Sports Betting and Online Casinos Now Legal in New Jersey

Whether you like betting on sports or playing any number of slots or casino games, you can gamble online anywhere in the state from your mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

Sports betting has actually been approved in New Jersey since the beginning of 2012, after voters approved it by a strong majority. Chris Christie was then governor, and he was a major force behind efforts to legalize betting in NJ. But the National College Athletic Association opposed the legislation and took Christie to court. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that states may decide on the legality of sports betting within their boundaries. Governor Phil Murphy signed sports betting into law in June 2018.

In 2013, online gambling was legalized in New Jersey. Online casinos must be sponsored by a physical casino in Atlantic City. Often, the online casinos are just the online face of land-based casinos, as is the case with Borgata’s and Golden Nugget’s online casinos. Other online casinos, such as 888 and PartyCasino, have partnerships with physical casinos. As of now, you cannot legally place money at a casino from outside the state. That means you must be physically located within New Jersey state lines while playing. However you can open an account from anywhere in the U.S. and put money in your account from another state. The law only prohibits your from playing at a New Jersey-based online casino while you are out of the state.

Geolocation software is used to specify your location based on your IP address (if using a computer) or GPS (if on a mobile device). This is to verify that you’re physically within the legal area.

You must be 21 or older to place online bets or casino games in New Jersey. Online casinos generally ask for the last 4 digits of your social security number to verify your age.

Most online casinos offer both sportsbooks and play of casino games. You many have to download separate apps for online sportsbooks and casinos, but generally you can share an account so you can seamlessly transition between the two apps.

While some offshore sites advertise their casinos and sportsbooks to U.S. residents, these are not legally approved. This offers players little or no legal options in the case of foul play. For that reason, fewer and fewer credit card companies are allowing customers to place funds in offshore banks.