NJ sports bettors ready for NFL season kickoff

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Sunday marked the first day of the NFL regular season, and in New Jersey it's a holiday for those who enjoy sports gambling.

New Jersey residents at William Hill Sports Book in Oceanport placed their bets as the season began.

The Jets are playing the Bills and the Giants are playing the Cowboys. Last year, the NFL season app-based betting wasn't available.

Experts say sports betting has grown exponentially, and New Jersey is on its way to surpassing Nevada on how much is wagered.

They say from September 2018 to January 2019, $1.5 billion was wagered in New Jersey compared to $2.7 billion in Nevada.

More than 80% of New Jersey sports bets were made online. New Jersey is one of 13 states where sports betting is legal.

According to statistics from the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, there has been nearly $128 million in sports wagering revenue from the beginning of 2019 through July 2019, with an over $14 million increase in sports wagering gross revenue when comparing July 2018 to July 2019.

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