Legalized sports betting in New Jersey and other states have become such a huge hit to make DraftKings a household word. Even though it’s illegal to bet on the Presidential Election in the US, Draftkings has come up with a solution.
DraftKings Sportsbook is now offering a FREE-to-play Presidential Election Pool with $100K in total prizes.
DraftKings for President
Finding something to temporarily divert attention away from all the bad things that have happened in 2020 isn’t easy.
But for sports fans, one silver lining in all the chaos is that all of the major sports leagues are in action at once. That adds up to betting opportunities galore, and for the more astute handicappers among you, overlay odds and big paydays at NJ gambling websites like DraftKings.
Of course, 2020 is also a presidential election year. So now that the presidential race is entering the home stretch, it is another topic that is front and center on everyone’s mind. And by the way, Sept. 22 was National Voter Registration Day in the US. So, if you haven’t registered yet, be sure to do so ASAP. Every vote in the upcoming election counts!
Also, in case you haven’t heard yet about what DraftKings Sportsbook is doing to make this exciting time even more exciting in the form of a 2020 Presidential Election Pool, it is eager to get the word out.
But the importance of the approaching election isn’t the only reason why DraftKings chose to go ahead with this special promotion.
Is it legal to bet on the Presidential Election in the US?
Betting on elections isn’t legal in the US, but offering prizes in free pools are.
DraftKings and other sportsbooks would love to be able to post odds on the two major candidates for president for you to bet on the presidential election for real money, as the response would probably be phenomenal. But that won’t happen, at least not this year, because even though betting on political outcomes is legal in some countries like the UK, it is illegal in the US.
So DraftKings came up with the next best alternative–political pools. The pools are legal because participating is completely free, so they don’t involve gambling.
Last March, DraftKings received a huge response to a political pool it offered for the Democratic Party debate. It became apparent that Americans are as passionate about politics as they are about sports. So it should come as no surprise that DraftKings wanted to capitalize on this other fascination on the part of the American public.
And its hunch that a pool relating to the November election would also catch on in a big way was spot on. The interest shown so far in the Presidential Election pool is even greater. Even though DraftKings is giving you right up to Election Day to enter, the sportsbook reports that its 2020 free to play Presidential Election Pool is already its second-largest behind only its NFL Survivor Pool, which is also free-to-play.
As Election Day draws closer and closer, the number of people participating will continue to grow. Political pools like this one offer a viable alternative whereby you can still voice your opinion on something that matters to you and win money even when you can’t make a wager.
How the DraftKings $100,000 Presidential Election Pool works
Entering the DraftKings Presidential Election Pool is completely free, so at the very least, it’s a fun way to put your knowledge of the American political scene to the test. But you may surprise yourself and discover that you know a lot more than you thought. Better yet, your political forecasting expertise might not only earn you bragging rights but also award you with a windfall of cash!
But first, you face two tasks:
- Pick the next President of the United States.
- Pick the winning candidate for the following 11 swing states:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
Only one entry is allowed per person. However, your entries aren’t due until November 3, so there is no need to rush. Take the time to do additional research to improve your chances of winning a prize.
Here at NJ Gambling Websites, as Election Day approaches, we may offer you our own insights as well, which might also help you make more correct picks.
Who is eligible to enter the DraftKings 2020 Presidential Election Pool?
The Presidential Pool is open to all registered DraftKings players in New Jersey and other states where the DraftKings app is currently available. Whether or not you also bet on sports doesn’t matter.
How to enter
If you wish to participate, simply log into your account or visit the DFS mobile app. Then go to the Free Pools section and answer the required questions. Then wait to see if you have won.
The pool closes at 5 p.m. ET on Tues., Nov. 3.
Awarding of prizes
All results will be determined by the AP vote count. All prizes, including the top prize of $5,000 will be distributed by 11 a.m. ET on Wed., Nov. 4.
Two-thirds of the Golden Nugget monthly races are now completed. But that means you still have four more monthly races to go, starting with the one that is currently underway–the Golden Nugget September Race.
But the September race is extra special. Therefore, regardless of whether or not you have been competing all year long, hoping to snag a fabulous year-end prize, this is an opportunity that no registered Golden Nugget Online Casino player should miss out on.
For the third time this year–the other two times were in March and June–Everyone’s A Winner!
How the Golden Nugget September Race, where Everyone’s A Winner, works
Many races that are tests of physical endurance had to be canceled in 2020 for safety reasons, while others like the Kentucky Derby got postponed to a later date or took place virtually instead. However, the Golden Nugget races required no adjustment because they are already virtual events.
And, of course, physical endurance (unless you count the ability to play at a furious pace for long stretches of time) hardly matters.
Prizes get awarded based on how high your own play ranks on the weekly, monthly, and yearlong leaderboards when compared to that of the other entrants in the respective races.
Golden Nugget probably also noticed that some players who opted in at the start of 2020 or soon afterward, undoubtedly lured by the huge prizes awarded to the top participants, would drop out.
Presumably, once they realized that their play fell far short of the minimum to be in contention for a prize, they decided, probably correctly, that overbetting their bankroll just to stay in the race wasn’t worth the effort.
But Golden Nugget, being the innovative and creative NJ gambling website that it is, came up with the perfect solution.
How the Golden Nugget September Race differs from most of its other races
During a few months of the year only–and September 2020 is one of those months–every participant who meets the very reasonable minimal requirements, regardless of leaderboard ranking, is guaranteed to win a piece of the prize pool.
Meanwhile, as is only fair, the participants who play the most win the same guaranteed secondary prize as those who finish behind them. But they also win another prize based on where they finish on the leaderboard.
Lastly, Golden Nugget offers another compelling reason to participate in this month’s race.
Instead of fixing the prize pool at $60,000, which is the usual monthly total, or even at the rare amount of $75,000, the total prize pool for the Golden Nugget September race is guaranteed to be at least $100,000.
A bigger prize pool means bigger individual prizes for everybody!
When does the Golden Nugget September race start and end?
The 2020 September race, like all of the Golden Nugget monthly races, started on the first day of the month and continues until 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the month.
Because the month is half over, if this were a regular monthly race, unless you have already racked up a lot of leaderboard points from your play so far, your chances for a prize would be slim to none. But this is a race where regardless of what date you join and even if you only play minimally, a prize is guaranteed.
How to participate in the Golden Nugget September “Everyone’s A Winner” race
If you’re a veteran participant in these competitions, you already know the drill and have probably been playing and earning points at a steady clip since the start of the month.
Therefore, if your total play for the month is sufficient, you could win two prizes for your September play. On top of the same secondary bonus money prize that you and everyone else in the race get just for participating, you might win another bigger prize based on where you stand on the leaderboard.
Furthermore, all of the points you earn in September will be added to your total from each of your previous months’ play to count towards your grand total at the end of the year.
Otherwise, when the time comes for Golden Nugget to distribute this month’s whopping $100K or bigger prize pool, you won’t win one of the top prizes, but you won’t walk away from your efforts empty-handed either. In the Golden Nugget September race, everyone’s a winner!
That said, if you’re a registered player at Golden Nugget Online Casino and you’re not already off to the races this month, what are you waiting for? Everyone is welcome, including newcomers as well as old-timers. Participation in previous 2020 races at Golden Nugget is not required.
Here’s what you need to do, if you haven’t already, to get started:
- Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account as soon as possible.
- Go to Available Bonuses and opt into the September 2020 Everyone’s A Winner promotion.
- Make a single deposit of $20 or more.
- Start playing!
How to earn points on the September leaderboard
As the table below shows, you can earn points in two ways: by making deposits of $50 or more and by playing. All casino games and sports wagers count, so feel free to play any games you wish. However, the two fastest ways to rack up points are frequent deposits and slot play.
How much can you win the Golden Nugget September race?
All of the prizes in the Golden Nugget monthly races come in the form of bonus money credited to the player’s account. As mentioned, the prize pool for most of this year’s monthly races has been fixed at $60,000 with the top 500 players each winning a share.
However, in both July and August, Golden Nugget sweetened the pot with an extra $15,000 in prizes and increased the total number of players collecting a prize to 750.
But in September, just like in March and June of this year, the total prize pool is guaranteed to reach at least $100,000!
While the prize pool opened at $85,000, due to the following provisions, there was no way it would stay at that level.
- Each day when at least one player wins $20K or more, Golden Nugget will add $200 to the prize pool.
- Each day when no one wins $20K or more, Golden Nugget will add $1,000 to the prize pool.
Given these conditions, Golden Nugget guarantees that the final prize pool will contain, at the very least, $100,000 but possibly as much as $116,000.
