How did online sports betting in NJ start
In May 2018,Supreme court voted unconstitutional to prohibit sports betting on a federal level allowing states to decide on their own betting policies. NJ was one of the first states that legalized and regulated sports betting industry. Throughout the summer 2018, many companies have entered the online market allowing folks to bet safely and conveniently within the comfort of their home. Currently, individuals can bet offline, online and even using their phones. August turned out to be the busiest month of the years so far with 5 companies joining online betting market.
Draftkings Sportsbook was the first one to start on August 1st. playMGM launched its mobile app on August 22nd and was followed by Sugarhouse Sportsbook on August 23rd.Finally, FanDuel and William Hill joined the party all the way at the end of August. Other contenders launched in September. Caesars added mobile betting site to its online casino first, then 888 Sportsbook- a well know British betting and gambling giant launched in NJ. The last one to join the scene was BetStars: PokerStarNJ affiliated company designed specifically to cater for sports betting. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that most of the sportsbooks are affiliated or tied to legal NJ casinos. Lets take a closer look.
Resorts AC and DraftKings online sportsbooks
Technically Resorts was the first one on the market due to its affiliation with DraftKings Sportsbook. DraftKings offers both an application and computer betting. What’s great is that new players are offered a “nodeposit” incentive. Similar to an online casino, players can use a promo code to receive a free deposit to their betting account. Draftkings Sportsbook offers an instant free bet of up to $200.
Although Resorts did not launch its own betting company, the casino established another betting partnership with SBtech which opened its sportsbook on the premises of Resorts Casino in AC.
Sports Betting partnership of Borgata and playMGM
Although Borgata started offering sports betting in June 2018, it took 2 months for them to offer its online sports betting. Interesting enough Borgata doesn’t have a betting app under its own name, but launched under playMGM brand-which is its owner company. The app offers a range of great features and allows betting on both US-based and international sports. Basically, playMGM allows you to sign up, deposit, bet and withdraw from your smartphone. However, the best feature within this app is that it has an online wallet that is integrated with Borgata’s other digital products allowing players to transfer funds between sportsbook, online casino and poker websites.
Caesars, Harrah’s and Bally’s are not going to miss the party
Throughout the summer 2018 Caesars opened brick and mortar sports book throughout Harrah’s and Bally’s meanwhile entering a partnership with Scientific Games to provide mobile betting site. On 6. Caesars added sports betting functionality to its online casino app. Also, Caesars formed a partnership with 888Sportsbook which was launched a few days later. The logic here is pretty simple-Caesars is the license provider while 888 provides the software
Monmouth Park and William Hill betting partnership
Monmouth Park has partnered with The William Hill- a famous London based broker that is involved in betting business all over the world. William Hill launched its sports betting app on September 2nd. Although William Hill is not well known in NJ, it already operates in Nevada offering a range of online betting services, thus our team expects a lot from this partnership.
In the middle of September, William Hill has officially launched online sports betting for New Jersey players on its website
Golden Nugget is still working while SugarHouse is leading the game
Although Golden Nugget AC has a land-based sportsbook facility within the casino, Golden Nugget is yet to offer a comprehensive online betting service. At this moment Churchill Downs announced about its partnership with GN. However, it seems like Golden Nugget is merely a licensed provider rather than a full-time partner in this deal. Another company that’s affiliated to Golden Nugget is rush Street Gaming added sports betting to their platform in August allowing Sugarhouse to launch its own sportsbook(Rush Street Gaming operates Sugarhouse online casino). At the same time,
Sugarhouse can boast a complete online betting system that pretty much has it all. You can access their platform through Sugarhouse online casino portal. It should be noted that Golden Nugget was one of the last ones among legal casinos to start its online casino, so far it seems that history is just repeating itself.
FanDuel Sportsbook partners with Meadowlands Racetrack
Meadowlands Racetrack might be considered the best place for sports betting in NJ- pretty much we are talking about hundreds of people interested in sports betting every week. It’s no surprise that Meadowlands is building an impressive plan in NJ Sports betting.
The first step of a plan was a crucial partnership with Betfair US which recently finalized a purchase of FanDuel Sportsbook. FanDuel’s Brick and mortar sportsbook was opened on July 14 at the Meadowlands Racetrack meanwhile its betting software was ready by September 1. FanDuel website features a promo that will double your deposit of up to a $100
Ocean Resort Casino
Atlantic City’s newest casino- Ocean Resort Casino is not going to miss out on NJ betting market. Players can easily wager within the halls of the casino in AC. Prior to the launch of the casino, company officials highlighted that ORC will be sports betting friendly and their goal is to make it the best place for sports betting in Atlantic City. Ocean Resort Casino is partnered with William Hill, the same operator that is working with Monmouth Park, meaning there is no mobile wagering app or an online betting website to offer sports betting to NJ players
Hard Rock AC
It was well known that Hard Rock is joining NJ Sports betting industry long before the official launch of the casino despite the legal restriction due to their affiliation with Miami Dolphins. In other words, Hard Rock will have to operate through a 3rd party operator. In July a deal with Bet 365 was announced. Bet365 is an English giant that is yet to enter US betting market. Nevertheless, the details of the deal are not clear since Bet365 does not operate any software or land-based sportsbook within the US territory. So far it seems that both parties are exploring their options.