NJ Betting FAQs - Gambling in New Jersey

NJ Betting FAQs

Since the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, the state of New Jersey has been full speed ahead with legalizing sports betting. The recent restructuring of legislation pertaining to New Jersey sports betting and online gambling has brought about many questions. Here are some of the questions most frequently asked regarding betting in New Jersey.

When did legislation pass to legalize online gambling in New Jersey?

On February 26, 2018, Assembly Bill 2578 was signed by Governor Chris Christie, legalizing online gambling within state lines.

What New Jersey venues offer sports betting?

Nine Atlantic City casinos will allow sports betting. Two of which are racetracks - Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands.

Meadowlands Racetrack

Meadowlands Racetrack began offering sports betting on July 14, 2018 and pulled in almost $3.5 million during its first nine days of taking bets. The company announced plans to expand The FanDuel Sportsbook which is located in East Rutherford, six miles from New York City - in the vicinity where the NFL's New York Giants and Jets play.

Monmouth Park Racetrack

This horse racing track became the face of New Jersey's battle to legalize sports betting. After spending millions of dollars to build its betting parlor with British bookmaker William Hill, Monmouth Park made its stake in the betting market and is now open seven days a week. In fact, Gov. Phil Murphy made a name for himself, casting the very first legal sports bet in New Jersey at a ceremony hosted by Monmouth Park Racetrack on June 14th, 2018.

The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa

The Borgata Hotel opened its sportsbook on June 14th, 2018, the very first day that sports betting became legal in New Jersey, making it the first Atlantic City casino to offer New Jersey sports betting. NBA star, Julius Erving, stepped up to place the first bet, which was $5 on another Super Bowl victory for the Philadelphia Eagles. On August 22, 2018, Borgata began sports betting, however, only taking bets through Android devices to start off. This ambitious casino raked in a whopping $562,830 in sports betting income in the month of July alone.

Bally's, Caesars, & Harrah's casinos

These three Atlantic City casinos are all owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. Bally's Wild Wild West casino hosted the launch of Caesars' sports betting on July 30th, 2018. Caesars Casino resides next door, therefore the company doesn't see a reason to open another sportsbook there. Guests at either property are permitted to use Bally's sportsbook, so there are no current plans to open another one at Caesars.

A few days later, on the first of August, Harrah's Casino launched sports betting at their establishment.

Caesars Entertainment claims both locations are temporary as the company works towards building the permanent locations for sports betting.

Golden Nugget Casino

Atlantic City's Golden Nugget casino began with sports betting in mid-August. Located next to the Borgata in New Jersey’s Marina district, the Golden Nugget Casino started online sports betting through PlaySugarHouse.com.

Golden Nugget launched online sports betting in August 2018, through PlaySugarHouse.com.

Ocean Resort Casino

Ocean Resort Casino began offering sports betting on June 28, 2018, the day it first opened its doors to the public. William Hill’s partnership with Ocean Resort casino allowed for the operation of over 100 race and sportsbooks in Nevada along with a mobile betting app. This 7,500-square-foot property is situated in the middle of the casino's gaming floor along with a bar, an area for video, and a space for live in-play betting odds. This casino pulled in the most sports betting revenue out of all the Atlantic City casinos less than a month after launching sports betting, reeling in over $1 million.

Resorts Casino

Resorts Casino began offering online and mobile sports betting before they started taking in-person bets, kicking off on August 15, 2018. The Resorts Casino Hotel Sportsbook is equipped with six betting windows, a 12-foot video wall displaying 15 television screens, along with four betting kiosks. Resorts Casino had partnered with The Stars Group and DraftKings in order to provide mobile and online sports betting.

How and where can you participate in betting at Monmouth Park?

Located at 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, New Jersey, Monmouth Park is situated just south of Newark and New York City and about an hour and a half east of Philadelphia. The horse racing track is nearly 150 years old, having opened in July of 1870 as an innovative way to increase trade alongside New Jersey's bustling shore communities.  

