New Jersey offers more online casino options than any other state.
Nearly two dozen NJ online casinos or sportsbooks were in operation at the start of 2020, providing a wide range of betting opportunities from online table games to slots, poker and sports betting.
Whatever your game of choice, Gambling.com can be a valuable resource for all NJ online players. We examine and evaluate every licensed online casino in NJ (not offshore sites, which are unregulated and should not be used). With our recommendations of top sites, evaluations of most valuable bonuses and breakdowns of game selection, Gambling.com can help you navigate the world of NJ online casinos and gambling sites.
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At Gambling.com, we’ve spent years evaluating online casino sites around the world. Our review of New Jersey sites builds on that same methodology and uses the following criteria to determine which sites to recommend:
With nearly two dozen sites to choose from, checking out the specific features and details of every NJ online casino site can be time-consuming and confusing. Fortunately, Gambling.com does the work for you. We examine each online casino and recommend only the best sites so you can enjoy an outstanding online experience no matter your game of choice. Our top selections are based on:
|Golden Nugget||97%||Play Now|
|Party Casino||96.6%||Play Now|
|888 Casino||96.4%||Play Now|
Though a late entry (2019) into a crowded NJ online casino market, Unibet’s excellent payout ratio and growing number of table games and slots is already making the European online casino operator a major player in NJ.
One of the state’s original online casinos is partnered with Virgin and provides solid and steady annual revenue numbers. Benefits from its high payout percentage and user-friendly layout.
The state’s dominant online casino flexes its muscle every month, far outpacing all other competitors by a wide margin in online revenue and total gaming win. Clearly, customers appreciate the 97% payout and huge slots and table game selection.
Another of NJ’s original online casinos, Borgata partner takes advantage of its several live dealer games and high payout to players. Lively colors and graphics help justify this online casino’s name.
Winner of several global gaming awards, Caesars partner 888 offers outstanding software and speed, live dealer games and attractive 96.4 percent payback.
Partnered with powerhouse Golden Nugget, SugarHouse combines a 96.1% payout with a robust game library that includes more than 500 slots.
New Jersey began 2020 with nearly two dozen legal online casinos licensed by the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, all partnered with at least one Atlantic City land-based casino. To play online table games or online slots, simply select an online casino and sign up for an account. Gambling.com’s reviews and recommendations can help guide your search.
The list of legal NJ online casinos and their partners:
|Land-Based Partner||Online Casino||Date Launched||Software|
|Borgata Hotel & Casino||BetMGM||Aug. 1, 2017||GVC|
|Borgata Online Casino||Nov. 26, 2013||GVC|
|Pala Online||Nov. 25, 2014||Pala Interactive|
|Party Casino||Nov. 26, 2013||GVC|
|Scores Casino||Sept. 20, 2017||Pala Interactive|
|Caesars Interactive||888 Casino||Nov. 26, 2013||888|
|Caesars Casino||Nov. 26, 2013||NYX Gaming Group|
|Harrah’s Casino||Nov. 26, 2013||888|
|Hard Rock Hotel & Casino||Bet365||August, 22, 2019||Gaming Innovation|
|Hard Rock Casino||June 28, 2018||Gaming Innovation|
|Unibet Casino||June 4, 2019||SG Digital|
|Golden Nugget AC||BetAmerica Casino||Feb. 7, 2019||SB Tech|
|Betfair Casino||Nov. 26, 2013||Game Account Network|
|Golden Nugget||Dec. 13, 2013||NYX Gaming Group|
|SugarHouse Casino||Sept. 5, 2016||Rush Street Interactive|
|Ocean Resort and Casino||Ocean Casino||July 11, 2018||Game Account Network|
|Resort Casino Hotel||DraftKings||Dec. 17, 2018||Kambi|
|Mohegan Sun Casino||July 23, 2015||NYG Gaming Group|
|PokerStars||March 21, 2016||PokerStars|
|Resorts Casino||Feb. 27, 2015||NYX Gaming Group|
|Tropicana Casino & Resort||Tropicana Casino||Nov. 26, 2013||Gamesys|
|Virgin Casino||Jan. 24, 2014||Gamesys|
In addition to offering online casino games in NJ, this Caesars partner is a major player in online poker. Its NJ poker site shares players with Nevada and Delaware.
