New Jersey Sports Betting Is Legal As of July 2018
Legalized sports betting in New Jersey is surging ahead with land-based and online sportsbooks going live one after another in what has been a very exciting year.
So just how many so far? Eight sportsbooks since August and six in Atlantic City casinos.
Online Sports Betting Sites & NJ Sportsbooks
First out the gate was DraftKings Sportsbook on August 6th after a soft launch period; but they remained an exclusive operation for no longer than a week before the other competitors dove in – and the numbers just keep growing.
The DraftKings Sportsbook App is available for download throughout the state with players being able to place bets on the website or via the mobile app
MGM’s Jim Murren also announced that they were launching their own app; however this took a month from the announcement in July, and they were unable to beat DraftKings to the first opening; making DraftKings the first sports betting app available anywhere in the country outside of Nevada.
SugarHouse Online Casino launched on August 23rd together with SugarHouse sportsbook on August 23rd.
A short 3 days later, FanDuel Sportsbook soft-launched an app in association with William Hill.
And following them? No other than Caesars Online Casino and Sportsbook on 6th September – which was in the nick of time for NFL football season.
Within a few days 888 Sportsbook launched as an already well known brand in New Jersey.
Shortly thereafter BetStars joined the fray with their Android app debuting on September 13th, bringing the number of online apps to eight.
Other Sports Betting Operator Launches in June
Monmouth Park, Borgata and Ocean Resort opened their sportsbooks doors in the first month of sports betting as well. Monmouth Park in association with William Hill US was the first to go live following years of preparation for the horse racing rack to offer sports wagers.
Atlantic City’s first sports betting was offered the very same day as Borgata; going live under the auspices of MGM.
Ocean Resort Casino was the third property to go live in the city on 28th June, and it is the only non-Las Vegas casino to have had live betting from day one – albeit a temporary facility in association with William Hill – which will be upgraded to a permanent venue in due course.
A Chance For New Yorkers To Bet On Sports Legally Too
14th July saw the launch of the FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands – a scoop for the 10 million New Yorkers nearby whose own state had not passed the necessary legislation in time for 2018.
It is also the only sportsbook near a major league sports venue. The racetrack is in the same complex as the MetLife Stadium which is home to the New York Jets and New York Giants.
Caesar’s Online Casino Was Also Quick To Launch Sports Betting
Meanwhile, Caesar’s came online at the end of July 2018 with them managing to open no less than two sportsbooks in Atlantic City within 3 days of each other: first Wild Wild West Casino on the boardwalk at Bally’s; and shortly thereafter at Harrah’s Atlantic City. This was the first competition to present itself to Borgata nearby.
Caesars has online licenses for their Caesars Atlantic City casino, as well as the two mentioned previously, but thus far, it has no physical sportsbook at its Atlantic City venue – and it seems unlikely that it will have one soon either.
Golden Nugget AC Opened Sports Betting in August
Resorts, one of the oldest casinos in Atlantic City and Golden Nugget AC opened their sports betting on the same day – August 15th – with Golden Nugget pipping Resorts by an hour to an official open time.
Resorts temporary sportsbook features no less than 15 television screens, 4 self service kiosks, 6 betting windows and a 12ft video wall – mighty impressive for a temporary arrangement.
Further openings for August were the soft-launch of playMGM sportsbook app on August 22nd, SugarHouse Sportsbook on August 23rd, and the launch of the DraftKings Sportsbook App.
NJ Sportsbooks Opening in September 2018
The first week of September saw the soft-launch of the FanDuel Sportsbook app in NJ as well as the William Hill sportsbook app.
After a long silence on the matter, Tropicana Atlantic City announced that in partnership with William Hill and Eldorado Resorts they will also be opening a sportsbook shortly.
Meanwhile Caesars announced its sportsbook app and online casino on September 6th following weeks of hinting at its intentions. 888 – Caesars long time gambling partners, also launched their sports betting app just 4 days later, with BetStars going live on September 13th.
New Jersey currently has eight land-based sportsbooks; and eight sports betting apps.
Once matured, the NJ sports betting market is estimated to yield as much as $10 billion annually. (768)