What a year. Here were some of the 2019 sports betting trends that caught our attention.
FanDuel sportsbook logged an array of milestones, large bets, and phenomenal payouts, taking its place as a premier gambling establishment in 2019.
Here are some facts, figures, oohs and ahs from its version of a championship season.
2019 Year in Review
Mattress Mack’s $1.5 million online wagers on the Astros to win the World Series was 2019’s largest single bet of the year at the FanDuel Sportsbook.
It also generated enormous publicity and, significantly for FanDuel, did not have to be paid out, because the Washington Nationals won their first-ever championship.
11/25 marked the FanDuel Sportsbook’s largest parlay payout of 2019. A Customer placed $200 on a 15-leg parlay across NFL/ NBA and NHL Money Lines, which paid $229,276.50.
2019 Sports Betting Trends
- The New York Yankees were the most popular team in 2019.
- They were the most popular by bet count and handle.
- The New York Yankees had nearly 90,000 more bets than any other team
- The Super Bowl was the most popular single game by bet count and handle in 2019
November 3, December 1 and November 24 are the three largest days of the year by bet count and handle in 2019.
NFL Sundays are extremely popular and as we moved closer to the end of the year, PA, WV and IN opened to online sports betting gave the book more customers to place bets.
- Biggest day for Customers winning in 2019 was on Sunday, October 27, 2019
- This was the day of the Sports Equinox when all major sports played on the same day
- The Golden State Warriors were the most popular NBA Team by handle in 2019
- The Philadelphia 76ers were the most popular NBA Team by bet count in 2019
- The Boston Bruins were the most popular NHL Team by handle in 2019
- The Philadelphia Flyers were the most popular team by bet count in 2019
- The New England Patriots were the most popular NFL team by handle in 2019
- The Philadelphia Eagles were the most popular NFL team by bet count
- NBA Finals Game 6 (Raptors @ Warriors on 6/13) was the most popular NBA game by handle
- World Series Game 6 (Nationals @ Astros on 10/29) was the most popular MLB Game by handle
- Game 7 of the Stanley Cup (Blues @ Bruins on 6/12) was the most popular NHL Game by handle
Is there an encore for 2020?
You would have to fly out to Las Vegas or have a proxy to try your luck in the Westgate NFL Super Contest. But NJ players can enter what could be the next best thing: the PlaySugarHouse Million Dollar Streak!
Put your NFL handicapping skills to the test every Thursday at PlaySugarHouse
PlaySugarHouse.com isn’t the only NJ gambling website with a weekly NFL contest. But in the other contests, you have to make multiple selections each week, typically the entire Sunday card plus the Monday night game. What’s great about the PlaySugarHouse promotion is that you only have to make one pick per week–on the Thursday night game.
Small bettors welcome
No need to risk a lot of your own money to enter either. So even the smallest bettors can play. On the other hand, some of the Las Vegas contests have huge entry fees. For example, the Westgate NFL SuperContest costs $1,500 to enter and the Westgate NFL SuperContest Gold costs $5,000 to enter. Don’t have that kind of money? No problem. The PlaySugarHouse Million Dollar Streak Contest has no entry fees at all, and you can bet as little as $25 on each weekly selection (The only exception is Thanksgiving Day. Since there are three NFL games that day, if you want to make a selection on all three, you would need to bet a minimum of $75.)
How the PlaySugarHouse Million Dollar Streak Contest works
The object of the Million Dollar Streak Contest is to try to run up a long weekly winning streak. Payouts start with a streak of three wins in a row and increase with each consecutive win thereafter. However, you don’t get paid until the winning streak is over.
The contest started on the first day of the 2019-20 NFL regular season, Thursday, Sept. 5 and runs through Thursday, December 12. Picks can only be made on the Thursday night games. Each week, pick the team that you think will beat the point spread and make a single qualifying wager of $25 or more.
For example, for the Thurs., Nov. 21 game between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts, PlaySugarHouse.com shows the Texans are favored by 3 ½ points. If you bet on the Texans, that team would need to win by at least 4 points for you to win your bet. If you bet on the Colts, they don’t necessarily have to win outright to win your bet, as long as they don’t lose the game by more than 3 points.
