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Marco Cerino

Marco Cerino is a 2007 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and a 2017 graduate from the Master's program at Temple University. Marco is a freelance writer based in South Jersey and has worked in sports at the minor and major league levels. He now covers the NJ online gambling industry.

About Marco Cerino

Marco Cerino is a 2007 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and a 2017 graduate from the Master's program at Temple University. Marco is a freelance writer based in South Jersey and has worked in sports at the minor and major league levels. He now covers the NJ online gambling industry.

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Atlantic City Casinos Will Reopen July 2nd!

Marco Cerino June 22, 2020
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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) announced Monday that the state will allow NJ casinos, NJ sportsbooks, and horse race tracks to re-open… but at 25 percent capacity on July 2nd, and that’s not all.

Garden State gaming facilities have been shuttered since mid-March, following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The go-ahead to re-open comes as part of Stage 2 in the state’s recovery process.

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Update: 6/23 at 2:28 PM EST

Monmouth Park will welcome back players for simulcast wagering and re-open the William Hill sportsbook on July 2nd, one day before live racing begins in Central Jersey. 

The track will celebrate its 75th season of racing with three days a week of events, including the marquee Haskell race, slated for Saturday, July 18th. 

“We’re grateful for Gov. Murphy’s leadership throughout this pandemic and look forward to getting back to some semblance of business as usual in these new times of a new normal,” Dennis Drazin, CEO of track operator Darby Development LLC, said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “We know our fans are as eager to return to Monmouth as we are to have them back.”

The park’s announcement comes hours after a big name in AC says they’ll wait until after the holiday weekend to reopen to the public. Borgata Casino will reopen on July 6th, according to a statement released Tuesday morning.

A “hosted, invitation-only event” will occur before welcoming back the public. 

The company will work off health guidelines established in May by parent company MGM. Some of the changes include screening employees and guests on entry, social distancing guidelines, including some physical barriers where needed, and digital menus for eateries.

The casino also plans to limit “amenity offerings” at first, with plans to restart some as restrictions are loosened.

“We are proud to be part of this resilient community that has remained strong and caring during these challenging months. When we reopen our doors, we do so with excitement to welcome back our employees and guests, and with an unwavering commitment to their health and safety,” said Melonie Johnson, President of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “Summer is a special time in Atlantic City, and we look forward to playing a part in offering some much-needed entertainment.” 

Atlantic City Casinos Open With Stipulations

Atlantic City Casinos have been preparing to re-open for weeks, with more protection for employees and encouraging social distancing by closing some slot machines. Murphy’s announcement will expand the threshold for indoor crowds from 50 to 100.

He didn’t make clear if the 100 maximum applies to expansive facilities like casinos. 

“While this guidance is not complete, you should fully expect that they will include mandatory face coverings, and masks, and health screenings for all visitors and staff,” Murphy said during his briefing. “You should also expect density limits or capacity limits to ensure social distancing while inside the casino, among other measures.” 

Murphy pledged to offer more details on public safety and health guidelines in the days to come, before the scheduled re-launch. Some casinos will offer “soft openings” to preview the changes for certain customers.

The timing allows them to welcome guests for the July 4th weekend, traditionally a major holiday for the Jersey Shore.

NJ Casinos Will Open With Rules In Place

In addition to Atlantic City, the state will reopen the horse racing facilities across the state, along with the sportsbooks operating on the premises.

This will return action to the state’s predominant retail facility run by FanDuel at the Meadowlands, along with William Hill’s windows at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.

The tracks will be allowed only 250 customers at once, the current outdoor facility maximum.

Murphy took a positive perspective as the state’s new cases and hospitalization numbers continue to fall. He noted should the downward trends continue, New Jersey will move into Phase 3, which will increase indoor and outdoor gathering sizes.

He did warn that any “knuckleheads” who blatantly ignored health guidelines, like wearing masks indoors, would be escorted off the premises.