Distribution of prizes
The races with $60K or $75K fixed prize pools still leave many players with no prize at all. But 500 players in the $60K race and 7,500 players in the $75K race do win prizes.
With such a huge number of prizes to award, in contrast to some very attractive prizes for players who finish very high up on the leaderboard, the prizes for those who still qualify for a prize but wind up in the bottom sector, are quite small.
In the September race, however, only the top 20 players on the leaderboard win a prize based on their finish (five more players than in the March and June races which also included the Everyone’s A Winner feature). But (as with the March and June races), there’s not a single small prize in the lot.
Top prizes for the top 20 players
Since what the final prize pool will amount to remains unknown until the end of the earning period (Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m.), the exact amount of each prize remains unknown until then as well.
However, the player who finishes the month on top is guaranteed to win at least $15,000 bonus money. Also, even the player who finishes in 20th place is guaranteed to win at least $250 bonus money.
The following table shows the minimum prize that each of the top 20 players, based on their rank on the September leaderboard, will receive. They might receive more. All prizes are in the form of a guaranteed free play bonus.
Additional secondary prizes
After allocating all of the prizes earmarked for the top 20 finishers in the September race, Golden Nugget will distribute equal amounts of whatever remains in the prize pool to the same 20 players and every other eligible participating player. These secondary prizes will also be in the form of a guaranteed free play bonus.
How to clear the bonus
All prizes will be determined and distributed by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 1.
But because all of the prizes in the Golden Nugget September race come in the form of bonus money, before participants can withdraw their prize(s) or any additional winnings therefrom, additional wagering is required.
Obviously, a cash prize would be preferred given how much wagering has already occurred to qualify. But the good news is that if you clear the bonus with most slots or with sports bets, you only have to wager the bonus 1x, so you incur no further risk to your bankroll.
You also get to choose the type of bonus you prefer: either a casino bonus or a sports bonus. However, you must pick one or the other. You cannot take both.
If you pick the casino bonus, you can satisfy the wagering requirement with any game you wish. However, your best bet is to stick to slots since they are the only type of casino game that counts 100 percent. As long as you avoid the 21 slots listed on the Golden Nugget website as “excluded games,” you only have to wager the bonus 1x. Otherwise, if you choose roulette, video poker, or table games, your wagering requirement increases to 4x the bonus, and if you choose any of the 21 excluded slots, your wagering requirement increases to 5x the bonus.
Golden Nugget now offers over 700 slots, so deciding which one to play won’t be easy. But rather than taking your chances with any random slot, we recommend that you check the return to player (RTP) of any slot game you are considering first.
You can get this information simply by opening the “i” tab accompanying each game. Then only play games with an RTP of 96 percent or higher. It won’t guarantee a winning outcome, but it gives you a better chance.
Alternatively, you can choose the sports bonus. With all of the major league sports back in action in a big way, this might be your most attractive option of all right now, especially since sports bets also carry the token wagering requirement of just 1x the bonus.
Golden Nugget Weekly Missions and yearlong Million Dollar Race
Besides the 12 monthly races, Golden Nugget Online Casino offers many more opportunities to win prizes in its Weekly Missions. And for serious players, there’s the yearlong Million Dollar Race awarding the top 50 players for the entire year the biggest prizes of all. The Promotions section of the Golden Nugget website includes detailed information about these additional opportunities to win.
The bottom line
If you read NJ Gambling Websites regularly, you have probably seen my articles describing the various monthly races that Golden Nugget held in previous months this year. Typically, I caution readers to base your decision about whether or not to participate on your bankroll and level of play.
No matter how big the prizes are, no promotion warrants seriously overbetting your bankroll and exceeding your comfort zone playing. And these races clearly call for a lot more play than the average person can afford.
Therefore, if you honestly believe you have a realistic chance of ranking high enough on the leaderboard to win a prize, go for it. If not, my advice is to save your money and take advantage of other Golden Nugget promotions that offer better bang for your buck.
But this race is different. Even if you have zero chance of racking up a competitive finish in the other races, you should still take part in the September race. This time all you have to do is deposit $20 and over the course of the month earn 50 points, and you’re in the money! That’s because Everyone’s a Winner!
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If you’re one of the countless numbers of people who enjoy watching and following and perhaps betting on major sports, either on a casual basis or as an avid fan, the media giant ESPN needs no introduction.
If you’re a sports bettor and have access to the NJ sportsbooks, another name that should need no introduction is DraftKings.
A brief history of DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey
DraftKings Sportsbook is headquartered in Boston. The site was established in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish, and Paul Liberman.
However, it is important to note that DraftKings got its start strictly in the area of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). In fact, even when full-scale sports betting was illegal not only in New Jersey but in virtually all US states, DraftKings was able to establish its presence legally in certain jurisdictions as a daily fantasy sports operator.
DraftKings debuted in New Jersey, but strictly as a DFS site, in August 2017. It became the 16th state to do so.
A year later, on Aug. 6, 2018, the company made an even bigger name for itself in New Jersey. Two months after sports betting became legal in this state, it became the first operator to launch an online sportsbook and mobile app for NJ players to go along with its already existing separate DFS offerings. You can read all about the DraftKings NJ digital sportsbook here on NJ Gambling Websites.
Then in November 2018, DraftKings followed up with a retail sportsbook at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
Today DraftKings ranks as one of the top generating sportsbooks in New Jersey. Furthermore, as DraftKings’ first ever full-scale digital and retail sportsbook, it has served as the model for the growing list of other DraftKings sportsbooks that have launched subsequently in other states, including West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and more. DraftKings has also expanded into the international market, currently offering DFS products in eight foreign countries.
DraftKings official partnerships with the major leagues–and now ESPN
Now that an increasing number of US states have legalized or are working on legalizing sports betting, the major leagues have no choice but to embrace it. Thus, it is no surprise at all that DraftKings has already entered into multiple partnerships with the major leagues. DraftKings is the official DFS partner of the NFL, MLB, and PGA Tour, an authorized gaming operator of the NBA and MLB, and an official betting operator of the PGA.
But that’s not all. As of Sept. 14, 2020, DraftKings has also partnered with ESPN.
What the multi-year co-exclusive content agreement between DraftKings and ESPN entails
According to a Sept. 14, 2020 press release from DraftKings, the two organizations have entered into a multi-year partnership. Effective immediately, DraftKings Inc. becomes a “co-exclusive sportsbook link-out provider and exclusive daily fantasy sports provider” for ESPN digital platforms.
Under the terms of the agreement, DraftKings will be able to use ESPN’s widely accessed digital platforms to promote its own products and services. Links across ESPN digital platforms will connect interested sports fans to DraftKings’ offerings. You can access the links by visiting www.espn.com on your desktop or mobile device or with the ESPN Fantasy app.
In addition, existing and future ESPN studio shows will include segments promoting DraftKings, starting with the DraftKings sportsbook daily fantasy sports operation.
More about ESPN
ESPN is the acronym for Entertainment Sports Programming Network. It is the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, featuring eight US television networks, direct-to-consumer ESPN+, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and the ESPN mobile app, ESPN International, and more.
ABC, Inc. owns 80 percent of the company, and Hearst owns the remaining 20 percent.
ESPN broadcasts some of the most widely viewed major league sporting events, including Monday night football and other NFL games, along with selected MLB and NBA games. You can also watch NASCAR and Indy Racing League (IRL) events, and all major golf events and tennis Grand Slam events as well as major international events in soccer, cricket, and other sports on ESPN.
Many sports fans also rely on ESPN as their go-to source not only for up-to-the-minute scores and game recaps for games not broadcast locally but also for important sports news and commentary.
Also, now that betting on the games is becoming increasingly accepted as an American pastime, the commentators have become very outspoken about their picks to win or cover the point spread as well. This does not mean that you should necessarily follow them and bet the same way, and definitely not bet the house on their say-so because they are frequently wrong. But you do get these professionals’ opinions free of charge for whatever they are worth.
Summary and conclusion
Just as you would expect, both DraftKings and ESPN are very excited to embark on their new partnership.
Jason Robins, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of DraftKings had this to say:
“We look forward to this collaboration to exclusively showcase DraftKings’ daily fantasy content and offerings while also advancing further visibility and mainstream adoption of our regulated sports betting products.”
Meanwhile, Mark Walker, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Innovation for ESPN acknowledged ESPN’s own broadened role with regard to sports betting. It needs to address the fact that for a tremendous number of fans, watching sports events and betting them are now closely interrelated.
He brought that point out in the following statement:
“Sports betting is quickly becoming endemic to the overall experience of the overall experience of the sports fan.”
