This week’s casino news starts off with the latest revenue report. While 2020 was a dark year, 2021 has been surprisingly bright as casinos have thrived.
Casinos In the U.S. On Track for Record-Breaking Year
It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way that casinos operated around the world. Revenue numbers were slashed, properties were shuttered and players stayed home. There were concerns regarding their recovery but it seems that casinos in the United States have been bouncing back faster than expected.
According to the second quarter of 2021, gambling operators were able to reel in $13.6 billion worth of revenue. Compare that to their previous quarterly record and it was just $11.6 billion set back in 2019.
Nevada, one of the largest markets in the country, had been the leading charge for the United States all year long. They have four straight months of surpassing the $1 billion mark from their residents. Tourism making a small return has definitely helped them out in that category, though. Casinos have also shifted online – especially in the state of New Jersey – and that’s helped buoy some of the revenues in 2021.
Wisconsin Hopes to Jump on Sports Betting Bandwagon
Wisconsin seems to be sick of sitting back and watching other states reap the benefits of legalized sports betting. Nine states across the country have reeled in over $1 billion off of sports wagering with more on the way soon as football returns shortly. Wisconsin has mostly been slow to move on sports betting but governor Tony Evers caught many people off-guard when he announced that there was a change in the state gaming compact with the Oneida Nation.
The change will now allow Wisconsin to take sports bets, which is huge news for players in the area. This comes just a couple of months after a couple of political members felt that sports betting would “never” come to the state. They believed that allowing sports betting would simply jeopardize their current revenue streams but months later, that’s no longer a concern.
There are multiple other states in the process of legalizing sports betting themselves, including Florida who is in the middle of their battle. Meanwhile, California chose has put the subject to the ballot in conjunction with an upcoming election. Many have been wondering that if Wisconsin can 180 so quickly, maybe places like Texas and Hawaii can too.
MaximBet Partners Up with White Mountain Apache Tribe
Magazine giant Maxim has recently partnered with CarouselGroup to rebrand SportsBetting.com and make it into MaximBet. The sports betting element could give the brand new life while the betting brand itself looks set to compete with some of the big boys. MaximBet will be arriving in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa and New Jersey within the coming months but the company is also looking to get a license to operate in Arizona. The emerging online sports betting company has just reached an agreement with the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona. This comes shortly after the state was able to legalize sports betting. The next step will be for the sportsbook to earn one of the licenses being handed out by the state.
Daniel Graetzer, the CEO of MaximBet, said that their company couldn’t be happier to work with the tribe in order to bring a renewed experience to the state. He went on to say that residents of Arizona will fall in love with their consumer-friendly app and fantastic customer service.
You can expect MaximBet to offer a delightful sports betting experience for both veterans and novice bettors alike. There should also be a couple of interesting promotions as well to bring in some new players, including a juicy welcome bonus. Typically, new sportsbooks offer some of the best bonuses. For now, they are running a contest for everyone to join at biggamecontestla.com where anyone can signup to enter the draw to win $50,000 and four tickets to the Super Bowl this year.
DraftKings has been in the news this week for a couple of big reasons. We’ll start off with their latest acquisition as they’ve shelled out well over a billion to bring another company into the fold.
DraftKings Makes Huge Move With Golden Nugget Purchase
Sports betting giant DraftKings has just expanded portfolio with the purchase of Golden Nugget. Variety has reported that DraftKings was able to buy Golden Nugget Online Gaming for a whopping $1.56 billion. It is going to be an all-stock type of agreement and should give DraftKings a major boost in players – especially on the casino side of things. Golden Nugget usually maintains around five million players, which will all be making the switch to DraftKings now.
The deal has already been approved by the board of directors and should be finalized in the first quarter of the 2022 year. Golden Nugget was only worth around $745 million back in June of 2020, yet they were able to flip the script and sell it for double 14 months down the line as online business grew throughout the pandemic.
The Golden Nugget has been one of the most consistent platforms in New Jersey, consistently ending months with just over a third of the total market share. This company also recently launched over in Michigan, a state that created a new online gambling market not too long ago.