Atlantic City and the gaming industry has suffered significantly during the shutdown, as the facilities that employ around 27,000 workers from dealers and pit bosses to wait for staff and housekeepers have gone dormant during a normally brisk period of the spring and early summer.

NJ Online Casinos During Pandemic

NJ Online casinos have managed to retain some business for their companies but the lack of traditional sporting options has hurt many with sportsbooks and clientele who like to bet live.

The state Senate has passed a relief plan for these companies, including tax breaks, interest-free loans, and grants to boost funds. Many unemployed have waited for food distributions organized by labor unions.

#WhenandWhere: Should Bettors Wait on MLB Futures Markets?

Marco Cerino June 19, 2020
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It’s mid-June and we still have no Major League Baseball. While there was some progress this week on a new deal, we still have no idea when the game will return and what it will look like when play resumes.

MLB Schedule 2020 – “Tell us when & where”

Players have been vocal in demanding they return to work while maintaining solidarity, including two of league’s biggest stars Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.

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Owners have hesitated to return as they’ll lose a lot of money without fans at games. While understandable, the fiscal drawbacks should be severely outweighed by the civic and societal boost America needs that the pastime’s return would provide. There are tremendous pressures to get baseball started at some point this summer.

However, what should NJ sports bettors consider before making futures bets at NJ gambling websites?

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Length of MLB 2020 Season

The biggest question facing negotiators is how many games will be played in the 2020 regular season. Currently, the number appears to be 60 or more.

Most of the major books have created minimum game thresholds to their player prop futures. While no one has over/unders for totals, the focus has shifted on who will lead baseball in certain stats, from home runs to saves.

For those considering these markets, pay attention to the parameters set out by the sites. There aren’t uniform guidelines being offered in NJ.

Usually, if a condition tied to a bet isn’t made, the wagers are voided and handle returned to players. Given the massive drop in business from the loss of live sports (especially during the non-football months of the spring and summer), this puts the books in a tight spot.

A spokesperson for PointsBet Sportsbook has said the company will provide new prices if a season is announced for less than the original length they offered. 

If the season goes shorter and the futures markets get re-priced, that could mean lower odds on favorites.

For instance, Mets slugger Pete Alonso is listed at +850 to +1100 across the boards to win the home run following his record-breaking rookie season.

With a shorter season, that price may come down significantly, along with other favorites like Mike Trout and Aaron Judge.

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MLB Schedule 2020 & Rules

The MLB 2020 season will look drastically different. How many games will be played and how the schedules shake out, along with the playoff format, will inform how odds and prices on teams may change.

If the league maintains the six-division structure, that likely means no interleague play until the World Series. Teams will likely limit travel with more intradivisional games. There’s still a chance the two leagues are merged and 10-team divisions become the norm.

As of now, the major NJ sportsbooks are not putting out any divisional markets. Most of them weren’t terribly competitive when the prices dropped. Team win totals have been replaced by winning percentages, which of course will be affected by season length and schedule format. 

The league’s most recent proposal includes a universal DH for this and next season. While some consider the removal of a pitcher from the batting order an abomination and limiting of strategy that makes National League games intriguing, it does lean towards keeping pitchers safe during a season that may include scheduled doubleheaders.

It also takes some pressure off new managers who may not know everyone so well to juggle replacements in their heads.

Along with a minimum batter rule for relievers, this should keep games from taking longer (which will certainly make bookmakers with closing times at their retail locations happier). 

Without certainty on scheduling and how many times teams will play, this makes the futures market an even greater gamble.

  • The proposal to switch Pittsburgh and Atlanta in the 10-team divisions obviously changes scenarios for their opponents.
  • Also, given the extension of border closures with Canada, what will the Blue Jays do?
  • A 16-team playoff with a best-of-three format for the first round could produce some upsets in the bracket.

Mid-price teams with strong pitchers atop their rotations (like most of the NL East) could get a boost with the new structure. 

There’s a lot to go over before they yell “Play Ball!” this season.

