Horse Racing in New Jersey
What horse racing tracks currently exist in New Jersey?
The state of New Jersey today has just one major thoroughbred racing track and two major harness racing facilities:
- The Meadowlands (Harness)
- Freehold Raceway (Harness)
- Monmouth Park
The origins of horse racing in the Garden State go all the way back to 1853 and the earliest races at Freehold. Pari-mutuel racing was established in New Jersey in 1941. The mid-twentieth century was arguably the golden age of horse racing in the state, with multiple thoroughbred racing tracks in operation including the now-defunct Garden State Park and Atlantic City Race Course.
While the rise of the Atlantic City casinos created significant competition for New Jersey racetracks, the state still has a significant place in the sport. To this day, The Meadowlands in home to the Hambletonian Stakes, thought of as the “Kentucky Derby of harness racing.” Additionally, the Haskell Invitation Stakes, held annually at Monmouth Park, is one thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious event.
Sports Betting in New Jersey
Is sports-betting legal in New Jersey?
Sports betting in New Jersey launched in 2018 and quickly established itself as one of, if not the biggest, states in the union for gambling on sports. Following nearly a decade of court battles with the major professional sports leagues that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed sports betting into law in June of 2018. Online sportsbooks first went live the in the Garden State the following month.
When can I bet on sports in New Jersey through TwinSpires?
Betting on sports in New Jersey became available in early 2019 by TwinSpires’ BetAmerica platforms.
Churchill Downs Incorporated has offered sports betting online for players in New Jersey since February of 2019 through the BetAmerica brand. The BetAmerica brand is currently transitioning into the larger TwinSpires brand. Existing BetAmerica online players can continue to utilize the BetAmerica platform as normal before a seamless migration to TwinSpires in the first half of 2021.
What sports can I bet on in New Jersey?
New Jersey allows sports wagering for your favorite professional and most collegiate sporting events! However, betting is not permitted on collegiate teams that are based out New Jersey such as Rutgers and Seton Hall. Additionally, collegiate events hosted within the state of New Jersey may not be wagered on. Additionally, when wagering at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, bets on the Houston Rockets are “off the board” because the owner of the casino, Tilman Fertitta, also owns the Rockets.
- National Football League (NFL)
- National Basketball Association (NBA)
- Major League Baseball (MLB)
- College Football (NCAAF)
- College Basketball (NCAAB)
- National Hockey League (NHL)
- Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
- Auto Racing (NASCAR)
- Horse Racing
- and more!
What types of sports bets can I make in New Jersey?
You may place sports bets online in New Jersey through any of the traditional bet types listed below:
- Moneyline Betting
- Over/Under Betting
- Futures Betting
- Spread Betting
- Props Betting
- Runline Betting
How does New Jersey sports betting work?
Bettors in New Jersey have the option to place bets in person at a wide variety of licensed casinos and racetracks throughout the state.
Online customers may choose to play through any preferred sports betting operator that has been approved by the state (such as TwinSpires). Then, through a corresponding smartphone app or website, bettors may place wagers so long as they are physically present within the borders of the State of New Jersey. Online sportsbook account for the majority of the sports betting action in the Garden State, as the January 2021 numbers below indicate (source: Bookies.com):
- January 2021 Total Handle (NJ): $958.718M
- January 2021 Mobile Handle (NJ): $886.656M
New Jersey Sports Betting FAQ
The legal age for sports betting in New Jersey is 21, like most states throughout the United States. Additionally, employees, coaches, athletes, or other individuals associated with professional and/or collegiate sports teams are not permitted to bet.
One does not have to be a resident of New Jersey to bet on sports while physically present in the state.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement licenses and regulates all legal sportsbooks in the state.
If playing through a licensed online sports betting operator, residents and visitors to the State of New Jersey may place wagers from anywhere via a computer or smartphone, so long as they are within the geographic boundaries of the state.
Those wishing to place bets in person may do so at any one of the New Jersey casinos and racetracks which offer physical sportsbook locations.
Mobile sports betting has been available through the Churchill Downs Incorporated-owned BetAmerica online platform since February of 2019. The BetAmerica platform will be seamlessly merged into the TwinSpires brand and experience in the coming months.
TwinSpires players have numerous options for funding their accounts. These options include:
- ACH deposit
- Online banking
- Credit Card (VISA or MasterCard only)
- Twinspires Prepaid Play+ Card
- Check or money order
Find complete information on all of these options at: https://support.twinspires.com/hc/en-us/articles/360056572252-Funding-Options-FAQ
Withdrawals from online wagering accounts with TwinSpires can be done online or by phone. Funds can be withdrawn in the following ways:
- via check
- via bank transfer through PayPal or EZ Money
Find complete information on withdrawal options at: https://support.twinspires.com/hc/en-us/articles/360055490731-How-can-I-make-a-withdrawal-from-my-online-wagering-account-
Historical Sports Betting Moments in New Jersey
After leading the way for the legalization of gambling on sports in individual states following a near-decade-long court battle, New Jersey today leads the country (even Nevada) in sports betting. In 2020, with so many people stuck at home with less entertainment options, mobile betting exploded. Over the course of the year, roughly $6 Billion was wagerd on sports in New Jersey, including a record-setting total in December:
Figures released Wednesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show the state’s nine casinos and three horse tracks that accept sports bets took in over $996 million worth of such wagers in December, the latest in a string of monthly records for U.S. sports betting.A Record Year for NJ Sports Betting; Casinos, Not So Much – U.S. News & World Report
Betting on the Jets? Not for the Faint of Heart
It’s been a rough run for the “New York” Jets (based in New Jersey) for quite some time now. Even those looking to bet on the typical underdog Jets with the points have be ready for wild swings during any given game. A 2014 matchup between the Broncos and Jets epitomized this phenomenon.
Going into the game, the underdog Jets were getting a healthy 9.5 points against the spread. Nonetheless, things looked dire for those favoring the Jets as the Broncos took a commanding 24-7 lead into the third quarter. But suddenly, the New York team came to life, scoring ten unanswered points and then getting the ball back with less than a minute to go in the game. Those who took the Jets at +9.5 (and those who bet on the “under” as the O/U line was set at 46) were feeling good.
Alas, those newfound hopes were quickly snuffed out as Geno Smith threw a wayward pass from his own end zone that Aqib Talib picked off at the 22-yard line without a Jets receiver anywhere near by. After trotting into the end zone, suddenly the Jets no longer had the cover, and Under bettor were busted as well with the final score at 31-17 (48 points).
New Jersey Online Casinos
Is online casino gambling legal in New Jersey?
Governor Chris Christie signed a bill legalizing and regulating the existence of sanctioned online gaming sites in 2013. The caveat was that all sites had to partner with existing casinos in Atlantic City, which were in a very rough position financially at the time. Following the launch of the first round of gaming sites in November of that year, early growth was limited due to technical issues and a lack of options.
In 2018, the legalization of sports betting gave a boost to the gaming industry in New Jersey as whole, as did a number of technological improvements.
Today, TwinSpires customers can play online casino games at NJ.BetAmerica.com, which works in partnership with the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City. The entire BetAmerica platform will soon be seamless integrated into the TwinSpires experience and brand.