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New Jersey Sports Betting

Nevada might be the true OG when it comes to legal sports betting in the United States, but the expansion of this billion-dollar industry wouldn’t have come to pass without a years-long effort from the Garden State.

New Jersey legislators pushed for the federal government to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) – and while it didn’t happen right away, persistence paid off. And we mean that literally, with New Jersey becoming the first state other than Nevada to enter the legal sports betting space and subsequently dominating en route to more than $21.5 billion in handle entering 2022.

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If you’re in New Jersey and you still haven’t signed up for a sportsbook – or you’re just looking for a different one to try – now is as good a time as any to take the plunge. New Jersey has one of the largest selection of mobile sportsbooks in the country, giving new and experienced players alike no shortage of reliable options. 

Here’s a look at our top-rated online sportsbooks in New Jersey.

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New Jersey Sportsbooks

Caesars Review Logo
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  • Pro: Largest retail sportsbook in America.
  • Con: Live betting data can be slower to load than some competitors.
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Caesars Review

Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,250 On Caesars + 1000 Tier Credits + 1000 Reward Credits®

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  • Pro: Voted Casino Operator of the Year in 2021 and 2022.
  • Con: Quick to lower your limits when you're on a heater.
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BetMGM Review

BetMGM is one of the top-rated sportsbooks in the U.S. offering some of the best live betting odds in the industry. They’re also the largest iGaming operator across the U.S.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 Risk-free Bet

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  • Pro: Seamless transition from DFS to sportsbook with one wallet.
  • Con: Odds boosts and promos generally have low max bet limits.
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FanDuel Review

FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"

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  • Pro: Lots of promos and odds boosts.
  • Con: Indirect and unhelpful customer service.
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DraftKings Review

DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.

Bonus iconKnown for: 20% Deposit Match up to $1,000

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  • Pro: 100% independent.
  • Con: After using the app for a while, you will no longer be qualified for promotions designated for “recreational” players.
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PointsBet Review

PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.

Bonus iconKnown for: 5 Risk-free Bets up to $500

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  • Pro: Interactive bets with their known personalities.
  • Con: Below-average odds.
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Barstool Sportsbook Review

Barstool Sportsbook’s controversial practices have made them one of the most polarizing companies in sports media. In addition, their fun-over-function business model offers little profitability for bettors who quickly find themselves limited after a hot streak.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 Risk-free Bet

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  • Pro: Above-average betting limits.
  • Con: Boosts and parlays offered are either high-risk or low-value plays.
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WynnBET Review

Wynn has been steeped in the legal gambling scene in Vegas for as long as anyone out there. In other occurrences where you have an operator with a rich history and influence in retail casino operations and resorts, the focus can predominantly be on slots and table games. The online sportsbook can be a casualty of convenience. We were pleasantly surprised to find that isn’t the case with the WynnBET app. 

Bonus iconKnown for: Bet $100, Get $100

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  • Pro: Established global sports betting brand.
  • Con: Withdrawals can be slower than average.
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Unibet Review

Unibet offers its customers an excellent online betting experience. Our Unibet review feels that the company's experience as a global brand shines through with a streamlined, easy-to-use gaming platform.

Bonus iconKnown for: $500 Risk-Free Bet (PA only)

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  • Pro: Large offering of alternative lines and props.
  • Con: Will limit bettors on a heater.
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BetRivers Review

Unless you live near a physical casino/sportsbook to potentially take advantage of some rewards programs, there is no reason to use BetRivers as your primary sportsbook.

Bonus iconKnown for: 100% Deposit Match up to $250

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  • Pro: End-to-end tech through its ownership of Bet.Works.
  • Con: Low sign-up bonus.
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Bally Bet Review

Bally Bet’s bare-bones operation and limited features don’t warrant much consideration as a part of your regular sportsbook rotation unless you find holes in their lines. Still, it’s a company to be bullish about going forward.

Bonus iconKnown for: 100% First Bet Match up to $50

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  • Pro: BetFeed ranks most popular incoming bets.
  • Con: Non-existent customer service.
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SI Sportsbook Review

The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is very much in its infancy, which is noticeable upon browsing the betting site or app, as the design is mediocre to go along with below-average betting odds. However, their relationship with 888 Holdings should allow them to evolve as they continue to grow in this hyper-competitive space.

