Betting Law in New Jersey

Betting Law in New Jersey

New Jersey is one of the few states which started working feverishly to launch physical and online sportsbooks after the US Supreme Court declared the Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) federal law unconstitutional. The first sports betting site in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook, went live on 6th August 2018. Bans and regulations – a short

New Jersey is one of the few states which started working feverishly to launch physical and online sportsbooks after the US Supreme Court declared the Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) federal law unconstitutional. The first sports betting site in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook, went live on 6th August 2018.

Bans and regulations – a short history

New Jersey has a history with some of the least restrictive gambling laws in the United States. Lotteries were common in the city’s past as they helped finance the military and schools, such as the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton University. They were very popular before being outlawed in 1844. In 1976, New Jersey voters came out in support of legalizing casinos and won, but they ended up restricted to Atlantic City. This drove Atlantic City on its path to become one of the most famous betting havens in the world.

After being outside of the law for a long time, a referendum in 2011 made it possible for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign legislation in January 2012, allowing sports within the state. The regulations permitted New Jersey’s twelve casinos and four racetracks to offer gambling on professional and college sports, but prohibited betting on college events played within the state and out-of-state games of New Jersey college teams.

Following a federal lawsuit brought by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Basketball (MLB) against New Jersey sports betting, a United States District Court judge ruled on 2013 in favor of the athletic leagues, barring New Jersey from issuing sports betting licenses. A panel formed from Third Circuit Court of Apples judges voted two to one to uphold the decision, which prompted Chris Christie to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court.

On the 14th of May 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting by the Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional. One month later, on June 11th 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, legalizing sports betting at casinos and racetracks in the state of New Jersey.

New opportunities for New Jersey sports betting fans

Ever since the US Supreme Court decision, the first New Jersey online sports betting sites didn’t cease to appear. Here is a list of the current online sportsbooks:

  1. DraftKings;
  2. FanDuel;
  3. SugarHouse;
  4. playMGM;
  5. William Hill;
  6. Caesars.

And here is the list of the current New Jersey sportsbooks at casinos and racetracks:

  1. Borgata Race & Sports bar (Borgata);
  2. Resorts Sports Book (Resorts);
  3. FanDuel Sportsbook (Meadowlands);
  4. William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort (Ocean Resort);
  5. Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill (Monmouth Park);
  6. The Sportsbook (Golden Nugget);
  7. Wild Wild West Sportsbook (Bally’s).

Monmouth Park was the first one to go live on June 14th and Borgata followed it shortly after, in the same day. At the moment, New Jersey has a total of six apps running on the online sports betting market and eight brick-and-mortar sportsbooks. New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement regulates all the sites.

With its rich history and promising future, New Jersey is on a straight path to becoming the favorite state for the fans of sports betting.

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