March Madness 2020: Where To Grab A Seat, Place A Bet And Enjoy NCAA Basketball In NJ

New Jersey’s 10 retail sportsbooks are ready for the excitement that March Madness betting brings. Time to figure out where to wager and watch the games.

March Madness betting season is here. It just so happens to coincide with the start of spring.

But this year in New Jersey, the NCAA Tournament arrives with a legal sports betting vibe. For the first time, wagering is permitted on the majority of games.

The two exceptions are contests involving Seton Hall or Fairleigh Dickinson universities. Any games involving New Jersey schools are off limits, no exceptions.

But where to bet is a big decision. Those watching the first two rounds of the big dance from home or the office (we won’t tell) have the option of using any of the 13 NJ sports betting apps.

But you can also use those apps while sitting in a comfy seat at an Atlantic City sportsbook. Some are offering free contests specifically geared toward March Madness.

But if being in the center of the March Madness betting action in Atlantic City is more your speed, there are eight retail sportsbooks there, each offering a unique experience.

Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands Racetrack have sportsbooks, too. And besides a comfy seat, there are amenities you may not get at home.

Here is a rundown of where to watch the games and the best seats in the house:

When it comes to retail, FanDuel is No. 1

When it comes to NJ sports betting, FanDuel is the king of the North. The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands is No. 1 when it comes to retail sports betting revenue, too.

Besides being the only game in North Jersey, the property is a short drive from New York City where sports betting legislation remains a work in progress.

A short trip over the George Washington Bridge or through the Lincoln Tunnel, and suddenly it’s legal to bet on March Madness. Parking is free on any day that there’s no event at MetLife Stadium.

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At 6,810 square feet, the three distinct location insides the Meadowlands is one of the largest in the state. The area includes couches, leaning rails, high top tables and chairs, and a VIP area.

The place holds up to 650 people, but you can reserve a VIP seat by calling 201-460-4079.

The 82 TV screens mean there will be no problem showing all the games. The Victory Sports Bar & Club offers classic American favorites if and when you need something to eat.

Lines at the betting windows can be a problem, however. But the Meadowlands recently installed 14 IGT PlayDigital’s PlayShot QuickBet kioskto speed up the betting process. 

March mania at DraftKings Sportsbook

The DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts is one of the biggest and nicest Atlantic City has to offer.

The 5,000-square-foot space is large enough for 300 fans, not including the VIP space that can hold an additional 100 guests. Visitors’ best bet though is to come early to grab one of the stadium-style seats, and sit back and watch all the games on the 15-foot video wall.

If you want to spring for a VIP space, you can reserve at DraftKings Sportsbook by calling 1-800-772-9000.

There are 16 self-service kiosks and five betting windows, so getting that wager in before tipoff will be a breeze.

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Need more? Food and drinks are available inside the sportsbook, and video poker is available at the bar. March Mania begins with Tuesday’s play-in games between Prairie View A&M and FDU along with Temple vs. Belmont. The former game will be for viewing purposes only.

The lineup includes drink specials at DraftKings Sportsbook, Landshark Bar & Grill, and Bar One.

Tropicana + William Hill ready for the madness

When it comes to NJ sports betting, William Hill NJ continues to invest serious money in the AC market.

The William Hill Sportsbook at the Tropicana is brand spanking new having just opened on March 8. Talk about perfect timing. The 5,000-square-foot location is one of AC’s largest, and the 180 seats are the most of any sportsbook in Atlantic City.

Seating, however, is first come, first served unless you reserve ahead of time. To reserve on the day of, call 609-340-4022. For groups, call 609-342-7785 and ask for Erin Sterr.

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Are you worried about catching all the games? Not at the Trop where fans can watch 16 games at the same time. Its space features 1,654 square feet of video display.

The sportsbook location couldn’t be better for NCAA Tournament fans. You can bet on the game and then head over to Chickie’s and Pete’s. The popular sports bar is offering an all-you-can-eat package from noon to 4 pm during the first two days of the tournament.

Firewaters, Hooters and A Damn Good Sports Bar will have drink specials, too.

Wait, William Hill has more at Ocean Resort

If Super Bowl Sunday is a sign of what to expect for the first two rounds of March Madness, plan on getting to the William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Resort early.

The 7,500-square-foot space with two bars was so crowded back on Feb. 3 that it was nearly impossible to walk through.

So, if you want to watch the games at Ocean, be prepared for standing-room-only or get there early.

Why is Ocean Resort Casino’s sportsbook so busy for the big games? Being located in the center of the casino floor likely has something to do with it. The other reason might have to do with its sheer size and amenities.

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The 360-degree video walls are a nice touch for watching games, whether it be the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats or top overall seed, the Duke Blue Devils. And let’s not forget the enormous odds board.

Drinks and small bites are available to order, so there is no need to make a reservation at one of the other on-property restaurants. There are high-top tables and chairs along with some leather seats.

Let’s not forget Monmouth Park sportsbook

The Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill was the first of the three to start taking bets way back in June 2018.

Located in central Jersey, there are more than 40 HD TVs to catch all of the NCAA Tournament action, including the games involving NJ schools.

There are roughly 500 seats in the sportsbook, but all seating is first come, first served.

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There are 15 betting windows and an integrated sports bar, adding to the full day of college basketball betting.

By the way, the sportsbook is opening an hour earlier (9 am) on Thursdays and Fridays. Food and drink specials are available for all the NCAA Tournament games.

The Golden one

Golden Nugget is the only one of the three Marina District properties with a permanent sportsbook.

That being said, the space is not huge, but there is seating available for more than 100 guests. The 50-plus screens spread across five video walls are a nice feature to the tournament viewing experience.