Bonus iconKnown for: Bet $5, Get $100 (VA)

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  • Pro: If the house is a rockin' don't bother knockin'
  • Con: Limited betting menu.
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Hard Rock Sportsbook Review

Hard Rock sportsbook is an excellent choice for super casual bettors. It is simplistic and offers some of the best sign-up bonuses for new users looking to try sports betting for the first time or those betting for light entertainment.

Bonus iconKnown for: Promos vary by state.

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New Jersey Promos and Bonuses

Just about everyone loves free stuff, and New Jerseyans are certainly no different. New Jersey-based sportsbooks are clamoring to add new customers – and that’s great news for those of you looking to join the fray. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available in NJ:

PointsBet: 5 Risk-Free Bets up to $500

PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player. 

PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.

Caesars: First Bet up to $1,250 +1000 Tier Credits + 1000 Reward Credits

Caesars Sportsbook is now offering its "Go Full Caesar this Football Season" welcome bonus for new users. For prospective bettors, your first bet is on Caesars up to $1,250. If the bet loses, you get 100% of your stake back as a free bet. 

Note that $10 is the minimum wager amount accepted to qualify for this offer. All credits will be added to a user's account within 7 days. The free bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.

New users will also receive 1000 Caesars Rewards Tier Credits and 1000 Caesars Reward Credits®, win or lose. Tier Credits contribute to your Tier Status, which gives you more benefits and faster service.

Tier Statuses are as follows:

Gold: 0 – 4,999 Tier Credits
Platinum: 5,000 – 14,999 Tier Credits
Diamond: 15,000 – 24,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Plus: 25,000 – 74,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Elite: 75,000+ Tier Credits
Seven Stars®: 150,000+ Tier Credits (exclusive invitation only)

Sports bettors can earn 1 Tier Credit for every $5 of potential profit on sports bets placed *Up to 10 times the original amount staked* Users can redeem these points when playing, dining, shopping, or staying at Caesars resorts and casinos.

FanDuel: $1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"

FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000.

If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.

BetMGM: $1,000 Risk-Free Bet

BetMGM has an average sign-up bonus for New Jerseyans, offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. It’s a bump up from the lowly $600 they were offering for a while.

With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. There are no minimum or maximum odds restrictions on your first bet, which is nice since sign-up promos usually feature those. While that’s admirable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.

DraftKings: 20% Deposit Match up to $1,000

At DraftKings New Jersey, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.

The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.

Tipico: $750 Risk-Free Bet

This risk-free first bet gives you insurance in case your first bet is graded a loss, but if your first bet hits, you get nothing for signing up. Due to this, most New Jersey bettors will likely prefer sportsbooks that offer a deposit match.

Tipico has, however, improved its playthrough requirements from a 3x rollover to match the normal 1x rollover for your winnings before you can withdraw. This means if you take full advantage of the $750 risk-free bet, you need to play through an additional $750 ($1,500 in total) before withdrawing funds.

In addition to improving playthrough requirements, Tipico also doesn’t have a minimum or maximum odds requirement for its risk-free welcome bonus. 

FOX Bet: $500 Risk-Free Bet

If you’re a new user in New Jersey, you won’t be floored by the welcome bonus offered at FOX Bet. While the industry standard has been set at $1,000 by leaders such as DraftKings and FanDuel, FOX Bet has decided to provide new users just $500 insurance in the form of a risk-free bet.

With the risk-free bet, your first qualifying bet placed will be refunded if it’s graded a loss in the form of free bets for up to $500. You need to play through that bonus money 1x before you can cash it out. If your first bet wins, congratulations. You get nothing for signing up. But at least you won your bet!

SugarHouse: Deposit Match up to $250

SugarHouse NJ offers a deposit match up to $250, which is nice as it gives you free money to play with instead of risk-free bets that only award you if your first bet is graded a loser.