DraftKings NFT Marketplace Allowed One User To Grab Every Tom Brady Autograph Issue Available
Sticking with DraftKings, another area where they have been expanding is non-fungible tokens in the cryptocurrency space. Their inclusion into the NFT world didn’t really go as they had hoped as one buyer was able to scoop everything up. Up for auction were a number of different types of sports memorabilia, including some Tom Brady-signed items. One user was somehow able to obtain all five Tom Brady autographed NFTs that were available. They were numbered 100 (twice), 50, 25 and 12.
There was over 20,000 people sitting and waiting for nearly a half an hour before the autograph could become live. Unfortunately, one person got access and bought them all, which has people wondering if there was a glitch in play.
The user, named SweetBabyNicco, turned around and flipped all of the NFT’s but one of them. In total, he earned $75,500 profits after his sales compared to the $3,250 that he spent to obtain all of them. He still holds one of the NFT’s, which is up for sale.
Upcoming New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Has Great Ties Within Gaming Industry
This past week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to step down. Leaving the politics aside for now, a number of people in the gambling sector have wondered where the state is heading with Kathy Hochul set to take over. New York could now be headed in a completely different direction in the next couple of months – especially with sports betting.
Hochul will not only be the first female governor of the state, she could also bring new light to the gambling industry up there. Her husband, William Hochul, has a terrific job at Delaware North, one of the biggest gaming firms in the country. That’s led the early speculation to suggest that she’ll be far more friendly to gaming.
Hochul now has an opportunity to oversee the New York State Gaming Commission, which is already reviewing applications from a few gaming companies who want sports betting licenses. Many entities have been trying to bring online sports betting to the state but things have mostly stalled. We’ll see if something changes now that she’s in charge.
A new form of horse betting is coming to New Jersey. Those looking to bet on the ponies are going to be happy with the news. We’ll start there as we recap this week’s key casino headlines.
Gov. Murphy Signature Legalizes Fixed-Odds Horse Racing
Fixed-odds horse racing is finally set to touch down in New Jersey. With New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signing this bill, residents of age in the Garden State will soon be able to lock in horse odds at the time of betting. This bill was supposed to be signed a couple of months ago but there were too many bills trying to get thrown together towards the end of their legislative period, which ended up delaying it.
What NJ Tracks Will Offer Fixed-Odds Horse Betting?
Monmouth Park intends to be the first of the three NJ racetracks to offer fixed odds, possibly before the 2021 horse racing season comes to a close. Freehold Raceway and Meadowlands Racetrack are the other two Garden State locations. As far as how fixed-odds wagering will be rolled out, Monmouth Park plans include designated betting windows on the grandstand and clubhouse levels. Additionally, there will be TV screens displaying current odds.
The minimum wager is set at $1 for now and anybody over the age of 21 can place bets.
BetMakers, an Australian-based horse betting company, recently signed a 10-year deal with the state of New Jersey to handle the betting lines for the tracks. DraftKings, BetMGM and FanDuel are all likely to join the mix of sportsbooks for horse racing in the near future as well, so if you see it pop up on their websites, you’ll now know why.
Nevertheless, New Jersey is set to become the first state to officially legalize fixed-odds horse racing.
Penn National Purchases Score Media
Penn National Gaming has decided that they want to take a massive step forward with their acquisition of Score Media and Gaming. They had to shell out $2 billion in cash and equity in order to finalize this transaction, which adds to their growing portfolio of content and gaming, including Barstool Sports. Penn National seems to be looking to take advantage of single-game betting makings its way to Canada as this could pave the way for them to make inroads in the North.
In case you’re wondering about the gaudy figure, it is quite the impressive haul for TheScore. Penn had previously acquired Barstool Sports for roughly $163 million. theScore has reset the market for these types of acquisitions, so other companies can now look to surpass their figures.
The combination of theScore and Barstool Sports now gives Penn access to plenty of content as well as potential customers. Sports fans love both brands and now if Penn can convert them into sports betting customers, they’ll easily be able to justify these purchases.
