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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New Jersey's Latest Sports Betting Highlights

October 26, 2020

New Jersey Sets U.S. Record for Monthly Sports Betting Total

New Jersey sportsbooks took over $748 million in legal sports wagering for the month of September, a new record both for the state and for any state in the U.S. The total beat New Jersey's previous record, set in August, by 12%, with over 90% of the total bet online. New Jersey has now surpassed $3.2 billion in sports wagering in 2020, even amidst pandemic.

New York Giants (DraftKings) and Philadelphia Eagles (FOX Bet) Announce Sports Betting Partnerships

The New York Giants became the first NJ-based professional sports team to enter into a sports betting partnership by agreeing to a deal with sportsbook operator DraftKings. DraftKings will get the rights to Giants trademarks and logos along with branding rights at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The Philadelphia Eagles announced a similar partnership deal with FOX Bet.

Sporttrade Announces Licensing Partnership with Twin River

Philadelphia-based sports betting company Sporttrade announced a licensing partnership with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, a step toward the nation's first regulated sports betting exchange in the state of New Jersey. Twin River will need to complete its acquisition of Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, next.

 

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.

This is all great news for sports bettors in the state.

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
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
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.

New Jersey Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for NJ New Bettors 

New to sports betting? Check out our 11 sports betting tips for beginners so you can get started, whether you want to bet on the New York Jets or the NY Redbulls. 

Sports Betting Glossary 

The sports betting lexicon is vast and sometimes confusing, especially to new bettors. Check out our sports betting glossary to get up to speed with every term you might need to know before a parlay or prop bet.

Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid 

Betting on your favorite teams like the NY Giants might seem like a no-brainer, but you need to be careful if you’re going to stay healthy all around in the sports betting world. 

Here are nine mistakes to avoid.

New Jersey Sports Betting Timeline

October 1992

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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

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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

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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

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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.
CasinoSportsbookCity
Resorts AC Casino HotelDraftKingsAtlantic City
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillOceanport
Borgata CasinoBetMGMAtlantic City
Ocean Resorts Casino HotelWilliam HillAtlantic City
MeadowlandsFanDuelEast Rutherford
Bally's CasinoWild Wild WestAtlantic City
Harrah's Casino ACPendingAtlantic City
Golden Nugget ACPendingAtlantic City

Known as the "Birthplace of College Football," Rutgers plays in the Big Ten's East Division. Meanwhile, the Big East's Seton Hall remains an important basketball school in the state. We expect big bets to be placed on these Scarlet Knight and Pirate games in the future.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 

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  • Rivalry vs. Maryland Although there isn't a traveling trophy yet, Rutgers and Maryland can be considered rivals due to their location as the two eastern-most schools in the Big Ten. The teams have played annually since 2014, and the Terrapins lead the series, 4-2, including the last two in a row.

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Seton Hall Pirates 

Seton Hall basketball has been a consistent threat in the Big East in recent seasons, winning a conference tournament title in 2016 and a regular-season title in 2020. The Pirates have made the NCAA Tournament each year since 2016.

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  • Rivalry vs. Rutgers Jersey rivalries are always important, and Seton Hall-Rutgers keeps that spirit alive. Although the teams play in different conferences now and don't see each other more than once a year, the games remain competitive. In the last 10 matchups, Seton Hall holds a  6-4 lead.

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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)

Although states don't need their own professional team to have a strong sport-specific market, it certainly can help momentum and engagement! Because of legal mobile betting, New Jersey bettors can attend pro games and bet and monitor in real-time when watching their favorite teams.

New Jersey has one pro team with the New Jersey name, but four teams play their home games in the state.

NFL Betting in New Jersey 

  • The New York Giants have plenty of past success, winning two Super Bowls in the past 15 years. But now, the team hasn't won a playoff game since 2011 and find itself in the midst of a transition. The Giants enter the season with Daniel Jones as their starter for the first time. Jones posted a solid rookie season in 2019, throwing for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. With a star running back in Saquon Barkley and a new head coach in Joe Judge, New York has a chance to prove itself in a solid NFC East division. The defense could be a problem, however. Adding former Alabama safety Xavier McKinney will give the secondary a boost, but the defensive line will need to take a step forward if it wants to be a solid unit. If you want to bet on the Giants this season, it may be helpful to take a look at how they performed last season. Additionally, you can check out our ongoing NFL insights and analysis to bet smart. On the non-football side of things, the Giants will return to MetLife Stadium, a stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, that holds more than 80,000 fans.