The racetrack has betting windows in the William Hill sportsbook, a converted sports bar that was previously used as the track's cafeteria. There is also a newly renovated grandstand area outside. The company is planning to build a $5 million standalone sports betting facility on the premises in the future. Participants must be at least 21 years old to place bets.

What sports can I bet on in Atlantic City casinos?

Just about every sport offered in Nevada is offered in New Jersey, as well.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • MMA
  • Auto racing

However, betting on college sports is strictly prohibited within state borders. An array of sports betting options are available including straight bets, point spread, parlays, money lines, and futures.

What are New Jersey’s sports betting limits?

The wagering limits in New Jersey vary from sport to sport. They can even vary between customers as well.

Why are college sports betting prohibited in New Jersey?

New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak passed a voter referendum in 2011 in an attempt to alter the state constitution to allow sports betting. Included in these amends, he specified that wagering on collegiate events would be prohibited, therefore removing this clause would require another amendment to the constitution.

What makes Golden Nugget the most flourishing online casino in NJ?

Golden Nugget revenue

Golden Nugget has earned the title as the top-grossing establishment out of all of the Atlantic City casinos. After soaring through 2017, generating more revenue every month than any other Atlantic City casino, Golden Nugget kicked off 2018 setting a record as the first betting site to bring in over $7 million from online gambling income in one single month. The site recorded an 81 percent increase in 2017 total wagers with over $1 billion paid out to New Jersey winners. Golden Nugget has successfully maintained its place at the top, generating the most revenue out of all Atlantic City casinos.

Golden Nugget online casino games

Golden Nugget provides online gambling players with more online casino games options than other Atlantic City casinos. They have the largest selection of online casino games in the NJ online gambling market. Last year alone, the online gambling site added 136 new online casino games to the already diverse selection. They pretty much own the online casino industry, because if Golden Nugget doesn't have the game, you can assume that it doesn't exist.

Golden Nugget bonuses

Golden Nugget also has some of the most attractive bonuses on the market, which are constantly bringing in new players.

The site offers a $20 free no deposit bonus for players along with a 100 percent deposit match up to $1,000 on first deposits.

Why doesn’t Bally’s have an NJ online betting site?

Almost all of the Atlantic City casinos run at least one legal NJ online gambling site. To the surprise of many, Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino is the only one without an online presence.

Bally's two casinos were built in 1979 at Park Place and the Boardwalk, under the ownership of Caesars Entertainment. This property, alongside Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, consists of over 220,000 square feet and holds 5,000 slot machines.

Caesars Entertainment administered its online gambling licenses altogether, through Harrah's, WSOP NJ, 888 NJ, and of course Caesars online NJ. Therefore, creating another online casino for Bally's brand would just lead the company to compete with itself even more. To the parent company, this seemed unnecessary.

Are Tropicana and Virgin online casinos actually different from one another?

Although The Tropicana and Virgin online casinos seem almost identical, there are a few slight differences.

Both Tropicana and Virgin are run by Gamesys, the online software developer and gambling operator. The software provides both online casinos with similar appearances and functionalities. Tropicana and Virgin also run the same bonuses and promotions. Tropicana owns the NJ online gambling license for the two online gambling sites. They created the online casinos using different color schemes and they were sold differently as well. The lists of online casino games are almost identical, however, certain games are exclusive to one site the other. The online casinos run separate player loyalty and rewards programs.

How does geolocation work and what is it used for?

Geolocation is a technology using a global positioning system as a way to pinpoint the approximate coordinates of players. The system uses WiFi signal triangulation and IP address tracking.  

Most betting sites will require players to run a plug-in on their computer in order to run geolocation software. This allows the system to check a player's location when they connect and then will sometimes check on their location as they play.

States with legalized online gambling require players to be within state borders in order to play. Players are not required to be residents, however, the state laws insist upon them being inside state lines when they play. The responsibility lies under the online gambling operators to enforce this policy.

Geolocation is the solution to this enforcement. In fact, most betting sites are required by state law to use this new technology.

How does PokerStars NJ compare to ROW PokerStars?

The main difference between these betting sites seems to be the market. PokerStars is currently the largest online poker room in the world, licensed through the Resorts Casino Hotel.