The deposit match at SugarHouse New Jersey isn’t automatically given to you either. You have to opt in to activate it. To do that, go to the Cashier / Deposit menu and make your first deposit. Enter the code 250MATCH within the promo field. Your bonus funds will be applied to your account within 48 hours, and you’ll receive an email once the funds are ready to be activated.

(Note: Terms and conditions apply to all offers and bonuses.)

New Jersey Sports Betting Quick Facts

Launch Date       August 2018
# of Betting Sites       20
Online Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
Retail Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
Online Casino       ✅ Yes
Retail Casino       ✅ Yes
College Sports Betting       ✅ Yes (but not on in-state teams)
2022 Population (est.)       9.22 million
2021 Betting Handle       $10.9 billion
Online Tax Rate       14.25 percent
Retail Tax Rate       9.25 percent

New Jersey Betting Apps

PointsBet Sportsbook

The grouping of top-tier sports betting apps is tight – so why is PointsBet on top? This operator has plenty going for it, not the least of which is one of the most expansive lists of available sports in the industry. That’s the benefit of being an internationally renowned operator with complete control over its in-house tech setup.

Check out our PointsBet sportsbook review.

BetMGM Sportsbook

BetMGM has found multiple ways to build up goodwill with New Jersey sports bettors, including live streaming for a wide range of sports, numerous ongoing promos and a Parlay Plus promotion that increases the payout on a successful parlay of 4-to-7 games. If the customer service improves, BetMGM could be No. 1.

Check out our BetMGM sportsbook review.

Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars does just about everything right. Its customer support is the best in the business, and its welcome bonus is among the more generous in New Jersey. That, combined with the immense brand capital Caesars has in Atlantic City, make this one of the most popular betting operators in the state.

Check out our Caesars sportsbook review.

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel is one of the most highly-regarded sports betting apps in the country, making it a perfect operator for the first-time New Jersey bettor. And while it could probably expand its available sports market in the future, that doesn’t presently detract from what is an otherwise well-rounded, aesthetically sharp app.

Check out our FanDuel sportsbook review.

DraftKings Sportsbook

There’s precious little separating FanDuel and DraftKings: Both are wildly popular, both have years of daily fantasy experience as a foundation, and both have user-friendly interfaces and solid bonus offers. We’ll give the edge to FanDuel on the customer service, but otherwise they’re virtually even.

Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review.

Tipico Sportsbook

First, the good: Tipico has made a significant positive change to its risk-free welcome offer, requiring just a 1x playthrough rather than the 3x playthrough it had previously requested. Unfortunately, some of Tipico’s standard moneyline and totals offerings come with odds that are below the market standard.

Check out our Tipico sportsbook review.

WynnBET Sportsbook

Give WynnBet due credit for turning its Las Vegas empire into a strong foundation for sportsbook prizes. After all, who wouldn’t love a golf-and-stay trip to Wynn Las Vegas? Still, a good sports betting app needs more – and a $200 welcome promo and poor desktop user interface are major strikes against.

Check out our WynnBET sportsbook review.

FOX Bet Sportsbook

If you’re into CAPITAL LETTERS and lots of yellow, FOX Bet might be your sportsbook of choice. And the sportsbook does offer some nice perks, like occasionally reduced odds for local teams. But its prop bet offerings are slim, and requiring separate FOX Bet apps for each state seems a bit unusual.

Check out our FOX Bet sportsbook review.

SugarHouse Sportsbook

All of the problems that exist with the BetRivers app in other states are found in Rush Street Interactive’s New Jersey sportsbook. The newsfeed on the home page is hard on the eyes, the welcome bonus is uninspiring and the company seems focused far more on its casino product than its sportsbook.

Check out our SugarHouse sportsbook review.

How to Bet in New Jersey

Choose your sportsbook

Consult our top list above for the best sports betting options available to you in New Jersey. Our interactive list allows you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.

If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in New Jersey. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.

Register online

Registration requirements vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.

Deposit and claim your bonus

Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it’s time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for New Jerseyans come in one of two forms:

  • Risk-free bets: This offer guarantees you a refund on your first wager if it is graded as a loss. The sportsbook will refund your initial bet amount (up to a specific limit) either as cash or as site credit.

