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.
DraftKings MMA Million – UFC 249 Contest
- $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
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.
“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.
After a couple days of KBO, does anybody else feel like they are fluent in Korean?
— Greg Ehrenberg (@gehrenbergdfs) May 6, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
— DK Live (@dklive) May 6, 2020
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Football fans in the New Jersey sports betting market now have a new way to wager on both the NFL and college football. DraftKings Sportsbook has a promotion available to all bettors who want to join the DK online football Pools Contest on the NJ sportsbook.
These online football pools were introduced last season at DraftKings and are now back again for 2019. Instead of just putting some action down on a single game, DraftKings pools allow football fans to pick a specific contest and make predictions for every game on the schedule.
Similar to Daily Fantasy Sports, sportsbook pools give players the freedom to choose exactly which contest they’d like to enter. The pools vary by type, prize pool, number of entries, duration and entry fees.
This promo is a fun way for bettors to have an interest in a wide variety of games, while only committing a fixed amount of money. These betting contests also give bettors some flexibility, as you don’t need to win every single game in order to earn a payout.
Inside DraftKings Football Pools
DraftKings Pools are a great transition for casual bettors or for those who feel more comfortable betting on daily fantasy. The range of pools is extensive as well, so gamblers of all experiences can find a pool that’s right for them.
Currently, DraftKings players can enter pools with the following entry fees:
Of course the prize pool differs based on the entry fee for each contest as well as the number of entries permitted to enter. While the most affordable pools payout $6, the $10 contests have pool prizes ranging from $60 to as much as $10,000.
The $500 entry is for the DraftKings Super Pool. This pool has a $1,000,000 prize pool and pays out anyone who finishes in the top 149 entries. Here are the highest potential winnings bettors can earn by placing in this contest:
- 1st – 25%
- 2nd – 15%
- 3rd – 10%
- 4th-5th – 5%
DraftKings Super Pool begins on Sept. 29 and lasts from Week 4 through Week 17 of the NFL season. In this time, players must select 70 games against the spread in total. There is no weekly pick requirement, though.
After the regular season ends, the entry with the most wins will earn the top prize.
Other pools have different rules, however. DraftKings users can join weekly pools for just Week 2 of the NFL season. In this contest, players pick the winners of the games straight up, instead of against the point spread.
This weekly pool has an unlimited number of entries and payouts are limited to just the top three spots. The pay table for this pool is as follows:
- 1st – 50%
- 2nd – 30%
- 3rd – 20%
Beyond predicting the outcome of NFL games, there are pools available that include strictly college football, as well as props.
There is a pool for Thursday Night Football where bettors must predict what will happen for eight different prop bets specifically for that night’s matchup. Props include which player will score the first touchdown, who will have more passing yards, will there be a safety and so on.
DraftKings Private Pools
Besides the standard pools provided by the online sportsbook, football fans are able to create their own contests to enjoy with friends and family. You’re able to select if it’s for college or NFL, which type of pool it is, the date of the contest and the entry fee price.
This is a great move by DraftKings, as a lot of football enthusiasts love competing against people they’re watching the games with.
Pools are a fun way to have an interest in a lot of different games without having to pay for each bet. They will most likely grow in popularity as the football season intensifies.
The legalization of sports betting in New Jersey and other parts of the United States has undoubtedly been a positive. Alongside regulations, new safeguards for consumers and, of course, a myriad of ways to wager money, the advent of legal sports betting has brought with it a ton of benefits.
However, in among the patches of light, fantasy football has been cast into the shadows. Even though Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is still a thriving industry, there’s no doubt regulated sports betting has stolen the limelight over the last 12 months.
Fantasy football remains a draw
With the new football season glinting on the horizon, the status of fantasy leagues has become a topic of debate. Will activity at the top fantasy football sites drop due to sports betting? Or, will betting on sports help DFS and the fantasy football sector?
The answer, obviously, is complex. If we look at the facts, there’s still plenty of prize money out there for the top tipsters. For example, the Fantasy Football Players Championship’s main event has a $3.1 million prizepool and a top prize worth $500,000.
