NJ Sports Betting Sites Overview
After 25 years of sports betting being banned from the US, New Jersey won a legal battle against the Supreme Court, and sports betting was finally declared legal.
Take a quick look at the list of NJ online sportsbooks here, or read further to find out more about what the NJ online sports betting market has to offer.
- 888 Sport
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- William Hill Sportsbook
- Hard Rock
- Golden Nugget
Why was sports betting illegal in the first place?
President Bush has signed a law into Congress which took effect in 1993, banning all states from regulating or taxing sports betting. This legislation was known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, otherwise known as PASPA. Sports betting itself was already outlawed prior to this legislation, however, PASPA banned states (outside of a few exceptions) from legally regulating it.
Exceptions were made for Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana.
Sports betting NJ
New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak and then-Governor Chris Christie battled the major sports leagues in court for several years, before the US Supreme Court decided to overturn PASPA. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the sports betting legislation into law.
The financial growth from sports betting has been exponential for the state. Months after legalizing sports betting, the state saw a whopping $385 million in legal sports bets at the start of 2019, as reported by the Department of Gaming Enforcement.
Online sports betting
After the legalization of regulated sports betting, sportsbooks in New Jersey raced to launched their sportsbook apps. It’s no surprise that online sports betting rakes in the big bucks. At the start of 2019, around 80% of sports wagers were made via online sports betting NJ apps.
DraftKings beat everyone to the punch, launching their app the first week of August 2018, while playMGM came in second, launching on August 22, 2018. SugarHouse, FanDuel, and William Hill came in right behind them. Current legislation allows casinos and sportsbooks up to three online partnerships.
NJ sports betting sites
There are currently 13 sports betting sites up and running in the state of New Jersey. Here is a breakdown of the complete list in order of their launch dates.
DraftKings online sportsbook
Soft-launching on August 1 and launching completely on August 6, the site operates as an app-based and browser-based online sportsbook. This mobile sports betting app is available for download on Android and iOS devices.
DraftKings NJ online sportsbook is established through Resorts Atlantic City.
DraftKings launched the first ever fantasy sports app with both play-by-play features and sports news, known as DK Live. DraftKings offers in-play wagering along with cash out features, allowing bettors to close their wager before the event reaches an outcome. This feature combines a player's information such as DraftKings contests, favorite players, and exclusive insider information and then feeds it into a real-time news feed.
The mobile app is available on iOS and Android. Players can download and register through the website or through the mobile app.
Players’ first bet is matched up to $500. The free bet must be used within 30 days. More promotions are on the way for DraftKings sports betting enthusiasts.
A DraftKings loyalty program is being developed, however, they do not currently offer a loyalty program for the online sports betting app.
888 Sport NJ is established through a partnership with Caesars Atlantic City, licensed under Bally's Casino.
This app offers the widest range of sports markets in the sports betting NJ market. A large bet variety paired with an integrated wallet allows maximum flexibility on all online gambling platforms.
888 Sport offers users a licensed and regulated real money sports betting app available for Android devices.
888 Sport offers its new users a 100% deposit bonus up to $500. The bonus requires a $10 minimum deposit. The bonus has a 30-day expiration.
Currently the online sportsbook does not offer a loyalty program, however, 888 Sport does offer international Premier Player Rewards, which offers free cash depending on their wagering amounts.
FanDuel Sportsbook online is established through a partnership with Meadowlands in New Jersey.
The FanDuel Sportsbook platform is powered by IGT and offers an extremely wide bet variety. The interface is smooth and transfers well between mobile and desktop.
The mobile app is downloadable for both iOS and Android devices.
New users have available to them, a $500 risk-free bonus bet, upon registration. Should a player lose their initial bet, they will be refunded up to $500 on-site credit.
FanDuel does not yet have a loyalty program, however, its DFS program offers points based on user payments. These points can be used as entries into contests, additional promotions, and other rewards.
Rush Street Interactive launched SugarHouse in August 2018. The online SugarHouse Sportsbook and Casino operate through a license with Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
SugarHouse Sportsbook online offers a wide range of sports markets and betting types. It comes with a unique Parlay Generator which helps users to build potentially high-paying parlay wagers.
Rush Street Interactive’s PlaySugarHouse app is available for iOS and Android devices.
SugarHouse offers a 100% first deposit match bonus up to $250.
SugarHouse utilizes a rewards program which allows players to earn both loyalty and rewards points. Loyalty points will earn certain positions in the VIP program, while rewards points are used for free spins, bonuses, and other rewards.
Caesars online sportsbook
Caesars partnered with Scientific Games and added a sportsbook to its NJ online casino, licensed under Bally's Atlantic City. This online sportsbook launched just before the start of NFL events in 2018.
A well-organized mobile interface is easy to use with tabs and dropdowns making it simple for users to follow bets and perform other managerial tasks.
Caesars online sportsbook offers a safe and reliable mobile app which is downloadable for both Android and iOS users. It offers a big variety of deposit options along with a $300 first deposit match bonus.
Caesars online sports betting platform offers its new users a $10 no deposit bonus along with a 100% first deposit bonus of up to $300.
Caesars online uses a Total Rewards program, allowing players to earn credits through casino and sportsbook.
BetStars NJ online sportsbook
BetStars is a mobile-only sportsbook app, launched by The Stars Groups in September 2018.
BetStars NJ features simple software with advanced functionality, allowing for a wide variety of sports and betting options including in-game betting.
