BetStars, the new kid on the online sports betting block, arrived in New Jersey on Sept. 13 thanks to a new deal signed between the Stars Group and Resorts Atlantic City. As of now, the Android app is the only element available.
This should be viewed as an extension of a two-year-long partnership which has so far allowed NJ-based gambling enthusiasts to enjoy competitive poker and casino games on PokerStars-branded sites.
BetStars NJ welcome bonus
Get up to $500 in free bets
Place your first bet up to $50 with minimum odds +100 and receive a free bet up to $50. Along with this offer, you will receive $50 in free bets when you bet $150. The beauty of this BetStars NJ promotion is that you can repeat the offer up to nine times.
New player promotions at BetStars
If BetStars Europe is any indication, BetStars NJ is likely to launch with a $20 free bet bonus credited to all first-time depositors as soon as they wager $20 of their own money.
The sportsbook will likely be tied into the existing online poker room and online casino, as well, so you may find the promotions to be linked as well.
Creating a new BetStars NJ account
Modern sportsbooks ensure a streamlined registration process, and BetStars NJ should be no exception. If BetStars Europe is anything to go by, the signup process will likely boil down to clicking the “Join” button, submitting your personal information, and activating your account by using a link included in a confirmation email.
Keep in mind that all legal New Jersey sportsbooks are required to verify their customers’ identity before processing any withdrawal requests. This means that you’ll eventually be asked to provide a scan of an ID, such as driver’s license or passport. You may also be asked to submit a proof of address – a recent utility bill or bank statement will do.
BetStars NJ loyalty program
Most high-traffic Stars Group sites feature an unorthodox loyalty program that is based on reward chests. These chests are designed to mimic video game loot boxes – their contents are completely random, which is bad news for serious, profit-seeking bettors.
However, it isn’t clear whether BetStars NJ will follow this model seeing as its local sister site, PokerStars NJ, employs a more traditional, volume-based system. PokerStars NJ customers are awarded special points that allow them to climb the loyalty ladder and receive more cashback.
Both systems were designed with different player demographics in mind – one is more exciting, while the other is more predictable.
Regardless of what option the Stars Group opts for, it will be interesting to see it implemented in an NJ sports betting context.
BetStars NJ software and mobile access
All BetStars sportsbooks are powered by the same state-of-the-art software package designed by Amelco, a UK-based developer who also worked on Betfair, Mybet, and William Hill products.
You should be able to launch BetStars NJ using any modern computer or mobile device without losing access to any features, which eliminates the need for a downloadable client.
Judging by what’s available in Europe, the Stars Group’s NJ betting platform will be exceptionally safe to use. On top of industry-standard high-grade encryption, you should have the option to introduce additional security measures, such as safety questions or even SMS/RSA security token validation.
Promotions and guarantees at BetStars NJ
If the new site follows in the footsteps of BetStars Europe, its customers won’t have access to many traditional promotions such as reloads or playback bonuses. Instead, they can look forward to best odds guarantees and challenges.
BetStars NJ might also offer insurance deals for specific sports – an option that allows unlucky bettors to reclaim their stakes as free bets if their team suffers a last-minute defeat. All bonuses are sure to be geared towards US fans, with sports like football, baseball and basketball taking the spotlight.
Finally, because the Stars Group operates a casino and poker room in New Jersey, we expect to see recurring cross-over bonuses for these products.
Deposits and withdrawals at BetStars NJ
Given the fact that older NJ-licensed Stars Group sites all offer the same banking options, BetStars should not be any different. You can expect the following deposit methods to be available upon launch:
- MasterCard and Visa
- Dedicated prepaid card
Aside from Visa/MasterCard and PayNearMe, all of the listed options should be available for withdrawals. You will likely also be able to fund your account or request a cash-out at the casino cage in Resorts Atlantic City – just don’t forget to bring your ID.
Types of wagers at BetStars NJ
We expect the Stars Group to adjust its sports priorities in New Jersey – focusing on football, basketball and baseball instead of soccer
Regardless of these corrections, BetStars NJ is likely to offer plenty of markets for all the sports that are available on the Europe-facing site, including boxing, cycling, darts, golf, hockey, mixed martial arts and rugby.
Esports fans could be in for a special treat as BetStars Europe covers all the important events for Counter-Strike, DOTA 2, and League of Legends; however, it’s not clear if these markets will be offered in the US.
Live betting and streaming at BetStars NJ
According to The Stars Group, BetStars NJ will support live betting and even have its own streaming service, although the timeline is unclear. These features may be introduced over time based on regulatory approvals.
BetStars NJ frequently asked questions
I’m 18 years old. Will I be able to create a BetStars NJ account?
No. You must be 21 years of age to gamble online in New Jersey.
I’m not a resident of New Jersey. Will I be able to join BetStars NJ?
Yes. Any player 21 years of age or older will be able to use the new platform while located in the state.
I’m a resident of New Jersey. Will I be able to use BetStars NJ if I leave the state?
No. All NJ-licensed iGaming sites are required to use geolocation software to determine each player’s location. Out-of-state players won’t be able to use any real money gambling services.
When will BetStars NJ become available for betting?
The exact launch date has not been disclosed yet.