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  • The New York Jets don't have anything incredibly impressive going for them, but there are certainly some spots that could be exciting in 2020. Sam Darnold offers plenty of potential at quarterback and could take a big step forward if the offensive line improves. There's also a chance for Le'Veon Bell to become the back he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers after a disappointing 2019 season. Throw in rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims, and it's clear the offense could be fun to watch if things go the way New York wants them to. The defense may take a step back, however, as the Jets traded safety Jamal Adams during the offseason and linebacker C.J. Mosely opted out of the season. If you want to bet on the Jets this season, it may be helpful to take a look at how they performed last season. Additionally, you can check out our ongoing NFL insights and analysis to bet smart. The Jets share MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with the New York Giants. With the Jets competing for the playoffs with the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, a postseason spot might be hard to come by.

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NBA Betting in New Jersey

  • The Brooklyn Nets used to take up residence in East Rutherford, New Jersey, playing at Meadowlands Arena before moving to Brooklyn in 2012. After making the playoffs in 2020, the Nets will enter next season with a new head coach at the helm: Steve Nash. After spending 19 years in the NBA and being enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Nash will take over a Brooklyn roster that features Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Nets now play their home games at the Barclays Center, which they share with the New York Islanders.
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MLB Betting in New Jersey

  • The New York Yankees remain one of the most popular Major League Baseball teams in the country. The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles, which is the most of any team in baseball. With a roster featuring the likes of D.J. LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees are back to competing for more world championships. The Yankees play their home games at Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009 and was meant to capture the spirit of the old Yankee Stadium.
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  • The New York Mets found success in 2015 and 2016, making the postseason in both years, including a World Series appearance in 2015. They haven't made the playoffs since. The Mets' roster features stars such as Jacob DeGrom and Pete Alonso, but the team's bullpen struggles have been a key storyline in 2020. The Mets call Citi Field home. The park, which is located in Queens, New York, opened in 2009, which is the same year the new Yankee Stadium opened for the Mets' cross-town rivals.
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NHL Betting in New Jersey

  • The New Jersey Devils have struggled in recent years after making the Stanley Cup Finals during the 2011-12 season. The team was a postseason staple throughout the 2000s, but it has only made the playoffs once since 2012-13. The Devils were not one of the teams to make it to the NHL's bubble in 2020. The Devils call the Prudential Center home, which is where the New Jersey Nets played for three years before moving to Brooklyn and ditching the New Jersey name.
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MLS Betting in New Jersey

  • The New York Red Bulls play their home games at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, despite the team's decision to roll with a New York name. The team was established in 1994 before undergoing a Red Bull rebrand in 2006. The Red Bulls made the MLS Cup in 2008 but lost to the Columbus Crew. Still, the team has captured three Supporters' Shields in 2013, 2015, and 2018, while finishing as the U.S. Open Cup runner-up twice in 2013 and 2017.
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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.

From horseracing to football, there's plenty to keep sportsfans and bettors alike happy.

In addition to the 2026 MLB All-Star Game in Pennsylvania, State College is slated to host the United States Olympic Team Trials for wrestling. The event, which was supposed to take place in April 2020, is now set for 2021 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

As mentioned, Pennsylvania also has a number of Division I basketball teams, such as Villanova and Lehigh. Both teams have become consistent NCAA Tournament squads with Villanova winning NCAA titles in 2016 and 2018.

More Reading on New Jersey

  • For coverage beyond The Action Network, you can check out local sports columns: The Daily Record, The Star-Leger at NJ.com, and The Press of Atlantic City
  • You can review the Sports Wagering Law in full detail, see this NJ.gov resource as well as documentation on approved events to bet on
  • Pennsylvania releases monthly and yearly revenue reports. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board produced revenue results from the 2020-21 fiscal year and includes each month.
  • The Keystone State houses a number of casinos. A more detailed map can be found here, and breakdowns of each location can be found in the table above.
  • For common questions and official responses from the NJ The Division of Gaming Enforcement, please see their Sports Wagering FAQ
  • With different rules between states since PASPA was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2018, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has posted them on its website.
  • The state also put out a list of approved operators and licenses holders in the state. The list includes DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, and Parx, among a slew of others.
  • In addition to the specific sports betting business information, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released a document that lays out the benefits of gambling laws for the state's residents.

For more on U.S. Sports Betting

Sports betting is legal in other states like Pennsylvania, Colorado, Indiana, West Virginia, Illinois–and coming soon in states like Tennessee. 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.