The retail sportsbook is located off the lobby and directly across from the casino floor. Food and drinks can be ordered right from your seat.

Borgata is expanding for March Madness

Borgata will likely have one of Atlantic City’s best sportsbooks for the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

But for this season, the temporary race and sportsbook space will have to do. There are 100 seats with individual flat-screen monitors and video walls.

However, Borgata is expecting March Madness betting to attract a big crowd, and the property is getting prepared by adding multiple 10-foot screens in the Central Conference Center that will be open to the public.

Guests will enjoy the added amenities of stadium-style food and a full-service bar. Level One will be showing games, too.

Combine it together, and Borgata is billing itself as the “ultimate destination” to watch the college basketball championship tournament.

We shall see what next year brings.

Windows to Hard Rock sports betting

At some point, before the NCAA Tournament comes to a close, the permanent Hard Rock Atlantic City sportsbook is expected to open. The betting windows are open for business, but there currently is nowhere to sit and watch the game.

Granted, there are TV monitors throughout the casino floor, and the bars and restaurants will likely be showing the games, too.

But if you are coming to town to enjoy the full March Madness betting experience, there are better properties to visit. At least for now.

The Book on Bally’s and Harrah’s

Like Hard Rock, the two Caesars Entertainment properties work just fine for betting, but not necessarily to sit down and watch the games.

If smaller is better, the Book at Bally’s Wild Wild West or Harrah’s will suit you just fine.

There are eight large-screen TVs and stadium-style loungers along with high-top chairs and tables. If you plan on hanging, food and beverage offerings are footsteps away.

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.

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“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

Duke -200
Michigan State+200
North Carolina+200

To win the national championship

Michigan State+1200
North Carolina+1200

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

How To Bet On March Madness Now At BetStars NJ Sportsbook

The 2019 NCAA basketball tournament doesn’t start until March 21, but March Madness betting is already a thing at BetStars NJ online sports betting site.

The first round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament doesn’t tip off until March 21, but March Madness betting is right now at BetStars NJ.

In fact, BetStars has opened a College Basketball National Championship futures market with decent odds available, even on the teams that are favorites to run deep in the tournament this year.

Futures markets traditionally offer moneyline odds on teams in most sports to win a title before the season starts.

However, most NJ online sports betting sites will allow you to place a futures bet on any team still in contention throughout the regular season and into the playoffs.

In the case of NCAA basketball, we won’t even know who’s in the tournament until conference tournaments across the country wrap up and the NCAA makes its at-large selections on Selection Sunday (March 17).

Online and mobile sportsbooks such as BetStars will allow you to bet futures on the top teams in the country right now throughout the rest of the regular season, conference tournaments, and deep into the NCAA tournament.

In fact, for most favorites, the odds will never be better than right now because as a team’s chances of winning it all increase, the odds traditionally drop.

Betting on March Madness futures market on BetStars is a simple process that starts with signing up for a Stars account.

How do I sign up with BetStars in NJ?

Just click on this exclusive BetStars’ link, follow these step-by-step instructions, and you’ll be betting on college basketball in minutes:

  • Click the Join tab on the top right of the screen.
  • If you have a Stars Account from playing online poker or casino games with PokerStars, click the Login tab, type in your info and follow the instructions to link up with BetStars.
  • If not, create a new Stars account by entering a new Stars ID and password, some personal details and clicking the Continue tab.
  • Check the box accepting the license agreement and privacy policy.
  • Choose whether you’d like to receive special offers and updates from BetStars NJ.
  • Click the Create Account tab.

Get up to $500 in free bets

As long as you signed up through our exclusive BetStars link, you’ll receive up to $500 in free bets.

BetStars NJ sportsbook will match your first bet up to $50. Plus, BetStars will give you $50 in free bets for every additional $150 in bets you make. You can do this nine times in total giving you a total of $500 in free bets.

Of course, you can use these free bets on March Madness games once the tournament starts or the College Basketball National Championship futures market right now.

The NCAA basketball futures market odds

Finding the NCAA basketball futures market is just as easy.

Simply click the NCAAB tab and the Futures tab underneath it. On the left, you’ll find a variety of basketball futures markets. Just click the one that reads College National Championship 2019.

As of March 4, BetStars had odds on the top 55 teams in the country posted.

The Duke Blue Devils are the odds on favorite to win the NCAA tournament at +250 on BetStars. However, the AP Top 25 Poll – Week 17 college basketball poll released Feb. 25 had Duke ranked as the No. 3 team in the country.

BetStars has the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs at +750 to win it all. Plus, the No. 2 ranked Virginia Cavaliers are at +900 to win the national championship.

Of course, some may be scared of betting on Virginia since the school became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament history to lose in the first round to a No. 16 seed last season.

March Madness longshots

Looking for a dark horse? Remember that the Michigan Wolverines made it all the way to the championship game in 2018. Plus, the team is ranked ninth in the country right now and sitting at +1800 on BetStars.

Plus, the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats, a regional team favorite and winners of two of the past three NCAA tournaments, are at +5000.

Also, there are some true long shots that offer huge paydays if they can become this year’s true Cinderella story.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, West Virginia Mountaineers and Northwestern Wildcats are all sitting at +25000.

And then there’s this little longshot nugget: A $100 bet on Oklahoma State to win the NCAA tournament will pay an incredible $27,600 if the currently 10-19 Cowboys can do the next-to-impossible by first getting into the tournament and then winning it all.

Browse through the College Basketball National Championship futures market at BetStars NJ gambling site to find the odds on your favorite school, alma mater, or pick to win it all.

Then place a bet as soon as possible because the odds on most teams that stand a chance to win the NCAA basketball tournament will never be better than they are right now.