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Sports Betting in New Jersey

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Sports Betting in New Jersey: Online and In-Person

History

The state of New Jersey started advocating for sports betting within the state beginning in 2009. The ensuing court case was a battle - New Jersey vs. the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB. New Jersey argued that the issue of sports betting was a states’ rights matter under the 10th Amendment. The leagues, on the other side, argued that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 prohibited state-regulated sports betting. The state went ahead and passed a sports betting bill in 2012. The sports leagues immediately filed an injunction. After a series of lower court battles lasting almost a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear New Jersey’s case for sports betting in 2017, and the state won a striking victory when the SCOTUS decided in favor of New Jersey, striking PASPA down in full, in May of 2018. The 6-3 majority decision was written by Justice Samuel Alito. Roughly one month later, New Jersey Gov. Murphy signed an updated NJ sports betting bill into law in June of 2018.


Sports Betting Regulations

Every casino and racetrack in the state can offer sports betting, provided they are approved to do so. That includes all of the licensed Atlantic City casinos, as well the three racetracks elsewhere: Monmouth Park, The Meadowlands, and Freehold Raceway. Online sports betting is legal as the New Jersey sports betting law includes online and mobile betting anywhere within the borders of the state. Each casino or racetrack can have as many as three individual brands.


Betting from outside New Jersey State Lines

You must be within the borders of the state of New Jersey to legally bet on sports online, the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement enforces the regulations within the state of New Jersey.


Betting in My State

Sports you can bet on in New Jersey: 

  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NCAAMB
  • NCAAFB
  • Soccer
  • Golf

Sports you can not bet on in New Jersey

You can legally wager on college sports, excluding games involving teams from New Jersey or games taking place in New Jersey.

How to Bet

Step One Find a
Sportsbook
Step Two Register
a New Account
Step Three Fill
Your Wallet

Payment - commonly accepted forms

These are the most accepted forms of payment across online sports betting providers.

Most common

  • Visa Visa
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • AmericanExpress AmericanExpress
  • PayPal PayPall

Less common

  • Neteller Neteller
  • Skrill (Moneybookers) Skrill
  • EcoPayz | EcoCard EcoPayz/EcoCard
  • Bank Wire Bank Wire

Tax Reporting - Wins & Loses

Check with your tax specialist, but in general, if your winnings are above $5,000, the payer, such as a casino or racetrack, is required to withhold federal taxes.  Winners simply add what they won to their income, and they are able to deduct any gambling losses up to the amount of gambling income - as long as they itemize their deductions instead of taking the standard deduction.

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