PokerStars launched its legal NJ online poker site in March of 2016. This site’s market is more enclosed, allowing only players within New Jersey state lines to use its services. PokerStars NJ is a smaller version of PokerStars, however, that doesn’t slow it down from holding its position as the leading operator in the NJ online poker market. PokerStars NJ is completely separate from the global PokerStars site and player pools are not shared between the two.

The two sites share similarities in software as PokerStars NJ is almost identical to the global PokerStars site. They offered similar versions of poker, similar games, and similar formats. However, PokerStars NJ operates on a smaller scale. Therefore the number of players is smaller, there are less cash game options, and prize pools are smaller.

The global PokerStars site operates large scale world tournament series while the company runs smaller versions of the same tournaments on PokerStars NJ.

Which online casino games in New Jersey offer the best return-to-player?

Return to player rates, otherwise known as RTP’s, are used to describe the amount of money that players will win back from certain online casino games. This is the opposite of the game's house edge, meaning it is the percentage of wagering money that will be paid back to the players in a period of time.

Casino games have a house edge assembled within the system, however, players have a chance to get lucky playing these games, winning in the short term. Certain online casino games are made with a reduced house-edge, offering players more frequent wins. RTP uses a calculated average of 1,000 plays, indicating long-term performance, to give players an idea of how much they will eventually win back.

For example, if a game claims to have a 90 percent RTP, that means that every player can expect to win $90 for every $100 that they bet. Although, players cannot expect an immediate payback as this percentage is realized in the long run.

These NJ online casino games reportedly have the best RTP.

  • Single-deck Blackjack (Tropicana/Virgin): 99.87%
  • Deuces Wild Triple Play Draw Poker (Tropicana/Virgin): 99.73.%
  • High Stakes Blackjack (Virgin): 99.64%
  • Vegas Strip Blackjack (Tropicana/Virgin): 99.64%
  • Multi-Bet Blackjack (SugarHouse): 99.64%
  • Atlantic City Blackjack (Tropicana/Virgin): 99.64%
  • High Stakes Blackjack (Tropicana): 99.64%
  • Vegas Downtown Blackjack (Tropicana): 99.61%
  • SP Vegas Blackjack (Borgata/Partypoker): 99.6%
  • Vegas Blackjack (Golden Nugget/Caesars): 99.6%

Which site is best for legal online poker in New Jersey?

Out of the top regulated, legal online poker sites in the Garden State, it appears WSOP is currently the best.

Owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment, WSOP.com is a legal online poker room in New Jersey. 888 powers the site, using its top quality gaming software.  

WSOP is one of the most admired brands in the world of legal online poker and offers satellites into WSOP Circuit events, live WSOP, as well as the brand’s own WSOP Circuit ring event. PokerStars NJ was the leading poker site in regards to traffic, up until recently. Now cash games are available on the WSOP/888 network for online poker players, bringing in more traffic than other legal online poker sites.

PartyPoker NJ operates under Borgata’s license and is powered by software from GVC Holdings. The network shares player pools with several other sites including playMGM Poker and Borgata Poker, however, the bonuses and promotions are different. This site offers a long list of tournaments, series, and cash games with enticing prize pools. Due to technical issues, cancellations, and overlays in the past, the series has been scaled down over time. In regards to traffic, however, this network cannot compete with the WSOP/888 network and PokerStars.

Where do you go for the best online blackjack in New Jersey?

The best online blackjack in the NJ online casino market in terms of the highest return-to-player rate would be Single-deck Blackjack at Tropicana and Virgin. The RTP is reported at 99.87 percent.

Playing with a single deck compared to a six-deck or eight-deck shoe greatly increases a player’s chance of winning. Just as single-deck Blackjack has the lowest house edge in brick-and-mortar casinos, it has a high RTP in online casino games as well.

Single-deck Blackjack has the following rules:

  • Blackjack pays 3:2
  • Insurance pays 2:1
  • Dealer stands on a soft 17
  • Double down on a 9 to 11 only
  • Split only matching pairs, not value
  • Split only once
  • No double down on splits
  • Hit on split Aces
  • No surrender
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28 February 2019

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