In 2018, the Supreme Court in the United States struck down the federal ban on sports betting. This means it now falls under the jurisdiction of the individual states to decide if they would like to make sports betting legal for their residents, including online sports betting.
Both physical and online sports betting is now legal in the state of New Jersey. In many peoples eyes New Jersey is now the closest state to Nevada in terms of sports betting and it is possible to bet on sports both online and offline. In addition, you do not have to be a New Jersey resident to enjoy sports betting in the state. If you are a resident or non-resident but you are inside the state border, it is legal for you to bet on sport, even using a mobile device.
Over $2.3 billion has been placed in sports bets since it was made legal in New Jersey and interestingly, 80% of that money has been bet using a mobile device. In March 2019, $372.5 million was bet on sports in New Jersey and that number has continued to rise throughout the year.
There is no doubt sports betting, especially on mobile devices, has taken off in New Jersey. This has alerted some of the major players in European sports betting and they have been quick to act. What are the latest online sportsbooks in New Jersey?
FanDuel and DraftKings have long been in business in the United States. These started life as fantasy sports websites, where you could win money based on the performance of your fantasy teams in a range of sports. Golf, NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR and soccer are all catered for at both websites but they have now expanded to include a sportsbook.
The FanDuel and DraftKings sportsbook is available to residents of New Jersey and they were one of the first to offer this service. They are both available on mobile devices and have dedicated apps, such as the app from bet365 for New Jersey, to make life easier for those who would prefer to bet on their mobile phone or tablet.
However, as mentioned above, it did not take long for the established names in online sports betting to move in on the action. New Jersey sports betting is a massive market and William Hill, 888Sport and bet365 are three good examples of online sportsbooks who want a piece of the pie.
William Hill is the longest established of these bookmakers having started life in 1934 when gambling was still illegal in the United Kingdom. They have since spread their wings and when the Supreme Court announced the end of the federal ban on sports betting William Hill moved quickly to grasp the opportunity. They now have bookmaking services at both Monmouth Park Racetrack and Ocean Resort Casino in the state of New Jersey plus an online presence thanks to their website and betting app.
You will struggle to find a more comprehensive bookmaker than William Hill and their history speaks for itself.
bet365 may not have the same heritage as William Hill but it has risen up the ranks to become one of the best and most recognised names in sports betting today. They have opened a sportsbook at the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City and offer a comprehensive range of online sports betting services.
You will also find Unibet at the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City while 888Sport have a land based affiliate at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.
These are just some of the latest online sportsbooks in New Jersey and have been joined by TheScore, Borgata Sports, Golden Nugget Sportsbook and BetMGM to name but a few. It is definitely an exciting time for online sports betting in New Jersey.