Yes, it will likely happen. Yes, I will be sad I can’t go get Bull’s BBQ and an expensive beer and enjoy a day at Citizens Bank Park to watch my beloved Phillies.

Yes, it won’t feel the same. However, any shred of normalcy becomes elevated and magnified today.

This one will do us a lot of good. Just tell us, the fans and the bettors, when and where.

Breaking Down New NHL Stanley Cup Futures With Playoff Plan In Place

Marco Cerino May 27, 2020
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%After weeks of waiting and dormancy through what’s usually the most exciting time of the calendar year, the NHL agreed Tuesday to an expanded playoff format when hockey resumes this summer.

Yes, it’s complicated and a bit convoluted. However, a 24-team playoff means we get even more of the most thrilling postseason. Yeah, that’s a good thing, especially for NJ online sports betting.

NHL 2020 Playoff Plan

The top four teams in each conference will “finish regular-season play” with a group stage round-robin, based on regular-season rules and format. That will determine the top four seeds after the play-in round.

Those teams will face the four survivors of teams ranked fifth through 12th, who will play a best-of-five series to make the round of 16. No word if the league will do the traditional reseeding after the first round. 

There are a lot of questions to yet be answered in terms of format, who plays where, etc. Of course, fans know that the season creeping into warmer months means ice quality becomes a factor. Add in the “hub cities” concept, and there’s no guarantee the fourth game in Las Vegas, Chicago, or even Edmonton will have the same sheet as the first game hours prior.

With the confirmation of the playoff format and the end of the regular season, the books brought back the Stanley Cup futures that have gone missing.

  • Of course, the oddsmakers wanted to confirm the season would return before posting prices.
  • If you’re holding a regular season prop bet, like team or player point totals, check with your book as some might void these plays.

NHL Stanley Cup Odds

  • Most major books have re-established conference and Stanley Cup champion odds.
  • Most of the prices, of course, are based on current seedings and regular-season finish.

For much of the year, the best team in hockey was the Boston Bruins. While the B’s couldn’t get it done last season at home against St. Louis, this is perhaps a stronger team and has earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference round-robin.

Most books have them as the top choice, ranging from +500 to +700.

With a 23.2 chance to win the cup, according to SportsClubStats.com projections, that favorite moniker seems fitting. 

The only other team who’s top on some boards is Tampa Bay, Boston’s division rival. In the format, they could be the top seed and control the bracket with their deep lineup and excellent goaltending from Andrei Vasilevsky.

They’re favored at DraftKings and PlaySugarHouse at +650, which is a comparable price to elsewhere.

The Blues returned most of their Stanley Cup team and finished with the most points out West. However, most oddsmakers don’t have them as favorites to make the finals.

They’re available from +750 to +1100 at the major books.

Most books have put the shortest price on the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who will likely get a lot of action from their local supporters.

  • Vegas is the favorite out of the West at three of the four major books, ranging from +700 to +850.
  • They are also the Western Conference franchise with the best odds to raise the Cup, according to MoneyPuck.com, at 12%.

Sportsclubstats’s favorite out of the West is Colorado.

  • The Avalanche have 15.5 odds to raise a third Cup in franchise history and edged out Vegas on Fanduel, earning the best price at +800.
  • Expect the Avs to draw some handle, now that sports betting is legal in Colorado.

If any team benefited the most from the format change, it was the Philadelphia Flyers. A late surge, coupled with a poor road trip by cross-state rival Pittsburgh, pushed the Flyers into the top 4, and they could easily improve their seeding in the round-robin.

Moneypuck has Philly with the best odds to win the cup at 13.%.

The books like them at +850 to +1100

Of the four major sports, this could be the toughest to forecast. Whoever advances out of the play-in series could dictate more about favorites’ odds than how the top four seeds fare in the round-robin.

This is a long, grueling playoff run where anything can happen. Ten years ago, the top four seeds lost in the first round in the East, and the conference was won by the seventh-seeding Flyers who staved off being down 3-0 in the semis. Watch the markets as things progress.