Women’s Sporting Events Fueled Olympic Betting
The Olympics aren’t often a big event in the sports betting community. Other than a few events like golf, tennis, and basketball, it’s mostly amateurs participating and it’s hard to handicap the matchups. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to note that it was the women’s events that fueled betting at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
According to PointsBet Sportsbook, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Beach Volleyball were among the surprising leaders in bets, coming in second and third, respectively. A big factor may have been the time difference between the United States and Japan. The men’s basketball team, which eventually did win the gold medal, played most of their games in the hours of the early morning on the East Coast in the Eastern Time Zone. The men’s basketball team did end up pulling in the most action at PointsBet in terms of the Olympics as they reeled in 26% of the bets.
One big factor favoring the ladies at the 2020 games is that many of this year’s stars were females. That includes swimmer Katie Ledecky, gymnast Suni Lee, and women’s volleyball duo Alix Klineman and April Ross.
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig
This week’s casino news starts off with sports betting giant DraftKings, who is under federal investigation. While the headline might sound daunting, the news isn’t as major as most would have you believe.
DraftKings Under Federal Investigation For SBTech Deal
DraftKings has found themselves in the hot seat as they are currently under federal investigation over their purchase of SBTech, a Bulgarian sports betting provider. There are alleged violations of the Securities Exchange Act regarding DraftKings’ purchase of SBTech, as first reported by Hindenburg Research.
One DraftKings spokesperson doesn’t seem to be too worried about the allegations though, saying:
“It is not uncommon for the SEC to investigate allegations. The SEC inquiry does not suggest any wrongdoing or agreement with the short-seller allegations, and we intend to cooperate with the SEC inquiry.”
There is no doubt that the company has plans to stand up for themselves. And they seem to believe they won’t be severely damaged by this investigation.
DraftKings also has some issues regarding tax challenges as the Internal Revenue Service is auditing the sports betting giant over taxes paid in years past. Apparently, the issues are focused on taxation of fantasy sports contests. If they find that the numbers don’t add up, DraftKings could be forced to pay a sizable penalty.
Betting Giants Unveiling Growth Amid Takeover Speculation
A couple of United States gambling giants just released their growth numbers amid takeover deals speculation. Flutter and Entain showed six exceptional months of growth, which could put them into position for a takeover deal in the future. After all, aren’t takeovers the hottest thing in the sports betting space these days?
Entain has been watching their value increase steadily over the past couple of months ever since MGM Resorts has been rumored to buy them. MGM had a multi-billion dollar deal almost finished up before things broke down in the end. There are some insiders who believe the two sides are still negotiating.
With restrictions around the United States slowly easing, players in the online gambling market have been able to expand pretty quickly. We could see online gambling expand even further in the coming months to several additional states.
Sports Betting Outpost Coming To Wrigley Field?
The Chicago Cubs have finally gotten themselves one step closer to allowing sports betting at their home stadium. This past week, the City Council committee approved their request to construct a 22,450 square foot structure. The location is Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue. It is going to be a two-story building located adjacent to their stadium and early estimations expect construction to take at least a year to be fully built. Customers will be able to pop in there and bet on sports if they want to get in on the action.
This new idea likely stems from their newfound partnership with DraftKings, a deal that was struck back in 2020. They came to the decision that they wanted to partner up for an official sportsbook. If it pans out, this sportsbook will be the first located at a professional sports stadium in the US.
They aren’t out of the woods completely yet, though. They still need approval from the full City Council along with the National Park Service and the Illinois Gaming Board. However, after a unanimous decision from the first committee, things are looking good. The Cubs said that this sportsbook will be a terrific way for them to connect with their fans.
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This week’s casino news starts off in Atlantic City where the gaming hub is pumping out great revenue numbers. We’ll start there as June was a record month.
Atlantic City Casino Revenue – Monthly Gambling Record Set
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be receding and the casinos in Atlantic City are not only recovering but are continuing to thrive. It was just reported that the casinos there were able to break the record on gross gambling revenue in a single month for June, claiming around $345 million from bettors.
However while Atlantic City’s gross gaming revenue set a new monthly record, the land-based operations still have a ways to go before achieving pre-pandemic levels again.
