight here shines on the state’s industry leaders: DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel Sportsbook and SugarHouse Sportsbook.

(All odds are as of Thursday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Super Bowl 2019 lines

Shortly after the AFC and NFC championships were decided and the Super Bowl matchup was set, the Rams opened up as a 1-point favorite at many sportsbooks.

That line swiftly swayed toward New England, however. And it continues to push that direction. The Pats will be wearing white jerseys, which has done well in the past. Twelve of the past 14 champions wore white.

In addition to these lines, SugarHouse offers a market on the Patriots to win 20-17, which pays +10,000.

 DraftKingsFanDuelSugarHouse
Point spreadNE -2.5NE -2NE -2.5
Over/under56.556.556.5
MoneylineNE -137
LA +118
NE -132
LA +116
NE -139
LA +115

Parlays and props for all

Over the past six Super Bowls, five totals hit the over. Pairing with the moneyline, the over and a New England win pays +225, while a Pats victory and the under holds the same line. LA wins combined with either the over or under pays +290.

Additionally, DraftKings offers an overtime market, which goes for +900 should the game head to extra time. (On the flip side, no overtime holds a -2,000 line.)

The only Super Bowl ever to need more than four quarters: Two years ago, a Patriots win.

FanDuel set the first-quarter moneyline at -120 for New England to lead and +102 for the Rams. A Patriots lead would also lead to a +126 payout, as the opening-quarter spread sits at -0.5 in favor of the Pats. And a combined total over 10.5 points holds a +118 line.

For the game, FanDuel’s lines for total points to be odd or even sit at -130 and +112, respectively. Odd totals have occurred 30 times in Super Bowl history, though each of the past four and eight of the last 10 have been even.

Before kickoff, though, is the coin toss. Will the coin toss winner also win the Big Game? New England doing so pays +250, LA +300. The coin toss victor has also lifted the Lombardi Trophy 46 percent of the time.

SugarHouse allows bettors to take the game one quarter at a time. For example: Will New England (+175) or Los Angeles (+220) score in every quarter?

Two-point conversions apparently will be at a premium Sunday. The sportsbook projects that neither team successfully converts a 2-point attempt with a -278 line. Choosing yes, however, could lead to a +210 payout.

For what it’s worth, 2-point conversions have been attempted at least once in eight of the last nine Super Bowls. Not one was successful last year. In Super Bowl 51, New England went 2-2.

Even more props

This is where the game can really get fun.

Certainly, available are markets for which QB will finish with the most passing yards and which RB will rush for the most yardage.

But will either team score three unanswered times? A +175 line says “no” at DraftKings. The sportsbook also set an over/under at 2.5 for players who complete passes. The over goes for +190. (The over for 2.5 players to throw for a touchdown pays +1200.)

DraftKings’ over/under for jersey number of the player who scores the first or last touchdown sits at 26.5: +100 on the under for each market. A “Fat Man TD Special,” wherein any offensive lineman scoring a touchdown, holds a +8,000 line.

And what about when the 2-minute warning break occurs. Will it happen with exactly 2 minutes on the clock? First-half no pays +400; second-half no goes for +275.

At SugarHouse, the over/under on total coaching challenges sits at 1.5, with the over paying +275 compared with the -400 on the under.

Any field goal or extra-point attempt hitting the uprights or crossbar results in a +350 payday should a bettor take action in that market.

Of course, one of the most popular props surrounds the color of the Gatorade the winning team showers over its coach. At FanDuel, “clear” is the favorite at +100, followed by orange and yellow (+375 each), blue at +500, and red at +600.

Rams RB Todd Gurley provided some insight into what LA quenches its thirst with. But he has been known to not care about betting.

After all is said and done, will Pats coach Bill Belichick retire? Or Brady? Or TE Rob Gronkowski? The Belichick line, at DraftKings, pays +2,500 should he retire and -10,000 if he does not.

Brady calling it quits goes for +1,400 at FanDuel, and Gronk riding off into the sunset pays +400.

MVP! MVP! MVP!

Oh, it’s the last of the futures for the 2018 season.

Quarterbacks have claimed the Super Bowl MVP 29 times in history, and the only non-signal-callers to win the award since 2009 were linebackers. Heck, a running back hasn’t won it since 1998. Three receivers and a safety have done so since the last RB winner.

Anyway, SugarHouse offers a market for bettors to wager on which position will win the MVP, and QB is heavily favored at -286. A running back or fullback pays +500; a defender goes for +800.

Below are the top contenders, according to sportsbooks, for the Super Bowl MVP.

DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookSugarHouse Sportsbook
Tom Brady +110Tom Brady +115Tom Brady +110
Jared Goff +200Jared Goff +190Jared Goff +200
Aaron Donald +1400Aaron Donald +1600Aaron Donald +1400
Todd Gurley +1400Todd Gurley +1600Todd Gurley +1400
Sony Michel +1600Sony Michel +1600Sony Michel +1600
CJ Anderson +2200James White +2500CJ Anderson +2200
Julian Edelman +2800CJ Anderson +3000Julian Edelman +2800
James White +2800Julian Edelman +3500James White +2800

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As it has been well-documented, New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

To boot, the 10th and 11th mobile sportsbooks hit the Garden State airwaves this week, as Hard Rock Atlantic City soft-launched its online product followed shortly thereafter by Resorts Atlantic City rolling out its platform.

Now a double-digit crowd of sportsbook apps complement what is now 10 retail operations (again, Hard Rock upping that number) in New Jersey:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting and futures.