DraftKings creates Historic $1 Million DFS Contest for UFC 249

Marco Cerino May 7, 2020

Despite the stoppage of most North American sports from the coronavirus pandemic, DraftKings has done arguably the best among major gaming companies. They have expanded operations to new states, rolled out new content from Freeplay pools to NJ online casino games, and even successfully launched their IPO.

And now introducing… the DraftKings MMA Million!

In the first major live sports event since going public, DraftKings has a big offer for fans. For UFC 249 this Saturday from Jacksonville, the pioneers of daily fantasy are offering a million-dollar prize pool, their biggest on a single MMA card.

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  • $20 is the entry fee for the contest.

So those who have been waiting for “legitimate competition” or have been doing well in the freeroll events might want to get involved.

  • Top prize among the 58,823 entrants is $200,000

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New players can get involved too.

The standard $3 freeroll ticket with an initial deposit has been replaced with the $20 ticket for this special contest.

Greg Ehrenberg is DraftKings’ MMA DFS analyst.

On Thursday, he noted the DFS field is busy, despite the lack of traditional events. While many wonder if there should be a PPV in Florida during the lockdown, he believes the fans are ready to get involved.

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Greg Ehrenberg – DraftKings MMA DFS Analyst

“A lot of people are playing stuff like Korean baseball, which takes place overnight here,” he said. “As long as the event happens, there’s going to be a DFS contest.”

He expects the competition to sell out. 

UFC 249 is going on despite major concerns about travel and safety from the shutdowns.

The evening will go on without lightweight champion Khabib Nuragomedov, who was slated to defend his belt against Tony Ferguson. Instead, Justin Gaethje will enter the main event for the title.

DraftKings DFS Contest – How To Play

For those who have done DFS for other sports but not combat, it’s a bit different.

  • Pick six of the 24 fighters on the card for Saturday’s event with a $50,000 salary cap.
  • Fighters earn points for strikes, takedowns, advances, and other moves in the match.
  • However, there are more points available for quicker finishes so it’s key to weigh those objectives before selecting a lineup.

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Ehrenberg recommended players who aren’t familiar with MMA DFS should first check the odds on DK’s sportsbook. Usually, the DFS prices match up with the betting lines. Players should look at who might get an early finish. 

“A lot of times you’ll find value in terms of where a fighter has a better chance of winning, in terms of the odds they had earlier in the week,” Ehrenberg said. “Odds can swing during the week and sometimes the underdog in a bout when odds are released can become the favorite by the time the fighters enter the octagon.”

Even with the man who scared away Connor McGregor off the card, there are some recognizable names on Saturday’s lineup. Bantamweight champ Henry Cejudo will defend his title against Dominic Cruz. Former NFL standout Greg Hardy will open the PPV slate at heavyweight, while fan-favorite, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone headlines the prelims. 

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When asked for a “sleeper pick,” Ehrenberg picked Yorgan De Castro, Hardy’s opponent at heavyweight. Hardy is still green in MMA despite his 5-2 record.

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Castro isn’t giving up much weight but is 5 inches shorter. He could possibly get in on the former defensive end and control the match at short-range.

  • As an underdog, this could be the most noteworthy upset of the night.
  • Ehrenberg thinks De Castro could win by KO to move his UFC record to 7-0.

How Will Atlantic City Come Back From All This?

Marco Cerino April 20, 2020
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My girlfriend and I tried booking a room at Harrah’s casino on the marina in Atlantic City last month. As everything around the world shut down like a depressing domino rally, we figured we could squeeze in a weekend for her friend’s birthday.

We got a great deal for two nights for under $100. 

However, the shutdown order came through and our brilliant plan fell apart. We booked on a third-party site so we have credits for our next adventure, whenever that is.