  • Deposit match: This offer sees the sportsbook match your initial deposit dollar-for-dollar, though there are two caveats. The deposit match will come with a maximum limit, and in the majority of cases you will be required to “play through” your initial deposit by a certain multiple in order to earn the bonus.

Select and finalize your bet

Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.

From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.

Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!

New Jersey Legal Sports Betting History

If you could compare New Jersey’s path to toppling PASPA to winning an Oscar, there would be so many people to thank that the cut-off music would definitely be a problem.

The journey was by no means smooth, but an unmatched persistence on behalf of New Jersey lawmakers overcame one hurdle after another – culminating in the Supreme Court overturning PASPA and opening the country to legal, regulated sports betting.  

Here’s a look at New Jersey’s now-storied sports betting history:

2011-13: Legislation passes; leagues fight back

New Jersey residents were prepared to scratch their sports betting itch long before many states had even considered the possibility.

A sports-betting referendum held back in November 2011 was overwhelmingly approved, leading to the Sports Wagering Act of 2012 that allowed for “wagering at casinos and racetracks on certain professional and collegiate sports or betting events.”

Alas, it wasn’t that simple. The five biggest sports organizations in North America (NFL, MLB, NHL, NCAA) blocked legislation, successfully arguing that New Jersey’s bill violated PASPA. New Jersey followed up with an appeal, but it was also unsuccessful. 

2014-15: Leagues 2, Christie 0

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who had unsuccessfully tried to push through the first sports betting bill, had another trick up his sleeve. In October 2014, he signed off on legislation that would allow casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting by repealing state law that bans the practice.

The leagues wasted no time responding – and this time, the NBA was involved as well. The organizations suggested that Christie was simply trying to find another way around PASPA – and after an injunction was granted, the U.S. Third District Court of Appeals upheld the decision by a 2-1 count in the summer of 2015.

2016-17: NJ Wins Audience With SCOTUS

Frustrated but undaunted, New Jersey lawmakers sought to take their case to the highest court in the United States. But even before they got the opportunity, the Supreme Court asked US Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall to weigh in – and he recommended in May 2017 that SCOTUS not even bother with a hearing.

Just over a month later, SCOTUS stunned just about everyone by agreeing to grant New Jersey’s petition for a hearing. And while the path to this moment had been largely a solo journey for the Garden State, a whopping 20 states filed amicus briefs with the court (along with the highly-respected American Gaming Association) in support of New Jersey’s quest to legalize sports betting.

2018: PASPA Vanishes, Sports Betting Launches

After a wait of five-plus months, the Supreme Court finally ruled – and by a 6-3 count, SCOTUS declared that the federal ban on sports wagering is unconstitutional. That set in motion a frenzy of activity across the country – most significantly in New Jersey, which was expected to become Ground Zero for the new era of U.S. sports betting.

The following month, Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, allowing for the introduction of legal sports betting at casinos and racetracks. Less than two months after that, DraftKings Sportsbook became the first online sportsbook operator to go live in New Jersey – and the first to operate anywhere outside Nevada.

2019: NJ Dominates Sports Betting Landscape

Having done much of the legwork ahead of time, New Jersey was miles ahead of the rest of the country at rolling out legal sports betting – and it showed. Serving as a test case for the other states, New Jersey saw immediate success, putting together five straight months of $300+ million in handle to open 2019.

From there, the NFL and NCAA football seasons took center stage – and New Jersey saw truly eye-popping numbers in terms of handle, bringing in nearly $2.6 billion from September 2019 to January 2020 while finishing the calendar year at $4.6 billion.

2020: COVID-19 Halts Momentum

Just as New Jersey set its sights on another set of monthly records, the COVID-19 pandemic sent the entire North American sports calendar into flux. Sportsbooks, casinos and tax collectors all took a major hit over the four-month period from March to June (though the state still pulls in $520 million in handle over that span).

As sports gradually returned over the summer and both the NFL and NCAA football rolled out full schedules (or close to them), bettors came back in droves. New Jersey set monthly handle records in three straight months before ending 2020 in style with a $996-million showing in December (the topper to a $6-billion year). 

