Step-by-Step Guide to Signing Up with a Sports Betting Site in New Jersey

New Jersey is one of only eleven states that have fully legalized sports betting, with sports betting sites accepting players right now. For many Americans in the Garden State, this will be the first time they’ve had the chance to bet on sports online legally.

If you’re someone who wants to jump into sports betting for the first time, you’ll need to register an account with your sports betting platform of choice.

Step One - Choose a Platform

Should You Register on Mobile or On Your Browser?

These days the majority of sports betting sites also have mobile apps you can take advantage of. You should know that registering for an account on your browser will also give you the opportunity to play via the mobile app, and vice-versa.

Remember that many sports betting sites are attempting to promote their apps by offering special bonuses when you log in via the app, so it’s highly recommended you take advantage of both.

However, some users recommend registering an account with the mobile app over a browser because of the lack of ads and graphics, thus making the process faster.

How to Register a Sports Betting Account with a Mobile App

Registering an account is simple. The first step is to download the sports betting site’s app. Make sure you double-check that they actually have an app. There’s an increasing trend of fake apps designed to capture your data.

The easiest way to confirm that the app in question is the correct one is to look for the number of reviews. A genuine sports betting app will have thousands of positive reviews. You may also want to visit the sports betting site directly to access their app from there.

Make Sure You’re Not Using a VPN

The US is an outlier when it comes to sports betting and online casinos. Due to the fact that online sports betting is only legal in specific states, location matters.

Online sports betting sites are required to confirm the user’s physical location. Even if you’re a resident in a state where sports betting is legal, you’re still not legally allowed to place bets within a state where sports betting hasn’t been legalized.

For this reason, you should refrain from using a VPN while using a sports betting app. This could automatically see your registration rejected. Furthermore, you shouldn’t use a VPN even after you’ve registered an account and have started placing bets.

Online sports betting sites have sophisticated technology to detect when someone is utilizing a VPN.

Step Two – Enter Your Personal Details

When you load up the app, you’ll have the option to either enter your login details or click ‘New User’/’Register’ to begin the account registration process. Click the button to register.

You’ll be prompted to enter your personal details. These will include things like your name, your address, and a valid email address.

Make sure you review your details for any spelling mistakes before clicking onto the next page. Getting these wrong could cause problems later when attempting to make a withdrawal.

Step Three – Choose a Username and Password

Many sports betting platforms continue to use specific usernames, rather than your email address. This adds an extra layer of account security.

When choosing a password, it’s recommended you opt for long passwords filled with letters, numbers, and symbols.

Most sports betting platforms will have a password strength indicator for new users. Enter your password and you’ll receive a notification as to whether your selected password is weak or strong.

Step Four – Confirm Your Email Address

Even when registering an account via a mobile app, you’ll still be expected to validate your email address.

Click out of the app and navigate to your email inbox. Within your email inbox, you should have received an email with a validation link. Click on it and you’ll either be taken to your browser or back to the app, depending on the sports betting site.

Your account has now been validated and you’ll be able to login with your chosen details.

Step Five – Make Your First Deposit

Once you’ve logged into the app, you’ll now be able to make your first deposit.

Find the sports betting site’s cashier. You’ll be presented with a number of deposit methods. We will discuss the different methods of making a deposit later in this guide.

Enter the required details for your deposit method of choice and wait for your funds to appear in your real money balance

You should be aware of the bonuses available whenever you make your first deposit. Many sports betting sites provide lucrative bonuses on initial deposits from new players.

Step Six – Start Playing!

Most apps are built on simple interfaces that are easy for users to navigate. 

In NJ sports betting apps, there exists several different lines and varieties in sports betting options for New Jersey bettors. Usually, you can view betting lines before logging into your account. Bets are often organized by sport, betting types, and promotions. Different sports betting apps will organize their features differently. You will be able to view the list of sports markets on a separate menu. 

A sport will only appear if there are events available. Once you choose a sport, you will see a new menu with different leagues available in that sport. You will also find options for futures, proposition bets, and partial game wagers. 

It is important to note that you must be located within the state of New Jersey in order to make a wager on an NJ mobile sports betting app. Gambling apps use geolocation technology to ensure that players are gambling within legal jurisdictions. 

Is the Registration Process Different Through Your Browser?

No, the registration process is exactly the same. Any sports betting site must collect certain pieces of information about any new players.

The only difference is on a browser you may need to navigate more ads before you can register and validate your new account.

It really is a matter of personal preference. If you registered an account via an app, you’ll be able to use the same login details on the browser version of your chosen sports betting platform.

How Can I Claim My Sports Betting Bonuses?

Before beginning the registration process, it’s well worth confirming which bonuses are available to new players.