Golden Nugget partner offers several progressive slot games options. It’s exclusive online EZ Baccarat game does not shuffle after each hand, helping players track card patterns.
One of the state’s top revenue producers both online and land-based. Owned by MGM Mirage, Borgata online site offers slots, poker and bingo, and has several varieties of blackjack and video poker on its table game menu.
The selection of online slots and table games is vast, including variations of blackjack (some with very low minimums), roulette and video poker. Online poker is available through the WSOP brand.
Part of Caesars Entertainment, which operates Harrah’s online casino. Caesars and Harrah’s use different software, so the sites are not the same. Harrah’s players are automatically enrolled in Caesars’ Total Rewards program.
Partnered with Borgata, PartyCasino offers live dealer games in blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Its Vegas Downtown Blackjack Option is a two-deck game, trimming the house’s already low edge.
Offers a vast selection of slot games, many with familiar names such as Double Diamond, Wheel of Fortune on Tour and Cleopatra. New player bonuses are less restrictive and easier to cash out.
The most dominant NJ online casino by a wide margin, Golden Nugget enjoyed several record-breaking months in 2019. The site offers nearly 600 slot games, the most of any NJ online casino.
New-player bonus offers and promotions are plentiful. Tropicana partner has large mix of table games, including at least six blackjack variants, single-zero roulette with low minimums, and bingo.
Long list of bonus and promotion options from this Borgata partner, which also offers online poker. The Pala Band of Mission Indians is the first Indian tribe to receive an online casino operator license in New Jersey.
Huge library of table games includes nearly 20 video poker options. Slot choices are equally impressive. Partnered with PokerStars for online poker.
Similar platform to partner Resorts, though each offers different bonus programs. More than 500 online games and 400 slots titles are available.
PokerStars’ online casino integrates seamlessly with its poker desktop and mobile device applications. The mobile app is considered among the best among all casino apps. Resorts partner offers fewer tables games than most NJ competitors.
A large number of slots and table games are available on the SugarHouse mobile app. Golden Nugget partner offers a blackjack variant called Blackjack Pro Atlantic City, which allows wagers for as little as 25 cents.
Owner Borgata boasts NJ’s top live poker room at its land-based casino, so no surprise the online poker site has plenty of cash games and tournament play. As for table games, several live dealer games are offered, including blackjack, roulette and baccarat.
Owned and operated by Pala Interactive and partnered with Borgata, Scores has a well-designed and speedy mobile app. Solid selection of slot games.
Hard Rock online launched in July 2018, just a few days after the land-based casino opened where Trump Taj Mahal once stood. Fewer table games than most, but growing number of slots, many with music themes.
Several bonuses to choose from for new players. Table games and slot selection less robust than others, but more games continue to be added.
DraftKings is known more for its sportsbook, and the online casino is embedded in the sportsbook app. Resorts partner offers smaller slot and table game selection, but got a later start.
Online casino owned by Churchill Downs and partnered with Borgata didn’t enter NJ market until 2019. Sports betting-centered site offers large selection of high-limit slots and video poker games.
Longtime European gaming operator partnered with Hard Rock to launch in 2019. Easy-to-navigate site offers two welcome bonuses and is heavy on slots.
Large European online gambling company joined the NJ online casino market in August 2019. Partnered with Hard Rock, Bet365’s online casino and sportsbook are separate platforms, but can share the same e-wallet.
No matter what Android or Apple device you are using or whether you are on a desktop/laptop, the sign-up process is easy and only takes about 10 minutes. Once you’ve selected an online casino, the first step is creating an account. The site will prompt you to the "Sign Up" button and begin the registration process. You will need to provide the following information:
A Social Security number is required for the online casino operator to verify a player’s identity before allowing them to play. This prevents underage players from gambling online as well as other potential fraud. The final four digits of your SSN, combined with your other information, is usually enough to confirm your identity, though some sites may ask for the entire number. The SSN is also used when distributing IRS tax forms on winnings.
