Feels like it was yesterday when Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill, legalizing sports betting in New Jersey. Time flies when you’re having fun.
Three months later, Jersey residents have plenty of options to place sports bets. People who want to enjoy NJ sports betting online have a handful of options as well.
NJ offers eight physical locations for sports betting. The bill placed a requirement for online platforms to delay their launch by 30 days. This ensured physical locations could have a safe start.
None of the operators pushed an online product on day one. The first app launched in the beginning of August. As of writing this article, there are 8 online platforms for sports betting in New Jersey.
In this article, we’ll provide the complete list of sports betting locations and app in New Jersey.
Online sports betting apps in New Jersey
Eight online platforms take sports bets. This list is bound to expand. We’ll sum up the ones currently available and update in the future when new platforms are available to the public.
The first NJ sportsbook came out on in the first week of August. DraftsKings – the popular daily fantasy sports platform introduced it’s sportsbook app on 1st of August.
The state Division of Gaming Enforcement gave them and Resorts Casino Hotel permission to soft launch their new sports betting app, and, after five days of rigorous testing, cleared the companies to open to the public.
Resorts Casino Hotel provides the the sports betting license and Kambi Group provides the technology.
DraftsKings sportsbook offers endless betting options, including real-time in-game betting. The mobile app is open for wagers 24/7 and accessible from New Jersey and the surrounding states.
Being first to the table, DraftKings enjoyed almost a full month with no competition in the online sports betting scene in Jersey.
MGM Resorts International was second to launch in New Jersey. The CEO Jim Murren announced the app on July 31st, hoping to within 7 days. These expectations fell through and the launch was delayed by more than 3 weeks. The actual launch was on 22nd of August.
PlayMGM sportsbook is powered by IGT – one of the dominant providers of gaming technology. The app is tried and tested. It has been running in Nevada since 2016 on the GVC platform and has amounted to some success so far. So, MGM had plenty of time to clean up any issues for their NJ launch.
SugarHouse Sportsbook is the third online sports betting app in New Jersey. It launched on August 23rd.
The company first integrated an online sportsbook with an existing online casino. This gave existing users if the casino exclusive opportunity to use their funds for sports wagering as well as gambling.
SugarHouse is owned and operated by Rush Street Interactive, which already operates an online sportsbook in Colombia.
SugarHouse Sportsbook has many similarities to DraftKings Sportsbook. Both apps have a partnership with Kambi Group and offer in-game betting.
SugarHouse uses a sports betting license provided by Golden Nugget.
The next company to launch an online sportsbook was FanDuel. FanDuel is one of the main competitor to DraftKings in the daily fantasy sports niche. The mobile app came out to the public on September the 1st – just in time for NFL.
The FanDuel Sportsbook launched the app as well as a website with unified experience across both and wide array of betting options with more options uncovered for active users.
FanDuel allows its users to use funds from daily fantasy sports into sports betting and vice versa. Their competitor, DraftKings offers a similar functionality, counting on existing members to become the early adopters of sports betting in New Jersey.
Game casts are available in FanDuel. Users have unique opportunity to watch events at their own convenience.
The sportsbook is owned and operated by Paddy Power Betfair – one of the leading sports betting and gaming operators.
William Hill US launched its online NJ sportsbook on the same day as FanDuel. Currently the platform is available for desktop PCs and Android devices. The iOS version is still in its test period, but Apple users should expect it shortly.
The William Hill Sportsbook offers betting in a wide spectrum of sports:
- racing and more.
Users can put bets in-game, as well as the traditional wagers on individual games, props and futures.
Though not the first on the mobile front, William Hill made a big start in the ground. The company, in partnership with Monmouth Park, was the first to accept live bets in New Jersey. Two weeks later, the William Hill launched a second sportsbook with Ocean Resort Casino.
Caesars Entertainment focused on creating an integrated experience by combining sports betting and their online casino.
The new app launched on September the 6th, available for desktop, Android and iOS devices. The technology is courtesy of Scientific Games.
Caesars Casino & Sport compliments the company’s physical sportsbooks at Bally’s Wild Wild West and Harrah’s Atlantic City.
NJ sports betting enthusiasts can find their favorite sports:
- a variety of racing competitions.
Caesars does not currently offer in-game betting, but users should expect to see that feature soon. In the meantime, a variety of bets are available, including futures, points spreads, totals and more.
The company expressed its intentions to launch new locations and mobile apps in states which will follow Nevada and New Jersey to legalize sports betting.
888 Sport unveiled their sportsbook on September the 10th, becoming the 7th mobile operator in New Jersey.
This is the first attempt by 888 Sport to tap into the American market. Previously, 888 Sports used it’s partnership with Caesars to get insight into the NJ market. Other names by the company include 888 Poker and 888 Casino, both of which have remain in operation for a while.
The betting company is already successful in many European countries. The platform offers high quality entertainment, easy to use interface, HD graphics and a plethora of sports available for betting.
The selection includes:
- soccer and more.
Unlike Caesars, 888 sportsbook comes with in-game wagering available, but users may also rely on prop wagers if they prefer.
Betstars NJ is last online sports betting app in the list. The platform launched on September 13th and unlike most others apps, skipped the testing processed and made all features available to the public on the same day.
Apple users can access BetStars from their PokerStars NJ application. The company intends to create an independent app, but for the time being, online sports betting will be available only through the poker app for iOS devices.
Android users do have a standalone app.
In-game betting is complimented with a live feed. Bettors can keep up with the game and place bets in real-time which offers great experience. Cash-out options are also available.