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The shutdown of Atlantic City

March, often the month where foot traffic picks up along the famous boardwalk and casinos now expect a jump in revenue from the men’s basketball tournament, was a disaster for the gaming companies.

For New Jersey, the shutdown of AC’s casinos means more than dollars and sense. It strikes to the core of a community already on the verge of major upheaval.

Wednesday saw the grim numbers released by the Division of Gaming Enforcement. After closure on March 16, the casinos saw their gaming revenue drop over $130 million from last March.

  • Casino win was down over $137 million, while sports betting revenue fell over $18 million.

The rise in NJ online gambling helped bring in over $64 million for the month, a pittance of what could have been.

The American Gaming Association believes a two-month shutdown would cost the state $1.1 billion in economic activity.

How long will we wait?

About 33,000 casino workers are at home now, waiting. My dad used to be part of that group for over 20 years. His colleagues have changed over the years, with more coming from Asia and Latin America to forge a better life in the United States.

Many now work multiple jobs at different casinos to make ends meet.

Atlantic City and the communities that support it are hurting right now. The city itself has been under state control since 2016, as the erosion of casino activity caused five to close.

A vote to reorganize the municipal government from a nine-member council with a mayor to five councilmembers and a manager was scheduled for March 31 but got moved to May 12 by Governor Murphy.

The 2010s were not kind to the seaside resort. However, things started to turn around in 2018. The opening of two new casinos at the boardwalk’s north end in two vacated locations brought new life back, as did the surge of sports betting.

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AC will rise once again

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Fans came out to concerts, parties, and big sporting events watched at the books. Revenue began to rise and new jobs were filled. That can happen again.

NJ Sports betting, which has gone heavily online since the digital books opened in August 2018, will bring back customers. Fans will show up for the return of sports, especially if the Sixers and/or Flyers get on a playoff run. Summer nights with baseball may take a backseat if Carter Hart and Joel Embiid dazzle in the postseason. 

While Atlantic City is a destination like Las Vegas, it has a smaller window to visit. People are tired of being cooped up at home on quarantine and are dreaming of the warm summer days with a cooling breeze from the ocean. Seasonal business was a concern for the Jersey Shore but if things go back to normal by June, expect a busy summer.

  • The state and federal governments will do a lot to help AC get back on its feet.
  • The industry and unions that represent workers have lots of friends in Trenton.

While a lot of attention will go to the NYC suburbs after all the loss of life and business that has happened up there, the Legislature will not forget to help Atlantic County.

While we haven’t seen much out of Congress in specifics, the area has a major ally in Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ 2). The former state senator may have ruffled feathers when he changed parties but he’s always been a staunch advocate for Atlantic County.

  • When the budget crunch threatened another shutdown in 2018, he was part of the charge to make sure casinos stayed open during July.

Right now, industry and legislative leaders are holding their cards close to their collective vests in terms of recovery plans. Like hotels and other travel companies, gaming corporations are taking a major blow from this pandemic. Across the country, gaming venues are closed and losing millions daily.

Like so much of this crisis, we don’t know what we don’t know and that’s a major concern. There’s no consensus of when we can expect a return to business as usual.

  • Likely, casinos will be near the bottom of priorities for restarts, despite the history of the current Commander-in-Chief. 

However, there will be a need for people to congregate in groups eventually.

  • Either through the government’s coercion or our own inherent need to be together, concert venues and dance clubs will fill again.
  • People will want to hit the beaches and boardwalks.

Also, unless you have a mixologist or really good bartender quarantining with you, what are the chances you’re getting a free cocktail while you gamble online?

When the casinos and hotels reopen, I’m sure we’ll all be ready.

Atlantic City will glow from afar as patrons pack the trains and highways to visit.

We’ll probably be back in greater numbers because as much as we may not admit it, we miss being there.

DraftKings Offering Free-To-Play Pools & Prizes: This Is The ‘REAL’ Deal

Marco Cerino April 8, 2020
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Still waiting for sports to come back? Me too. DraftKings is apparently feeling that same way. Luckily, they’ve got some interesting FREE-TO-PLAY pools, where you can win REAL prizes.