That’s the tip of a much larger iceberg and, when you put some of the prizes in context, they’re more valuable than the average sports win. However, what legal sports betting offers is a more instant form of gratification. When you join a licensed NJ sportsbook, you can place a bet and collect your winnings in minutes.
With fantasy football, the rewards only come at the end of the season. Based on this, sports betting has the edge as it offers an instant form of entertainment. Of course, there plenty of people that love the season-long grind of fantasy football. However, the internet is also a fast-paced world where people want answers and outcomes in seconds. With that being the case, fantasy football revenue could take dive over the coming weeks and months.
DFS operators looking to score with sports betting
During a 2018 interview with VentureBeat, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins admitted that his company’s foray into sports betting was an eye-opener. Even though DraftKings has a 60% share of the DFS market and banks around $500 million in revenue, its earnings from sports betting have been impressive.
“We were the first to get a sports book license in New Jersey, and the results are just blowing away our expectations,” Robins said in 2018.
Robins went on to say that sports betting regulation puts the DFS-debate to bed. In other words, questions regarding the legality of fantasy sports is becoming a moot point as states enact their own regulations.
In light of this, DraftKings is embracing sports betting and expanding its interests within the industry as much as possible. For consumers, this should be seen as a positive as it will create crossover innovations. If we look back to March Madness, DraftKings ran a free bracket via its sports betting app. Offering two separate prizepools worth $80,000, the promo was a way for sports bettors to take part in a DFS-style competition.
Crossovers will keep fantasy football alive
Looking ahead to the new football season, we’re likely to see more hybrid offers. DraftKings and FanDuel will be the obvious source of these crossovers. However, there’s no reason William Hill, BetStars and New Jersey’s other online sportsbooks can’t get in on the action.
For example, a bookmaker could create a fantasy football-esque competition where players earn points based on their team’s performance. At the end of a specified time period, the top performers could win a share of a prizepool made up of cash or bonus credits. Through these promotions, both verticals should, in theory, thrive.
Of course, legal sports betting isn’t available in every state right now. Therefore, fantasy football will remain a draw across the US as a whole. However, in New Jersey and other likeminded states, it’s a fair bet that fantasy football activity will take a dip this season.
But, even if that does happen, new doors should open up. As bookmakers find ways to tap into fantasy football and DFS sites embrace sports betting, opportunities will abound. So, even if fantasy football has been pushed into the shadows, the sun isn’t likely to set on the industry anytime soon.
DraftKings Sportsbook Countdown Mystery?
We’re waiting with anticipation for Friday’s announcement from DraftKings about their whole summer of weekend offerings and promotions. They’ve dubbed the promo Sportsbook Summer Fridays, which will launch in just a few days (Friday at 12:01 a.m.).
Could it have something to do with Mickey Mouse? Cinderella? Maybe a tie-in to the new Aladdin film? While it may seem strange, Disney now owns a stake in DraftKings Sportsbook thanks to the recent marriage of DraftKings parent, The Stars Group, and Fox, one of Disney’s many properties.
Nah, probably not, but it’s fun to think of all the ways there could be a crossover between the two.
Maybe they’re planning on ramping up and offering special odds boosts on obscure summer sports, like table tennis, the Steeplechase, or synchronized swimming?
With the 50th World Series of Poker in full swing in Las Vegas, fun prop bets are always a highlight of reporting. Could DraftKings plan on getting in on the action? See if Phil Ivey can subsist off of hot dogs during the entire Main Event? Who can make a final table wearing a gorilla suit? Wait, is poker even considered a sport?
Coming into the July 4th weekend means the MLB All-Star Break. Maybe there will be some free bet offers on the Home Run Derby or double odds on which league will take home the win.
It’ll be worth the wait
As you can see, the possibilities are endless. But be it cash, prize giveaways, bonus offers, matching deposits or risk-free bets, you can bet it will be worth your time to investigate. Just make sure that you check in each and every Friday this summer, as there will be a new surprise waiting for you at the end of every week. The perfect way to kick off your weekend!
