Welcome to the first NFL regular season upon which legal bets can be placed in New Jersey and elsewhere!
As of Oct. 5, there are eight retail sportsbooks and eight online sportsbooks available in New Jersey. How’s that for some options?
In this guide, you’ll have the complete rundown of where you can bet, which types of bets you can place, and which types of bets you can’t place.
Where can you bet on sports in New Jersey?
New Jersey casinos and racetracks were eager to launch land-based and online sportsbooks.
The following is a list of casinos and racetracks in the state and the types of sports betting they offer:
Resorts: In-person, online (DraftKings and BetStars)
Resorts Atlantic City has a land-based sportsbook they run in partnership with SBTech.
Earlier in the summer, Resorts teamed up with DraftKings and the result was the first-to-market NJ online sports betting site, DraftKings Sportsbook. Partnered with Kambi, DraftKings was the go-to online sportsbook for most of August.
Resorts also provides a skin for BetStars. The sports betting product from poker giant PokerStars began accepting wagers Sept. 13. Among its offerings include promotions, in-game betting, and a cashout option. As of now, the iOS version of BetStars is available via the PokerStars iOS app. But a standalone Android app is available for download.
In the future, Resorts will most likely run its own online sportsbook.
Golden Nugget: In-person
Golden Nugget opened the doors to its temporary sportsbook this past month after moving the poker room to a different part of the property to make way for a sports betting space.
But as promised, The Sportsbook opened in its new and permanent space on Aug. 31 complete with nine self-service kiosks and lounge areas.
Golden Nugget sportsbook online site is an unknown at this point, but a likely possibility in the future.
Borgata: In-person, online (playMGM)
Borgata runs a temporary sportsbook out of its current horse racing betting area, which is allowable under current sports betting regulation. They do, however, have plans to build a stand-alone sportsbook in the future.
Its land-based sportsbook has 100 seats and 10 betting windows.
Borgata is owned by MGM Resorts, which means that a playMGM sports betting app was always a likely scenario. On Aug. 22, playMGM opened its online app in New Jersey.
There may be a couple more online sportsbooks in Borgata’s future, as its parent company has a partnership with international sportsbook operators GVC and Boyd Gaming.
Monmouth Park: In-person and online (William Hill, SugarHouse)
Monmouth Park partnered with William Hill to open the first land-based sportsbook on June 14.
Their partnership also extends to the online/mobile space, where William Hill NJ accepts sports wagers online and on its Android and iOS mobile apps.
At one point, SugarHouse Sportsbook was under Golden Nugget’s NJ online gambling license, but not anymore. As of Oct. 17, SugarHouse switched its online sports betting site to the Monmouth Park license.
The reason is simple: SugarHouse wanted to accept NBA bets and with Golden Nugget, that’s not possible. The online casino side of the integrated site is still under Golden Nugget’s license.
SugarHouse Sportsbook includes all your favorite betting options, mobile apps, and a shared wallet.
Meadowlands: In-person and online (FanDuel)
Meadowlands Racetrack opened a FanDuel-branded sportsbook on July 14, quickly becoming a powerhouse in the NJ sports betting market. Sitting next to New York City, the retail sportsbook is reaping the benefits of its location.
Ocean Resort Casino: In-person
The William Hill Sports Book @ Ocean Resort claims to be the best in the business, with nearly 7,500 square feet of space. It sits in the center of the casino floor and features seating, a bar, TVs and plenty of betting windows. The grand opening of the new Ocean Resort sportsbook occurred on Sept. 6.
Ocean Resort is also partnered with William Hill US, a union which most likely will result in a self-branded online app at some point in the future. The timeline for that supposed launch, however, is unclear.
Caesars/Harrah’s/Bally’s: In-person and online (Caesars and 888 Sport)
The entertainment group announced a partnership with Scientific Games and launched its online sportsbook hours before the start of the NFL regular season.
Caesars added its sportsbook to its existing Caesars NJ online casino app, which is available on browsers and mobile for iOS and Android.
Hard Rock: None, for now
One of Atlantic City’s newest casinos, Hard Rock AC has yet to open a land-based sportsbook. However, this all changed in October when Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) signed a letter of intent with Hard Rock in order to open a sportsbook in Atlantic City.
The target date is sometime before the end of the year, but Hard Rock AC has already petitioned the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement to give them a transactional waiver to speed up the process.
Tropicana: None, for now
As such, alongside Hard Rock AC, the casino petitioned the DGE for transactional waivers to get things going at the property sooner rather than later. An online sportsbook can’t be too far behind.
The only other property in the state that could offer sports betting is Freehold Raceway, the oldest racetrack in the state. But its plans are also a mystery at this point.
Types of bets you can place in NJ sports betting
You’ll get the full-fledged betting experience at all the in-person locations throughout the state, with everything from spread to prop bets in play.
Shop around each online and mobile sports betting app to see which kinds of lines you can get, as they may not all be uniform. In-game betting is a popular addition to sportsbooks, and most if not all of the new apps in the state offer it.
Some books also have special events and promotions. SugarHouse sportsbook, for example, also features a Jackpot Parlay.
Also, with the NBA season now in play, remember that Golden Nugget’s relationship with the Houston Rockets will exclude them from offering bets on NBA games.
Types of bets you can’t place
There are no specific sports excluded from sports betting in New Jersey, although it’s not a guarantee that sportsbooks will offer those sports. Each sportsbook is different.
The only bets excluded from the state’s in-person and online/mobile sportsbooks are bets made on high school sports, as well as bets made on college teams in New Jersey, which includes Seton Hall, Rutgers, Monmouth, and more.