If your info doesn’t match up with your SSN, an account cannot be created.
You can create an account from anywhere, but state law requires all players be physically located in the state of New Jersey to play. Online casino operators use geolocation technology to track your location.
Once an account is created, simply deposit funds and you are ready to wager.
Offering bonuses and promotions is the rule, not the exception, for NJ online casinos. And as the number of operators continues to expand, so does the battle to attract new customers, prompting online casinos to spend more marketing and promotional dollars to get them.
The bonuses come in many forms, including welcome, free spins (for slots players), deposit match, no deposit and risk-free, in addition to reload bonuses for existing players. Some casino operators require that you enter a promotional code number to claim your bonus.
Generally, NJ online casinos allow you to claim an initial bonus only once, though you can sign up at multiple sites and claim multiple bonuses.
It’s important to read the fine print on all of these bonus offers. Usually, the bonuses are not redeemable until you play a set number of hands or games. And when eligible to be redeemed, it’s often in specific increments and only after the bonus money was wagered several times.
These are among the most attractive bonuses offered to new players. It is money given to players just for signing up with a NJ online casino site.
While the money is yours, it can’t immediately be withdrawn and generally includes a wagering or "playthrough" requirement within a certain timeframe. Thus, you will have to gamble the bonus at the casino site a set number of times before it’s redeemable. How many times depends on the quality of bonus. The best bonuses require that the bonus dollars be gambled only once, though most require more play than that.
Typical no deposit bonuses are in the $10-30 range, though some can be as high as $100 or more. The latter generally requires significantly more play before you can cash it out.
A deposit bonus rewards new players who fund their accounts by matching their deposit. The matches usually range from 50 to 100 percent, in amounts up to $2,000.
The matches come with a wagering requirement, often from 10 to 30 times the deposit amount. Some of the bonuses require more play in specific games than others. For example, the wagering requirements may be 10 times the bonus on slot play or 25 times the bonus on table games.
Many online bonuses include a time component, giving players seven days, 14 days or longer to meet the wagering requirement or forfeit the bonus.
As online gambling grows, so do the options for online casino deposits. Some examples:
Withdrawing funds should be as hassle-free as deposits. The most common cash-out options at NJ online casinos:
Yes, but generally in a positive way. Atlantic City land-based casinos, battered by increased competition in neighboring states, suffered through a decade-long decline that resulted in the closure of five of the city’s 12 casinos between 2014 and 2016.
Online gambling, and especially the legalization of sports betting in 2018, has provided hope and additional revenue for AC casinos, which now number nine. Total gaming revenue for November 2019 was up 18.9 percent from the previous year, spurred by a 55 percent rise in sports betting revenue.
It’s likely the convenience of online gambling has cut into attendance and non-gaming revenue at AC casinos. But there is also anecdotal evidence that NJ online casinos have created new land-based customers who had been inactive until playing online. In addition, some AC online casinos are offering players hotel stays through promotions and loyalty programs.
Meanwhile, the recent addition of sports betting has brought needed energy and additional revenue to the city’s land-based casinos (and state racetracks). With sports betting expected to continue growing at a brisk pace, momentum may finally be turning up for Atlantic City casinos.
New Jersey was at the forefront of both online gambling and sports betting legalization.
In 2013, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill authorizing licenses for NJ online gaming sites, provided they partner with existing Atlantic City casinos, which were struggling at the time. Nine months later on Nov. 26 (four years before online gambling in Pennsylvania was legalized), 13 online gaming sites officially launched in New Jersey.
Technical glitches and a limited number of mobile options initially hindered the growth and performance of NJ online casino and poker sites. Eventually, improved technology and the introduction of Live Dealer Games, which simulates a land-based blackjack game online, for example, helped lead to stronger demand and increased online revenues and profits.
A big boost was provided to NJ online gambling sites in 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which had prohibited sports betting outside Nevada. The decision ended a seven-year court battle between New Jersey and the NCAA/pro sports leagues for the right to offer sports betting. NJ’s new law authorized legal sports betting both online and at the state’s casinos and racetracks.