Introducing DraftKings reality TV pools. Wait, what?

FYI: You should NOT be gambling during all this downtime just to fight boredom. These pools from DraftKings Sportsbook aren’t gambling at all – they are 100% free-to-play pools with chances to win some sweet prizes.

These fun-for-all pools offer some new ways to get involved with all the reality TV shows you have been binging on.

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Don’t deny it, you love every minute of trashy reality TV.

Here’s a rundown of some of the fun, free and non-gambling action on top reality TV shows from one of the nation’s best NJ gambling websites:


Chopped 4/7:

If you or someone you know loves cooking competitions, this is a great contest to enter. Maybe go on-demand or to a streaming service and catch up with the Food Network series about chefs preparing amazing dishes from unusual circumstances.

The DraftKings pool for Tuesday’s episode features 12 prop questions for a share of $1,000. The questions have 2-6 options and are fairly easy to grasp. Log in and lock in the answers before the 9 PM EST airing.


MTV Challenge 4/8:

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This is the “reality” of where we are today in the world of NJ online gambling.

(Get it? I said, “reality” because it’s a reality show. Ok, you don’t get it, or you would have laughed.)

Those of us who are old enough to remember when MTV only ran SOME reality shows probably remember when Real World and Road Rules participants started to face off in the Challenge Show on MTV. It’s still on the air.

Guess some contestants don’t wanna go back to regular lives.

The concept is pretty straightforward: People are assigned teams and compete in challenges of brawn and brain (mostly brawn considering its reality TV). Those who do well avoid elimination.

Eventually, people get sent home and the last one standing wins money but usually comes back to do more seasons.

This pool has 13 questions and a $1,000 prize for Wednesday night. Most of the questions are multiple-choice, with the exception of asking if Johnny Bananas will make a toast. I’ve started watching him on 1st Look, the show that runs after Saturday Night Live in my market. I prefer to sleep.

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Survivor 4/8:

This summer will mark the 20th anniversary of network television’s original reality elimination contest. Yes, that makes us old.

The show is still on Wednesday nights on CBS and is still going. Whether we’ll need it after the pandemic ends is a question for later. For now, there’s $1,000 at stake by answering 12 questions on the show. Enter by 8 PM EST on Wednesday. 


Real Housewives 4/9:

Even by reality television standards, this show is polarizing. The various editions have offered a glimpse into the lives of wealthy women across the country and showing money can’t buy happiness, or class, or even civil social interactions.

Thursday’s 12 questions focused around the NY series, for a $1,000 FREE pool. These are all two-option questions, which include a total on crying and whether drinks will be thrown or threaten to be thrown. It’s almost absurd and chaotic enough to make one want to watch.


Top Chef 4/9:

People are trying to learn to cook better while this pandemic rages. This is a good idea. I posted dinner last night on my Gram and thought I was being clever with tagging #quarantinecuisine. Turns out that’s an account already and well trending.

Top Chef has created some megastars in the food world and launched big careers in the restaurant industry. The pool for Thursday night’s show will offer $1,000 for anyone who can answer 15 questions on the show’s results, the largest menu on the prop board.


Weather 4/9:

Arnold Rothstein, the main gambler associated with the Black Sox scandal of 1919, was so scrupulous and involved a bettor it was said the only thing he didn’t wager on was the weather. That was the only thing he couldn’t fix.

Well, there’s a pool on the weather for Thursday. Guess the over/under for highs in 14 American cities for a shot at a $1,000 prize.


Harry Potter Popularity 4/12:

The girlfriend and I watched the first six movies over the course of a week while they were free on-demand. I never got into it since I figured it was kids’ stuff. They’re not bad, if a bit long.\

This is the shortest pool with 10 questions and a $1,000 prize. However, unlike reality shows or the weather, these involve the answers from entrants. Go with your heart or guess which option is most popular to win.