Thankfully, the majority of sports betting sites in New Jersey simply provide new players with their bonuses the moment they register. However, be aware that to access some bonuses you may need to enter a promo code via a section on your account dashboard.

Restrictions on New Player Bonuses

The most common new player bonuses are free bets up to a certain amount.

Although these free bets are lucrative, you should be aware that many of them come with restrictions. For example, new player bonuses may be restricted to bets on certain sports. This is especially the case when a major sporting event is on the horizon, such as the Super Bowl.

There may also be various odds restrictions on free bets.

Finally, be aware of any wagering requirements that come with free bets. Sometimes you may need to play through a free bet multiple times before it can be converted into real money.

Which Deposit Method Should I Use with an Online Sports Betting Site?

There are lots of pros and cons to each deposit method. These days online sports betting brands understand players utilize a variety of payment methods for different purposes. For this reason, they have a variety of different options available.

Can I Use Multiple Payment Methods?

Yes, you can use multiple payment methods. Online sports betting sites don’t restrict you to the payment method you used when opening an account.

However, if you make a $50 deposit by credit card and you withdraw $100 you’ll be expected to have it withdrawn to the same card.

This is due to anti-fraud regulations. It’s what’s known as a closed-loop form of transaction and it’s used by all sports betting websites in the US.

Credit/Debit Card

The most common method of making a deposit is to use a credit/debit card. All you have to do is enter the long number on the front of your card, the expiration date, and the three-figure security number on the back of the card.

These types of deposits are practically instant and the money will become available in your real money balance in a matter of minutes.

It’s recommended you inform your bank before making a deposit with this payment method. Since online sports betting is such a new concept in the US, many banks will automatically freeze your account if they see an attempted transaction with one of these websites.

Telling them could save you hours of frustrating anti-fraud protocol.

E-Wallets

The e-wallet is a term used to describe services like PayPal, Skrill, and Payoneer. These online wallets enable you to hold money online and skip the hassle of dealing with banks.

Like with a credit or debit card, these transfers are typically instant.

Simply select your e-wallet of choice in the cashier and you’ll be redirected to your chosen e-wallet. Enter your login details and confirm the transaction. You’ll then be redirected back to the sports betting site and the money will be available in your real money balance.

Only certain sports betting sites have PayPal available as a deposit option. This is because PayPal has a history of not dealing with the online gambling industry. Only recently have they started providing their services to certain trusted websites.

Wire Transfer

Wire transfers are still possible with most betting sites. However, you should be aware that a wire transfer can take anywhere from three to five business days to clear.

Only use this option if you don’t want to use a credit card and have no access to an e-wallet. Some players opt for wire transfers for safety reasons.

Bank Checks

Not every sports betting site continues to accept bank checks. These need to be sent directly to the address of the sports betting site and must then be cashed. This can cause the process to take up to ten business days.

Checks are only recommended as an option if you wish to make a large value deposit.

Western Union/MoneyGram

Western Union and MoneyGram are two more payment methods that are incredibly popular in the US. If you’re utilizing offshore services to fund your betting account, these two deposit methods can allow you to send the money directly to the offices of the sportsbook.

You can also use these services to send money to a US-based credit card or bank account.

Many sports betting sites allow these two payment methods, but you’ll need to contact them first to get their name and chosen city.

Take note that when using these two options, you’ll always receive your withdrawal in the form of a check.

It can take anywhere from five to ten business days for these types of transfers to clear and the money to become available on your account.

Making a Withdrawal with a Sports Betting Site in New Jersey

The withdrawal process on sports betting sites often catches new players by surprise. This is also part of the registration process as all online sports betting sites in New Jersey need to confirm the identities of the people gambling with them.

This process will be triggered whenever you attempt to make a withdrawal for the first time.

What Sort of ID Do You Need to Provide?

Online sports betting platforms must confirm your identity in order to confirm it’s actually you who’s playing and to confirm that you’re at least 21.

These sites can be hit by huge financial penalties if they’re found to be taking bets from ineligible players.

You’ll be asked to provide an image of your credit card, both the front and the back. You’ll also need to send them a clear picture of a piece of photo ID.

New Jersey online sports betting sites are also increasingly asking for proof of address. You’ll need to show them either a paper bank statement or a utility bill. Cell phone bills are typically not accepted as proof of address.

Troubleshooting the ID Verification Process

It usually takes around 72 hours for your identification to be validated.

However, many players have to repeat this process multiple times for one reason or another.

The most common reason for seeing your ID rejected is the information is not clearly visible. For this reason, you’ll need to use a high-quality camera. Refrain from using your webcam. A modern smartphone should be more than enough to ensure all the necessary information visible.

Furthermore, there are usually no limits on how many images you can upload. It’s well worth providing a full view of your ID and a close-up view of any important information.

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6 February 2020
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