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Hard Rock Sportsbook Review

Hard Rock is a fine choice for bettors who prefer the slots to sports. That’s because it lacks many of the basic amenities you can get at most other sportsbooks, and the ones it does offer are meh.

Top Takeaways for 2021

After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on Hard Rock Sportsbook:

  • Despite its name, the emphasis at Hard Rock Sportsbook isn’t sports betting — it’s casino games. Everything from app navigation to its below-average odds to the casino-focused contests. The lack of even basic sportsbook features (like odds boosts) is enough to make sports bettors feel like second-tier guests.
  • One distinctive feature is Hard Rock’s free contests and tournaments. They’re free to play, and you can win real money in addition to free play credits.
  • Active Hard Rock Rewards members may find value in accumulating points while betting on sports and playing casino games. That said, other apps that feature hundreds of casino games (such as BetMGM and Golden Nugget) offer a better combination sports betting/casino experience than Hard Rock.

Supported States: Iowa, New Jersey and Virginia.

Casino: Of the states Hard Rock operates in, New Jersey is the only one that has legalized online casino games. Hard Rock’s selection of casino games features 449 slots, virtual table games (such as roulette, blackjack), virtual sports, and virtual poker. (Note: This review focuses on sports betting and not online casino games.)

Overall Summary

Rank: 19th
FeatureHard Rock Sportsbook
Overall 3 Stars
Sports & Bets Offered 4 Stars
Odds 3 Stars
Live Betting 3.5 Stars
Mobile Betting 3 Stars
Bonuses & Promotions 3 Stars
Education 1 Stars
Ease of Use 3.5 Stars

Sports and Bets Offered

Rank: 15th

Hard Rock is an average sportsbook almost every way you measure it. It offers betting on 14 sports (average), around 20 to 30 prop bets for most games (average), and only the most common bet types (aside from daily odds boosts). The one standout is its free-to-play competitions.

Hard Rock’s free contests are similar to ones offered by DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM, but with a twist: Instead of winning free sports betting money, Hard Rock contest winners earn freeplay for online table games. Contests include Survivor Pool contests for the 2020-2021 NFL season, Pick’Em contests, Sports Streak, and free daily trivia contests.

Tournaments: Tournaments are unique to Hard Rock, but likely will only appeal to avid slot machine players. (Contests pit players against one another to see who accumulates the most money on a particular slot during a set period.) Only available in New Jersey, tournaments award free spins to use on online slot machines.

Prop bets: You’ll find an average variety of prop bets (20 to 30) for most sports at Hard Rock. Quick refresher: A prop bet — short for “proposition bet” — is a bet that focuses on something other than the outcome of the game, typically team or player stats. (E.g., “Will Sidney Crosby score over or under 0.5 goals” or “Will Anthony Davis record over or under 13.5 rebounds?”)

Daily odds boosts: The lack of odds boosts is a surprising omission at a sportsbook like Hard Rock. Odds boosts, which are common amongst sports betting sites, are like getting a bonus with a purchase at a retail store. For example, if the odds of LeBron James scoring 30 points is boosted from +110 to +150, you’ll win $1.50 for every $1 wagered instead of $1.10.

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Odds

Rank: 12th

As denoted by the table below, Hard Rock offers good odds on NHL spread bets and NBA moneyline bets. For comparison, if average NHL spread odds on a team are +130 at other sports betting sites, Hard Rock might offer odds at +140. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $1.40 at Hard Rock versus $1.30 at other sites.

Meanwhile, Hard Rock offers below average odds on NCAAB moneyline bets, NFL moneyline bets, NCAAF moneyline bets, and soccer moneyline bets. For comparison, if average soccer moneyline odds on a team are -110 at other sports betting sites, Hard Rock might offer odds at -115. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $.87 at Hard Rock versus $.91 at other sites.

FeatureHard Rock Sportsbook
NFL MoneylineBelow Average
NFL SpreadAverage
NFL TotalAverage
NBA MoneylineGood
NBA SpreadAverage
NBA TotalAverage
NCAAF MoneylineWorst
NCAAB MoneylineBelow Average
Soccer Moneyline Below Average
NHL MoneylineAverage
NHL SpreadGood
NHL TotalAverage

Methodology: To score Odds, Moneyline.com gathered data from 20 sportsbooks over five months. For our 2021 Sportsbook Review, over 34,000 data points were collected for spread, moneyline, and over/under (bets).

Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.

Live Betting

Rank: 18th

While not bad, per se, the absence of certain live betting features prevents Hard Rock from rating higher in this category. Bettors who don’t mind being limited to wagering solely on the outcome of a live game won’t mind the shortcomings. On the other hand, if you want more bet variety and features, prepare to be underwhelmed.

Instant Bets: The ability to bet on the next play of a game or the next point in a match — aka an instant bet — is a scarce feature at Hard Rock. It’s disappointing that wagers on the next drive of an NFL game or the next point of a tennis match aren’t available.

Live Match Tracker: If you’re new to sports betting, a live match tracker is an animated graphic that typically has a live game clock, live score, and shows which team possesses the ball in real-time. For live sports like football, basketball, or soccer, Hard Rock’s match tracker is average, save for one thing — the lack of a running clock. Without a running clock it’s harder to determine whether or not live odds are in sync with the TV broadcast. That’s a feature I’ve come to highly value as a bettor, and the absence of one at Hard Rock left me disappointed.

