New Jersey Sports Betting
Surprisingly enough, while long associated with casino gambling, the state of New Jersey, particularly in Atlantic City, did not have legalized sports gambling until May of 2018. This amazing irony was after six years of court battles waged by the major sports leagues against the state after it passed a law in 2012 to begin offering wagering on sports. However, New Jersey had the advantage of already being synonymous with regular casino gambling. Thus, the transition to providing the additional option of sports betting was easier and more seamless than in other states. Having casinos in the state such as Harrah’s, Bally’s, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock Hotel, Tropicana, and Caesars that have run sportsbooks in Nevada for years was instrumental in giving the Garden State a major advantage.
You must be 21 years or older to place a bet on sports in the state of New Jersey. You can bet in person at casinos and horse race tracks in the state. Online and mobile sports betting is offered in the state as well. However, you must be within the state lines to place a mobile or online bet at New Jersey sportsbooks. You do not have to be a New Jersey resident, but you must be in the state itself to make your bets. Now there are some unusual quirks in the state of New Jersey rules for sports gambling. There is no gambling on college events that take place in the state of New Jersey. Further, there is no gambling on games that involve any college or university from the state of New Jersey. Coaches, players, and game officials with any potential conflict of interest can’t bet on the sport that they are involved in.
The most popular sports that gamblers care the most about are available for wagering in the state of New Jersey. That would include pro and college football, pro and college basketball, pro hockey, pro baseball, soccer, auto racing, boxing, mixed martial arts, and golf. You can make straight pointspread wagers on teams to cover against their opponents along with over under totals, money line wagers, prop bets, futures, parlays, and teasers.The following casinos and racetracks offer sports gambling with their partners listed in parentheses: Bally’s (Scientific Games), Borgata (PLAYMGM/IGT), Caesars (Scientific Games), Golden Nugget (SB Tech), Golden Nugget (BetAmerica), Hard Rock Atlantic City (Unibet), Harrah’s (Scientific Games), Meadowlands Racetrack (Pointsbet), Monmouth Park (William Hill), Monmouth Park (Sugarhouse), Ocean Resort Casino (William Hill), Resorts AC (DraftKings), Resorts AC (BetStars), Resorts AC (SB Tech), Tropicana (William Hill)
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New Jersey Sports Betting News
On April 19, 2021, news from across the river will dramatically affect sports gambling in the state of New Jersey in the future. Embattled Democrat New York governor Andrew Cuomo gladly signed the fiscal 2022 budget, which included a mobile sports betting law. The governor is eager to get his perpetual sexual harassing and related corruption off the evening news, even for a little while, and this law will certainly accomplish that. Although Cuomo signed the bill into law, it will not go into effect right away. Thus, the state of New Jersey will be able to milk a few more months of the online and mobile sports gambling limelight to themselves. The bill is somewhat complex and includes compromises that will take time to enact. There is also the possibility of legal challenges from various tribal nations.On April 16, 2021, the state of New Jersey reported the great news of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament generating substantial revenue increases for March 2021. All told, March Madness caused over $60 million worth of gains. That brought the total March 2021 handle for New Jersey sports gambling at $859 million.