New Jersey was the first state to legalize online sports betting once the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May of 2018. Governor Murphy signed a bill in June of 2018, fully legalizing in-person and online sports betting and gambling. The New Jersey sports betting market is so big it competes with Nevada in the total amount of bets taken on a monthly basis.
Is online sports betting legal in New Jersey?
Sports betting in New Jersey became fully legal both online and in-person in 2018. Bettors can currently place wagers at 12 casinos and raceways across the state, as well as 13 online sportsbooks.
What are the Best Online Sportsbooks in New Jersey?
- 888sport – Best for First-Time Bettors
- SugarHouse – Best for Customer Service
- William Hil and FanDuel – Best Odds
- 888sport – Best Mobile App
- DraftKings Sportsbook – Best for Bets Offered
- Betstars – Best Banking Options
- Pointsbet – Best New Style of Betting
888sport – Best for First-Time Bettors
888sport is an excellent choice for first-time bettors due to its superb educational guides, easy-to-use mobile app, and a wide variety of sports, bets, and live bets offered. The Sports Betting 101 section does a fantastic job of giving in-depth explanations of how to bet, what different betting types are, how to live bet and more. 888sport has a page explaining how to read odds, which is a subject every sportsbook should cover, but only a few do.
SugarHouse – Best for Customer Service
SugarHouse has fantastic customer service that is quick, reliable, and helpful. Along with their customer service, SugarHouse also tied for the #1 ranking for live betting. SugarHouse live betting offers a live match tracker, match previews and statistics, as well as a variety of bets.
William Hill and FanDuel placed 5th and 6th respectively in our 2018 odds rankings. Odds data measures over 1,400 games across nine offshore sportsbooks and eight US regulated sportsbooks. Moneyline, spread, and total bets were analyzed and weighted to comprise a 2018 ranking for each league, with moneyline bets typically receiving over 50% of the weighting.
888sport – Best Mobile App
888sport offers a mobile app for both Android and iPhone users. My expectations were exceeded on my iPhone 7, as well as my iPad. Navigation is fast while the presentation and layout make it easy to scroll around. Unlike other US regulated sportsbooks, 888sport has all their education pages in the app, which saves the user from having to open a tab in safari every time they have a question.
DraftKings Sportsbook – Best for Bets Offered
In addition to offering a decent amount or team and player props, DraftKings also offers pools, daily odds boosts, party parlays, an early cash out feature, and an annual sports betting national championship. DraftKings also tied for the #1 ranking for education, offering guides, videos, and more for different sports.
Betstars – Best Banking Options
BetStars currently offers New Jersey residents nine different deposit methods, as well as six withdrawal methods. Also, BetStars offers fast deposits, a quick and convenient payment option that allows you to fund your Stars Account instantly without leaving your game (poker, etc.). Fast deposits are available via Instant eChecks, Skrill, Visa/Mastercard, and NETELLER.
Pointsbet – Best Unique Style of Betting
PointsBetting is the bread and butter of PointsBet, and one of my favorite ways to bet on games that I will be watching on TV. PointsBetting takes a spread, total, or prop bet, and makes it a variable bet until the end of the game. The idea is the more correct a bettor is, the more they win, and visa versa. Bettors who are more risk-averse can set stop losses to minimize maximum gains/losses. For example, if you place a stop loss of 10X and make a pointsbetting wager of $1, your maximum gain or loss can only go up/down to $10.
Which New Jersey Sportsbooks Offer the Best Odds?
I keep money with both sportsbooks that offer better odds, and sportsbooks that offer the sports and bets I most enjoy. To determine which sportsbooks offer the best odds, I analyzed data from hundreds of games for spread, moneyline, and total bets. Most books have similar spreads for total bets, while moneyline and spread bets differed substantially, based on the sport.
Note: Golden Nugget, PointsBet, Hard Rock, and Resorts AC were not included in this odds comparison because the sportsbooks were introduced after this data was collected.
|Sport||Basketball (NBA)||Basketball (NCAAB)||Football (NCAAF)||Football (NFL)||Hockey (NHL)||Soccer (Misc. Leagues)|
|#2 Odds||Caesars||William Hill||BetStars||FanDuel||William Hill||888sport|
|#3 Odds||SugarHouse||FanDuel||FanDuel||William Hill||MGM||BetStars|
Best New Jersey Sportsbook Banking
US regulated sportsbooks, like all of those in New Jersey, tend to offer a variety of banking options with low-to-no fees, as well as low minimum deposits and withdrawals. The pictures below compare banking options for each New Jersey sportsbook. These are the most popular methods of banking, there are more which are not included below.
|Sportsbook||Total Deposit Methods||Debit/Credit Card||ACH (eCheck)||NETELLER||Prepaid Card||PayPal||PayNearMe||Online Bank Transfer|
|Sportsbook||Total Withdrawal Methods||Check||ACH (eCheck)||NETELLER||Prepaid Card||PayPal|
Best New Jersey Betting Features
New Jersey sportsbooks brought a few new awesome features to sports betting. Cash Out is a new feature that gives you the opportunity to close out your active bet before the outcome is decided. The feature allows you to secure part of your winnings or cut your losses as the odds change in or against your favor. Daily odds boosts act like a sale at a retail store, providing better odds for specific bets.