Live Streaming: Hard Rock does not stream live sporting events through its app. If that’s a must-have, check out FanDuel or Unibet. Due to the high costs of broadcasting games, live streaming is currently limited to international sports such as basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis, and table tennis matches.

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Hard Rock Sportsbook Mobile App

Rank: 17th

Hard Rock’s emphasis on casino games over sports betting is clear from the moment you open its app. Since I primarily bet on sports, the extra 10 seconds it takes to navigate to Hard Rock’s sports betting menu gets tiresome. (If you don’t mind the casino-sports betting blend, I recommend Golden Nugget or BetMGM which boast more online slot machines and a better sports betting experience.)

For a superior mobile sports betting experience, check out FanDuel and DraftKings, both of which offer a wider range of bets, promotions, and access to daily fantasy sports.

Testing note: Unlike most sports betting apps, Hard Rock Sportsbook has separate apps for each state, some of which are still under development. We tested the app for New Jersey on an iPhone 7. There is not currently an app for Iowa residents, who must rely on the Hard Rock website.

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Education

Rank: 20th

If you are looking for a sports betting glossary, a guide on reading odds, or explanations of popular bets, Hard Rock Sportsbook will leave you scratching your head. Hard Rock is one of a select few sportsbooks we’ve reviewed on Moneyline that offers absolutely no betting education.

For sportsbooks that take pride in educating new customers, check out industry leaders PointsBet and 888sport.

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Bonuses & Promotions

Rank: 20th

Here, again, Hard Rock Sportsbook skews toward casino games. Promotions vary by state and whether casino games and/or sports betting is legal. Standouts in the bonuses and promotions category include DraftKings, BetRivers, and FanDuel.

New customers: Hard Rock Sportsbook offers new customers a risk-free bet of up to $100. If a customer’s first bet loses, the sportsbook will refund the amount wagered. (Personally, I prefer first deposit matches over risk-free bets, but I’ll take any bonus.) The $100 risk-free bet at Hard Rock isn’t overly generous when compared to FanDuel and PointsBet which offer risk-free bets up to $1,000 and $500, respectively.


Existing customers: A handful of seasonal promotions were available when this review was written, with all but one of them for casino games, not sports betting.

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Final Thoughts

Hard Rock Sportsbook’s emphasis on casino shows in every aspect of the betting experience. Sports bettors beware: Navigation is poor, the app lacks some basic features you get at most other sports betting apps, and the odds are less attractive than what you can easily find on competitors’ apps. Since casino customers are Hard Rock’s focus, and Hard Rock Rewards Members might find value (and a chance to dabble in sports betting on the side). But, even so, other casino-branded sportsbooks, such as Caesars and BetMGM, offer better odds, better variety of bets, and better promotions than Hard Rock.


About Hard Rock Sportsbook

The Hard Rock franchise owns and operates Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos worldwide, but primarily in the United States. For a full list of casino locations, read more on Wikipedia.

What states is Hard Rock Sportsbook legal in?

Hard Rock Sportsbook is legal in Iowa, New Jersey and Virginia.

What deposit methods does Hard Rock Sportsbook offer?

Deposit options can vary by state. Bettors can currently deposit via credit/debit card, online bank transfer (ACH), PayPal, Skrill, Play+ prepaid cards, and cash at certain casino cages.

FeatureHard Rock Sportsbook
Minimum Deposit$10 - $20
Total Deposit Methods6
No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees Yes
Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card$10/$50,000

What withdrawal methods does Hard Rock Sportsbook offer?

Hard Rock Sportsbook currently processes withdrawals via online bank transfer (ACH), wire transfer, and cash at certain casinos.

FeatureHard Rock Sportsbook
Minimum Withdrawal$10
Total Withdrawal Methods3
Check Payout Speed is < 10 days Yes
No Withdrawal Fees - Check No
Withdrawal Min/Max - Check$10/$100,000

What is the minimum deposit at Hard Rock Sportsbook?

The minimum amount required to open an account at Hard Rock Sportsbook is $10 - $20, depending on what deposit method you use. The minimum withdrawal amount is $10.

What kind of customer support does Hard Rock Sportsbook offer?

Hard Rock Sportsbook offers 24/7 live chat and phone support. The sports betting site also offers email support. When I reset my password via email (resetting passwords will be the death of me), I was forced to call Hard Rock to verify my identity. While I appreciate the emphasis on safety, the process of creating an account and resetting my password took a lot longer than it has at other sportsbooks.

What sports can you bet on at Hard Rock Sportsbook

Hard Rock Sportsbook currently offers bettors the following sports and leagues.

FeatureHard Rock Sportsbook
Total Sports Offered14
Aussie Rules (AFL) No
Baseball (MLB) Yes
Basketball (NBA) Yes
Basketball (NCAA) Yes
Boxing Yes
Cricket Yes
E-Sports No
Football (NFL) Yes
Football (NCAA) Yes
Golf (PGA) Yes
Hockey (NHL) Yes
Horse Racing No
MMA (UFC) Yes
Rugby (League) No
Rugby (Union) Yes
Soccer (EPL) Yes
Soccer (MLS) Yes
Tennis Yes
Sports & Bets Offered 4 Stars

Methodology

For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.

Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.

About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.

As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.




Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.



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