- Compare those numbers to June of 2020, the final stats show a four-fold increase.
- Of course, keep in mind that many casinos were hit hard at this time last year.
- If you were to add on racetrack sports betting to the figures, those June numbers take another solid leap, rounding out at $393 million.
- It was even a large amount more than those nine casinos brought in during June of 2019, which was only $278 million.
With the COVID-19 restrictions slowly starting to fade away and travel beginning to open back up, bettors are flocking to casinos to get the fill of excitement they’ve been missing. Hopefully, it is able to stay this way to further help the recovery of numerous places around the world.
Mohegan Digital Switches To FanDuel For Connecticut Bettors
Mohegan Digital has made a big switch in the state of Connecticut when it comes to who is managing their sports betting product. They have renegotiated their contract with Kambi in order to deal in FanDuel to the mix.
This partnership means that FanDuel to operate one of the three online sportsbooks over in Connecticut. That isn’t all, though, as they will be the operators of daily fantasy sports and an online casino.
The only question that they didn’t answer when announcing the FanDuel Sportsbook addition was about their online poker section. It is worth noting that FanDuel works under the parent company Flutter, which also happens to own PokerStars.
Maybe if everything works out for Connecticut, we could see PokerStars join FanDuel in the state to instantly give themselves a powerful market all around. If you’re a sports bettor or poker player in the state, this is all good news.
State Regulators Dish Out Fines To Casino And Sports Betting Companies
Flipping over to Iowa, it hasn’t been a great month for casino and sports betting operators. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission recently handed out a few fines, one of them landing at the doorstep of a casino while two others were sent the way of sports betting companies.
It turns out the casino in question was The Wild Rose Casino located in Jefferson. They were fined $20,000 because they accidentally allowed a 20-year-old woman to enter their gambling floor. Their general manager has since openly apologized to the commission for the mistake but it still cost them a decent sum of money.
Another company that was hit with a fee was the William Hill sportsbook as they were fined the same amount of money. Their penalty was due to two different betting machines being left on by mistake. They also accidentally allowed a person to use their mobile app despite not doing the in-person registration.
Finally, they hit the PointsBet Iowa sportsbook with a minor $7,500 fine for not updated their self-exclusion list. They have since adjusted and should be set to move forward.
It’s nice to see that regulators are doing their job. For years, customers have played online in gray markets and there’s been absolutely no oversight. Nowadays, regulators and gaming commissions can keep their eye on things like this to make sure that operators are not only following the rules but are treating customers properly.
Good news for casino players: DraftKings has launched a standalone casino app in the state of New Jersey. Previously offered as one app along with the sportsbook, they now offer its casino customers a dedicated DraftKings Casino app, which means you can play all of the fun casino games you’ve previously been enjoying on the NJ gambling website in an optimized experience for mobile.
App Ideal For Smart Devices
One of the biggest challenges for gaming on the go is that casinos don’t always have a dedicated app. That means gaming through the mobile browser can sometimes lead to a less-than-optimal experience or in DraftKings case, they previously had it lumped in with the DraftKings Sportsbook app.
However, the launch of the standalone DraftKings Casino app means that customers of the brand will now have a faster, smoother experience playing any of the casino games.
The app will be available both in the Play Store (Android) and in the App Store (Apple), so just have a search there and then download to play.
Lots Of Gaming Available
The DraftKings Casino app will offer a number of revamped classics, like Blackjack and Roulette, and will also offer some exclusives. Their portfolio includes all of the major game developers like International Gaming Technology (IGT), Slingo, Scientific Games, and many more.
In terms of the total selection, DraftKings Casino offers more than 250 different slots, double-digit varieties of Blackjack, and a fully-stocked live casino. That means you can play games with a live dealer 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you’ve been itching to try out DraftKings Casino, now is a good time to do it. They’re offering a $200 cash-back offer where you can game for your first 24 hours risk-free. If you happen to incur any losses, they’ll credit you back up to $200.
The NFL Draft is normally a relatively minor sports betting event but with the coronavirus pandemic forcing major sports into a hiatus, the draft set new records for wagering this past week.