All qualifying bets must be placed through the Million Dollar Streak Challenge menu for the Thursday NFL game. The line will be posted on the PlaySugarHouse.com website on Tuesday of that week, so you can enter your play starting then until the time when entries close on game day. The website doesn’t specifically say what time entries close, so play it safe and make your qualifying bet at least an hour before the game is scheduled to start. If you make more than one wager on the Thursday NFL game, only your first one counts.
How much can you win?
If you have been making weekly picks in this contest since day 1 and winning every week, congratulations! You are guaranteed to win at least $5,000 in cash and could win as much as $1 million cash if you can run up your winning streak to 17-0!
But even if you need to start from scratch, either because you broke your winning streak or are entering the contest for the first time, you still have a shot to win big. Although you can’t win the top prize of $1 million, counting the three picks you can make on Thanksgiving Day, if you start today, you can still score six consecutive wins, which pays $150 in bonus money on top of whatever you win from your cash wagers.
Games that end in a push
The Nov. 21 game won’t end in a push since the point spread is 3 ½. However, for those games that do, the following rules apply.
- The Thursday game won’t count, and bettors will be given the opportunity to start or extend their winning streak with the Sunday night NFL game.
- If the Sunday night game also pushes, bettors will get the same opportunity with the Monday night game.
- If the Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night game all push, anyone who made a qualifying bet on all three will be credited with a win.
Winning streaks including any or all of the three NFL games played on Thanksgiving will be determined based on the order in which the games take place. If any of these games ends in a push, the Sunday night game becomes the qualifying pick to replace the first push and the Monday night game becomes the qualifying pick for the second push. If all three Thursday NFL games push, the third game won’t count.
If for any reason, you skip a week, any winning streak you have going will pick up wherever you left off. For example, if you won three weeks in a row but don’t play again until two weeks later, your three-game winning streak will still be valid with a chance to improve on it.
The PlaySugarHouse bonus money prizes
Those of you who will be entering the PlaySugarHouse Million Dollar Streak challenge today for the first time can only win bonus money prizes on top of their cash bet wins, The gift cards to VividSeats.com require a winning streak of at least 8, and the cash payouts require a winning streak of 11. However, the bonus money prizes are still worth playing for, and look at it this way. NFL games are often very unpredictable and go right down to the wire in deciding which team covers the point spread. So the chances of racking up eight or more consecutive wins are very remote.
When was the last time, if ever, that you won a parlay including eight teams or more? Have you ever win 17 straight NFL picks? Probably not.
Here are the payouts for the remaining possible winning streaks from 3 through 6:
- 3 straight wins: $25 bonus money
- 4 straight wins: $50 bonus money
- 5 straight wins: $100 bonus money
- 6 straight wins: $150 bonus money
All bonus money prizes will be paid out within 48 hours of the applicable broken winning streak. The prize comes a very nominal 1x bonus wagering requirements. Slots, video poker, table games, or sports bets are all okay.
The website doesn’t state how much time you have to complete the wagering. However, given the nominal amount, plus the fact that you don’t have to risk any of your own money, clearing the bonus the same day should be no problem at all.
The bottom line
The PlaySugarHouse Million Dollar Streak has the potential to make some players a bundle of money. But another great thing about this promotion is that it is not an all or nothing deal like some of the exorbitantly priced Las Vegas handicapping contests. As long as you are willing and able to make weekly bets of $25, you can participate and have a chance to win.
Furthermore, the wagering requirement for the bonus money is just 1x the bonus. So PlaySugarHouse is giving you a free shot with its money, not yours, to bet the bonus and try to win with it. How can you turn down an offer like that?
Betting on the NBA can be fun and exciting. But it can also be quite lucrative. Thanks in part to the many NBA promos offered by some of the top NJ sportsbooks.
Whether you’re betting on the NBA or just a fan of one of the teams that play just outside New Jersey, you’ve no doubt experienced the heartbreak of a fourth-quarter meltdown.