NFL Pools 6/1:

While we have no idea when we’ll have live games, the NFL has promised us we’ll at least have the draft later this month. Also, April is usually when the league releases schedules. Hopefully, they keep with that, regardless of the uncertainty around when games will play.

This is more like what sports betting fans know: answer 12 questions on prediction for division winners and playoff results.

We have a good idea of what will happen with free agency. The draft will likely answer some questions but present new ones.

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DraftKings Brings Back Free Super Bowl Squares Contest: $54K Guaranteed

Marco Cerino January 27, 2020
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The calendar is close to turning to February, which means it’s almost time for the Super Bowl. It also means it’s time for all the fun of betting on the big game, including the DraftKings Big Game Squares contest.

DraftKings Big Game Squares’ Rules:

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There’s a variety of contests out there from offices, social groups and even houses of worship. DraftKings hosts its a squares contest, with one difference: It’s free.

For new and existing account holders, a share of $54,000 is up for grabs at DraftKings Sportsbook.

It’s Hip to Pick a Square

Getting started is easy. Players can access the contest through promotions on the app or the book’s browser page.

Players don’t need to be in a legal sports betting state. However, the contest is only available through the sportsbook app. It’s not available on the DFS service.

Unlike other contests, the numbers have yet to be assigned. All entrants before kickoff will see the full board once the game starts.

The correct squares at the end of each quarter will win prizes. For the first and third quarters, the amount is $8,100. Halftime is worth $16,200, while the final is $21,600.

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Marco Cerino November 20, 2019
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For fans looking for something to do this weekend, Monmouth Park Sportsbook by William Hill is hosting an action-packed lineup of special guests, giveaways, events and more.

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  • Sunday, November 24 at 1:00 PM EST

Former Giants RB Rodney Hampton will be at the William Hill Sportsbook at Monmouth Park. For fans of a certain age, that’s a name remembered for some excellent seasons in the 1990s. Hampton was a first-round pick in 1990 and was on the Super Bowl XXV champs.

However, he was injured during the season and his replacement Ottis Anderson won the MVP in that heart-stopping game in Tampa. Hampton came back and rushed for over 1,000 yards in five straight seasons. His 6,897 yards in just eight seasons was a team record until Tiki Barber eclipsed it.

Hampton’s appearance highlights what will be a busy weekend at the Central Jersey book. Yeah, it’s cold and windy this time of year in Monmouth County but the schedule put out by William Hill has some hot action. 


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  • Friday, November 22 at 7:00 PM EST

Friday night is a watch party for the Devils-Penguins game. Former New Jersey Devil Grant Marshall, who won the Stanley Cup with the 2003 team and the 1999 Dallas Stars, will be there to meet fans. There will be giveaways, along with specials on Magic Hat’s “Woo Brew”. Hey anywhere with a burger and beer for $10 and wings with a pitcher for $20 is pretty good, especially a microbrew.


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Saturday night, fans can watch the world heavyweight boxing championship rematch between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz for free. Yeah, no cover like most bars and restaurants will have. Plus you can actually bet on the fights from your seat, legally.

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Sunday will feature Coors Light giveaways from 1 to 3 PM, along with food and drink specials. Hampton will take pictures and autograph items for fans.

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Giants legend along with his Super Bowl ring will be in the house! That’s pretty cool.

Heres How To Win Eagles vs Patriots Club Box Seats For This Sunday 11.17.19

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Week 11 brings perhaps the most anticipated match-up for the Philadelphia Eagles home schedule. The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots come to the Linc in a Super Bowl LII rematch.

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(Disclaimer: I used to sell club seats for the Eagles.)

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Fall is the biggest season for all NJ sportsbooks, and both of these teams drive significant business. The Pats have dominated the AFC and have a strong ATS record.

Historically, they’re outstanding coming out of the bye and after a loss. The Eagles get a lot of action as the home team. While their performance has been inconsistent this year, fans are starting to see signs of life as the team contends for the NFC East.