Most New Jersey sportsbooks offer a variety of game and player props, futures, and additional spreads/totals, which is reflected in the bets offered score.
|Sportsbook||Total Sports||Cash Out Feature||Daily Odds Boost||Sports Offered Rating||Bets Offered Rating|
|888sport||17||Yes||No||4.5 Stars||4.5 Stars|
|BetStars||13||Yes||Yes||3.5 Stars||4 Stars|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||15||Yes||Yes||4 Stars||5 Stars|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||11||Yes||Yes||3.5 Stars||4.5 Stars|
|Caesars||10||No||No||3 Stars||2.5 Stars|
|SugarHouse||18||Yes||Yes||4.5 Stars||4.5 Stars|
|PointsBet||16||Yes||Yes||4 Stars||4 Stars|
|William Hill||16||No||No||3 Stars||2.5 Stars|
|Golden Nugget||16||Yes||No||2.5 Stars||3.5 Stars|
Best New Jersey Live Betting
If you are looking for an immersive live betting experience, you can’t go wrong at 888sport, SugarHouse, FanDuel, or BetStars. All four sportsbooks offer a live match tracker. The match tracker has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking in real time. For NFL games, the match tracker even lists the last play, the total plays, and yards on the drive, and the down and distance. While the match tracker is the same across all sites, it enhances any live betting experience and will continue to grow as sports betting becomes more popular.
All four of these sportsbooks also offer a few pre-game matchup preview statistics, as well as some real-time statistics such as points, shots, assists, etc.
A note on bonuses
At BettingBuck we do not give a rating for bonuses because they are not the core product at hand. While they can be nice to have, they are not a core function of the sportsbook. We do include bonuses that were available at the time each review was conducted. Remember, before agreeing to receive a bonus, it is important you understand the rollover requirements, as well as any other terms and conditions the sportsbook might impose.
Best New Jersey Sportsbooks (Summary)
|NJ Online Sportsbook||Best For||Live Betting||Education||Overall Rating|
|888sport||Best for first-time bettors, education, mobile app||5||5||4.5 Stars|
|BetStars||Best for banking||4.5||3||4 Stars|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Well-rounded sportsbook||3||5||5 Stars|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Best odds||4||4||5 Stars|
|SugarHouse||Best for live betting and customer service||5||3.5||5 Stars|
|PointsBet||Unique betting style||3||4||4.5 Stars|
New Jersey Sports Betting FAQ
Can I bet on sports online in New Jersey?
Yes. NJ online sports betting is available to anyone who is physically located in the state of New Jersey. Some sportsbooks require photo ID or in-person registration (at the casino). Location services must be turned on to bet from a mobile phone or computer.
How many New Jersey casinos have sportsbooks?
The following 12 New Jersey casinos that have physical sportsbooks: Borgata, Monmouth Park, The Meadowlands, Caesars, Bally's, Golden Nugget, Freehold Raceway (not yet open), Harrah's, Hard Rock Atlantic City, Ocean Resort, Tropicana, and Resorts Atlantic City.
What online sportsbooks are legal in New Jersey?
- Bet America
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock
- William Hil
Are there any prohibited bets in New Jersey?
Currently, New Jersey residents are prohibited from betting on any collegiate sport or athletic event that takes place in New Jersey or a sport or athletic event in which any New Jersey college team participates regardless of where the event takes place. This means you can’t bet on collegiate teams such as Rutgers football.
New Jersey Sports Betting Locations
The table below shows all of the New Jersey casinos that currently offer online sports betting. Each of these casinos also offers a sportsbook inside.
|Casino||Online Sportsbook Licensed|
|Resorts Atlantic City||DraftKings, BetStars|
|Golden Nugget||Golden Nugget|
Other forms of New Jersey Gambling
All online casino games and online poker are legal in New Jersey. These games include favorites such as blackjack, roulette, slots, video poker, and more.
Are daily fantasy sports legal in New Jersey?
Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often complete strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in New Jersey?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in New Jersey. The only legal New Jersey sportsbooks are the ones listed in this guide.