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?
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.
Meet n Greet With NY Giants Legend
- 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.
NJ Devils Watch Party
- 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.
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz – No-Cover at William Hill
- Saturday, November 23 at 9:00 PM EST
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.
Coors Light Giveaways
- Sunday, November 24 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST
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.
Bet and watch NFL games on the 40-plus HDTVs
Giants legend along with his Super Bowl ring will be in the house! That’s pretty cool.
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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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.
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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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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.
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.
For players who grind through baseball’s marathon of a regular season, this is time to make money. Sharps can find pricing advantages or go against the public who might look more at seeds than matchups.
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.
Just days after the NCAA lost a crucial legal battle, it may need to pony up some more funds for another one. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the California athletes pay bill and in doing so, set himself up for a possible legal challenge from the NCAA.
The new law, the California Fair Pay to Play Act, doesn’t take effect until 2023. The NCAA likely won’t wait that long to take Newsom to court over it, however.
Why the NCAA urged Newsom not to sign the California athletes pay bill
Before Newsom put pen to paper, the NCAA made its position on the bill clear. In the NCAA’s opinion, it would give its members in the Golden State an unfair advantage.
Because of that, the NCAA stated, it would rule California colleges and universities ineligible for championship events. There are differing opinions on whether the NCAA could do so, however. That could be grounds for the affected institutions to bring an antitrust claim against the NCAA.
The NCAA might be the first to the courthouse, however. This isn’t the first time that state governments have attempted to regulate the NCAA.
In the early 1990s, several states including Nevada tried to force the NCAA to change its policies involving its internal investigations into rules infractions. The NCAA sued then-Nevada governor Bill Miller, arguing the state had no authority to enforce its law because the NCAA was active in multiple states. Federal courts agreed with the NCAA’s interpretation of the dormant commerce clause.
That’s precedent the NCAA is likely to use in a similar argument against Newsom. It may not prove as successful this time around, however, because the circumstances are quite different.
What’s in the new California law regarding college athletes
It’s important to note that the new law does not require California colleges and universities to pay their athletes directly. It also does not apply to community/junior colleges in the state.
The law does, starting in 2023, ban any of the state’s colleges or universities punishing an athlete for receiving compensation for the use of her/his image, name and/or likeness. The NCAA and any athletic conference the colleges/universities belong to would similarly not be able to do the same.
The law does bar athletes from signing endorsement deals that would conflict with similar deals in place with the athletic departments. For instance, an athlete at UCLA would be unable to sign a deal with Nike, as UCLA has an existing contract with Under Armour.
Other than that, athletes in California will be able to profit off their NIL rights. It’s something the NCAA will fight. Their recent track record doesn’t bode well, however.
Recent court losses for the NCAA in multiple states
In a California courtroom earlier this year, the NCAA “lost” Alston v. NCAA. The presiding federal judge ruled that the NCAA is in violation of federal antitrust laws by capping athletes compensation.
Her ruling didn’t actually impact the NCAA’s status quo much, however. That softened the blow for the NCAA but the NCAA appealed the ruling nonetheless.
Another ruling against the NCAA could actually have a bite worse than its bark, however. A group of appellate judges reversed a lower court decision that puts the NCAA and professional leagues like the NFL on the hook for millions of dollars.
If the ruling stands upon possible further appeal, the NCAA is one party that will have to reimburse gaming operators in New Jersey for losses suffered while the NCAA and the leagues fought to enforce the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. That likely decreases the NCAA’s enthusiasm about the Garden State.
The new law in California could represent another loss for the NCAA. The list of states that the NCAA is at odds with seems to be growing.