Current Promotions at DraftKings
While you wait for the big announcement, be sure to check out these current DraftKings Sportsbook promotions:
Summer of Soccer: Running from June 7th to July 7th, this promotion encompasses the big three international cups currently in progress (Women’s International, Gold Cup, Copa Tournament).
MLB Grow the Game: From June 21st to July 2nd you can participate in this promotion for just an $11 entry. The more people that play, the larger the prize.
King of the Road NASCAR Challenge: Play now and win any of the 20 qualifiers and you’ll get a ticket to the three King of the Road Final Contests, running in August.
Showtime Boxing Pick’Em: Earn a share of $5,000 and some swag by competing in this event. You might even earn a trip to every 2020 Showtime Championship Boxing event.
Nevada leading US sports betting — no more!
The year 2018 brought with it a major victory for sports fans nationwide, less so for the Nevada sports betting industry.
As a result of the May 14, 2018, repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act (PASPA), the virtual monopoly on legal sports betting in the United States that Nevada had enjoyed for many years wasn’t just threatened.
It came to a crashing end.
In fact, as of this writing, with PASPA no longer an obstacle, seven other states, in the following order, quickly passed the necessary legislation so that they, too, could offer legal sports betting on single games:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
Over the course of the next few years, or maybe even sooner, the number of states where sports betting will be legal should increase substantially. Many other states either already have legislation in the works or are seriously considering it.
But none of these developments would have been possible without the leadership and persistence of New Jersey in paving the way for the Supreme Court to finally make its landmark decision.
NJ may pass Nevada as sports betting leader
During the less than a year that sports betting has been legal in New Jersey, gamblers in that state have wagered more than $2.3 billion. That places New Jersey second in legal sports betting revenue only to Nevada, whose intake for 2018 exceeded 5 billion.
However, a huge segment of the potential NJ gambling websites and sports betting market is still untapped. That is what led NJ Gov. Phil Murphy to be extremely optimistic about the future of sports betting in this state.
Murphy anticipates that by as soon as 2020, NJ could actually surpass Nevada as the top US sports betting market.
Speaking at the Betting on Sports America conference that took place at the Meadowlands in April, Gov. Murphy had this to say:
“Nevada is clearly in our sights. We can overtake it as early as next year.”
Murphy is not the only one making this projection
Some people might think that Murphy’s brazen statement is no more than wishful thinking. After all, Las Vegas has been virtually synonymous with casino-based sportsbooks since the 1970s. By contrast, NJ online sports betting didn’t even become an option until 2018.
However, several prominent sports betting analysts agree with Murphy and have echoed the same sentiments.
Gambling analyst Chris Grove of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, another Betting on Sports America conference speaker, acknowledged that “it’s possible that New Jersey could become the top market next year.”
Jim Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, who spoke at the April conference as well, said that “the current trends put New Jersey in a good place.”
NJ to dethrone Nevada as US sports betting king
The aforementioned speakers also offered some compelling arguments to back up their predictions.
New Jersey has almost 9 million residents. That’s about three times the population of Nevada. Gambling in Nevada is primarily tourist-driven.
More specifically, drive-in traffic from New York and other nearby states where sports betting is either not yet legal or still in its infancy. Any would be sports bettor in NYC who so desires can simply drive through the Lincoln Tunnel and minutes later bet on sports legally.
One option is the sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack. However, many drivers don’t even leave their car because they can make the same sports bets on their smartphone.
In addition, many sports bettors drive to New Jersey from Pennsylvania. While sports betting has been legalized in Pennsylvania, the options there are much more limited. A short drive to New Jersey solves the problem.
Of course, after Pennsylvania expands its sports betting options and sports betting becomes legal in New York as well, this big advantage that New Jersey offers will diminish.
Wide choice of sportsbooks, including superior mobile sports betting products
NJ sports bettors don’t need to limit themselves to just a handful of places. Eight of the nine existing Atlantic City casinos and two NJ racetracks — Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands — provide full-service sportsbooks on the premises.
In addition, 24/7 online or mobile sports betting is currently an option at 13 other NJ-based sportsbooks.
