Gambling in New Jersey
With online casinos, legal and regulated sports betting and some of the best casino resorts in the world, the state of New Jersey is one of the most robust gambling markets in the United States of America. In fact, when it comes to the accessibility of gambling activities, there is no other state that has such a wide selection of legal recreational gambling activities.
The Garden State has the widest selection of online sports betting sites and online casino platforms in the US and therefore it should come as no surprise that the state of New Jersey is the largest US market for online gambling.
But, with so many options it can be difficult to figure out where to begin, so here is a quick overview of the market, for those interested in gambling in New Jersey.
Legal forms of gambling in New Jersey
New Jersey has earned the reputation of the largest market for online gambling in the US and with good reason. Online sports betting, online casino, poker and horse race betting, the Garden State has it all. Here is a quick breakdown of the different gambling activities you will find in the state of New Jersey.
Sports betting in New Jersey
Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, the only place to bet on sports, legally, was in the state of Nevada. But now, New Jersey has established itself as the largest market for sports betting in the US and has gone on to show just how important a robust sports betting market is.
New Jersey is one of the few US states to offer online sports betting via mobile apps and online websites. However, if you do want to place sports bets online, you must be within the state’s borders. There are more than 15 online betting options in New Jersey, all of which hold a license for their sports betting services.
Here is a list of the online and mobile sportsbooks available in New Jersey:
|Sportsbook Operator||Android App||iOS App|
|SugarHouse Online Sportsbook & Casino||Yes||Yes|
|William Hill NJ||Yes||Yes|
For a more in-depth look at New Jersey’s sports betting market, check out our guide to sports betting in NJ.
Horseracing in New Jersey
Prior to the legalization of sports betting in New Jersey, betting on horseracing events was the closest thing the Garden State had to legal sports betting. Now New Jersey residents and visitors can bet on the horses either online through a betting site or app, or in-person at a land-based racetrack.
The New Jersey Racing Commission oversees all horseracing and betting in the state and has authorized pari-mutuel horserace betting. These are the online options for customers that want to bet on the horses online:
- 4NJBets.com (run by TVG)
- Betfair exchange
For users hoping to place a bet on the horses in-person, bettors can visit one of three horse racing tracks. Here is a quick overview of those racetracks:
|Freehold Raceway||Freehold Borough||1854|
|The Meadowlands||East Rutherford||1976|
Online Casino in New Jersey
With a wide selection of online casino options and a variety of casino games, New Jersey currently has one of the largest online casino markets in the US. If you’re hoping to play online casino games in New Jersey you can expect to find several game types including slots, table games like blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat as well as live dealer games. New Jersey’s online casinos also offer a selection of video poker games.
|Casino||Android App||iOS App|
|Golden Nugget Casino||Yes||Yes|
|Hard Rock Casino||Yes||Yes|
|MGM Online Casino||Yes||Yes|
|Ocean Resort Casino||Yes||Yes|
|Pala Casino NJ||Yes||Yes|
For a more in-depth look at online casino gambling in New Jersey, check out our guide to New Jersey’s online casino.
Online Poker in New Jersey
Online poker is one of the most tense and exciting online gambling activities available today and New Jersey is one of the few US states to permit the activity. In New Jersey, players can play poker on some of the most popular legal poker sites in the world, and New Jersey players can even play against other poker players in Nevada and Delaware.
To play online poker in New Jersey you must be physically located within the state. Customers can play online poker on a desktop computer, laptop, and on Android and iOS mobile devices. Here are the online poker option available in the state of New Jersey:
- World Series of Poker (WSOP) NJ
- PokerStars NJ
- Pala Poker NJ
- PartyPoker NJ
- 888 NJ
Land-based gambling in New Jersey
If online gambling isn’t your thing, there are plenty of land-based casinos and racetracks where you can play casino games and bet on sports with your friends. Here is a list of the land-based venues currently operating in the Garden State.
|Venue||Location||Contact number||Opening times|
175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757, USA
|+1 732-222-5100||[email protected]||Gates open on Live Racing Days at 7:30 am.
First Race is 12:50 pm Saturdays & Sundays.
First Race is at 1:15 pm Thursdays & Fridays.
*Exception is Haskell Day, Sunday, July 29, 2018 – First race 12 noon.
1 Borgata Way, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, United States
|+1 609-317-1000||[email protected]||24 hours|
|Ocean Resort||Atlantic City
500 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401
|+1 609-783-8777||[email protected]||24 hours|
1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073, USA
|+1 201-843-2446||Online form||Monday – Thursday – 10am – 1am
Friday – Saturday 10am – 2am
Sunday – 8am- 1am
|Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City||Atlantic City
777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA
|+1 609-441-5000||[email protected]||24 hours|
|Bally’s Atlantic City||Atlantic City
1900 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA
|+1 609-340-2000||Not available||24 hours|
|Golden Nugget Atlantic City Hotel, Casino & Marina||Atlantic City
600 Huron Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA
|+1 609-441-2000||[email protected]||24 hours|
|Resorts Casino Hotel||Atlantic City
1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA
|+1 800-334-6378||Online form||24 hours|
|Hard Rock Atlantic City||1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA||+1 609-449-1000||[email protected]||24 hours|
|Tropicana||2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA||+1 609-340-4000||Online form||24 hours|
Now that you’re all caught up on what New Jersey’s gambling industry has to offer you can begin looking for the right sportsbook, online casino or land-based venue for you. Want to keep up to date with New Jersey gambling laws? Compare.bet US has the latest.
When did New Jersey legalize sports betting?
On 11 June 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed the sports betting bill (A4111) into law, making it legal to place wagers on sports betting in the state of New Jersey. Three days after the signing of the bill, Gov. Murphy placed the first legal sports wager at the William Hill Sportsbook at Monmouth Park Racetrack.
Are offshore sites legal?
Offshore sportsbooks are illegal in the state of New Jersey. You can spot these by looking at the website’s domain name. If you see a domain that ends in .EU or .AG it does not hold a license to operate in New Jersey and therefore should be avoided at all costs.
Some illegal sites operate under a .com domain may be operating illegally, which means you should take care to verify the safety of a betting site before you sign up. The only way to tell that a site is trustworthy is to check for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement seal before placing a bet on a website. If you come across a site that does not have a seal from the Division of Gaming Enforcement, it is best to report it and avoid the site.
I’m located in another state, can I still gamble with an online site in New Jersey?
Yes, but you must be physically located within New Jersey state lines. New Jersey’s gambling laws state that operators must use geolocation technology to verify the age and location of a customer, this stops online casino, sportsbook and poker operators from accepting players outside of the states they are licensed in. For instance, if you live in the state of New York there is nothing stopping you from travelling across state lines to New Jersey, placing a bet and then going back home.
What payment methods are accepted with online sites in NJ?
You can fund your online gambling accounts in New Jersey in several different ways such as debit or credit cards, ACH bank transfers, online ewallets, paying cash at a casino cash cage, with cash at select stores, prepaid cards and even with online checks. Be sure to check what payments are accepted with your operator of choice.