It can be rather frustrating when your side leads big heading into the fourth quarter and just can’t seem to hold on. Thankfully, FanDuel Sportsbook has developed an NBA betting promo that takes a little of the nasty sting away.
NBA 3rd Quarter Insurance
FanDuel calls it NBA 3rd Quarter Insurance. All you have to do is make a pre-game moneyline bet on any NBA game and you’ll be covered.
As long as the team you bet on ends the 3rd quarter with the lead, you’ll get at least a refund of up to $50 in site credit on your bet.
Of course, if your team goes on to win, you’ll get paid off the same as always. It’s just that if they lose that lead in the fourth and go on to drop the game, the NBA 3rd Quarter Insurance kicks in. That means FanDuel will refund your bet of up to $50 in site credit.
Of course, you can use that site credit any way you like. However, make another NBA moneyline bet and FanDuel’s NBA 3rd Quarter Insurance will cover you again.
Make it Rain
Then, there’s the Make it Rain NBA promo on PointsBet Sportsbook.
PointsBet leads the league in great NBA promos and contests and this is a fun one. The site rolled it Make It Rain during the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It has now extended it through the NBA season.
The terms are simple. Just place a $100 spread bet on an NBA game and get $3 for every three-point field goal your side makes throughout the game.
Last year the Houston Rockets broke the single-season record averaging more than 16 threes per game. This means you can almost bank on getting close to half your money back on a $100 spread bet on any Rockets game, thanks to PointsBet Sportsbook’s Make it Rain promo.
Of course, the promo is only available for select games. So, pay attention to when the Rockets or some of the other teams in the league known for shooting from deep are on the docket and fire away.
Score The First 4 Points, You Win!
PointsBet also has NBA promos for moneyline wagers. The PointsBet Score The First 4 Points, You Win! promo is exactly as it sounds.
Place a pregame moneyline bet on an eligible NBA game and PointsBet will pay off the first $100 of that bet if your team scores the first four points of the game. Then, If your team goes on to win, the remainder of your bet will be paid out as normal.
Finally, keep an eye out for unusual happenings in the NBA. The PointsBet Sportsbook Karma Kommittee has a reputation for stepping in to rectify things.
The Karma Kommittee has already returned all losing New Orleans Pelicans moneyline bets after the Pels lost in overtime to the defending champion Toronto Raptors on opening night.
PointsBet’s Karma Kommittee has a long history of rewarding heartbroken gamblers who came oh so close. It looks like they will continue to do so throughout this NBA season.
Most of the special giveaways you see posted on NJ gambling websites are designed with casino players in mind. There are comparatively few specifically for sports bettors.
So if you’re one of them, now is a great time to be placing your sports bets at PlaySugarHouse Online Casino and Caesars Casino & Sports. Both websites also have sports betting mobile apps for those of you prefer the added convenience of betting on the go on your smartphone or tablet.
You could be the lucky winner of a great prize including among other things, two free tickets to see the Eagles rematch against the Patriots this coming Sunday and/or two free tickets to see the NJ Devils play in Las Vegas!
Win A Las Vegas Trip & NJ Devils Tickets With Caesars Sportsbook
Are you a NJ Devils fan? The NJ Devils finished near the bottom of the league last season, and so far they are off to a slow start this season, too. But even the subpar teams win some games (look at the Miami Dolphins the first two Sundays in November). So maybe the Vegas Golden Knights are a team that the Devils can beat.
In any case, the Grand Prize that Caesars is giving away includes all of the following in addition to a pair of tickets to see the March 3, 2020 NJ Devils vs. Golden Knights NHL game:
- Round trip coach fare to Las Vegas for the winner and 1 guest from the closest continental airport
- Three night stay at any Caesars Entertainment property in Las Vegas
- $500 in resort credits
It’s a prize valued at $6,500.
How to earn entries for your chance to win this free trip to Las Vegas
The period for earning entries into the drawing started on Nov. 1 and continues until 11:59 p.m. Sat., Nov. 30. You will automatically earn one drawing entry simply for linking your Caesars Rewards loyalty account to your Caesars Casino & Sportsbook account. See the CaesarsCasino.com website for directions on how to do this or contact customer support if you need further assistance.