2021-22: New Jersey Shatters Records

The U.S. sports betting phenomenon reached a whole new level in 2021 – and as usual, New Jersey was at the epicenter. On the heels of a $959-million handle for January 2021, the state regularly shattered monthly records post-NFL – then saved its best for the 2021 football season, posting the first billion-dollar handles in each of the final four months of the season.

The final tally for 2021: An unimaginable $10.93 billion in handle. And even with powerhouse New York finally in the sports betting space, New Jersey averaged nearly $1.1 billion per month over the first four months of 2022 en route to what will likely be another new annual record for handle.

Responsible Gaming in New Jersey

Like most states, New Jersey’s state gaming authority has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots. 

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement manages the state’s self-exclusion program, which allows players to impose a self-ban on all gambling activity with a specific sportsbook. Players can also set deposit and bet limits of their choosing.

Visit the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement site.

Sports Leagues to Bet On

It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to New Jersey bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):

  • NFL
  • NCAA Football
  • NBA
  • NCAA Basketball
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • Golf
  • Auto Racing
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • MMA
  • Entertainment (including major awards ceremonies)
  • Esports

That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are two major markets in which wagering in New Jersey is prohibited:

  • Politics
  • College games either involving NJ-based teams, or being hosted in NJ

New Jersey Teams to Bet On

There’s an interesting dichotomy between the sheer volume of betting activity in New Jersey and the dearth of local teams on which residents can actually wager. Not only does only one major pro sports team claim NJ as its home, but residents and visitors can’t even wager on New Jersey-based collegiate sports clubs.

Against that strange backdrop, here’s a look at the sports betting partnership situations with the three major pro teams that play their home games in New Jersey:

New York Giants Betting

New York might claim the Giants as their own, but New Jersey residents know where the team actually calls home (at least geographically). DraftKings is the official sports betting, iGaming and daily fantasy operator for the team, an agreement that includes “premier brand integration” across MetLife Stadium during Giants home games.

New York Jets Betting

Whether you wager on the Jets or steadfastly bet against them (and plenty of people fall into the latter category), a trip to MetLife Stadium won’t be complete without a trip to the Fubo Sportsbook Lounge, which is expected to open in time for the start of the 2022-23 season. B-E-T-S! BETS! BETS! BETS! BETS!

New Jersey Devils Betting

When you’re the only New Jersey-named pro sports franchise in the state, you become the belle of the ball (or in this case, puck.)

The Devils are aligned with a handful of sportsbooks, including FanDuel (also the official DFS partner), Caesars (which has a large restaurant/bar at Prudential Center), PlayUp (which sponsors the PlayUp Sports Lounge formerly the domain of William Hill) and Betway (which provides plenty of signage throughout the arena).

New Jersey Retail Sportsbooks

Vacillating between being “America’s Playground” and America’s junkyard (that was a bit harsh, sorry), Atlantic City has seen plenty of ups and downs. But the launch of legal sports betting in New Jersey has invigorated the most well-known casino cluster outside Nevada, with all but two retail sportsbooks in the state located in Atlantic City. 

Here’s a list of the in-person sportsbooks available to those in New Jersey:

Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino (FanDuel Sportsbook, 1900 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa (BetMGM Sportsbook, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino (Caesars Sportsbook, 2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

Golden Nugget Atlantic City Hotel, Casino & Marina (The Sportsbook, 600 Huron Ave, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City (Hard Rock Sportsbook, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (Caesars Sportsbook, 777 Harrah's Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (FanDuel Sportsbook, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ, 07073)

Monmouth Park (Caesars Sportsbook, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ, 07757)

Ocean Casino Resort (The Sportsbook, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

Resorts Casino Hotel (DraftKings Sportsbook, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

Tropicana Atlantic City (Caesars Sportsbook, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401)

New Jersey Sports Betting Tax & Handle

We’re not quite prepared to christen New Jersey as the “Nevada of the North”, but if it can get a few more Cirque du Soleil shows and hotels that look like pyramids or castles, we might have to change our minds.