It shares some innovation with other sports betting sites. For example, its “Cash Out” feature is found useful on other sports betting sites as well. However, the “Spin & Bet and Odds Boost Stacks” are unique to the BetStars.
The BetStars NJ app conveniently shares a wallet with the PokerStars NJ online poker app.
The mobile app is downloadable for iOS and Android devices.
BetStars offers up to $500 in free bets on registration. One a player places the first bet up to $50 they can receive a free bet up to $50. They also have the option to receive $50 in free bets through wagering $150.
This offer is good nine times per player.
Users can earn and use points towards cash and rewards. Points balance can be viewed in My Stars in their account.
William Hill Sportsbook
William Hill came into the NJ online sportsbook market with decades of experience on their shoulders. The company wasted no time, partnering with Monmouth Park and Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casino.
The site lacks special features while most other NJ sports betting sites have a variety of useful features. The site does, however, offer a wide variety of betting options and sports markets.
The William Hill Sportsbook app is downloadable for both Android and iOS users. Its mobile app offers new users a $10 free sports bet for signing up.
There are currently no promotions to offer at William Hill Sportsbook online.
Users in New Jersey do not have any loyalty program options.
Powered by IGT, this online sportsbook launched in partnership with Borgata Atlantic City.
PlayMGM provides an array of sports markets while offering more traditional sports betting types. This online sports betting site has a long list of special features including fast and easy login.
PlayMGM offers a variety of sports and betting types on its mobile app which is available for both Android and iOS users.
PlayMGM offers a first deposit bonus, matching a players deposit from a minimum of $25 up to $100.
There is no loyalty program for this online sportsbook.
PointsBet NJ online sportsbook
PointsBet partnered with Meadowlands Racetrack to open its NJ sportsbook.
The online sportsbook offers a long list of sports betting options including in-play betting.
PointsBet NJ offers an app downloadable for both iOS and Android devices.
PointsBet offers new players a $50 no deposit bonus for registering, along with two free $500 risk-free bets after depositing.
PointsBet offers a rewards program which gives the player rewards points.
- One point per $1 fixed odds bet.
- Five points for every $1 bet on a parlay
- One point for every $1 on Points Betting
Hard Rock NJ online sportsbook
Backed by GiG, Hard Rock Atlantic City launched its sports betting app in January 2019, after the NFL season and the playoffs had come to a close.
The sports betting site is integrated to the Hard Rock casino app, therefore players have one wallet for both platforms. The interface is smooth and offers all of the basic sports betting options, however, the betting markets are somewhat limited.
Hard Rock NJ online sports betting site offers a mobile app, integrating the online casino and sportsbook. Users can download the app on iOS and Android devices.
Hard Rock NJ online sportsbook offers a $100 risk-free bet for new users.
Users have access to a Hard Rock loyalty program that offers a variety of promotions and rewards.
Resorts Casino in Atlantic City added a sportsbook to its popular online casino in January 2019.
There is a variety of betting options offered at Resorts NJ online sportsbook, including a variety of in-play betting options as well. The well-designed interface features well-organized menus to access games, bets, and other content. Players can keep up with game scores and access special offers using dropdown menus.
Resorts NJ online sportsbook offers a mobile app downloadable for both Android and iOS users.
Resorts players have access to a sign-up bonus of $20 free, just for registering. There is also a first deposit match bonus on the first bet up to $250.
Resorts Rewards are easily accessible in players' account features.
BetAmerica NJ online sportsbook
Powered by SBTech, BetAmerica was launched under Atlantic City's Golden Nugget Casino.
BetAmerica offers a long list of sports for users to bet on, along with many betting options. The platform is integrated with its NJ online casino as well.
The BetAmerica online sportsbook offers a mobile app which is downloadable for both Android and iOS users.
BetAmerica offers an array of promotions including:
- 100% first deposit match bonus up to $500
- Free $20 first deposit bonus to mobile players
- Free $20 Live betting promotion
- Bet $5 and receive $20 in free bets
There is no apparent loyalty program for BetAmerica users.
Golden Nugget online sportsbook
Powered by SBTech and Scientific Games, Golden Nugget launched this online sportsbook in February of 2019.
The Golden Nugget online sportsbook is integrated with the Golden Nugget Online Casino platform. Golden Nugget introduced the Parlay Boost on this online sportsbook - a special feature that ties together several bets on a parlay. This qualifies the player for a boost in their odds. Although not as immense as other NJ online sports betting platforms, this one offers a variety of sports markets and somewhat of a variety of betting options including in-play betting.
The Golden Nugget app is downloadable for both Android and iOS users. Apple users can find it in iTunes and Android users can download the app from the desktop site.
Golden Nugget offers a sign-up and deposit bonus of $50 in a risk-free bet.
Users can become members of Golden Nugget’s Golden Rewards Player’s Club. This program allows players to collect points as they place money on bets and then exchange them for cash rewards.
Sports betting app overview
NJ online sports betting apps are downloadable from the online sportsbook websites. Currently, all NJ online sports betting sites offer apps for both iOS and Android devices.
The sports betting apps will generally offer the user the same options which the user can access from the sportsbook’s desktop site.
The traditional types of bets are futures, moneylines, parlays, round robins, and spreads, however, most sports betting apps and their desktop counterparts offer a larger variety.
A player must make a deposit on the sports betting app before they can begin placing bets. Different sportsbooks will offer different deposit methods however the majority of NJ mobile sportsbook apps will accept:
- Credit/debit card
- Bank transfer
- Cash at racetrack or casino cage