You will earn additional entries for doing the following:
- One entry for each day you log into your Caesars Casino & Sports account and claim your daily entry
- One entry for every 20 Online Tier Credits you earn each day. Players earn one Online Tier Credit for every $10 in real money sports bets or slot play or $100 wagered on any other online casino game.
Even on days you don’t wager enough to earn 20 Online Tier Credits, don’t forget to log into your account and claim your free daily entry. Here are the simple steps you need to follow.
- Log into your Caesars Casino & Sports account
- Click on My Account and then on My Bonuses & Offers.
- Locate the Las Vegas Trip Giveaway entry opt-in under Available Bonuses.
- Click on Claim to receive your drawing entry.
Awarding of prizes
Even though the promotion ends on November 30, you will have to wait another two weeks, until December 13, for the drawing to pick the winners. However, here’s some great news. In addition to the Grand Prize trip to Las Vegas, 575 other players will win a casino bonus.
The bonus money prizes will be as follows:
- 25 players: $250 casino bonus
- 50 winners: $50 casino bonus
- 500 winners: $25 casino bonus
Additional terms and conditions
Grand Prize winner
Upon being notified that he or she has won, the winner will have three days to claim the prize. However, prior to claiming the prize, the winner must have a Caesars Rewards account linked to their CaesarsCasino.com account.
No cash substitute for the Grand Prize is available. If the winner wishes to book the travel and hotel stay on a different date ( up to 7/31/20 and subject to availability), that is permissible, but the free hockey tickets will then be forfeited.
Any taxes, fees, and other expenses incurred not specifically stated as part of the prize are not included and are the winner’s own responsibility.
Bonus Money winners
Any bonus money won in this promotion is subject to the following wagering requirements:
- Slots: 5x bonus
- Video Poker: 10x bonus
- All other casino games: 25x bonus
Players have up to seven days to complete the wagering. Canceling the bonus, attempting to withdraw the bonus or any additional winnings therefrom prematurely, or failure to clear the bonus on time will result in forfeiture of both the bonus and any resulting winnings.
Place sports bets on PlaySugarHouse.com to win free Eagles tickets!
Sunday, Nov. 17, one of the most anticipated games not only of week 11 but of the entire NFL season will take place–the rematch of the Eagles and Patriots. Two weeks ago, the Baltimore Ravens ruined New England’s shot at a perfect season. But the team still has its sights set on going 15-1, with the first order of business getting revenge for losing to the Eagles in 2017 in Super Bowl VII.
The Eagles are determined not to let that happen. They are not the same team that prevailed in February, 2017, but they have pulled other upsets earlier this year and could do so again. The Eagles are determined to prove that their Super Bowl win over the Patriots was no fluke and would love nothing better than to post a victory next Sunday in South Philly in front of their adoring fans.
You would think by now the game would be completely sold out. But leave it to PlaySugarHouse Casino NJ to snag two VIP seats and set them aside for a super lucky player–maybe you–to be right there for every play, singing “Fly Eagles, Fly” at the top of your lungs, hoping to root the Eagles on to victory.
By the way, the betting lines for this game on PlaySugarHouse.com as of Thurs. afternoon, Nov. 14 (subject to change) are as follows:
- Point spread: Patriots -3 ½
- Moneyline: Patriots -200, Eagles +163
- Over/Under: 44 1/2
How to earn drawing entries
Wentz vs. Brady will be must-see viewing for anyone who places sports bets, if not in person, on TV. Kickoff time is 4:25 p.m. Sunday. But if you win the PlaySugarHouse drawing, so much better. The prize includes not only two Club Level seats but also $250 in spending money!
Unfortunately, this sweepstakes has only one winner, but over the next two days, you’re going to be making some sports bets anyway, right? So you might as well give it a shot.
For every $50 placed on sports bets on the site (single bets or parlays) between now at 4 p.m. Fri., 11/15, you earn one entry into the sweepstakes.
