Last updated on March 30th, 2023
At the time of writing, greyhound betting is not currently available with any of the top sportsbook operators in the state of New Jersey. In fact, in the US as a whole, greyhound racing is slowly but surely being phased out of existence, so it’s no surprise that betting on greyhounds isn’t widely available.
Greyhound racing is still prominent in other countries around the world, however. So, on the off chance that the ability to bet on greyhound racing makes an unlikely return to New Jersey and the US as a whole, we’ll provide you with an expert overview below.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about greyhound betting…
Top Sports Bookmakers for Betting Greyhounds
As we’ve already stated, there are not currently any top bookmakers offering the ability to bet on greyhound racing in New Jersey. There are plenty of places where you can bet on horse racing, which remains hugely popular in the US, but greyhound betting odds are much more difficult to find. If you’re wanting to get involved in sports betting in the state of New Jersey, the good news is that there is no shortage of options. Some of the top bookmakers include:
- BetMGM Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- BetRivers Sportsbook
- UniBet Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
These are just some of the top sportsbook operators in the state that our sports betting experts recommend. Regardless of whether you’re a betting pro, or a betting novice.
How to Bet in Greyhounds
When you’re in a country or state in which gambling is legal and greyhound betting is available, it’s as straightforward as betting on pretty much any other sport. In terms of a closest comparison, horse racing is the most similar to greyhound betting. In order to place a bet on greyhounds, all you have to do is:
- Go to the sportsbook betting site of your choice
- Head to the A-Z section of sports
- From the list locate “Greyhounds” and click on it
- Find the race you want to bet on and click on it
- Choose the greyhound you want to back to add it to your betslip
- Go to the betslip and enter the amount to want to bet
- Click “place bet” and wait for confirmation
It’s as simple as that! This applies to pretty much any sports bet that you place with any online sports bookmaker.
Which Markets to Bet in Greyhounds in New Jersey
With greyhound betting, there’s a set of markets that you’ll find with any bookmaker offering odds. Those markets are:
- Win bet – a straight up bet on a specific greyhound to win a race.
- Place bet – a bet on a specific greyhound to finish either first or second. With more chance of a win, the odds are understandably less than a win bet.
- Show bet – a bet on a specific greyhound to place in the top three of a race. Again, the odds will be shorter than that of a win or regular place bet.
- Across the board – a special kind of bet that merges all of the three markets above together as a kind of parlay bet. If your greyhound wins, all three bets are paid out. If it comes second, only the place and show bets are paid out. And if it finishes third, only the show bet is paid out.
Markets to Bet Greyhounds around the World
The markets mentioned above are pretty much standard around the world for greyhound betting. However there are some other bet types that you can place such as:
- Forecast – a bet on two specific greyhounds to finish first and second in a specific order.
- Reverse forecast – similar to a regular forecast, however either of the two greyhounds you choose can come first or second in any order.
- Tricast – picking the greyhounds who will finish first, second and third in a race in the exact order.
- Combination tricast – you pick three greyhounds and these can finish in any order so long the three you choose finish first, second and third.
Obviously, the bets in which you attempt to predict the correct winning order of the greyhounds comes at the biggest odds, but comes with the biggest risk. That’s why the other options are often fancied, to help avoid an agonizing loss.
Glossary in Betting on Greyhounds
If you’re new to greyhound betting or watching greyhounds live, you may hear some terminology that you’re not very familiar with. That’s why our experts have compiled this easy to use glossary, to help you understand some of the colloquialisms associated with the sport.
Accumulator – another term for a parlay bet. A bet involving multiple selections. All must win in order for the bet to be settled as a winner.
Ante-post – a bet on a race in the future.
AGTO – an acronym for the American Greyhound Track Operators Association, a non-profit corporation made up of the owners and operators of greyhound race tracks.
Banker – a greyhound that is highly expected to be the winner of a race. Will usually come at very short odds.
Bookie – short for bookmaker, the people who facilitate and accept bets either online or in person.
Box – an alternative name for a “trap” i.e. the starting position of a greyhound.
Canadian – a special type of bet that consists of 26 separate bets. It’s a combination of; 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five 4-folds and one 5-fold accumulator.
Escape turn – a slang term for the first turn in a greyhound race.
Forecast – a bet on the greyhounds who will finish exactly first and second.
Going – the condition of a racetrack.
Grade – the level of the race.
GROC – an acronym for The Greyhound Race of Champions, the most prestigious event in American greyhound racing, it is sponsored by the AGTOA.
Interference – physical contact which is deemed to be intentional and obstructs or impedes the running of another greyhound. After being called for interference, a greyhound must run in a non-wagering race before he can compete again.
In the money – a first, second, or third place finish.
Jackpot – pick six winners of six races and win a jackpot. Check the rules of each racetrack before participating.
Kennel – a business that looks after and cares for greyhounds.
Lay – to bet against a particular greyhound in a race.
Lead out – a handler who parades the greyhound before a race and gets it to its starting position.
Lure – a mechanical device attached to an arm that is electronically driven around the track in order for the greyhounds to focus on something to chase. Usually it is a stuffed rabbit.
Muzzle – a device that is fitted over the mouths of all greyhounds at a racetrack. They have a white tip, which is designed to help tell the winner in a photo finish.
NGA – an acronym for the National Greyhound Association, made up of greyhound owners, breeders and trainers; recognized as a registry for racing greyhounds in the United States.
Odds – the price of a greyhound to win a race, place or show, set by the bookmaker.
Place – the first two greyhounds across the finish line are the ones who place.
Rag – the outsider of a field (could also be called an underdog).
Reverse forecast – a bet on two greyhounds to finish first and second in either order.
Single – a straight bet on a specific greyhound to win a race.
Sire – the father of a greyhound.
Steam – when the price of a greyhound shortens rapidly. Usually a sign that lots of people are betting on it.
Trap – the boxes that greyhounds start their races from, usually assigned by a number.
Tricast – a bet on three specific greyhounds to cross the line in exact order.
WGRF – an acronym for the World Greyhound Racing Federation, the worldwide promotion association for the sport.
Wire – the finish line of a race.