We heard some early reporting from ESPN as sportsbooks in New Jersey told them that they’d see about 10 times the action year-over-year and now that the draft is over, we have some hard figures to report.
Sportsbook See Big Spike In NFL Draft Betting
For the most part, NJ online sportsbooks in the Garden State haven’t been overly specific about their sports betting numbers in regards to the draft but what we do know is that they all saw gains.
PointsBet was fairly general as they reported that their numbers “absolutely crushed” the 2019 NFL Draft handle. As for PlaySugarHouse, they saw a four-fold increase year-over-year. Meanwhile, FanDuel likened the action on the NFL Draft to a popular Thursday Night Football game, which is quite impressive.
All of this shows just how much bettors have been craving any semblance of action. The Draft didn’t even present any gameplay or battle, per se, yet fans were still dialed into to see who’d go first at each position and how all of the various props would grade out.
Biggest Offering Ever For Betting Options
One of the reasons that this draft was such a sports betting spectacle was because of the sheer volume of betting lines on the board. It’s important to note that there were times in the past where bettors in Vegas would have to go from sportsbook to sportsbook just to find a single line on the NFL Draft.
Even if books carried some odds, it wouldn’t be much more than a handful of options. The 2020 NFL Draft was completely opposite as sportsbooks went all out with a massive menu of options.
That included bets on who’ll be the first/second/third overall, who’ll be first drafted at each position, head-to-head matchups among players, what players each team will target, props on if the team’s first pick will be offense or defense, trades, number of players drafted by school and many more.
What was even more surprising – and something that’s rarely ever been seen – is sportsbooks coming back with lines for Round 2.
DraftKings led the way as they had a huge variety of lines, which they posted late Thursday night/Friday morning after the first round was finished. That meant bettors had options to sift through on Friday before the second round started at 7:00 p.m. ET.
A huge factor here is that we’re really short on sports betting events. However, sportsbooks deserve credit for really making the most of this to offer customers more betting options than they’ve ever seen before for this event.
Receiver, Quarterback Props Were Of Particular Interest To Bettors
Some of the most popular props on the board for the NFL Draft turned out to be the ones focused on receivers and quarterbacks. With receivers, there was rampant debate ahead of the draft as to which who’ll be first taken and what the order will be for the top three.
PlaySugarHouse’s largest bet of the day was that Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb would be the first wideout taken.
- That player ended up losing just shy of $5,000 when Henry Ruggs III, who was priced at +400, was drafted first.
As for the quarterbacks, they attracted plenty of action as bettors piled in on the Tua Tagovailoa props. They did pretty well against the book as many bettors accurately predicted that he’d be the second quarterback off the board.
PointsBet ran an odds boost promo, bumping Tua to be the second quarterback off the board from -115 to +140, and they ended up paying out quite a bit when that rang true.
The other quarterback that drew a lot of interest was Oklahoma signal-caller Jalen Hurts. Originally, Hurts was in the mix with Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm to be the fifth quarterback selection (and the first in Round 2).
Instead, Hurts ended up being the only one of the three to go in the second round.
- When the odds opened up at PointsBet (after the first round was over), Eason was at +100, Hurts was at +180, and Fromm was at +425 to be first selected in the second round.
- So much money piled in on Hurts that he ended up closing as a -175 favorite with Eason dropping to +150 and Fromm falling to +900.
Many bettors were bullish on Hurts, though, as his over-under for a draft position opened up at 69.5 at PointsBet but ended up closing at 48.5 as the under kept getting pounded.
DraftKings saw similar action on a related prop as Hurts opened at +200 to be taken in the first two rounds but closed at -225. Of course, the Philadelphia Eagles stunned a lot of people when they selected Hurts in the second round at No. 53.
What About Next Year?
DraftKings Sportsbook has already opened up betting lines for the 2021 NFL Draft where Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a -305 favorite to be the first pick in the draft.
They’ve also posted props on who’ll be the first quarterback, running back, offensive lineman and wide receiver to be taken. Here’s hoping that sportsbooks in New Jersey offer this type of selection for next year’s draft and that this isn’t just a one-off because there aren’t any other sports happening right now.