Awarding the prize
The drawing will take place on Friday after the entry earning period closes. The winner will be notified accordingly by 6 p.m. and then have one hour only to claim the prize. If the winner fails to claim the prize within the allotted time, an alternate winner will be selected.
The tickets will be delivered to the winning player via email, and the $250 spending cash will be credited to the player’s PlaySugarHouse.com account.
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.
Win FREE Club Seats & $250 Cash
PlaySugarHouse.com has a fantastic offer for players who want to see the game live (they can bet at the game now, of course). Introducing, the South Philly Sunday Sweeps.
South Philly Sunday Sweeps – Eagles vs Patriots
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How To Enter & Win – Eagles vs Patriots Tix
- Every $50 real-money sports bet online EARNS ONE FREE ENTRY
- So, a $100 bet on the Steelers-Browns line will earn you two entries
- Add a $50 bet on Temple beating Xavier on the hardwood for another chance.
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- ALL BETS MUST BE MADE AT PlaySugarHouse.com.
- (Live bets don’t count)
- All qualifying bets must be made by Friday, November 15th at 4 PM EST
- A winner will be drawn on Friday at 6 PM EST (One hour to claim the prize or another winner is chosen)
- The $250 in cash will be credited to your PlaySugarHouse NJ Sportsbook account
- So if you want to use that cash at the Linc during the game, make sure you withdrawal your winnings
- IMPORTANT: all eligible bets must go to the end of each game to qualify for the contest.
- Any cashed-out bets will void your entry
Don’t know which bets to make?
Visit our NFL BETTING TIPS page on NJBetting.com for the most up to date odds, lines, and expert tips.
Eagles vs Patriots Club Seat Giveaway
For those who have not sat in the club level at Lincoln Financial Field for an Eagles game or another event, these are some of the best seats in the house. Along with great views along the sidelines, the club level has the BEST food and beverage options.
Yeah, you can get a hot dog and some tallboys. But you can also get some gourmet snacks from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurateurs, and premium cocktails expertly poured.
It’s a different level of luxury, and it’s a great option on what should be a frigid Sunday afternoon late kickoff.
(Disclaimer: I used to sell club seats for the Eagles.)
NFL Game Of The Week
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.
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.
Bill Belichek will look to exact some retribution on the team and coach who scored the most points in a postseason game in the three-plus decades he’s been either a head coach or defensive coordinator. Want to be there in person?
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There’s plenty of excitement surrounding the start of the 2019-20 NBA season as there is expected to be more parity this season than we’ve seen in a long time.
Those who are thinking about betting the Philadelphia 76ers to win the 2019 NBA Championship, you might want to head over to FanDuel Sportsbook as they’re offering an incredible odds boost.
FanDuel Promo Code Offers Big Boost On 76ers
For residents in the states of New Jersey or Philadelphia only, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering the Philadelphia 76ers at odds of +7600 (or 76/1) to win the NBA Championship. Yes, you read that right!
The 76ers are roughly in the neighborhood of +600 at most sportsbooks, so FanDuel’s odds boost gives you an extra 70 times your money.
In other words, at most places, a $10 bet on the 76ers to win the NBA Championship would pay $60 if they won. FanDuel is offering players $760.
How it works
First download the FanDuel sports betting app, which is available on both iOS and Android
When you’re signing up, use the FanDuel promo code: PROCESS to take advantage of the offer
Once you’ve signed up, your first bet must be the +7600 (76/1) odds on the 76ers to win the 2019-20 NBA Championship.
- The maximum you can bet on this is $10.
Can Sixers Win The Ring?
The 76ers had an epic offseason where they waved goodbye to Jimmy Butler and J.J. Redick but brought in Al Horford and Josh Richardson – among others – to replenish the lineup. They’re viewed as one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
The question will be if a trimmed down Joel Embiid (lost 25 pounds) and an improved Ben Simmons (has been working on his jump shot) can elevate their play in the postseason.
If the answer is ‘yes’, this team could rise to the ranks of NBA champions and payout on those 76/1 odds.
