Sports betting was legalized in New Jersey and went live on June 14, 2018. New Jersey was the third U.S. state behind Nevada and Delaware to legalize sports betting. Online betting was live shortly thereafter, and New Jersey remains one of the biggest states for sports betting with 16 online sportsbooks. 

New Jersey Sportsbooks Features & Promos

New Jersey is home to nearly 20 different online sportsbooks which offer different features tailored to a wide array of sports bettors. Identifying the book for you can take some research in identifying who has the best odds, live betting options, promotions and bonuses etc. Be sure to shop around at the various sports betting sites to find the one for you.

New Jersey Sports Betting Legal Path

It wasn't a smooth process for New Jersey to legalize sports betting, having made an attempt in 2012 before the 2018 federal ban was lifted. Following that ruling, Governor Phil Murphy signed the sports betting bill for New Jersey in June of 2018 and within days, people were able to place in-person bets.

Additional New Jersey Legal Betting Path Details

Here are some key questions regarding New Jersey's sports betting rules.

  1. How Many Sportsbook Operate in New Jersey?

     There are 16 online sportsbooks in the state of New Jersey.

  2. How Old Do you have to be to bet in New Jersey?

    You must be 21+ years old to bet at a legal retail or online sportsbook within the state.

  3. Can you bet on College sports in New Jersey?

    You can bet on professional sports teams based in New Jersey, but not New Jersey college teams or college games played in New Jersey.

  4. Can you Play Daily Fantasy in New Jersey?

    Daily fantasy sports contests are legal in New Jersey.

  5. Do you have to go to a retail location in New Jersey to register a sports betting account?

    New Jersey allows for remote registration for sports betting.

  6. Can you bet on Esports in New Jersey?

    Betting on esports is legal in New Jersey.

  7. What is the sports betting Tax Rate in New Jersey?

     Tax rate is 14.25% for online sports betting and 9.75% for retail.

Home Field Advantage

While there are several NFL teams that play out of New Jersey, there is only one professional sports team that call's The Garden State home.

NHL: New Jersey Devils

The Devils’ hockey season runs from early October through April, although it can be extended into May and June if the team makes the playoffs – but that hasn’t happened often. The Devils made the postseason in 2023, but it was only their second trip since 2012. The last time the Devils won the Stanley Cup was 2003.

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