Atlantic City is no Las Vegas, but don’t tell that to betting-mad New Jerseyans who have made their state No. 1 in handle since the repeal of PASPA in May 2018. The Garden State surpassed the $25 billion threshold in early 2022; for perspective, Nevada ($24.09 billion) is the only other state with more than $15 billion in handle as of April 2022.

Here’s a look at New Jersey’s monthly sports betting handle beginning in 2018:

2018

MonthHandle
June        $16 million
July        $40 million
August        $95 million
September        $184 million
October        $260 million
November        $330 million
December        $319 million
Total$1.2 billion

2019

MonthHandle
January        $385 million
February        $320 million
March        $372 million
April        $314 million
May        $319 million
June        $273 million
July        $251 million
August        $294 million
September        $445 million
October        $488 million
November        $563 million
December        $558 million
Total$4.6 billion

2020

MonthHandle
January        $540 million
February        $495 million
March        $182 million
April        $55 million
May        $118 million
June        $165 million
July        $315 million
August        $668 million
September        $749 million
October        $803 million
November        $391 million
December        $996 million
Total$6.0 billion

2021

MonthHandle
January        $959 million
February        $743 million
March        $860 million
April        $748 million
May        $814 million
June        $766 million
July        $578 million
August        $664 million
September        $1.01 billion
October        $1.30 billion
November        $1.26 billion
December         $1.23 billion
Total$10.93 billion

2022

MonthHandle
January        $1.35 billion
February        $985.6 million
March        $1.12 billion
April        $926.9 million
May        $766 million
June        $633.2 million
July        $531.9 million
August$546.8 million
Total$6.85 billion

Not only did New Jersey become the first state with more than $1 billion in a handle in a single month, it achieved the feat in five straight months – and not a moment too soon, with neighboring New York finally joining the legal sports betting mix in January 2022.

Any concerns about whether NY’s entry into the space would put a major dent in New Jersey’s handle were effectively put to rest over the next three months. New Jersey put up an astounding $3.0 billion in handle from February to April – and while it will surely see some of its betting dollars shift north, NJ is going to be just fine.

The tax rate varies depending on where and how you place your wager. Casinos associated with sportsbooks pay 13 percent on bets made on mobile devices, and just 8.5 percent on wagers made in person. Racetracks affiliated with operators pay 14.25 percent on online bets and 8.5 percent on bets made on site.

New Jersey Sports Betting FAQ

Can I legally wager on sports in the state of New Jersey?

Yes! Retail sports wagering officially began in New Jersey in June 2018, with mobile sports betting introduced two months later.

Am I permitted to bet in New Jersey even if I don’t live there?

You can create an account, deposit, make bets and withdraw using any regulated mobile sports betting app in New Jersey, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave, however; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).

Can I use online sportsbooks that aren’t partners of the sports venue I’m in?

You certainly can! Any regulated mobile sports betting app should work in whatever New Jersey-based sports venue you’re in at that time.

Which New Jersey sportsbook should I use?

Check out our list of the top-rated New Jersey sportsbooks above!

Can I bet on any New Jersey-based team?

You can wager on any New Jersey-based pro sports team, as long as sportsbooks are offering odds. However, you cannot wager on any New Jersey-based collegiate team, or on any collegiate sporting event taking place within the state borders.

Can I bet on esports in New Jersey?

Absolutely! Esports betting was legalized in New Jersey in 2020; however, all events must first be approved by the Division of Gaming Enforcement. And not every online sportsbook carries esports markets, so you might have to shop around a bit.

How big is the New Jersey sports betting market?

New Jersey falls just outside the top-10 in population among U.S. states, ranking 11th overall at 8.9 million people (2022 estimate). New Jersey does, however, have the distinction of being the densest state in the U.S. at 1,206 people per square mile.

Who is responsible for overseeing sports betting in New Jersey?

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has jurisdiction over sports betting in the state. You’ll find plenty of information on the website, including directions for self-exclusion, laws and regulations, and mobile sports wagering reports.

Will there be more online sportsbook operators in New Jersey in the future?

Even with so many competitors already in the space, it’s virtually certain that we’ll see more players join the NJ sports betting landscape in 2022 and beyond. The list of likeliest candidates includes Maxim Bet, Fubo Sportsbook and BallyBet Sports.