“To us, that means greater opportunities to innovate and deliver the best and most seamless experience for fans, which will ultimately expand ESPN’s brand and audience and increase engagement. It is an industry that we will continue to actively pursue as it grows and evolves.”
In summary, the new co-exclusive content integration agreement between the two sports powerhouses looks like a win-win-win–for DraftKings, ESPN, and you, the fans.
The 2020 sports season is like none other in history. Therefore, even now, with all of the major leagues back in action, no one can say with absolute certainty that it will continue that way uninterruptedly for the rest of the year.
But the great news for all of you football fans is that the fall NFL season stated on Thurs., 9/10, as scheduled, and will be followed by a full slate of games on Sunday and Monday.
More great news is that the Caesars Rewards Online $1 Million NFL Pick’Em Contest kicks off this weekend, too.
Entering The 2020 Caesars $1 Million NFL Pick’Em Contest is completely FREE!
This will be the third consecutive season for legal sports betting in New Jersey, and as always, of all of the sports betting options available to you, wagering on the NFL is by far the most popular. Along with all of the seasoned sports bettors, thousands of others who never place sports bets otherwise come out of the woodwork to root for and have a few bucks riding on their favorite teams.
But whether you choose to bet real money or not, NFL pick’em contests are also a lot of fun. And some of them, like the Caesars contest, everyone can access because entering doesn’t cost a cent.
The difference between the 2020 Caesars Rewards $1 Million NFL Pick’Em Contest and Caesars’ 2019 NFL Pick’Em contest
Last year Caesars Rewards also offered a free weekly NFL Pick’Em contest. Each week of the regular NFL season, participants had to pick which team they thought would win each of the Sunday and Monday games outright. They were allowed only one entry per week, which they made by swiping their Caesars Rewards card at one of the designated kiosks at Harrah’s, Bally’s, or Caesars Atlantic City.
Caesars offered a grand prize for any player who picked the correct winner of all 220 games included in the contest.
No one did, but the player with the most correct picks won two Super Bowl tickets, the player in second place won two tickets to the NFL Draft Experience in Las Vegas, and the player in third place won a Las Vegas Super Bowl Viewing Experience.
In addition, the 10 players with the most correct picks each week received a share of $10,000 in free play, and other players won prizes in weekly fan appreciation drawings.
This year, however, Caesars has made two important changes to the $1 Million NFL Pick’Em Contest. First and foremost, instead of entering your weekly picks at a participating Atlantic City casino, the entire contest will now take place online.
In addition, while your task is the same as before–to pick the winners of each Sunday and Monday NFL game–the weekly prize pool is much bigger, and so is the number of winners. Every week the 60 top players will win a share of $60,000!
Are you eligible to participate?
The Caesars Rewards NFL Pick’Em Contest is open to residents of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. who are age 21 or older. No purchase is necessary to enter or win, and a purchase will not improve your chances.
However, you must have access to a computer or mobile device, and you must be a Caesars Rewards member. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up free of charge at any Caesars Rewards center or online at https://www.caesars.com/program/, or via the Caesars Rewards mobile app.
How the 2020 Caesars Rewards $1 Million NFL Pick’Em Contest works
Before you can start making your weekly selections for this NFL Pick’Em Contest, you will need to register online at www.Caesars.com/NFLpickem and log in using your Caesars Rewards account information.
You also need to create a nickname for Caesars to use on the weekly leaderboards. Your nickname cannot be or be construed as offensive.
The leaderboards, which will be publicly available, will display each participant’s contest nickname, his or her current number of points, and current rank.
The contest starts with week 1 of the regular NFL season and continues each week thereafter through week 17. However, it will include the Sunday and Monday games only. Therefore, assuming all of these games are played and completed all 17 weeks as scheduled, the contest will include a total of 238 games.
Activating your entries
In order for your correct picks each week to count and get points for them, however, you need to activate your entries. You can do this in either of the following ways:
- Earn at least one Tier Credit the same week playing games for real money at a participating Caesars Rewards property. Only slots, video poker, keno, and table games count, not sports bets or poker. You have any time from the preceding Monday to 15 minutes before the start of the first game on Sunday to activate your entries in this manner.
- By mail: Complete the online entry form here or legibly print on a separate piece of paper your full name, Caesars Rewards account number, date of birth, phone number, email address, and week number of the contest.
- Then mail the form in an envelope with first-class postage to Caesars Entertainment, One Harrah’s Court, Las Vegas, NV 89119, Attn: Caesars Rewards NFL Pick’Em Promotion. All mail-in activations must be postmarked no later than the preceding Tuesday and received no later than Saturday of the applicable week.
What each week’s entries must include
The period for making your picks for both the Sunday games and the Monday game(s) each week of the contest opens the preceding Monday at 12 a.m. PT (3 a.m. ET) and closes 15 minutes before the start of the first game on Sunday.
Your task for each game is to pick which team you think will win outright. Whether or not the team covers the point spread doesn’t matter.
Don’t omit any games. If you have no idea which team will win or you can’t make up your mind, guess anyway because you might still be right.
The same applies to the total score for the last NFL game each week. You need to enter what you think will be the total score for both teams combined in the last NFL game being played each week.
Caesars will use this information as a tie-breaker, if necessary. These are the games for which you will need to enter a total score:
- Week 1: Second Monday night football game (Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans)
- Weeks 2-16: Monday night football game
- Week 17: Sunday night football game
If a tie still exists after the designated tiebreaker is applied or if the game gets postponed or canceled, no tie-breaker will be used that week and the winners will share the applicable prizes equally.
Weekly prizes in the Caesars Rewards Online $1 Million NFL Pick’Em Contest
You will receive one point for each correct pick. Or, if a game ends in a tie, either team will count as a correct pick.
Each week of the contest, the top 60 participants with the most points will receive a share of the $60,000 prize pool. The prizes will be distributed as follows:
|Weekly Leaderboard Points||Prize|
|1st place||$20,000 cash|
|2nd-5th place||$2,500 cash|
|6th-10th place||$1,000 cash|
|11th-60th place||50,000 Reward Credits (est. retail value of $500|
Claiming your prizes
Caesars will contact potential prize winners using the contact information included with their Caesars Rewards account. Potential winners will then need to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, along with a release of liability, tax paperwork, and publicity release documents within 48 hours.
All claims for prizes will be subject to validation. You are not a winner until you receive official notification from the Sponsor.
Winners of cash prizes will receive their prize in the form of a check mailed to the address on record within 30 days of being claimed. Any taxes associated with these prizes are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
Reward Credits won in this promotion cannot be exchanged for cash but can be redeemed in accordance with the rules of the Caesars Rewards program.
All prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable.
Three ways to place your sports bets–online, via a mobile app, or in-person
Unless you activate your weekly entries by mail, you will need to visit a participating property at least once for this purpose. However, betting on any of the games is optional.
If you do decide to bet, as always, you have many choices. For example, all of the Atlantic City casino-affiliated sportsbooks are ready when you are to take your bets online or on your mobile device anywhere in New Jersey or, if you prefer, at the sportsbook itself.
You will find a complete list of all of your online, mobile, and retail NJ sports betting options on NJ Gambling Websites.
When Caesars Rewards first announced the 2020 NFL Pick-Em Contest, its two Atlantic City sportsbooks were still closed. That is why Caesars decided to run the contest online even though both sportsbooks have since reopened.
All of the Atlantic City casino sportsbooks, including those at Bally’s Wild West and Harrah’s Resort, which had been closed all summer, are now open for extended hours daily.
So if you wish, making your bet in person and watching multiple games at once, including in-play bets, on giant size screens at the sportsbook is again an option.
But different sportsbooks may have different policies regarding hours of operation, kiosk availability, whether seating is by reservation or first come first served, and whether or not you can eat and drink on the premises. In any case, maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask (except when eating or drinking) are required.
Caesars is converting their Atlantic City sportsbooks to William Hill
In addition, the sportsbooks at Bally’s Wild Wild West and Harrah’s, formerly known as The Book at Bally’s and the Book at Harrah’s, are currently in the process of being converted to William Hill Sportsbooks.
As of this writing, you can still present your Caesars Rewards card when you place your bets to receive Reward Credits and Tier Credits, but at some point (probably soon), this benefit will cease. The previous policy of handing out vouchers for free drinks to anyone who wagered $50 or more has already stopped.
William Hill has operated the sportsbook at Tropicana Atlantic City from day 1 and will continue to do so. After the Caesars-Eldorado merger, I hoped that the Tropicana sportsbook would convert to a Caesars-Rewards sportsbook since casino play at the Tropicana now earns Caesars Rewards. But for sports betting, the reverse is true.