You can check NJ Gambling Websites for the complete list.
Additional advantages to betting on sports in New Jersey
As someone who has been taking advantage of what New Jersey sportsbooks have to offer, I would like to add other big pluses that the Sports Betting America conference speakers didn’t mention.
Extra perks for betting at Atlantic City casino sportsbooks
Most of the Atlantic City-based sportsbooks, and I would think the racetrack sportsbooks, too, are not just holes in the wall where you place and cash bets.
You can sit down on a comfortable chair or sofa, or at the bar, if you prefer, and mingle and socialize with other sports bettors while simultaneously watching all of the games you have bet on large screen HD TVs.
At some sportsbooks, you can also order food and drinks and have them brought to you tableside.
A few of these sportsbooks also have a decent comp program for sports bettors. I particularly like the Caesars-owned sportsbooks (Harrah’s and Bally’s) where drinks are free to anyone betting $50 or more.
In addition, all reward and tier credits that a player earns from any participating casino or sportsbook are linked. So I can draw upon my saved comps and order free food while I’m watching the games as well.
Extra perks for betting at NJ online or mobile sportsbooks
In addition, bettors who prefer the convenience of online or mobile betting can take advantage of some great special promotions exclusively for them.
For example, in my April 30 post, I describe an ongoing promotion that Golden Nugget Sports and Casino offers to first-time sports bettors. It entails making an initial wager in the total amount of $50.
The bet can be either a regular straight bet or in-play bet on any single game for which a betting line is posted (but not the NBA). If the bet wins, of course, the player is paid accordingly. But if the bet loses, Golden Nugget will issue a full $50 credit to bet on another game!
First-time bettors using the Tropicana sportsbook mobile app also get a free $50 bet to match their own. And they get the free bet even if their initial cash bet wins!
Caesars Casino & Sports offers an even better deal. Players signing up with the site for the first time can select the welcome bonus for sports in lieu of the casino welcome bonus. Make an initial deposit and single wager of up to $300. Caesars will match it dollar for dollar to use on another sports bet of your choice.
In addition to these ongoing promotions, which new players can access any time, individual online sportsbooks may offer limited time only special promotions for existing players.
Summary and conclusion
Having to face one obstacle after another in its long battle to get PASPA overturned could have caused New Jersey to give up prematurely. But that didn’t happen. Similarly, if the state now wants to set its sights on becoming the No. 1 place to bet sports in America, I can’t imagine competition from other states getting in the way.
No other state that’s a newcomer to legal sports betting comes close to New Jersey in sports betting revenue, and I don’t envision that changing. So that leaves Nevada as the only real roadblock. But I share Gov. Murphy’s belief that New Jersey is more than up for the challenge.
The response of NJ players to the availability of sports betting both onsite and online has been phenomenal, and I see no reason why it wouldn’t continue to surpass expectations the rest of this year.
Assuming that happens, and New Jersey does indeed become the top US sports betting market, the extra revenue pouring into the state wouldn’t be the only benefit. In the words of Jim Plousis:
“It would mean bragging rights, not just for the country, but for the whole world in terms of making this the place people in this industry want to be.”
The first pitch in the 2019 Major League Baseball season was thrown out March 20. With that, the first full baseball season where anyone inside New Jersey can legally bet on Major League Baseball began.
Each of league’s 30 teams will play 162 games giving you literally thousands of opportunities to bet on baseball this year.
There are three basic baseball bet types available for each game:
- Run line
Moneyline betting on baseball is quite similar to other sports. NJ sports betting operators will post odds on each team in every game based on the teams’ chances of winning.
You simply pick the team you think will win and lay down a wager. If they manage to get the job done in that game you’ll get paid according to the odds set by the sportsbook where you placed the bet.
For example, on April 15 the New York Mets were at +100 visiting the Philadelphia Phillies at -114 on FanDuel Sportsbook. That means a $100 bet on the Mets would pay $100, plus your bet back if they win. In the meantime, you’d have to bet $114 on the Phillies to win $100 plus your bet back if they win.
