Since 2018, New Jersey residents have enjoyed legal online sports betting, and many consider the state to be home to the country’s best online sports betting industry.

There are currently 21 sports betting apps available in the state, and residents can bet on sports at several retail locations throughout the state.

Here’s a complete overview of online sports betting in New Jersey, including recent news, sports betting laws, and where you can bet.

Details About Sports Betting in New Jersey

  • There are nearly two dozen legal sports betting apps available in New Jersey, giving residents and visitors access to a great variety of options.
  • New Jersey’s online sports betting industry had its first $1 billion month in September 2021 and broke this record just a month later, solidifying it as one of the most competitive and fastest-growing sports betting markets in the country.
  • Following a favorable ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, New Jersey signed an updated betting bill into law in 2018. This paved the way for the state’s first retail sportsbooks to open in June of that year, with online sportsbooks launching in August.
  • While New Jersey bettors are allowed to bet on out-of-state collegiate sports, they cannot bet on in-state colleges. In November 2021, New Jersey voters rejected an expansion that would allow in-state college betting.

Recent Sports Betting News in New Jersey

Sports betting in New Jersey has been legal since 2018 and has grown to become one of the largest and most competitive in the country. In recent months, the sports betting industry has reported record-high handles. (A handle is the amount of wagers accepted over a period of time like the Super Bowl which has one of the largest handles each year.) Here are some of the most recent developments in the New Jersey online betting industry:

  • April 29, 2022: Kindred announces its plans to launch its platform in New Jersey in late 2022 as part of its effort to improve the Unibet product in the United States.
  • April 20, 2022: It’s reported that the New Jersey sports betting industry surpassed $1 billion in handle in March, marking the sixth time in seven months the industry passed this threshold.
  • March 25, 2022: BetMGM is fined $25,000 for taking bets on in-state college basketball games, which goes against the state’s gambling laws.
  • March 4, 2022: DraftKings is fined $150,000 by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement for allowing an individual from Florida to bet in New Jersey via proxy, which violates the state’s betting laws.
  • Feb. 24, 2022: TwinSpires, previously one of the online sportsbooks available in the state, announces that it will close down its online sports betting operation.
  • Feb. 1, 2022: The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement gives Esports Entertainment Group approval to launch a betting platform dedicated to esports betting, making it the state’s first dedicated esports betting platform.
  • December 2021: New Jersey sportsbooks accept $1.23 billion in wagers for the month, marking a 23% increase from the $996.3 million reported in December 2020. Of this $1.23 billion, mobile and online operators handled $1.11 billion, demonstrating bettors’ preference for online betting platforms.

Online Sports Betting Apps Available in New Jersey

With nearly two dozen sports betting apps available in the state, New Jersey residents have more options at their disposal than residents in many other legal betting states. DraftKings was the first app to launch in 2018 and has been followed by several more. Here’s a complete list of the online sports betting apps available in New Jersey:

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) apps let users create their own fictional teams and compete with other users in daily contests to earn cash and other prizes. In some states, daily fantasy sports are considered gambling and are prohibited.

While sports betting has been legal in the state since 2018, daily fantasy sports apps have been legal and regulated in New Jersey since 2017. Residents and visitors can participate in DFS contests by registering with an authorized platform like FanDuel or DraftKings.

How to Place Responsible Sports Bets in New Jersey

If you are 21 or older and located in the state of New Jersey, you can partake in online sports betting by registering with any of the 21 legal and licensed online betting platforms that are currently available in the state. Individuals can bet on most sporting events aside from in-state college sports.

If you plan to participate in online sports betting, keep these tips in mind to gamble responsibly:

  • Always set and stick to a strict gambling budget, and don’t chase your losses.
  • Only use legal, licensed sportsbooks to avoid scams.
  • Set time limits and take breaks when necessary to avoid developing problematic gambling habits.
  • Don’t place any bets while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • If gambling is starting to impact your personal and/or professional life, consider stopping immediately and seeking help to address your gambling problem.

Online sports betting may be a fun hobby for many, but for some, it can develop into a problematic habit that negatively impacts their personal and professional lives. If you think you are developing a gambling addiction, contact the National Council on Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 for assistance.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement also provides access to several responsible gaming resources for those with problematic gambling habits. Individuals might also consider registering for self-exclusion to opt-out of all internet-related gambling in New Jersey.

New Jersey Sports Betting FAQs

Editor’s note: Information accurate as of May 2022.


How old do I have to be to bet online in New Jersey?

You must be 21 or older to bet online in New Jersey. You must also be 21 to place bets at any of New Jersey’s retail sportsbooks.


Do you need to be a resident of New Jersey to place bets online?

No, you do not need to be a resident of New Jersey to place bets online; however, you do have to be physically located in the state when placing a wager. Online sportsbooks use geolocation technology to verify your location before letting you place a bet.


Who regulates the online sportsbooks in New Jersey?

There are two bodies charged with regulating online sportsbooks in New Jersey: the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The former is responsible for granting licenses and holding appeal hearings from Gaming Enforcement investigations, while the latter is responsible for ensuring that fair gaming is taking place in the state.


Is it safe to use online sportsbooks apps in New Jersey?

Yes, it is safe to use online sportsbooks apps in New Jersey. To ensure a safe sports betting experience, make sure to only use one of the legal and authorized sportsbooks available in the state.