Instead of presenting your Caesars Rewards card if you want to get credit for your sports bets at Bally’s or Harrah’s, just like at the Tropicana, you will need to show a William Hill Sports Rewards card. This is significant and not good news for anyone who bets a large amount of money on sports.
Under the previous arrangement, you would earn 1 Reward Credit and 1 Tier Credit for every dollar wagered. That would add up to $50 in comps and 5,000 Tier Credits once your wagers reached $5,000. However, the same $5,000 wagered on straight bets at William Hill earns you nothing more than a free $5 bet.
The choice of either a casino or sports betting Welcome Bonus for new players has also been discontinued
I don’t know how Caesars Casino & Sports will reward players for their online and mobile sports bets going forward.
However, the Welcome Bonus for new players of a 100 percent deposit match bonus up to $300 on their first deposit no longer offers a choice of either a casino bonus or sports betting bonus. It’s now valid for casino games only.
Are you ready to win some big money this football season?
In summary, I can’t say I love everything about the Caesars Rewards program. But giving credit where credit is due, I commend the people who designed this year’s $1 Million NFL Pick’Em Contest for offering a great opportunity for football fans all over the country.
There’s no entry fee whatsoever. And with 60 huge prizes being handed out each week, how could you not want to take a shot?
When Atlantic City casinos were permitted to reopen on July 2, 2020, after being closed for more than 100 days, it was exciting news. However, for the first time ever, numerous special health and safety measures applied, including mandatory masks, social distancing, and no indoor dining, drinking, or smoking.
Initially, Gov. Murphy planned to allow indoor dining starting July 2 as well. However, due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, which he blamed largely on “a few knuckleheads” holding large indoor parties, only a few days prior, he revoked that provision.
The sudden change in plans caught the casinos off guard. And the continued ban on indoor dining bothered the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa so much, instead of opening to the public on July 6 as it had planned, it did not open until July 26.
Customers also found the restrictions annoying. Health and safety concerns weren’t the only reasons the casino hotels had no trouble maintaining the 25% capacity attendance guidelines. Many people who wanted to visit Atlantic City this summer probably stayed away rather than put up with the inconvenience of being unable to eat or drink a thing the entire time they were on the casino floor.
In fact, July, which is usually a peak time of year for Atlantic City tourism, wasn’t in 2020. Instead, the casinos reported a decline in both visitation and gaming revenue in July this year, and it would be reasonable to assume that the ban on indoor dining was a huge factor.
All summer long, except in hotel rooms, no indoor dining existed
Overnight guests who didn’t want to wait on long lines for takeout could order food and beverages instead from room service. Otherwise, even if it was raining, these were your only choices:
- Book a table at a restaurant offering limited outdoor dining at least a week in advance and hope the weather would cooperate.
- Order takeout after spending an eternity online and then find a bench somewhere to eat it.
- Eat at home or bring your own food and then find a bench somewhere to eat it.
I found the first option by far the most pleasant of the three. However, there were slim pickings because many restaurants remained closed. Also, I found out from experience that showing up without a reservation or trying to reserve a table a day or two before was an exercise in futility. On one occasion I made a reservation a week ahead of time online (or at least I thought I did). However, when I arrived at the restaurant, the host found no record of my reservation, and I was still turned away.
On a brighter note, when I complained at the player’s card desk, I received a $20 comp for takeout at a fast food place.
Indoor dining at casinos (and elsewhere in NJ) returns Fri., Sept. 4
Better late than never. On Mon., August 31, Gov. Murphy held a press conference where he finally announced the news we have all been waiting and hoping to hear all summer. Starting at 6 a.m. on Fri., Sept. 4, indoor service at NJ restaurants and bars can resume!
However, the same rules apply as in outdoor dining. Restaurants and bars can only operate at 25 percent capacity, and tables must be spaced six feet apart.
In addition, all staff must wear face masks at all times, and patrons must also keep their masks on the entire time they are on the premises except when eating or drinking.
Additional important guidelines
As per the executive order that the governor issued on Monday, all of the following requirements will also be in effect.
- Parties sitting together at the same table cannot exceed six persons.
- Parties sitting together at a bar cannot exceed four persons.
- Restaurants that offer food service at the bar will allow patrons to eat at the bar provided they maintain social distancing.
- Servers must deliver food and beverages to patrons. No self-service (i.e., salad bars or buffets) will be permitted.
- All food and beverage consumption must take place at designated tables only.
- Windows must be open to ensure proper fresh air flow into the dining areas. (Gov. Murphy did not address what the restaurants should do under inclement weather conditions or during the winter, however.)
- Air conditioner units must be turned on to allow the maximum amount of outdoor air to flow into the dining areas. HEPA filters should be used. Restaurants also need to inspect and evaluate their heating and air conditioning units frequently to make sure they are functioning properly.
- Items such as doors, table surfaces, and menus being used by multiple patrons must be disinfected, and hand-sanitizing stations should be offered.
- Restaurants must post signs informing patrons that social distancing is still in effect and that anyone with a fever or other symptoms of illness needs to stay away. It is also the responsibility of each restaurant to conduct daily health checks of their employees.
- Restaurants are encouraged to take reservations. But if you need to wait for a table, you should wait away from the restaurant if social distancing isn’t possible.
Drinking and smoking
Surprisingly, at last Monday’s press conference, Gov. Murphy did not address a very important question that many visitors to the casinos must be wondering about. Can beverages be ordered and consumed on the casino floor and in the sportsbooks? I asked the same question at William Hill Sportsbook this week, but no one working there at the time knew.
However, according to a Sept. 4 article on ThePressofAtlanticCity.com, the answer is yes but with some restrictions. You can only order a beverage from a server or bartender, and you must be seated while drinking it. While you can carry your beverage with you from one location to another, you must wait until you are sitting down again to drink it. While drinking, you can lower your mask, but otherwise, including between sips, the mask must cover your nose and mouth.
But forget the governor’s order of a few days ago allowing smoking–He revoked it. NO SMOKING is permitted inside any AC casino!
As for indoor smoking, on Tues., Sept. 1, Gov Murphy said yes to that too, but any elation by those who smoke when they heard that news was short-lived.
The earlier decree permitted smoking to resume indoors at the same places where it was allowed previously.
But unlike the decision to restore indoor dining, which virtually everyone welcomes, the decision to allow smoking on the casino floor again raised considerable controversy. Many people, including health experts along with casino employees and guests, have expressed their concerns. The general consensus was that reintroducing smoking, especially at this time, while the virus is still ongoing, would be a mistake.
Thus, after reassessing the pros and cons, on the same day that smoking inside the casinos was going to resume, Gov. Murphy announced at a press conference that he decided to revoke his executive order allowing smoking.
“I am announcing we will take administrative action to prohibit smoking in indoor casinos. We have looked closely at the science and agree with experts that have concluded that allowing smoking is too large a risk to take,” Murphy stated.
Was Gov. Murphy’s decision to bring back indoor dining and drinking the right one for Atlantic City and New Jersey at this time? Time will tell.
Hopefully, Gov. Murphy will not also do a repeat about-face on his decision to allow dining and drinking inside the casinos. If so, it would be his third abrupt ruling change this year. But was his decision to bring back indoor dining and drinking at this time the right one? That remains to be seen.
Murphy indicated that he was aware of the desire of many people to see indoor food and beverage consumption restored in New Jersey sooner rather than later. However, his decision was predicated on when rather than if the resumption of these activities dining would be safe. Meanwhile, dining outdoors will continue at many restaurants as long as weather permits.
Murphy also stated that if a new spike in COVID-19 suggests that his decision to restore indoor dining and drinking was premature, revoking it remains a possibility, much like what happened just before the casinos reopened in July.
He cautioned that we can’t afford to lessen our vigilance and said that “there is no room for error and no excuse for being a knucklehead.”
Planning a Labor Day Weekend visit to Atlantic City?
Here is a complete (as of press time) guide as to which casino restaurants will be open for indoor dining then and beyond
- Buca di Beppo: Daily: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Dunkin Donuts: 24/7
- Guy’ Fieri’s Chophouse*: Sun.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (Outdoor dining is also available.)
- Harry’s Oyster Bar*: Sun.-Thurs. 12 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 12 p.m.-10 p.m. (Outdoor dining is also available.)
