In November 2011, a referendum was held in New Jersey regarding the legalisation of sports betting in the state. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the legislation to allow sports betting in New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued the necessary regulations.
However, due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 which banned sports betting in the majority of states, many of the top sports leagues in the United States filed a federal lawsuit against New Jersey. This prevented New Jersey from issuing sports betting licenses. Nonetheless, the people of New Jersey did not have to wait long and in 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was unconstitutional, meaning New Jersey could move ahead with plans to legalise sports betting in the state.
New Jersey did not waste any time and as you can find here, sports betting in New Jersey is thriving, with plenty of options for the online punter. The removal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act saw sports betting facilities appear at casinos and racetracks across New Jersey. On the 14th of June 2018, the first sports bets were placed during a ceremony held at Monmouth Park’s William Hill Race and Sports Bar. So, as you can see by the dates, sports betting companies did not waste any time setting up bookies in New Jersey and the options continue to expand.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement regulates sports betting in the state and there are plenty of brands operating sports betting facilities from casinos and racetracks. Borgata, Ocean Casino Resort, Harrah’s, Bally’s, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock Atlantic City, and Tropicana are some of the casinos hosting sportsbooks. Monmouth Park and Meadowlands are two racetracks in New Jersey where it is possible to place a sports bet. In terms of the sports betting partners, you will find many of the world’s biggest bookmakers, including William Hill, Betfair, DraftKings, 888 Sport, BetAmerica, Bet365, and FanDuel.
William Hill were one of the first major brands from outside the United States to take advantage of the changes in legislation and bring legal sports betting to New Jersey. Bet365 is another of the biggest players in the world of sports betting to offer their services in New Jersey.
The changes surrounding sports betting also saw the introduction of mobile sports betting applications in New Jersey. Each operator license at a racetrack or casino is allowed three online skins and can therefore offer their services via mobile apps to people residing in the state. On the 6th of August 2018, DraftKings became the first company to provide legal online sports betting in New Jersey via their app. It did not take long for other brands to follow their lead and New Jersey is now home to one of the biggest selections of online sports betting apps you will find in the United States.
At the time of writing, DraftKings Sportsbook, William Hill, BetMGM Sportsbook, PointsBet, FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, Unibet Sportsbook, Bet365, Fox Bet NJ, Caesars Sportsbook, 888 Sportsbook, Golden Nugget, Resorts Sportsbook, Borgata Sportsbook, Hard Rock, BetAmerica NJ, and theScore Bet all offer mobile applications for sports betting. Each of the apps can be downloaded and installed on Android and iOS devices, meaning there is a great selection of brands available for gamblers in New Jersey.
As would be expected anywhere in the world, anyone involved in professional sports such as players, coaches, staff, and referees are banned from using mobile sports betting apps and sports betting altogether in New Jersey. For everyone else, the age limit is 21 and over in New Jersey and sports betting on college games is restricted. However, you can find almost any sport and betting market you can think of when using the above brands in New Jersey. American Football, Ice Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Golf, Boxing, Motor Sport, MMA, Cricket, Tennis, Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Cycling, Darts, Volleyball, Snooker, Pool, and eSports are all available. You may not be able to find the full selection of sports at every online sportsbook in New Jersey but thanks to the significant number of bookmakers, you will be able to find the sport of your choice at one of the brands.
There are also online resources that can help you in learning how to properly bet on different teams. For basketball, Doc’s NBA previews are one of the best resources out there to help you learn how the league works and make informed bets.
Before you install one or more of the sports betting apps on your device, do not forget to take advantage of the bonuses. All of the leading bookmakers in New Jersey have a promotion available to new customers. The promotions usually involve a free bet or a matched sum of money based on your first deposit. The bonuses give you extra funds with which to bet on your chosen sport and the offers are always improving thanks to the increased sports betting competition in New Jersey.