A win in the Super Bowl rematch would convince many skeptics this team could go on another magical run.

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This will not be a game to miss. In the last regular-season meeting, the Eagles had three return TDs, and Jordan Matthews 4th quarter score proved the difference in a 35-28 upset at Foxboro.

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Top Weekly Sports Betting Trends Around The Leagues

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Welcome to what might be the most fun time of year for handicappers, when the top NJ sports betting trends are forever changing. All Big 4 sports are in play, in some capacity. Baseball’s in the postseason, basketball is in the preseason, while football and hockey are just getting started in the regular season.

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October is a busy month for the books, shifting back to team sports following a summer full of events like golf and tennis. For players, it’s time to work systems and scrutinize the stats.

There’s a lot going on so let’s see if we can help you sort through all the info and prices. Here are some of this week’s biggest sports betting trends.

Playoff baseball is back!

Sorry to everyone in Minnesota but there are still seven teams in contention for the World Series. The divisional round will have two – possibly three – deciding game 5s.

According to vegasinsider.com, six of the top 10 betting trends currently are around Game 4 of the Astros-Rays series. Tampa staved off elimination on Monday night, can they win another and force a winner-take-all in Houston?

A lot of the money was flowing towards the Astros and the over. They are favored, have the best record in baseball, and are looking for their second world title in three years.

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It’s hockey night tonight!

The NHL season is in the first full week. One team drawing a lot of bets Tuesday night is Pittsburgh, who face Winnipeg at home.

The Pens will miss one of their big guns in Evgeni Malkin for a good stretch at the start. The Russian power forward is nursing an injury.

Pittsburgh might be a team to bet against as the team finds their identity without Geno. Yeah they still got Crosby, but they’ve lost some people from their consecutive Stanley Cup runs. 

The season start can be tricky as teams bring in new players and coaches. Those who follow the offseason closely could benefit.

New team atop the NFC East

DraftKings changed one major future pricing after Week 5 action with local import. The NJ powerhouse flipped the favorite to win the NFC East.

Dallas entered Week 5 as the division leader and lowest price at -132. Their loss at home to Green Bay dropped them to +110 and second choice.

Who’s the new leader? The Eagles, of course. Philly went from +135 to -110.  So make sure you check out the top NJ sports betting bonuses before making your bets.

The two teams will meet in Week 7 at Jerryworld and again in Week 16 at the Linc. By then, the positions should flip-flop and the prices will change a few times. Keep an eye on this race.

Prices Shorten for Niners, Colts

DraftKings only swapped one division leader on their price board. However, a few teams saw their odds drop while they maintained second choice status.

The Colts win in KC restored a lot of confidence in the team that may have gone away when Andrew Luck suddenly retired. Their futures price dropped from +275 to +175, getting some space from the Titans and Jaguars while inching closer to the Texans.

In the NFC, the 49ers dominance dropped their odds to win the NFC West from +225 to +165. This coupled with the Rams loss, which sent their three-peat price leaping from -150 to +140.

The Niners could be a harder sell. They got the early bye which means 13 straight games for them to play. That’s a tough division and a lot more travel to go to bring home the title.

Public leaning on two “superteams” to win NBA title

Sick of hearing about all this NBA kowtowing to the Chinese nonsense? I got you covered.

DraftKings posted the NBA title futures two weeks before the regular season starts. They have the Clippers as the favorites at +325. However, they’re only fifth choice for the public, at 6 percent of money bet.

Who’s number one? Why it’s the Lakers. LeBron has a big man he can trust (hopefully) and a good supporting cast. The King’s men are second choice in price at +425 and have 26 percent of the handle.

Most sports betting trends have the 76ers at the top of the East. The Sixers are second choice of the Eastern Conference teams (at +700) behind the Bucks (+650) but have 24 percent of the handle. 

This will be really interesting to watch, as DK expands to Pennsylvania. Look for those prices to change. 

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