The Philadelphia Phillies made a splash last offseason when they added Bryce Harper to the roster, along with several other former All-Stars.
While the thinking was that a Phillies team that finished 80-82 in 2018 would be propelled to new heights in 2019, the reality was that the team regressed by one victory in the win column.
As we look ahead to the 2020 season, a lot of people are wondering if Harper can get back to his MVP level and whether other key players on the roster like Aaron Nola can help lead this team back to the playoffs.
FOX Bet has posted odds booster specials on Harper winning the MVP award and Nola winning the Cy Young, so let’s take a closer look at each prop and see if there’s any value.
Harper National League MVP Odds
Harper was among the top competitors to win the 2020 NL MVP award (he was seventh in line, according to the odds) but FOX Bet has given him a boost. Here’s the updated line:
- Original Odds To Win NL MVP: +1600
- Current Odds To Win NL MVP: +2000
To translate what the means, if you were to bet $100 on Harper to win the award and he came through, you’d win $2000. Now the question is does Harper have a good shot?
When you take a look at the race for the MVP, WAR has become a very important number in that category. For five straight seasons, the player that led the National League in WAR was eventually named the MVP, which includes Harper back in 2015.
The challenge for Harper is that his WAR numbers have declined since then. In 2015, he was at 9.9 when he clubbed 42 home runs, had 99 RBI’s and six stolen bases while batting .330. However, his subsequent WAR numbers have looked like this:
- 2016: 1.6
- 2017: 4.7
- 2018: 1.3
- 2019: 4.2
Last year was solid but it wasn’t good enough. To put what a WAR of 4.2 means in perspective, that ranked him 21st last season.
The real question here is what do you think happens with his batting average and what happens with the Phillies? If his batting average can get back over .300 – something that’s only happened once in the last four seasons – then his WAR should start to approach the numbers he’ll need.
Secondly, will the Phillies be in contention? If you believe so, he’ll have a decent shot to win it and at 20/1, the payout is juicy. However, if you don’t think either of these fall his way, you might want to stay away.
2020 NL MVP Odds
- Mookie Betts +550
- Cody Bellinger +650
- Christian Yelich +750
- Ronald Acuna Jr. +900
- Juan Soto +1100
- Fernando Tatis Jr. +1500
- Bryce Harper +2000
Aaron Nola Cy Young Odds
When it comes to Nola, FOX Bet is also handing out a generous boost as they’ll pay out +2800 if Nola comes through, which is a $600 bump over the +2200 he’s priced at.
Original Odds To Win NL Cy Young: +2200
Just like WAR was important for the MVP race, it’s similarly as important for the Cy Young Award. The eventual Cy Young winner has been first in three of the last four years, and first or second in seven straight seasons.
Coincidentally, the last time a player led the league in WAR and didn’t win the award was Nola in 2018.
The question with Nola is will he be able to duplicate his 2018 season. He went 17-6 that season and had a WAR of 10.5. He lost out because Jacob deGrom edged him in WHIP slightly and allowed more than a half-run less in terms of ERA.
While those numbers were good enough for Nola to win the award, the question is if he can do it again. Beyond that, the Phillies also have to play well. If they get to the playoffs and Nola is leading the National League in WAR, he’ll be among the front runners.
If you think he’s got a chance, you can now get him at +2800 with the odds boost, which will put some more money in your pocket if he does come through.
2020 NL Cy Young Odds
- Max Scherzer +400
- Walker Buehler +750
- Jack Flaherty +900
- Stephen Strasburg +1200
- Clayton Kershaw +1600
- Yu Darvish +1800
- Luis Castillo +2000
- Aaron Nola +2800
The NFL free agency (read: tampering) period has been an absolute blast, especially since sports fans don’t exactly have a whole lot else to focus on these days.
From Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots to the trades of star wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs, there was a lot of big news breaking every day at NJ Gambling Websites.
Tom Brady talks Gisele’s famous dig at WRs
Remember what Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele, went nuts on a heckler after the Super Bowl loss versus the Giants?
“My husband cannot f—— throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times,” Gisele said after Super Bowl XLVI.
