New Jersey Sports Betting

New Jersey fought hard against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) for a decade. And finally, in May of 2018, it was ruled was unconstitutional -- enabling states to allow sports betting if they choose. NJ quickly legalized and has the most mature new sports betting market in the nation.

Here is everything you need to know about New Jersey Sports Betting.

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NJ Sports Betting Sites & Apps

Here are 13 sites offering legal online sports betting in New Jersey in 2020, the first seven of which below have great offers for Action Network users.
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We graded New Jersey on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.

How New Jersey Sports Betting Compares
New Jersey has established the model for new states -- low barrier to entry for operators, online deposits and registrations, and online casinos.
Mobile Betting Options: A

New Jersey created an environment that any operator can enter thanks to reasonable entry fees ($100,000), tax rate (13% online).

Deposit: A

Where did every state struggling to generate meaningful revenue from online sports betting go wrong? Lack of online deposits. Having to sign up and deposit in person, like you do in Nevada, Iowa and many other states, is a huge friction point for consumers.

New Jersey doesn't have that problem. In the next hour, you can sign up for a dozen different sportsbooks.

Fair Pricing: A-

NJ did everything it could to create an environment that would offer fair pricing. AfDraftKings especially has been innovative with its original offerings, and is even expanding beyond sportsbetting into its own online NJ Casino to compensate for COVID-19 revenue losses.

We haven't seen a truly sharp book like Circa Sports in Las Vegas pop up in New Jersey yet, but the opportunity is there.

Offerings: B+

NJ banned wagering on events for college teams based in the state, which you'd barely notice on a college football Saturday since Rutgers is the only FBS program. You may notice it more for college basketball, with eight programs.

The state's Department of Gaming Enforcement is fairly generous with approving new markets for betting, but will always lag behind offshore books that can offer anything they want without oversight.

New Jersey Sports Betting Rules

There aren’t many blanket rules that sports bettors must adhere to as they wager in New Jersey. Rules and limits change depending on the sportsbook and circumstance. But here are a few that apply state-wide in New Jersey:

No betting on college teams from New Jersey, even if it’s being played elsewhere.

While Rutgers is the only FBS football team in New Jersey, there are a host of Division I basketball programs with lines on their games, including Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, NJIT, Princeton, Rider, Saint Peter’s and Seton Hall. Both Seton Hall and FDU made the NCAA Tournament this season.
No betting on college events taking place in New Jersey.

Any neutral-site games — NCAA Tournament, bowl games, etc. — happening in New Jersey cannot be wagered on. There aren’t any NCAA Tournament regionals scheduled in New Jersey through at least 2022, and there are no bowl games there as of now (R.I.P. the Boardwalk Bowl and Garden State Bowl).

No betting on high school games.

Seems fair.
The Good: New Jersey's Successes
Outside of taking its legal battle to the Supreme Court and getting PASPA overturned in the first place, New Jersey's greatest success is the model it established for other states.

By creating a ow barrier to entry for operators, consumers will be better off. When consumers are getting fair odds and have plenty of options on where to bet, they're much more likely to bet legally and not with local bookies or offshore websites.

Several states have followed New Jersey's lead, including Colorado and Indiana. While we haven't seen their long-term results yet, they should be on par with New Jersey, relative to population size.

The Garden State has generated more than $60 million in tax revenue in just two years of sports betting, and its legalization of online casinos will also be a huge boost.
The Bad in NJ: Not Much
It's hard to be critical of New Jersey given everything it's done for legal sports betting in the United States.

Its two biggest shortcomings:

  • No betting on college teams from the state, or college events in the state. The latter may not sound like a big deal, but it will be a bummer when NCAA Tournament games played at Prudential Center in Newark aren't on the board.
  • Lack of new markets. NJ will always lag behind offshore books that can offer whatever they want, but it should be a leader in innovative bet types and markets.

How old do I have to be to bet on sports in New Jersey?

Good news for those of you visiting the Garden State or New York City: You do not have to be a resident of New Jersey to place a legal sports bet. You simply have to be within state lines and you’ll be allowed to create a betting account.