- Johnny Rockets: Sun.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
- Sack O’ Subs: Sun.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
- Walt’s Primo Pizza: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
- Bobby Flay Steak*: Wed.-Sun. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
- Angeline*: Sun.-Tues. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
- Izakaya*: Sun. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Mon., Fri. & Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
- Old Homestead Steak House*: Sun.-Tues. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
- The Metropolitan: Sat.-Mon. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
- N.O.W.: Sun.-Thurs. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.: Fri. & Sat. 12 p.m.-4 a.m.
- BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar: Daily 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
- Bread & Butter: 24/7
- Borgata Baking Company: Sun.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri. & Sat. 7 a.m.-1 a.m.
- Starbucks: Mon.-Thurs.7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 7 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.-12 a.m..; Sun. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Borgata Beer Garden: Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill*: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (daily except Tues.-Thurs.)
- Morton’s The Steakhouse*: Daily 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
- Nero’s Italian Steakhouse*: Mon., Thurs., Sun. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Betty’s Back Room, Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
- KWI Noodle Bar: Mon.-Thurs. 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
- Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse*: Fri.-Mon. 4 p.m.-closing time
- Chart House*: Fri.-Sun. 4 p.m.-closing time
- Chairman’s Club: (Elite & Chairman’s members only) Days and times may vary.
- Michael Patrick’s: Fri. 9 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-1 a.m.; Mon. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Bill’s Bar & Burger, 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday
- Lillie’s Asian Cuisine: Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
- Council Oak Steaks & Seafood*: Wed.-Thurs. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 5:30 p.m.-11p.m.; Sat. 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.
- Kuro*: Fri. 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
- YOUYU Noodle Bar: Mon.-Thurs. 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 3 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat. 12 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
- Hard Rock Café*: Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.- 12 a.m.; Fri. & Sat. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
- Sugar Factory: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.- 12 a.m.; Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
- Legends Lounge (Rock Royalty and X Card members only – Seminole Ballroom) Days and times may vary.
- Plum Lounge (X Card members only) Days and times may vary.
- DAER Deck (X Card members only): Fri. & Sat. 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
At this time, these are the only indoor dining options.
- Martorano’s*: Fri.-Sun. 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood: Mon.-Thurs. 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.& Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
However, AC Burger Co., Coastal Craft Kitchen & Bar, and Gordon Ramsay Steak (advance reservations required) continue to offer outdoor dining.
- American Cut*: Tues.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
- Cafe 500: Mon.-Thurs. 6 p.m-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
- Dolce Mare*: Mon. & Thurs. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
All other open eateries offer outdoor dining or takeout only.
- Breadsticks Café: Daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Eastwind and Mukashi* – Eastwind: Sun.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m.–12 a.m. Mukashi Sushi Bar: Sun.-Thurs. 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
- Landshark Bar & Grill: Sun.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m. (subject to change based on season and demand)
- Gallagher’s Steak House* (opening Sept. 5): Fri.-Sun. 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Palm Restaurant*: Daily 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Cuba Libre* : Fri.-Sun. 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
- Broadway Burger Bar: Fri. & Sat. 2 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
- La Petite Creperie: Sun.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
- PF Chang’s* Daily 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
- • Starbucks: The Quarter, Daily 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Starbucks: The Marketplace, Daily 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Carmine’s*: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Chelsea Five Gastropub remains closed for indoor dining but continues to offer poolside dining daily for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
*Advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Note that all of the above information is subject to change, and as an alternative to indoor dining, all of the Atlantic City casino hotels continue to offer both outdoor dining and takeout. Check with the property you will be visiting directly to double-check the hours of operation of any eatery that interests you.
Reaction to the news that indoor dining is again an option at Atlantic City casinos
Not every restaurant is choosing to open at this time. Some feel that only being to operate at 25 percent capacity won’t be profitable. However, the reaction from casino representatives, outside organizations, and the general public has been overwhelmingly positive.
For example, Mark Giannantonio, president and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel, said that Resorts is “prepared and ready to safely welcome back guests to dine indoors at our award-winning restaurants,” and the casino is “committed to providing a clean and safe experience for customers.”
Likewise, here is what Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, had to say:
“We are very pleased to resume indoor dining this Friday, allowing us to bring valued team members back to work….Opening indoor dining brings back a key amenity that our guests know, love, and deserve.”
Jane Bokunewicz, coordinator of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality, and Tourism at Stockton University, agreed that “having restrictions lifted before Labor Day is a decision that is certainly welcomed by the (casino) industry.” In addition, “having indoor dining will make a visit to the casinos more attractive, especially to visitors who may have postponed their summer vacation plans,” Bokunewicz pointed out.
There is no doubt that visitors to the casinos will welcome the fact that the long stretch of time is finally over when takeout or being forced to eat and drink outdoors or in one’s hotel room were the only options. While we had no choice but to try to accept the “new normal,” what a relief it is at last to be able to enjoy a partial return to the “old normal” with indoor food and beverage service.
More importantly, thousands of casino restaurant and bar employees who have been laid off since mid-March can finally return to work.
August is drawing to a close, but does that mean summer is over? No way! And if you want proof, look no further than your favorite NJ gambling website. At WSOP.com NJ, the action is so HOT it’s sizzling!
Online poker players, mark your calendar now for Sunday, August 30, so you don’t forget. To celebrate the last Sunday of the month, WSOP.com has just added a brand new tournament on that day only to its already packed lineup.
It’s the WSOP Last Sunday of August $200K Guaranteed Summer Sizzle!
What WSOP.com players love about Sundays
The 2020 WSOP Online Bracelet Tournaments for US players are over. But if you love online poker, it hardly matters. Surely you can find plenty of other reasons to play, and especially on WSOP.com, where the fun and excitement and opportunity to win big money never cease.
Sundays are always one of the most popular times to play not only because most of you have the day off from work, but also because of the standout tournament schedule.
For those with deep pockets, the highlight of the day is a $100K guaranteed tournament that gets underway at 6 p.m. But players who can’t afford the $320 price tag don’t have to sit on the sidelines. They can try to win their way in via freerolls and satellites or otherwise compete in a much less expensive tournament. No one who wants to play is shut out.
What’s different about this Last Sunday of the Month WSOP.com Summer Sizzle
On August 30, to celebrate the last Sunday of the month, WSOP.com will replace the 6 p.m. $100,000 guaranteed tournament with the Summer Sizzle. The buy-in is $320, just like it is for the $100,000 guaranteed tournaments on other Sundays. However, this time, the guaranteed prize pool will be doubled to $200,000!
$200,000 Summer Sizzle Details
- Date: Sunday, August 30
- Time: 6:00 p.m.
- Buy-in: $320 (or win your way in via freerolls and satellites)
How to participate in the $200,000 GTD Summer Sizzle
In order to participate in the WSOP.com $200,000 GTD Summer Sizzle, you must have a valid and confirmed WSOP.com real money account. So if you’re not already signed up and would like to play, first you need to join.
NJ residence is not required either to join the site or play in the tournament. However, you must be physically situated in New Jersey during the entire time of your play. You also need to be at least 21 years of age.
If you are new to the site—
Before proceeding further, visit the Get Started section of the website to make sure your desktop, laptop, or mobile device meets the minimum system requirements.
Windows or MAC users will then need to follow the instructions on the site for downloading and installing the software. You cannot open an account, make your initial deposit, and start playing until you complete these preliminary steps.
WSOP.com is also compatible with currently used versions of iOS and Android mobile devices. To get started, simply visit the website and click on Online Poker at the top of the homepage. Then select Mobile from the dropdown menu.
The app you will need to download for iPhones or iPads is available on the App Store, but to save time, simply use the handy link provided. The app for Android users can be accessed directly from the WSOP.com website.
If you have any problems downloading the app, be sure to contact customer support for assistance.
Once you have successfully downloaded the software, you can register for an account. Open the Registration & Login tab in the Get Started section and follow the instructions given.
As a new WSOP.com player, you are eligible for a generous 100 percent deposit match bonus up to $1,000 when you make your first deposit. Your bonus will be released to you in segments as you earn APPs playing cash games and tournaments on the site.
You will also receive tickets to seven $100 freerolls. The freerolls are exclusively for new players and are valid for the first week of play only.
Finally, if you use the code 10BONUS when you sign up, in addition to the above, WSOP.com will sweeten the pot with an extra $10 bonus.
How to sign up for the WSOP.com $200K GTD Sunday Sizzler
If you would like to enter the $200K Summer Sizzler, here are the instructions you need to follow to register.
- Click on the Tournament tab and then double-click on the Summer Sizzler.
- Click on “register” and then on “proceed.”
- Wait for the confirmation that your registration was successful.
If the tournament is already in progress, you will be seated immediately. Otherwise, you will be assigned your seat when the tournament starts.
