New Jersey online sports betting laws
New Jersey has blazed a trail for sports betting in the US since the US Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional in 2018, opening the door to legalization of sports betting by states (other than Nevada). Now rivaling Nevada as America’s biggest betting market, the Garden State’s appetite for sports betting has been tremendous, with betting volume through 2020 surpassing $3 billion.
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Is sports betting legal in New Jersey?
Yes, barring some minor restrictions, sports betting in New Jersey is legal since 2018.
Is online sports betting legal in New Jersey?
Yes, online sports betting in New Jersey is legal.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in New Jersey?
You must be at least 21 years of age to bet on sports in New Jersey.
How do I start betting in New Jersey?
1. Find a sportsbook you would like to sign-up to.
2. Confirm your location (unlike other US states, you can sign up online as long as you are within state lines).
3. Verify your identity and account.
4. Make the most of a sign-up bonus.
5. Start betting!
Is sports betting legal in New Jersey?
Who is allowed to bet on sports in New Jersey?
What can’t I bet on in New Jersey?
Daily Fantasy Sports in New Jersey
New Jersey became the 16th state in the USA to formally legalize daily fantasy sports (DFS) betting. It’s important to note that all players must be 18 or over to bet on DFS in New Jersey, not 21 as is the case in online sports betting.
Operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel are popular in the state and provide DFS on all the top sports, including NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.
Top sports to bet on in New Jersey
New Jersey loves sport. And although it doesn’t have many sports teams of its own, it’s close proximity to neighboring states such as New York and Philadelphia mean there are many teams that NJ fans can support and bet on.
Football is huge in New Jersey, and although it doesn’t technically have its own team, it is home to two NFL teams, the New York Giants and the New York Jets – both playing at MetLife Stadium in Jersey, despite their names.
Responsible gambling in New Jersey
New Jersey is committed to safe and responsible gambling, ensuring bettors have an enjoyable experience. However, as with all types of gambling, online sports betting has a less glamorous side. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) takes a proactive approach and ensures that all state-regulated sports betting sites offer bettors the ability to easily limit different aspects of their play and get help should they need it.
Session time limits
Moreover, there are a variety of options available for those struggling with gambling addiction. The following is a list of local organizations that can help:
Gamblers Anonymous NJ : A listing of dozens of GA meetings in the New Jersey area.
Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ : A private, nonprofit group works to educate and assist compulsive gamblers. You can complete their short survey to see if you are at risk and/or call 1-800-Gambler 24/7 if you need immediate help.
DGE self-exclusion : The DGE self-exclusion form allows you to block yourself from gaming at any regulated site online.
National Council on Problem Gambling : the NCPG develops policy and programs to combat and treat compulsive gambling. They have a national problem gambling helpline, and moderated support forums and groups.
Timeline of sports betting in New Jersey
2011 – November
New Jersey votes for legislation legalizing sports betting by a 2-to-1 margin in a referendum.
2012 - January
NJ Gov. Chris Christie passes its sports betting bill and goes against the five largest US sports leagues — the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB.
The leagues cite the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 as grounds to prohibit state-regulated sports betting.
The state loses its initial District Court battle in favor of the leagues.
2013 - September
The state loses its appeal.
The state appeals to the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS).
2018 - May
SCOTUS decides broadly in favor of New Jersey, striking PASPA down in full.
2018 - June
NJ Gov. Phil Murphy signs an updated NJ sports betting bill ( Assembly Bill 4111 ) into law, legalizing sports betting at casinos and racetracks within New Jersey.
2018 - August
The first online sports bet is taken.
There are 17 legal online sportsbooks licensed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Where can you bet in New Jersey?
A full up-to-date list can be found here .
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address||Online Sportsbook Partner|
|Borgata Hotel Casino &Spa||BetMGM||1 Borgata Way Atlantic City, NJ 08401||Borgata Online; BetMGM|
|Caesars Atlantic City||William Hill Sportsbook||2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401||Caesars; Wynn BET; 888sport|
|Harrah’s Atlantic City||William Hill||777 Harrah’s Blvd Atlantic City, NJ 08401|
|Hard Rock Atlantic City||Hard Rock Sportsbook||1000 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401||Hard Rock; Bet365; Unibet|
|Golden Nugget||The Sportsbook||600 Huron Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401||Golden Nugget; TwinSpires (formerly BetAmerica)|
|Meadowlands Racetrack||FanDuel Sportsbook||1 Racetrack Drive East Rutherford, NJ 07073||FanDuel; PointsBet|
|Monmouth Park Racetrack||The Book at Horseshoe Hammond||175 Oceanport Ave. Oceanport, NJ 07757||SugarHouse; The Score; William Hill|
|Ocean Casino Resort||William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Resort||500 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401||William Hill; Tipico|
|Resorts Casino Hotel||DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts||1133 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401||Resorts Casino; FOX Bet; Draft Kings|
|Tropicana Atlantic City||William Hill Sportsbook at Tropicana||2381 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401||William Hill|
|Bally’s Atlantic City||FanDuel Sportsbook||1900 Pacific Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401|