New Jersey Gambling Guide

The State of New Jersey, also known as the “Garden State” is the 11th-most populous state, with 9 million residents as of 2018.

New Jersey is centered between Boston and New York City to the northeast, and Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., to the southwest.

New Jersey is home to Atlantic City which is known for its casino industry and beaches. The city has struggled with a declining economy in the last few decades but gambling and especially internet gambling has helped improve the economy and create new jobs.

Gambling History

Gambling in the state of New Jersey goes way back to the early 19th century when horse racing and other types of gambling were legalized to help fund the school system which led to several schools opening up in the state.

New Jersey has been ahead of the game when it comes to gambling. The state started legalizing gambling in the 1950's and fully legalized the industry by the 1970's.

Casino gambling first appeared on the ballot for New Jersey voters in 1974 but it did not receive enough support to make it legal.

The issue appeared again on the ballot in 1976 but now limiting gambling to Atlantic City. The voters approved of the second referendum when approximately 1.5 million voters were in favor of it while 1.14 million opposed it.

Resorts International casino was the first operator to open its doors on May 26, 1978 and continues to operate in the state today

Sports Betting

The issue of sports betting was first put on the ballot in November of 2011 for New Jersey voters to decide on. The voters were in favor of sports betting coming to the “Garden State” and the Sports Wagering Act of 2012 was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

However, the excitement would be short-lived as the major sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NHL and NCAA) challenged the law and filed a lawsuit to stop sports betting from becoming a reality in the state.

This back and forth with the major sports leagues continued on until New Jersey was granted a hearing with the US Supreme Court.

New Jersey received support by the American Gaming Association and almost 20 states who had filed an amicus brief supporting New Jersey in getting sports betting legalized.

This led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) getting overturned therefore opening up the sports betting market in the United States.

Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111 on June 11, 2018 which legalized sports betting at casinos and racetracks within New Jersey.

DraftKings became the first company to launch its licensed online sports betting operation in New Jersey on August 6, 2018.

Online Gambling

Poker

Online gambling was first introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak on January 11, 2010. Senator Lesniak introduced Senate Bill 3167 which would allow internet wagering in Atlantic City under certain circumstances.

The Bill received bi-partisan support but was vetoed by Governor Chris Christie in March 2011. Many thought the veto was politically motivated while the governor stated that he feared the legislation could expand unregulated casino-style gambling throughout the state.

Senator Lesniak along with Senate colleague and co-sponsor James Whelen (D – Atlantic City) introduced Senate Bill 1565 and its companion, Assembly Bill 2578, in February 2012.

Assembly Bill 2578 received strong support in the New Jersey Assembly passing by 48-24 margin and moving it to the Senate floor where it passed with a 33-3 margin.

The Bill made its way to Governor Christ Christie desk on February 7, 2013 but he conditionally vetoed it expressing some concerns with the language. Senator Lesniak was encouraged by the governor’s statement who expressed support of online gambling but had requested a few minor changes.

Senator Lesniak went straight back to work in February 2013 to modify the existing Bill which included bumping up the tax rate on casinos' online winnings from 10 percent to 15 percent.

The final version of the Bill AB 2578 (sponsored by John J Burzichelli, Vincent Prieto and Ruben J Ramos) was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie on February 26, 2013 after the Bill passed the Assembly by a margin of 68-5, and the Senate by a vote of 35-1.

Online gambling was now legalized in the state of New Jersey

Caesars Entertainment filed its application in April 2013 to obtain a license in the state to roll out its online gambling platform. And by July of 2013, all 12 Atlantic City casinos had applied for an online gambling license in the state.

November 26, 2013 was a big day for New Jersey’s online gambling operators as they launched their platforms in the state. This made New Jersey the third (and most dense) state in the country to roll out online gambling within its state borders.

Governor Chris Christie announced on October 13, 2017 that the state of New Jersey would partner with Nevada and Delaware to allow players between the three states to play against each other online. This was an unprecedented event that would have huge impacts on the industry.

Types of gambling available in New Jersey

Type of GamblingLegalizedDescription
Casino Gambling✅ YesThere are currently nine fully licensed casinos in the State offering table games and slots
Live Poker✅ YesThere are currently six live dealer/poker rooms in New Jersey.
Live Sports Betting✅ YesSports betting is legalized in the state of New Jersey and there are currently 10 operators accepting sports betting
Lottery Gaming✅ YesThe lottery is legal and has been since 1969
Bingo Gaming✅ YesBingo games are legalized in the state
Online Casino✅ YesOnline casino gambling was legalized in 2013. NJ was the third state to legalize online casinos and there are currently 20 operators in the state
Online Poker✅ YesOnline poker was legalized in late 2013. There are currently four networks and seven online poker operators in NJ
Online Sports Betting✅ YesOnline sports betting was legalized in late 2018. There are currently 13 online sports betting operators and more are coming
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)✅ YesDFS was legalized in mid-2017.