Additional terms and conditions
Tournament type: No Limit Hold’Em
- Day and time: Sun., Aug. 30 at 3 p.m.
- Total prize pool: GTD $200K
- Prize distribution: Top 15% of the field
Winning players assume sole responsibility for any applicable taxes.
The bottom line
$320 is a lot to pay for any poker tournament, but since it’s the same price as the regular weekly $100,000 GTD tournaments but with double the prize pool, you’re getting a great deal.
On the other hand, no tournament warrants risking more money than you can comfortably afford. So if paying $320 is not a viable option, but you have the time and the requisite poker skills, by all means, take advantage of the opportunities to possibly win your way in via freerolls and satellites.
See the WSOP.com for the schedule of qualifying games. Or if that doesn’t work out for you, maybe a low-cost guaranteed tournament will.
In short, if you already play on WSOP.com, as long as you can afford it, the Last Sunday of the Month Summer Sizzler is an event you definitely don’t want to miss.
Or, if you’re not yet registered with the site, what a great time this would be to join. On Sunday, you will have 200,000 reasons to play!
You know the old saying if it sounds to be good to be true, it probably is. Therefore, when I first heard about the $100 Million Golden Ticket Giveaway at DraftKings Online Sportsbook, with a FREE chance to win $1 million, I was skeptical. How could this be? There must be a catch–or maybe not.
My curiosity led me to read the fine print so I could fully understand what this offer entails. If your curiosity has been piqued, too, read on.
When DraftKings will hold the free Golden Ticket Giveaway and are you eligible?
This promotion got underway at 9 a.m. ET on August 14. But you have until 10 a.m. ET Sun., Sept. 13 to opt-in. DraftKings is calling it the $100 Million Golden Ticket Giveaway, and the 2020 NFL regular season marks the first time ever that this gambling website is offering it.
The DraftKings Golden Ticket Giveaway is open to registered DraftKings account holders only. Therefore, if you wish to enter but are not already signed up, the first thing you need to do is open an account with the site.
NJ residence is not required. Anyone with an active DraftKings account in good standing who resides anywhere in the US except Florida and New York who meets the minimum age requirements for gambling in his or her state can participate.
How the DraftKings Golden Ticket Giveaway works
The Golden Ticket Giveaway itself will be run as a sweepstakes. No purchase is required to enter, and spending money on the site will not increase your odds of winning. Everyone who participates has an equal opportunity to win.
On September 13, the first Sunday of the 2020 NFL regular season, DraftKings will randomly pick one individual to win $1 million in cash.
The math isn’t clear how the total amount that DraftKings will give away equals $100 million. But that’s the total amount of prize money that DraftKings claims is up for grabs.
However, in order to have a shot at the September 13 million dollar prize, you must also agree to participate in the DraftKings NFL Survivor Pool. The Survivor Pool is also free to enter but requires not just good luck but great handicapping skills. It comes with a winner takes all prize of $1 million as well.
Get an instant reward just for entering
Of course, as great as it would be to win $1 million even once or maybe more than once, especially since it costs you nothing, the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against you. So assuming that neither the Golden Ticket Giveaway nor the requisite Survival Pool contest turns you into a millionaire, does that mean you walk away from this promotion empty-handed?
Not at all. Simply for opting-in to the free DraftKings NFL Survivor Pool, besides automatically receiving a free entry into the Golden Ticket Giveaway as well, you also receive an instant reward.
The reward can be for any of these seven amounts: $5, $10, $20, $100, $500, $1,000, or $25,000.
The $5, $10, $20, $100, and $500 rewards are all issued in the form of a site credit that you can only use at DraftKings and must use by September 30. Otherwise, the reward will expire. However, the $1,000 and $25,000 instant rewards are dispensed as immediately withdrawable cash.
If you’re the Golden Ticket Giveaway winner of $1 million–
On September 13, DraftKings will hold a random drawing among all eligible Golden Ticket Giveaway entries to select the winner of the $1 million prize. The recipient will have up to 72 hours to claim the prize.
The potential winner must also satisfy other eligibility and compliance stipulations and agree to interviews with the sponsor and media.
Any applicable federal, state, and local taxes associated with the million-dollar prize will also be the sole responsibility of the prizewinner.
The separate $1 million season-long Survivor Pool
Each week of the 2020 NFL regular season, starting with the opening week, the task is to pick one team that you think will win its game outright. If you pick correctly, you “survive” to make another pick the following week.
However, you cannot pick the same team more than once.
You must submit your one pick for the week before 1 p.m. ET on Sunday for a Sunday or Monday game and before kickoff on Thursday for Thursday night games.
Picking correctly will probably be easier early in the season than later, especially after the bye weeks start, and the better teams will either not be playing or you will have already used them. You may have no choice then but to depend on a lesser team to rise to the occasion.
The last player standing will win $1 million. Or at the end of the season, if multiple players are still standing, they will share the prize.
The bottom line
There you have it—a guaranteed reward of at least $5 but possibly as much as $25,000 just for entering plus free shots at two $1 million prizes. How can you say no to an offer like that?
I told you about another golden opportunity to win big money in my July 27, 2090 article on NJ Gambling Websites entitled “Win Up To $1 Million in DraftKings NFL Pick’Em Contest.” However, as of now, participation is limited to players in New Jersey and New Hampshire. The contest also comes with a steep $1,500 entry fee.
So in case the NFL Pick’Em Contest is not a viable option, now you have an exciting alternative to consider with the DraftKings Golden Ticket Giveaway. Or enter both promotions. Either way, this could be your winningest football season yet!
Last month’s Tropicana Online Casino Sizzling Summer Weekend $10,500 Bonus Bash was such a huge hit that this weekend the casino has decided to repeat it!
Once again, the casino will give you the opportunity to earn up to 15 entries for a special drawing where 560 lucky players will each win a share of $10,500 in bonus money.
The Tropicana Prize Pool Piggy Bank is so full it is about to spill over!
Who is eligible for the Tropicana Prizes In The Piggy Bank Draw?
As long as you meet the following three requirements, you can participate in this promotion:
- You’re a registered Tropicana NJ Online Casino player and a legal resident of the US age 21 or older.
- You are not a resident of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
- At the time of your play, you are physically situated in the State of New Jersey.
How the Tropicana Piggy Bank Draw works
The prize drawing will take place on Monday, August 24. But in the meantime, all weekend long–from Fri., Aug. 21 through 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 23–simply play your favorite games, as usual, to rack up as many entries as you can. You can play whatever games you want. All games count the same.
For every $50 you wager on any game on any given day, you will earn one drawing entry, up to a maximum of five entries per day if you wager a total of $250 or more. Therefore, if you play all three days and wager $250 on each, you will earn 15 entries, the maximum number possible.
If $250 per day is more than you can afford or you don’t have time to wager that much, no problem. Just do the best you can and hope the luck of the draw works for you. Keep in mind that the casino will award not just a few prizes but 560 prizes.
So even if other players have more entries, you still have an excellent chance to win and maybe even win one of the bigger prizes.
Furthermore, all of the prizes up for grabs are bonus money rather than cash, and most of them are small, and you can only keep the winnings. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you don’t go overboard in your qualifying play this weekend. Bet what you can comfortably afford and no more.
However, the casino won’t let you carry play over from one promotion day to the next. So each day that you plan to play, make sure you wager at least $50.
What can you win in the Tropicana Piggy Bank Prize Draw?
The random drawing to determine the 560 prizewinners will take place on Mon., Aug. 24. It will include all of the entries that each participating player has earned over the course of the preceding weekend.
Just like in the July 12 drawing, which also had 560 winners, all 560 prizes will be in the form of non-redeemable bonus money credited to the player’s account. The following table shows how the prizes will be distributed.
|# of Winners||Prize|
|10||$100 Bonus Money|
|50||$50 Bonus Money|
|200||$20 Bonus Money|
|300||$10 Bonus Money|
If your name is picked to win any of these prizes, you will receive an email notification. Expect to find the bonus credited to your account within 24 hours of the drawing, but allow up to three business days in case of technical difficulties.
Additional wagering requirements
Once you receive the prize, you have up to 30 days to clear the bonus. All you have to do–in fact all you will be permitted to do–is wager the bonus 1x on any game of your choosing.
As soon as you complete this nominal wagering requirement, you can keep any resulting winnings. However, you cannot keep the bonus money, too, and you cannot wager it again either. As soon as you wager the bonus once, the casino removes it from your account permanently.
Is the Tropicana Piggy Bank Prize Draw promotion worth your time?
