NJ Betting FAQs - Gambling in New Jersey

NJ Betting FAQs

Since the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, the state of New Jersey has been full speed ahead with legalizing sports betting. The recent restructuring of legislation pertaining to New Jersey sports betting and online gambling has brought about many questions. Here are some of the questions most frequently asked regarding betting in New Jersey.

When did legislation pass to legalize online gambling in New Jersey?

On February 26, 2018, Assembly Bill 2578 was signed by Governor Chris Christie, legalizing online gambling within state lines.

What New Jersey venues offer sports betting?

Nine Atlantic City casinos will allow sports betting. Two of which are racetracks - Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands.

Meadowlands Racetrack

Meadowlands Racetrack began offering sports betting on July 14, 2018, and pulled in almost $3.5 million during its first nine days of taking bets. The company announced plans to expand The FanDuel Sportsbook which is located in East Rutherford, six miles from New York City - in the vicinity where the NFL's New York Giants and Jets play.

Monmouth Park Racetrack

This horse racing track became the face of New Jersey's battle to legalize sports betting.  Located in Oceanport, New Jersey, Monmouth Park is situated just south of Newark and New York City and about an hour and a half east of Philadelphia. The horse racing track is nearly 150 years old, having opened in July of 1870 as an innovative way to increase trade alongside New Jersey's bustling shore communities.  

After spending millions of dollars to build its betting parlor with British bookmaker William Hill, Monmouth Park made its stake in the betting market and is now open seven days a week. The converted sports bar was previously used as the track's cafeteria. There is also a newly renovated grandstand area outside. The company is planning to build a $5 million standalone sports betting facility on the premises in the future. Participants must be at least 21 years old to place bets. 

Gov. Phil Murphy made a name for himself, casting the very first legal sports bet in New Jersey at a ceremony hosted by Monmouth Park Racetrack on June 14th, 2018.

The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa

The Borgata Hotel opened its sportsbook on June 14th, 2018, the very first day that sports betting became legal in New Jersey, making it the first Atlantic City casino to offer New Jersey sports betting. NBA star, Julius Erving, stepped up to place the first bet, which was $5 on another Super Bowl victory for the Philadelphia Eagles. On August 22, 2018, Borgata began sports betting, however, only taking bets through Android devices to start off. This ambitious casino raked in a whopping $562,830 in sports betting income in the month of July alone.

Bally's, Caesars, & Harrah's casinos

These three Atlantic City casinos are all owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. Bally's Wild Wild West casino hosted the launch of Caesars' sports betting on July 30th, 2018. Caesars Casino resides next door, therefore the company doesn't see a reason to open another sportsbook there. Guests at either property are permitted to use Bally's sportsbook, so there are no current plans to open another one at Caesars.

A few days later, on the first of August, Harrah's Casino launched sports betting at their establishment.

Caesars Entertainment claims both locations are temporary as the company works towards building the permanent locations for sports betting.

Golden Nugget Casino

Atlantic City's Golden Nugget casino began with sports betting in mid-August. Located next to the Borgata in New Jersey’s Marina district, the Golden Nugget Casino started online sports betting through PlaySugarHouse.com.

Golden Nugget launched online sports betting in August 2018, through PlaySugarHouse.com.

Ocean Resort Casino

Ocean Resort Casino began offering sports betting on June 28, 2018, the day it first opened its doors to the public. William Hill’s partnership with Ocean Resort casino allowed for the operation of over 100 race and sportsbooks in Nevada along with a mobile betting app. This 7,500-square-foot property is situated in the middle of the casino's gaming floor along with a bar, an area for video, and a space for live in-play betting odds. This casino pulled in the most sports betting revenue out of all the Atlantic City casinos less than a month after launching sports betting, reeling in over $1 million.

Resorts Casino

Resorts Casino began offering online and mobile sports betting before they started taking in-person bets, kicking off on August 15, 2018. The Resorts Casino Hotel Sportsbook is equipped with six betting windows, a 12-foot video wall displaying 15 television screens, along with four betting kiosks. Resorts Casino had partnered with The Stars Group and DraftKings in order to provide mobile and online sports betting.

What sports can I bet on in New Jersey?

Bettors can bet on all of the popular North American sports in New Jersey sportsbooks - both online and in land-based betting facilities. These sports include:

  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Football

  • Soccer

  • Golf

  • Boxing

  • Hockey

  • MMA

  • Auto racing

  • Rugby

  • Swimming

However, betting college games involving New Jersey colleges is strictly prohibited within state borders. It is also illegal to offer sports betting on high school events as well as video game competitions. 

What are New Jersey’s sports betting limits?

The wagering limits in New Jersey vary from sport to sport. They can even vary between customers as well.

Why are college sports betting prohibited in New Jersey?

New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak passed a voter referendum in 2011 in an attempt to alter the state constitution to allow sports betting. Included in these amends, he specified that wagering on collegiate events would be prohibited, therefore removing this clause would require another amendment to the constitution.

What makes Golden Nugget the most flourishing online casino in NJ?

Golden Nugget revenue

Golden Nugget has earned the title as the top-grossing establishment out of all of the Atlantic City casinos. After soaring through 2017, generating more revenue every month than any other Atlantic City casino, Golden Nugget kicked off 2018 setting a record as the first betting site to bring in over $7 million from online gambling income in one single month. The site recorded an 81 percent increase in 2017 total wagers with over $1 billion paid out to New Jersey winners. Golden Nugget has successfully maintained its place at the top, generating the most revenue out of all Atlantic City casinos.

Golden Nugget online casino games

Golden Nugget provides online gambling players with more online casino games options than other Atlantic City casinos. They have the largest selection of online casino games in the NJ online gambling market. Last year alone, the online gambling site added 136 new online casino games to the already diverse selection. They pretty much own the online casino industry, because if Golden Nugget doesn't have the game, you can assume that it doesn't exist.

Golden Nugget bonuses

Golden Nugget also has some of the most attractive bonuses on the market, which are constantly bringing in new players.

The site offers a $20 free no deposit bonus for players along with a 100 percent deposit match up to $1,000 on first deposits.

Why doesn’t Bally’s have an NJ online betting site?

Almost all of the Atlantic City casinos run at least one legal NJ online gambling site. To the surprise of many, Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino is the only one without an online presence.

Bally's two casinos were built in 1979 at Park Place and the Boardwalk, under the ownership of Caesars Entertainment. This property, alongside Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, consists of over 220,000 square feet and holds 5,000 slot machines.

Caesars Entertainment administered its online gambling licenses altogether, through Harrah's, WSOP NJ, 888 NJ, and of course Caesars online NJ. Therefore, creating another online casino for Bally's brand would just lead the company to compete with itself even more. To the parent company, this seemed unnecessary.

How does geolocation work and what is it used for?

Geolocation is a technology using a global positioning system as a way to pinpoint the approximate coordinates of players. The system uses WiFi signal triangulation and IP address tracking.  

Most betting sites will require players to run a plug-in on their computer in order to run geolocation software. This allows the system to check a player's location when they connect and then will sometimes check on their location as they play.

States with legalized online gambling require players to be within state borders in order to play. Players are not required to be residents, however, the state laws insist upon them being inside state lines when they play. The responsibility lies under the online gambling operators to enforce this policy.

Geolocation is the solution to this enforcement. In fact, most betting sites are required by state law to use this new technology.

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28 February 2019

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