After years of legal battles, the Supreme Court recognizes New Jersey’s right to implement the bill and overturns the federal ban on sports betting. The announcement of the decision comes in May and the state takes its first legal bet in June. It is the third jurisdiction to do so, after Nevada and Delaware.
New Jersey joins a compact to pool players for online poker with Nevada and Delaware. The state also officially legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports.
Online gambling is legalized in New Jersey, becoming the first state in the country to have legal online casino gaming. A similar bill, authored by state Sen. Raymond Lesniak was approved by the legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie over concerns over access and regulations.
After overwhelming approval from voters in a statewide referendum, Christie signs a bill allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks, but it is superseded by the federal ban. Christie, Lesniak and a multitude of other elected officials as well as state gaming stakeholders spearhead the multiyear legal battle to uphold the bill.
A referendum approves casinos, but only in Atlantic City, making New Jersey the first state outside Nevada to approve legal casino gaming. Voters went against a similar referendum two year earlier to allow casinos statewide.
The state lottery is created via major referendum vote.
Charity bingo and raffles are legalized following a voter-backed referendum.
Pari-mutuel betting is legalized at state racetracks after a ban of more than 40 years.
New Jersey outlaws all gambling. This ban would last for nearly 40 years.
A racetrack opens at Monmouth Park where parimutuel betting is allowed until the ban of 1897.
New Jersey was at the center of a seven-year court battle to allow sports betting in the U.S. (outside of Nevada) and is now reaping the rewards. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018. A NJ sports betting bill quickly became law and less than a year later in May 2019, New Jersey was already the nation’s sports betting king - the first state to have more money legally bet on sports than Nevada.
The NJ sports betting market has quickly grown to 10 sportsbooks at land-based casinos and racetracks and at least 17 online sportsbooks, which is where the bulk of the action is. In Nov. 2019, more than 86% of the record $562.7 million in New Jersey sports bets was wagered online.
Sports betting also includes legal daily fantasy sports, in which players can draft their own teams and compete against other players on a daily or weekly basis.
|Land-Based Partner||Online Sportsbook||Date Launched|
|Bally’s Casino||888sport||Sept. 10, 2018||Bet Now|
|Caesars||Sept. 6, 2018||Bet Now|
|Borgata Casino||BetMGM||Aug. 22, 2018||Bet Now|
|Borgata Sports||May 14, 2019||Bet Now|
|Hard Rock||Bet 365 NJ||Aug. 30, 2019||Bet Now|
|Hard Rock||Jan. 26, 2019|
|Unibet||Sept. 10, 2019||Bet Now|
|Golden Nugget||BetAmerica||Feb. 7, 2019||Bet Now|
|Golden Nugget||Feb. 19, 2019|
|Meadowlands||FanDuel||Sept. 1, 2018||Bet Now|
|PointsBet||Dec. 11, 2018||Bet Now|
|Monmouth Park||SugarHouse||Aug. 23, 2018||Bet Now|
|TheScore||Sept. 3, 2019|
|William Hill||Sept. 1, 2018||Bet Now|
|Ocean Casino Resort||William Hill||Sept. 1, 2018||Bet Now|
|Resorts Casino||DraftKings||Aug. 6, 2018||Bet Now|
|FoxBet||Sept. 13, 2018||Bet Now|
|Resorts||Jan. 31, 2019||Bet Now|
|Tropicana||William Hill||Sept. 1, 2018||Bet Now|
The New Jersey casinos and racetracks which offer land-based sportsbooks:
|Casino or Racetrack||Sportsbook||Date Launched|
|Bally’s Casino||Wild Wild West Sportsbook||July 30, 2018|
|Borgata Casino||Borgata Moneyline Bar & Book||June 14, 2018|
|Golden Nugget Casino||The Sportsbook||Aug. 15, 2018|
|Hard Rock Casino||Hard Rock Sportsbook||Jan. 30, 2019|
|Harrah’s Casino||The Book||Aug. 1, 2018|
|Meadowlands||FanDuel Sportsbook||July 14, 2018|
|Monmouth Park||Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill||June 14, 2018|
|Ocean Casino Resort||William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort||June 28, 2018|
|Resorts Casino||DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts||Aug. 15, 2018|
|Tropicana Casino||William Hill Sportsbook at Tropicana||Oct. 25, 2018|
Betting is permitted on:
Sports betting is prohibited on any New Jersey college sports team (Rutgers, Seton Hall, etc,); collegiate events played in New Jersey; and high school sports.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) oversees and regulates all land-based and online gambling in the state. Oversight includes license applicant investigations, monitoring casino operations, assuring the integrity of electronic gaming equipment and regulatory protections.