Just like other sports betting apps, BetStars has a myriad of sports available:
- horse racing
- soccer and more.
NJ Sports Betting Locations
Retail locations opened their sportsbooks very quickly after sports betting was legalized in New Jersey. Currently, there are eight places accepting bets.
Let’s take a look at all of the options.
As we mentioned earlier, Monmouth Park was the first location to launch their sportsbook on June 14th.
Together with partner William Hill US, Monmouth had plans for sports betting as early as 2013. So, it’s no wonder the two companies were prepared when the bill was finally signed on June 11 and launched just three days later.
The launch was very successful and by July (less than three weeks) the sportsbook had accumulated almost $2.3 million in revenue only from sports betting in New Jersey. Almost 35,000 people visited the Oceanport racetrack during the first weekend after the launch.
July was less impressive due to the momentary lack of sport events. However, it’s September and NFL will most certainly fuel a wave of activity.
Here’s when you can visit the Monmouth Park and William Hill Sportsbook:
- Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The Borgata is considered as the best casino in Atlantic City by many and that’s no surprise. It’s the first casino in Atlantic City to open a sportsbook.
The first bet was honorably placed by Julius Erving a hall of fame player for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Revenue in the first month was respectable – close to $1 million, but very far off Monmouth Parks jaw-dropping figures. Similarly, Borgata also experienced a decrease in activity during July, largely due to the sports calendar.
Here’s when you can visit the Borgata Race & Sports Book:
- Monday-Friday: open at 11 a.m
- Saturday and Sunday: open at 9 a.m.
Ocean Resort Casino
Ocean Resort Casino is the reborn phoenix from the ashes of Revel. The location hosted a grand opening on June 28. Atlantic City rejoiced to see it’s biggest and most spectacular casino pulled out of two cases of bankruptcy and opening doors again.
The $2.4 billion property features a marvelous sports book by William Hill at the heart of the casino’s floor, featuring a bar area, multiple TV viewing spaces and a 360-degree sports ticker for full viewing pleasure.
This is the second William Hill book after Monmouth Park. The Ocean Resort sportsbook brought in over a $1 million in July and close to $200,000 in the few days during its launch in June.
Not bad for being pulled out of the dumpster.
The sportsbook is open for bets each day between 9 a.m. and 12 a.m. (midnight).
Meadowlands Racetrack opened it’s FanDuel Sportsbook on July 14. The East Rutherford location hopes to bring a healthy mix of NJ sports bettors as well as enthusiasts from New York metropolitan area.
New York failed to legalize sports betting and that gave Meadowlands confidence to seize the opportunity amidst the confusion. The results show that the sportsbook had a fantastic launch even though July was a generally weak month for sports betting. Meadowlands reports $1.35 million in revenue for July.
FanDuel promises to become a major figure in NJ sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook, owned by Paddy Power Betfair also proved a significant competitor to DraftKings, who launched the first mobile sports betting app in August.
The book will close after all US games have finished playing. In the meantime, you can visit the Racetrack in the following opening hours:
- Mondays-Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Fridays: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Sundays: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Bally’s and Harrah’s
Bally’s and Harrah’s both unveiled Caesars Entertainment sportsbook at the end of July and beginning of August, respectively.
Wild Wild West Sportsbook launched at Bally’s on July 30th. Harrah’s followed suit and opened it’s sportsbook to the public on August 1st.
Both sportsbooks are powered by Scientific Games, which has significant operations in Nevada with its HQ located in Las Vegas.
Barry Cottle – CEO of Scientific Games expressed his eagerness to be partnering with Caesars as both companies make their expansion into the NJ sports betting market.
Both Bally’s and Harrah’s have the same opening hours. You can visit them at:
- Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
After barely missing the July application window, Golden Nugget opened it’s NJ sportsbook mid-August. At first, the Nugget used it’s refurbished poker room to house the sportsbook.
The official “Sportsbook” was unveiled in the final days of August. Visitors can enjoy a high-class sports betting area, featuring lounge areas, numerous television sets and several self-serving betting booths.
The Golden Nugget joined hands with SBTech to provide the platform for its sportsbook. When asked about the partnership, Thomas Winter from the Golden Nugget shared that SBTech was chosen after rigorous vetting and testing process and also:
“In the end, we knew SBTech was the right partner for us because of its industry-leading retail and online technology, their significant and diverse regulatory experience, as well as its innovative product-driven approach.”
It’s worth repeating that SugarHouse Online Casino and Sportsbook operates under license by Golden Nugget.
You can visit the Golden Nugget Sportsbook everyday from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Resorts Atlantic City
Resorts is the last NJ location to open its sportsbook. Initially, Resorts was rumored to run a DraftKings sportsbook. In fact, DraftKings online sportsbook still uses the Resorts license to operate.
But the casino made a U-turn and signed a deal with SBTech to deliver their own sports book not branded by DraftKings.
Mark Giannantonio – President and CEO of Resorts said in a press release that:
“After conducting a comprehensive selection process to find the right sports betting supplier we feel that SBTech offers the right combination of deep regulatory expertise in the world’s most dynamic and demanding markets and the scalability to support our ambitious multi-vertical plans.”
SBTech, which also formed a deal with the Golden Nugget shared that Resorts is a very important piece of their strategy to push into the US market.
On August 15th, the Resort launched its Resorts Sports Book. The book is temporarily located in the ex-iGaming lounge, but will soon be relocated to a more fitting place.
You can visit the Resorts Sports Book every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.