Well, Tom hasn’t forgotten about it either.
“You know, my wife said, ‘He cannot throw the ball and catch it?’ That’s the truth. There (are) a lot of guys who have been on the other end of catching all those passes,” Brady said.
Wait; what?! Oh, OK, Tom. I see what you’re trying to say.
Brady suggested the opposite of how Gisele felt. She felt that her husband’s teammates were holding him back; he feels that he wouldn’t be where he is now if it wasn’t for his WRs.
But who is right and who is wrong? And why would he bring up THAT quote when giving praise to his former WR?
Either way, it’s been over seven years since Welker’s drop, so Brady clearly feels enough time has passed to make light of his wife’s stinging comments.
“Wes is one of my best friends. He always will be,” Brady added. “Wes knows how I feel about him. What an amazing player he was.”
Now that the dust has settled — for the most part — let’s take a look at some of the best NJ sportsbooks and see how the Super Bowl futures have changed from before free agency.
NFL Teams on the Rise
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +3500
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +1700 at DraftKings
The Bucs were one of the big winners in free agency as they won the Tom Brady sweepstakes. As a result, their Super Bowl futures shortened all the way down from +3500 to +1700. Only the San Francisco 49ers (+900) and the New Orleans Saints (+1300) have shorter odds in the NFC.
The big rumor making the rounds now is that the Bucs will try to add Antonio Brown to the mix. The troubled wideout has been out of the league and dealing with all sorts of legal and family issues.
On the surface, a Brown-Brady-Mike Evans-Chris Godwin offense would be incredible. Of course, Brown might torpedo the team too but expect the Bucs odds to shorten if they do get their hands on Brown.
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +3300
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +2200 at FanDuel
The Bills were busy in free agency as they acquired a No. 1 wideout in Stefon Diggs and then adding some good pieces to their defense like Mario Addison, Vernon Butler and Quinton Jefferson.
The Bills’ defense was ranked third in the NFL last season, so adding these types of quality pieces is going to make them one of the top units in the NFL once again.
The Bills also benefited greatly from Brady leaving the AFC East. Their path to winning the division or conference has gotten a lot easier as a result.
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +15000
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +8000 at William Hill
The Dolphins are still extreme longshots to win the Super Bowl, but their odds shortened significantly after free agency. They had a really big haul, including cornerback Byron Jones, offensive lineman Ereck Flowers and running back Jordan Howard – to name a few.
We’ll see what they end up doing in the 2020 NFL Draft in terms of their quarterback of the future. As of now, the Dolphins have boosted the talent on their roster significantly.
NFL Teams on the Decline
New England Patriots
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +1600
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +2000 at DraftKings
Of course, the Patriots were one of the biggest fallers in terms of the 2020 Super Bowl futures. They were at +1600 beforehand right before free agency, but many people felt that was a good value bet as they might be able to bring Brady back.
Instead, the Patriots didn’t even make an offer to Brady as they watched him sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The bigger issue for the Patriots is that they have no clear option to replace Brady on the roster and the offense is otherwise in shambles. Sure, there’s Julian Edelman, but the receiving corps were several bricks short of a load even with Brady.
They haven’t done much to fix that. With guys like Hunter Henry and AJ Green getting the franchise tag, and the Pats missing out on DeAndre Hopkins and Diggs, they are really in a tight spot to improve their offense.
As far as who is their starting quarterback for Week 1 in 2020? As of right now, it looks like Jarrett Stidham could be the guy. Options like Andy Dalton and Cam Newton are still out there, though.
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +3100
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +3300 at PointsBet
It’s interesting to see that the Browns have fallen as they were one of the more active teams in free agency. They inked Austin Hooper to a contract, making him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.
Then they also filled a big need by signing tackle Jack Conklin. On defense, they added Kevin Johnson and Karl Joseph to their secondary.
Even so, the oddsmakers were nonplussed as the Browns actually dropped from +3100 to +3300. Maybe they’re cautious as the Browns were very busy the last offseason and ended up falling on their face once the regular season started.
It’s the final week of sports before March Madness betting takes center stage. That on the college basketball scene, it’s conference tournament time, but we still have plenty of other exciting activities around too.