Current NBA Championship Odds 2019-2020
I can’t remember the last time a league’s preseason brought as much action and content as the 2019 offseason for the NBA. The current NBA Championship odds for this year are all over the place when it comes to the best NJ online sports betting apps.
Yes, as a Philadelphia Sixers fan I have tried to erase everything that happened after that ball bounced FOUR TIMES and then my +514 bet on the Warriors to beat the Raptors for the title went down like that Kawhi buzzer-beater.
Alas, here we are, with days to go before the curtain rises on the 2019-20 NBA season. Kawhi Leonard is now on the Clippers with Paul George, Lebron has The Brow, and the Sixers starting line-up is longer than rush hour on the Schuylkill Expressway.
So enough of the geopolitical saber-rattling or who said what on which social media outlet (LOL, that’s gonna follow us into the regular season and playoffs).
Time to tip-off!
Best NBA Championship Prices at NJ Sportsbooks
Philadelphia 76ers NBA Odds
The 76ers had a busy offseason which will lead to a longer line-up (no one shorter than 6’6 starting) and some questions about the offense.
However, videos of Ben Simmons draining 3’s and J’s in the offseason and preseason have sets hearts aflutter across the Delaware Valley. Philly is fourth-choice at most books…
Although DraftKings reports they’ve gotten the second-most handle at 24 percent, just behind the Lakers’ 26 percent in this futures market.
- The best price is with William Hill at +800
LA Clippers odds for 2020
Ever since they moved up the coast from San Diego, the Clippers have been the little brother in LA’s basketball family. Added to a city that houses the most glamorous pro franchise (the Lakers) and college’s historic powerhouse with superstars for decades (the UCLA Bruins), it can be tough to sport the red white and blue in Tinseltown.
Yet a new day dawns for Billy Crystal, Bill Simmons, and all those long suffering Clips fans. When the season stars, PG13, the Klaw, and their teammates will be the top choice to win the NBA Finals in June.
Across the board, they are the lowest price on the boards.
Los Angelos Lakers Current NBA Championship Odds
The second choice among the oddsmakers is the Clippers’ co-tenants at the Staples Center, the Lakers. LeBron James has another young team at his command, led by newly acquired Anthony Davis in the middle.
Can they keep his attention away from Taco Tuesdays and wading into civil liberty battles overseas (remember, LeBron skipped college)?
The books think so.
Milwaukee Bucks Current NBA Championship Odds
Milwaukee, the runners-up in the East last season, has entrenched themselves in third place among the favorites to win the Larry O’Brien trophy. Giannis has another year of experience under his belt and leads a deep team that can be a matchup nightmare to anyone.
While they’re a co-second choice at PointsBet with the Lakers…
Houston Rockets Best NBA Futures Odds
The Houston Rockets round out the top 5 in betting favorites. Russell Westbrook joins longtime rival James Harden in H-Town with a deep roster that can dominate the Southwest division. Can the duo overcome their longtime postseason struggles? Might be worth a small bet.
Currently the best price is +900 at Pointsbet
Best NBA MVP Odds 2020
The NBA has been a star league even before since kids started wanted to “Be Like Mike.” This group is international, diverse, and really exciting to watch over what can be the grind of an 82-game regular season.
The consensus favorite is Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak has been frustrating defenses (and PA announcers) with the Bucks and turned the franchise into a contender while winning MVP last season.
- Giannis has the best NBA MVP 2020 odds, with the best price at William Hill at +300
- 2nd is Stephen Curry at +500 at FanDuel, FoxBet, & PointsBet
The books don’t have much faith outside of the top two…
- Harden and Davis are third and fourth (both +800 at William Hill)
- LeBron and Kawhi are the only ones higher than +1000 at the major NJ sportsbooks
If you Trust the Process, Joel Embiid is getting more love from the oddsmakers than his teammate Ben Simmons.
The Sixers center is in the second tier of choices…
- With the highest price +1600 at Hill and FanDuel
- Simmons is no better than 50-1 at most NJ sports betting outlets