The Rise of Sports Gambling in New Jersey

Unsurprisingly, with the recent legalization of sports gambling at the federal level and in the state of New Jersey, we have seen the popularity of sports gambling and eSports grow considerably in the Meadowlands, Atlantic City, and all throughout the state. From this summer’s World Cup to the current NFL season and the upcoming NHL and NBA seasons, sports gambling has been and is still spreading to vast new audiences of sports fans.

Where People Bet On Sports

In New Jersey, there are a number of popular destinations for sports bettors to place their wagers. One of the most popular sportsbooks in the state is located at the Meadowlands Racetrack, while the first location to officially accept sports wagers in New Jersey was the Monmouth Park Racetrack. Other popular locations to place sports bets are at the various casinos in Atlantic City, including the new Ocean Resort and Casino.

Although in-person sports betting is incredibly popular, the number of sports bets placed online is enormous. With such easily accessible online sportsbooks, sports and eSports gambling in Monmouth County and throughout the state is becoming the new norm for many fans.

What Are People Betting On

From this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia to professional and college football, sports fans are placing bets on a large variety of sporting competitions. Each of the five largest sports organizations (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and the NCAA) allow sports gambling to some extent. While some limitations are in place; for instance, New Jersey residents can not place wagers on New Jersey teams like Rutgers Football at the moment, overall sports betting is legal and widely popular.

The Popularity of Sports Betting in New Jersey

Why You Should Care

As sports gambling continues to grow, we at the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey expect to see a steady increase of disordered gamblers, and we will do everything we can to get them the resources and support they need. While sports gambling is not evil in nature, it does spread gambling to new audiences, which poses a threat to those unaware of the damaging consequences of allowing gambling to take over one’s life.

If you or a loved one becomes heavily involved in sports gambling, there are people who can help. Explore our online resources or contact our 24/7 confidential helpline, 800-GAMBLER.


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