The XFL season has reached its halfway point, the NBA and NHL are making their final moves for the playoffs and Major League Baseball is in the midst of spring training.
Here’s a look at what’s on tap for this week as well as our best bets.
Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers
Odds at William Hill Sportsbook:
The Philadelphia 76ers are at one of their low points as they’ll enter Wednesday’s action as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference after having lost five of their last seven games. That includes a loss on the road to the Steph Curry-less Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
The Warriors have the fewest wins in the NBA this season.
As bad as it’s been for Philadelphia, they should get back on track on Wednesday for two reasons. For one, they’re back at home and they’re 28-2 at home compared to 10-24 on the road.
And secondly, they’re hosting the Pistons, who have been absolutely miserable. The Pistons have just one win in their last 12 games and three in their last 20. The last team they faced the 76ers, Philadelphia won 125-109.
Even though the 76ers are banged up, they should be able to take care of business rather easily in this spot to get the win and the cover.
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Dallas Renegades at DC Defenders
Date: Sunday, March 15th
We’ve got a ridiculously low number on the board in this game and it’s easy to see why. The two offenses playing in this game have been extremely weak over the last few games, so the oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook are not expecting many points. I’m actually expecting even fewer points than that at other NJ sportsbooks.
DC is coming off a 15-6 win over the St. Louis BattleHawks, which was important as DC had been blown out in back-to-back contests. Their offense is really laboring as they have scored a total of just 24 points over their last three games in total. They’re just really laboring to move the ball.
As for the Renegades, they’re also in a similar position as they’re without lead quarterback Landry Jones. Even with Jones in the lineup, the Renegades had a tough time getting things done on offense as they hadn’t scored more than 25 points in a game this season. On the year, they’re averaging just 18.0 points per game.
Philip Nelson got his first start of the season in Week 5 and he had a rough outing. He completed just 57% of his passes along with two picks. He had just a 4.3 yards-per-attempt on the day, which is awful. The running game produced just 56 yards.
Add it all up and I’m not expecting to see many points in this game at all. Take the under.
Pick: Under 35
Odds To Win Southwest Division
DraftKings does a great job of rehanging their futures on the board and one of the sections I’ve been perusing has been the NBA futures.
Each night, they have lined up on who’ll win the respective divisions and I think we have a good opportunity with the Southwest Division.
The general thinking all season long is that the Houston Rockets are going to win the division but to me, this looks like a team that’s in decline. They have lost four in a row with some really ugly losses in there (Orlando Magic at home, New York Knicks on the road) and I just see this team as having some issues wit their smallball lineup.
During their four-game losing streak, they’ve been outrebounded by 35.
There’s no question that the Mavs have also been kind of treading water as they are 12-11 in their last 33 games. That’s a step back from their 27-15 start. However, they have a real opportunity to win this division as they’re just a game back whereas the oddsmakers have them at +160. Keep in mind that they still get to host the Rockets two more times down the stretch.
In my eyes, this is closer to a coin flip than the odds show. That being the case, I’d take a shot with the Mavs to win the Southwest.
Pick: Mavericks +160
March Madness Betting Has Already Begun
Big Ten Tournament – It’s conference tournament week in college basketball, which means we’re going to see a lot of great games. Specifically, the Big Ten tournament is going to be incredible. There are six teams ranked in the Top 25 and probably three others that will make the NCAA Tournament. This will be quite the episode of survivor.
Selection Sunday – After all of the conference tournament action is finished, we’ll have the March Madness Selection Show, which will air on CBS on Sunday night and reveal the field of 68. That means that as soon as the show is over, it’s time to get into the brackets and start betting all of the NCAA Tournament futures.
UFC Fight Night – Lee vs Oliveira – Kevin Lee has been talking a lot of trash about Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Now the No. 8 Lightweight in the world will get to show what he’s got when he takes on Charles Oliveira on Saturday. Oliveira has won six fights in a row and all have ended via stoppage, so this should be an entertaining bout as both fighters look to make their way up the ladder.
See you same time next week when we start off the week with our Best Bets Of The Week!