Where can I bet on sports in New Jersey?

Anywhere inside the state, really. Using any of the online sportsbooks above, players can bet anywhere using their phones or computers. You can also go to a physical sportsbook at one of the casinos or racetracks that is offering sports betting.

What if I’m from New Jersey, but outside the state currently?

Sorry, no luck. You must be inside state borders to bet online with New Jersey books. Each service uses geo-fencing technology to determine your location.

What if I’m not from New Jersey, but in the state currently?

You’re in luck! You don’t need to be an N.J. resident to place bets. It’s all about your current location.

Will I get taxed on winning sports bets?

Yes, it is taxable income, whether you’re betting legally in New Jersey or illegally offshore. If you win at least $600, the operator is supposed to notify the IRS.

But what if I lose those winnings?

Sports betting losses can actually be tax deductible if you itemize your deductions and keep detailed records of wins and losses. But the losses you deduct cannot exceed the winnings, so if you won $1,000 on one bet but lose $2,000 in another stretch, only that first $1,000 is tax deductible.

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New Jersey Sports Betting Timeline

October 1992

Thanks to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee and testimony from NBA Commissioner David Stern, Congress passed a federal law called P.A.S.P.A. NJ was given a 1-year period to pass legislation that allowed sports betting, but lawmakers couldn't reach a deal.

October 2006

President George Bush signs the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which says that users or operators cannot provide or accept payment on a bet or wager on the Internet that violates state or federal law. It did have a carve out for fantasy sports and

March 2009

New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak leads a lawsuit to overturn P.A.S.P.A., arguing it's not fair that some states have legalized sports betting, but the suit is thrown out. The court ruled that only Governor Chris Christie could bring forth such a lawsuit.

July 2009

Though different versions of fantasy sports had been around for years, daily fantasy sports provider FanDuel launches. It argued that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 didn't stipulate details on fantasy sports contests.
New Jersey Sports Betting Locations
If you'd rather spend the day in a sportsbook wagering at the counter, New Jersey has plenty of options (though they're not exactly evenly distributed across the state in a geographic sense). Many racetracks and casinos that don't operate in Las Vegas have outsourced their betting operations to existing providers, while maintaining their physical locations. While more than 90% of New Jersey's betting handle is done online, there are still plenty of reasons to spend a football Sunday at a physical sportsbook.
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Monmouth ParkWilliam HillOceanport
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New Jersey has no shortage of professional and college teams to bet on:

Division I Football & Basketball

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Division I Basketball Only

Seton Hall Pirates
Monmouth Hawks
Princeton Tigers
NJIT Highlanders
Rider Broncos
Saint Peter's Peacocks
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights

Pro Sports Teams

New Jersey Devils (NHL)
New York Giants (NFL)
New York Red Bulls (MLS)
New York Jets (NFL)
The Devils are the only pro team that bears New Jersey's name, but there is plenty of live sporting to see in New Jersey:

New Jersey Pro Teams & Stadiums

New York Teams that play in NJ

  • New York Jets (Football) – The Jets play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • New York Giants (Football) – The NY Giants share MetLife Stadium with the Jets
  • New York Red Bulls (Men's Soccer) – The NY Red Bulls share Red Bull Arena with the Sky Blue FC

Other Events

New Jersey is also home to several racetracks and major horse racing events. Fewer racetracks remain in NJ as of 2020, but bettors can still enjoy live racing at:

  • Freehold Raceway is a historic landmark racetrack for horses, located in Freehold Borough with a racing scheduled to resume in late August.
  • There’s also Monmouth Park Racetrack, a popular venue located in Oceanport which hosts the Haskell Invitational and has hosted the Breeders cup in past years with great fanfare

More Reading on New Jersey

  • For common questions and official responses from the NJ The Division of Gaming Enforcement, please see their Sports Wagering FAQ

For more on U.S. Sportsbetting

You can check out the legal status of other states and learn more about legal sports betting here.

Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He's a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.