List of Casino Operators

Land-based CasinoOnline CasinoOnline PartnerOnline Poker
Bally’s Park Place❌ No❌ N/A❌ N/A
Borgata✅ YesBorgata
Party Casino/Poker
Pala Online
PlayMGM
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
Caesars✅ YesCaesars
888 Casino/Poker
WSOP
Harrah’s
❌ No
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
❌ No
Golden Nugget✅ YesGolden Nugget
Betfair Casino
BetAmerica
SugarHouse Casino
❌ No
✅ Yes
❌ No
❌ No
Hard Rock Atlantic City✅ YesHard Rock Casino❌ No
Ocean Casino Resort✅ YesOcean Casino❌ No
Resorts Casino✅ YesResorts Casino
PokerStars NJ
Mohegan Sun
❌ N/A
✅ Yes
❌ No
Tropicana✅ YesMohegan Sun
Tropicana Online
Virgin Casino
❌ No
❌ No
❌ No

List of Sports Betting Operators

Land-based Sports Betting FacilityOnline Sports BettingOnline Sports
Betting Partner
Bally's Park Place✅ YesCaesars Casino
888 Sportsbook
Borgata✅ YesPlayMGM Sportsbook
Golden Nugget✅ YesGolden Nugget Casino
BetAmerica NJ
Hard Rock Casino✅ YesHard Rock Casino
Harrah’s❌ NoN/A
Ocean Casino Resort✅ YesWilliam Hill
Resorts Casino❌ NoN/A
Resorts Digital Gaming✅ YesDraftKings Sportsbook
BetStars NJ
Resorts Casino
Tropicana Casino✅ YesWilliam Hill
New Meadowlands Racetrack✅ YesFanDuel Sportsbook
PointsBet
Darby / Monmouth Park✅ YesWilliam Hill
SugarHouse

New Jersey Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)

Daily Fantasy Sports was legalized on August 24, 2017 when former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed Assembly Bill 3532 into law.

Under the law, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) will be regulated by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and not the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

A Daily Fantasy Sports operator will be required to pay a 10.5% tax of sports gross revenue to the state of New Jersey on a quarterly basis.

New Jersey Gambling Timeline

1800s

  • Lottery and race horsing was legal in the state of New Jersey

1890s

  • All gambling was illegalized in the state following
  • Gambling was illegal until 1944 but it was not enforced

1939

  • Racetrack gambling was legalized 

1953

  • Voters voted for the legalization of bingo and raffles for non-profit organizations 

1975

  • The legalization of lottery received strong support when 81.5% of New Jersey’s voters were in favor of a referendum creating the New Jersey Lottery 

1976

  • Legalized gambling appeared on the ballot on this year where New Jersey voters approved a referendum that would legalize gambling in the state and voting against it two years earlier 

2013

  • Legalizing online gambling was a hot topic and Assembly Bill 2578 received strong bi-partisan support when it passed the senate 35-1 votes and was a few hours later signed into law by Governor Chris Christie on February 26, 2013 
  • A total of 13 casinos launched their internet gaming sites on November 26, 213

2017

  • New Jersey partnered with Nevada and Delaware to allow players between the three states to play against each other online 

2018

  • The United States Supreme Court dismissed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May of 2018
  • The Supreme Court ruled (6-3) that PASPA was entirely unconstitutional and determined that the states can make their own determination about legalizing gambling. This was a huge win for the entire gambling industry
  • New Jersey legalized sports betting on June 11, 2018 allowing bets at casinos and racetracks
  • DraftKings launched its online sports betting operation in New Jersey on August 6, 2018

New Jersey Online gambling and sportsbetting FAQ 

Yes, we solely partner with and promote licensed operators in the state. We do not promote offshore operators.
No, you do not have to be a resident. You can gamble at the various online gambling operators as long as you are physically within the state borders.
Yes, you have to be 21 years old to gamble except for lottery and Daily Fantasy Sports where the legal age is 18.
Casino, poker, sports betting, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), race tracks and lottery.
No, not that we are aware of. Make sure to follow the policy of the legalized operators.
Yes, there are nine casino operators in the state.
Check out the reviews section of our website which will give you a comprehensive look at current New Jersey licensed operators and guide you to the best one that fits your needs.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as legal advice or instructions. The information you read here is my interpretation of the laws as made available online. We recommend that you seek legal advice from a licensed attorney for further or official guidance.

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