If you have been playing at Tropicana Online Casino for a while, you should already be quite familiar with the kinds of promotions this website offers, including the terms and conditions that apply to any bonuses you receive. If you are new to this online casino, you may be initially surprised because Tropicana bonuses work very differently from those that most of the other NJ gambling websites offer.
Sticky bonus you can only wager once
At most NJ online casinos, when you receive a bonus, you cannot withdraw it right away. The bonus itself, the deposit tied to the bonus if applicable, and any bonus-related winnings all remain temporarily locked into your account until you meet the casino’s specified wagering requirements.
Typically, you will have to wager the bonus not just once but many times. But once you do, as long as it is within the allotted time frame, you not only get to keep whatever you win but the bonus (or whatever is left of it), too.
But the bonus money prizes in this promotion and all other bonuses you receive as a Tropicana Online Casino player can only be wagered once. So if you win, you don’t get the opportunity to try to capitalize on your winning streak and win more money from the bonus. You also can’t withdraw the bonus, only what you win (if anything) betting it.
Yes, it’s a bummer that all of the Tropicana Online Casino bonuses are not only sticky but can only be bet once. Both stipulations work against you in limiting the amount you can win. By the way, the same terms and conditions also apply to all of the bonuses at Virgin NJ Online Casino.
Furthermore, most of the bonus money prizes in this drawing are already small. Therefore, after you bet the bonus once and the casino takes it back, you probably won’t have much of a win to show for your efforts. 300 of the 500 prizes are only for a $10 bonus. So unless you are extraordinarily lucky, there is very little leeway to register more than a token win.
Offsetting great features
If this promotion didn’t have multiple offsetting good features, I wouldn’t waste your time and mine telling you about it. But in reality, there are several things about the Tropicana Piggy Bank prize drawing that I like very much.
No deposit is required, and as long as you can manage to wager at least $50 on at least one day of the promotion, your name will be included in the drawing. Of course, you can improve your chances by playing more to earn more entries, but you certainly don’t have to be a big player to participate.
The number of entries per person is capped at 15
Like many other online casino prize drawings, the number of entries you earn is based on play. But many drawings also allow an unlimited number of entries, which puts the biggest players at a huge advantage over everyone else.
For this drawing, the maximum number of entries permitted for any player is just five per day based on $250 in wagers, for a total of 15 entries. This makes the drawing a lot fairer and gives all participants, including non-high rollers a better chance to win.
Winning a prize in this drawing isn’t guaranteed, but you stand a much better chance than in a drawing that only awards a small handful of prizes. Also, 60 players will win either $50 or $100 bonus money, which with a little luck, could give them a nice size win even after the casino takes the bonus away.
Since you only wager the bonus once, it’s entirely with the casino’s money. You can’t lose any of your own money as you can with a traditional bonus.
Even if you fail to win or only win a pittance betting the bonus, whatever money you had just before you got the bonus will still be intact.
In other words, as far as your own bankroll is concerned, it’s a risk-free bonus!
Very quick access to your winnings
Lastly, another thing you’ll like about this bonus is that if you win, you should have very quick access to your money. Even if you snag the top prize of a $100 bonus, you certainly won’t need 30 days to complete the meager 1x bonus wagering requirement. Most likely, you can clear the bonus the same day you receive it.
In summary, to answer the question is this promotion worth your time, I think you will have to agree with me and say yes. But the entry earning clock is ticking, so start playing your favorite Tropicana Online Casino games today.
At BetMGM NJ Online Casino, the action never lets up. So whether you’re a slots player, a tables game player, or both, finding the games you want to play when you want to play them is a virtual given.
But with a plethora of weekly bonuses up for grabs, too, now you have even more incentive to play your favorite BetMGM games.
What makes the three weekly offers described in this article even better is that unlike many other special promotions posted on NJ gambling websites, they are not one-shot deals. All three are valid week after week through December 2020.
Anyone who is a registered BetMGM player is welcome to participate. No relying on the luck of the draw either. If your play qualifies, the reward is yours–over and over again up to 3x per week!
It pays to play on Monday at BetMGM Casino
This promotion was one of six I described in my June 2 article for NJ Gambling Websites featuring the top ongoing promotions of the month at both BetMGM and Borgata Online Casino. But this easy to qualify for freebie is worth repeating here because besides accessing it again every Monday in August, you can seal the deal over and over again every Monday for the rest of the year!
Wager $50 or more on your favorite slots every Monday and receive a $5 free play bonus!
How to participate in the Monday Seal the Deal promotion at BetMGM Casino
Here are the easy steps you need to follow each Monday you wish to participate:
- Log into your BetMGM Online Casino account.
- Opt-in to the Seal the Deal promotion.
- Wager $50 or more on any slot game.
You must complete your qualifying play on the same day. As soon as you do, $5 in FREEPLAY will be credited to your account.
You then have up to three days to meet an additional wagering requirement of 25x the bonus, or $125, to clear it.
Additional terms and conditions
You can clear the bonus with any BETMGM casino game or combination of casino games you wish but not with sports bets. All games count 100 percent. So if you prefer not to clear the bonus with slots, the wagering requirement won’t increase.
As with other bonuses at this casino, you will earn loyalty points on all of your wagers, including those made with the bonus money as well as your own money.
Also, BetMGM Casino allows you to have more than one active bonus in your account at the same time. However, you can only clear one bonus at a time.
Opting-out, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to complete the required wagering within the allotted time frame will result in forfeiture of both the bonus itself and any bonus-associated winnings.
Earn another bonus week after week on WI-FI Wednesdays
The Wi-Fi Wednesdays promotion was also mentioned in the June article, but guess what–BetMGM is extending this offer as well for the balance of 2020.
So if you own a current version of an Apple iOS or Android device, Wednesday could be your lucky day to play.
Use your mobile device to wager $50 or more on any casino game on any Wednesday and receive $10 in FREEPLAY!
As with the Seal the Deal offer, you can claim this offer again and again every week.
How to participate in the Wi-Fi Wednesdays promotion
Each Wednesday that you would like to take advantage of this offer, be sure to do the following:
- Log into your BetMGM Online Casino account.
- Visit the Promotions page and opt-in to the Wi-Fi Wednesdays promotion.
- Wager $50 or more on any casino game the same day on your mobile device.
As soon as you complete the required wagering, you will receive $10 in FREEPLAY immediately.
Additional terms and conditions
This FREEPLAY bonus comes with an additional wagering requirement of 6 iReward points (iRPs).
You can earn those points playing any casino game on the site you wish, including live dealer games. All games count 100 percent. However, this time, to release the bonus, you must complete the additional wagering requirement by 11:59 p.m. the following day.
Otherwise, the same terms and conditions mentioned above for the Seal the Deal promotion apply.
Weekend Table Games Leaderboard–Hit the BetMGM Tables on Fri., Sat., and Sun. for big cash or bonus money prizes!
The small size of the first two bonuses makes them best for those who play for small stakes. With a wagering requirement of only $50, most players, including those with relatively limited budgets, will have no difficulty qualifying. But the downside is that these offers hold little appeal for medium stakes or high-end players.
So let’s end with a Weekend Tables Games Leaderboard, which provides a great opportunity for the bigger players among you to compete with other big players not only for bragging rights but also for spectacular prizes.
How the BetMGM Weekend Table Games Leaderboard works
Unlike the other two bonuses described in this article that are very small but guaranteed, the weekend leaderboard, which also continues weekly for the rest of this year, gives you a shot at a much bigger prize. However, only 25 prizes are up for grabs, and they’re reserved for those who rank in the top 25 spots in the leaderboard only.
Also, this leaderboard is for table games play only. Slot play doesn’t count.
So this promotion clearly isn’t for everyone. But if you honestly believe that you play at a high enough level to pit yourself against other top table game players, here is what you need to do to get started:
- Log into your BetMGM.com account on Fri., Sat., and Sun.
- Go to the Promotions tab and opt-in to the Weekend Tables Games Leaderboard promotion
Then over the weekend, move up the leaderboard by earning points as follows for your play on various table games:
Earn 2 points for every $5 wagered on featured table games and 1 point for every $5 wagered on other table games (excluding live dealer games).
The featured games include:
- Premium Blackjack Pro
- Black and Yellow Roulette
- European Roulette
What can you win in the BetMGM Weekend Table Games Leaderboard Prize Giveaway?
Every Friday BetMGM Casino will start a new leaderboard. Then by Monday, the casino will determine the final standings based on the previous weekend’s play, including the top 25 players and their respective prizes.
The following table shows how the 25 prizes will be distributed.
Additional wagering requirements for the bonus
As you can see, the top 3 players each week will receive their prize in the form of immediately withdrawable cash. However, for 4th place on down, the prize will be in the form of bonus money credited to the player’s account.