To offer legal casino play, a NJ online gambling site must by licensed by the NJDGE. Offshore betting sites are not licensed by the NJDGE and unregulated, making them risky.
New Jersey online casinos must be partnered with the state’s land-based casinos or racetracks to legally operate. Online license holders can partner with more than one brick and mortar casino.
NEW JERSEY SPORTS BETTING HANDLE MAY vs. APRIL
|May ‘20||April ‘20||Change|
NEW JERSEY SPORTS BETTING HANDLE MAY 2020 vs. May 2019
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Updated June 12
New Jersey lawmakers approved online gambling on Feb. 26, 2013, and Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law later that day. Online sports betting began on Aug. 6, 2018, when DraftKings launched a few months after a U.S. Supreme Court decision cleared the way.
21 years of age or older.
Players must be physically located within the state of New Jersey to play at a NJ online casino or sportsbook. Online operators use geolocation software to verify a customer’s location. When setting up an account, customers must typically install a geolocation plugin.
Yes. Playing for real money is legal at NJ online casinos, which offer all the traditional table games, video slot machines and sports betting at the state’s land-based brick and mortar casinos. Players can wager on their computer or mobile device with NJ online casino apps.
No, there is no residency requirement. But players must be physically located in New Jersey to wager.
As long as you are playing at a state-licensed online casino, your account is safe and secure. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement regulates all online gambling in the state and is responsible for assuring the integrity of all electronic gaming equipment.
At the start of 2020, 22 online casinos were operating in New Jersey, along with more than a dozen online sportsbooks.
All gambling winnings are taxable.
Yes. NJ online casinos utilize mobile-friendly software so that your online experience is as user-friendly on your mobile device as on your computer. Customers need only one account to play on either platform.
They are similar, with both offering traditional tables games such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat, along with online slots and video poker. NJ online casinos offer more variants of those games and provide a faster pace of play.
No one method works best for everybody, but the most popular options are Play+ prepaid cards; bank transfer; e-wallets such as PayPal and Neteller; and credit/debit cards.
Yes. Several NJ online casinos offer free demo versions of their table games and slot machines. This allows players to sample some free spins or play a few hands to become comfortable with the games before playing for real money.
They all do. Online casino operators want to reward their best players and keep them. The VIP programs vary by operator, but generally points or credits are accumulated based on level of wagering. Perks can range from instant cash online, discounts on room stays at the land-based partner, gifts and even vacation trips for the highest-earning VIPs.
For safety and security. All licensed NJ online casino sites and sportsbooks are regulated and overseen by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. You can contact the NJDGE with any complaint or issue. Offshore sportsbooks are not licensed by the state of NJ and operate with little or no oversight. Withdrawing funds from offshore sites may also be difficult because banks can’t knowingly engage in transactions with them.
On May 26, 1978, when Resorts International casino opened for business. Interestingly, NJ gaming laws at the time prevented casinos from operating 24 hours a day. Legal online casinos in New Jersey launched 35 years later in 2013.
Contact the Council of Compulsive Gambling of NJ (800-gambler.org, also the phone number); National Council on Problem Gambling (ncpgambling.org); or Gamblers Anonymous NJ (gamblersanonymous.org). NJ online gambling websites also provide a link for you to self-exclude or set a daily playing time or loss limit. You can also contact the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement and ask them to instruct all state-regulated casinos to bar you from playing for a period of time ranging from a few days to years.
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