Before you will be permitted to withdraw either the bonus money itself or nay additional winnings therefrom, you will need to meet the casino’s additional wagering requirement of 25x the bonus.
You can choose any casino games you wish for this purpose, and they will count 100 percent, but not sports bets. You have up to 3 days from the time you receive the bonus to clear it.
All of the other terms and conditions described above for the $5 Monday bonus and the $10 Wednesday bonus and applicable to bonuses in general at this NJ online casino apply to the Weekend Table Games Leaderboard bonuses also.
The bottom line: Are the BetMGM casino bonuses worth your time?
Even though the Monday and Wednesday bonuses are tiny (only $5 and $10 apiece, respectively), their value lies in the fact that you can keep accessing them repeatedly week after week.
Also, since you only need to wager $50 to qualify, these offers should be within most players’ budgets.
On the other hand, if your usual wager is $100 or higher, a $5-$10 bonus is meaningless. For you, I recommend taking a shot instead at the Weekend Table Games Leaderboard and other leaderboard promotions. And in this instance, with a brand new leaderboard every week, if at first, you don’t succeed, you can try again. Or if you win a prize, you can also try again and perhaps be a repeat prizewinner!
After a long hiatus when NJ sports betting on all of the major leagues came to a virtual standstill, your favorite teams are finally back in action in a big way. Although the NJ online sportsbooks never closed, with MLB, MLS, the NBA, and NHL all sidelined, your options were so limited that most of you probably stayed away.
Now, however, all of these sports are back. And on Sept. 10, the regular NFL season will kick off as well. But for those of you would like to make NFL future bets, why wait? All of the NJ online sportsbooks are offering these bets now, and you might get better odds than if you wait until September or later.
If you’re already registered with one or more NJ online sportsbooks, now is a great time to explore your options. Or if you’re not yet signed up at any NJ online sportsbook, use our handy link on NJ Gambling Websites to receive a generous welcome offer when you make your first deposit.
Either way, the sports betting special offers and promotions are not limited to first-time players. Existing NJ online sportsbook account holders can take advantage of some great offers, too.
NJ sports betting offer you can’t refuse-–Free Bets
As a gambler, you’re told again and again that “there’s no such thing as a sure thing.” Or, in everyday terminology, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
Well, virtually every rule has an exception, and this is one of them.
One type of offer that’s perfect for any size bettor and that anyone who enjoys sports betting can and should take advantage of is a free bet.
More specifically, anytime a sportsbook offers you a free bet, you should gladly take it because it carries no risk to your own bankroll at all. Even if you lose the bet, you don’t lose a cent of your own money. Or you can win.
In other words, a free bet is as close to a sure thing as you can find in sports betting. Since it’s a bet you can’t lose, if making money matters to you, it’s an offer you can’t afford to refuse!
Check out the recurring free bets offer at BetMGM Sportsbook and the risk-free bet offers at Hard Rock Sportsbook described below.
The BetMGM offer is a recurring one that anyone betting $50 or more per week can access on a weekly basis. Your weekly free bet is only $10. But week after week, it adds up, and you have lots of flexibility in your choice of wagers.
The Hard Rock offer is different because it’s a risk-free bet. So instead of the sportsbook giving you the money to make a free wager upfront, you must make both the qualifying bet and the follow-up bet with your own funds. But if you lose the latter, the sportsbook will return the entire cost back to you as immediately withdrawable cash. No need to make another wager if you prefer not to do so.
Best of all, losing a real money bet is not required at either sportsbook, as it generally is when a free bet offer is included in the welcome offer for new sign-ups. As an already existing customer, you can win and still qualify for these free bet and risk-free bet offers!
Weekly Free Bets at BetMGM Sportsbook
Start each week with a $10 Free Bet at BetMGM Sportsbook!
Sports betting at BetMGM Sportsbook has gotten more rewarding. Simply wager a total of $50 or more in qualifying wagers over the course of any given week (Mon.-Sun.), and win or lose, the following Monday, you will receive a $10 free bet! You can use the free bet on any game of your choosing.
How to participate in the BetMGM weekly Free Bet offer
The first week you wish to participate, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Log in to the BetMGM Sports NJ app on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device.
- Opt-in to the Money Monday Club
- Place a total of $50 or more in qualifying wagers over the course of the week.
Within 24 hours of the end of the promotion period, BetMGM will issue you a $10 free bet, which you can also use on any sport of your choosing.
Thereafter, you are automatically opted-in for the same offer for future weeks. However, each week’s play is tabulated separately. You cannot carry wagers over from one week to the next.
Additional terms and conditions
This promotion is ongoing and will continue weekly through December 31, 2020, unless the BetMGM website subsequently informs you otherwise. However, you can only access the offer once per week.
The minimum odds for each qualifying bet are -300 or greater. In addition, the outcome of your bet must be decided within the same promotional period in which you make the bet.
Do not cash out any bets that you wish to have counted as qualifying bets until the following week, as cashed out bets will not be considered.
You can redeem your $10 free bets either online or on the BetMGM mobile app. However, you must bet the entire $10 on a single wager within seven days.
The free bet is valid for sports betting only and cannot be used for casino games or poker.
If you win your free bet, you will receive the winnings but not the amount of the bet as a credit to your account.
Risk-Free Bets at Hard Rock Sportsbook
Hard Rock Sportsbook has come up with a potentially even more lucrative offer. However, it doesn’t give you the same degree of flexibility as the BetMGM offer since it applies to in-play bets only.
Make an in-play bet of $50 or more this week and get a risk-free bet next week
This offer runs through 11:59 p.m. Sun., Aug. 9 only. I contacted customer support to inquire if it will be extended after that, but the representative did not know.
In any case, you still have time to take advantage of it this week.
Simply place a single in-play wager of $50 or more in any sport anytime between now and 11:59 p.m. Sun., Aug. 9.
Win or lose, Hard Rock Sportsbook will reward you on Monday with a risk-free bet. However, the amount of the risk-free bet will vary as listed below based on the amount of your qualifying wager:
- $50 to $99: Get a $10 Risk-Free Bet
- $100 to $199: Get a $20 Risk-Free Bet
- $200 or more: Get a $50 Risk-Free Bet
How to participate in the Hard Rock Sportsbook promotion for a risk-free bet up to $50
If you’re a registered player at Hard Rock online and wish to take advantage of this offer, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Log in to your HardRockCasino.com or HardRockSports.com account before the end of the promotion period.
- Opt-in to the Risk-Free Bet promotion.
- Place a single in-play sports bet of $50 or more on any eligible game of your choosing.
Win or lose, depending on the amount of your wager, you will receive an offer for a risk-free bet of $10, $20, or $50 on Monday.
Additional terms and conditions
It remains to be seen whether or not Hard Rock Sportsbook will extend this offer. Meanwhile, be sure you understand all of the applicable terms and conditions.
The qualifying bet must be a single in-play wager. Straight bets, parlays, and futures don’t count. Wagers where the favorite has odds of -150 or greater will also not count.
Players who qualify for the $10, $20, or $50 risk-free bet from this offer will receive it within 24 hours of the end of the promotion period.
The risk-free bet must also be an in-play bet, and you need to make it within seven days of receiving the offer.
As with the qualifying wager, you must use your own funds. However, if you lose the bet, Hard Rock will refund the entire cost of the bet as immediately withdrawable cash.
On the other hand, if you win the risk-free bet, it is treated just like a regular winning bet. Both the cost of the bet and your winnings from the bet will be promptly credited to the cash balance in your account.
$100 risk-free bet for first-time sports bettors
If you will be making your first sports betting play at Hard Rock online, even if you have already accessed the Welcome Bonus for casino players, this NJ gambling website has another special offer for you that’s even better.
It’s a $100 risk-free free sports bet!
If you’re eligible, here’s what you need to do to get started:
- Log in to your HardRockCasino.com or HardRock Sports.com account.
- Click on the button to opt-in to this promotion.
- Deposit $100 or more.
- Then make a $100 in-play wager in any sport of your choice within the next seven days.
Within 24 hours of the bet being settled, win or lose, the cash balance in your account will be greater than it was just after you made the bet.
If you win, both the cost of your bet and winnings will be credited to your account cash balance.
However, if you lose the wager, you will still receive the entire $100 back in your cash balance. Then, it’s entirely up to you whether you would like to re-wager the money on other games or simply withdraw it. You are under no obligation to make another wager if you prefer not to do so.
The Hard Rock website does not specify any end-date for this promotion for first-time sports bettors, so it should be ongoing indefinitely.