MLB run lines
Baseball run lines are much like point spreads in other sports like football. The run line must be factored into a game’s final score when determining a betting winner.
Since the average MLB game is a pretty low scoring affair, run lines are almost always 1.5. Although, as the season rolls on you might find the odd 2.5 run line on games with a heavy favorite.
With a 1.5 run line you either bet that the favorite will win by 2 runs or more, or that the underdog will win outright or lose by only one run.
Betting on run lines effectively alter a game’s moneyline odds.
For example, on that April 15 Mets at Phillies game, PointsBet has the run line set at 1.5. The Phillies -1.5 is at +185 and the Mets +1.5 is at -210. The Phillies are a slight moneyline favorite, but when the run line is factored in the odds on the Mets are set as if they are the favorite.
As you can see, run line betting can be a way for you to get a better price on a moneyline favorite. But remember, the run line must be factored into the final score when determining the betting winner.
In other words, you’ll get a better price on the Phillies to win betting the run line, but they must win the game by two runs or more for your bet to pay off.
Totals bets on baseball games are just like totals in any other sport. You simply bet on whether the final run tally in a game will be over or under a total set by oddsmakers.
The odds on totals vary by game and operator, but you can expect to find anywhere from -105 to -120 on either side at most NJ sportsbooks.
An MLB parlay is a single bet combining two or more basic MLB bets. Parlays pay better than individual bets, but you need to win every leg of the parlay to get paid anything at all.
Advanced MLB betting options
Most NJ sportsbooks also offer live in-play betting on MLB games. That means basic betting on lines that are adjusted as the action continues.
Most NJ sportsbooks will also offer more advanced betting options on MLB games including:
- Doubles that combine two basic bets
- Player props including things like which player will hit a home run or how many strikeouts each starter will throw
- Inning by inning props and basic lines on the first five innings
- Game props featuring alternatives to the basic lines and lines including things like which team will have the most hits
NJ sportsbooks also offer moneyline odds on who will win each MLB division, league, and ultimately the World Series.
These odds are adjusted for each team as the season continues. That means that as the season moves forward strong favorites are often established. For the most part, that also means that the price on these favorites is better the earlier in the season it is.
Basic MLB betting tips
The MLB season is a long one. That means anything can and will happen in individual games. However, trends often emerge. Hitters go on hot streaks and pitchers can dominate for long stretches throughout the year.
If you’re going to bet on baseball and want to do more than just throw darts at a board to make picks, it’s your job to identify these trends and take advantage of them.
Here are four basic baseball betting tips that might make that job a little easier:
Starting pitchers impact games
It’s important to be aware of a team’s rotation and who will be the next game’s starter because no one player impacts the game more. It’s so important most NJ sportsbooks will list the starter under the name of each team on the odds board. That’s tantamount to saying you’re betting on the starter as much as you are the team in any given game.
Hitters are streaky and it’s contagious
Look for teams that are on the verge of an offensive explosion. Pay attention to hitting statistics and identify the teams that are almost unstoppable at certain points in the season. Find two facing off against each other in games where they’re deep into the pitching rotation and hammer the over.
Watch the weather
You’re going to want to know when there’s a rain delay, but watching the weather can offer more than that. Balls fly out of the park on hot days but too much humidity can also make the difference between a fly ball out and a home run. A strong wind can have a major impact on home run totals as well. Look for ball parks that have a reputation for hosting high scoring games and bet on big run totals when the weather cooperates and low run totals when it does not.
Properly manage your baseball betting bankroll
The MLB regular season will run all the way to Sept. 29, so there’ no sense in blowing your entire bankroll on an early season sure thing. Especially since there’s really no such thing. Take your time and properly manage your betting bankroll throughout the season. That way you’ll still have something to bet when postseason baseball begins Oct. 1. Game 1 of the 2019 World Series is set for Oct. 22 and if the series goes seven games, Game 7 will be played on Oct. 30. It would be sure a shame to run out of cash before you get the chance to bet on that.
Where to bet on MLB games in NJ
Currently, there are 13 NJ gambling websites that offer sports betting where you can bet on MLB action:
|Online Sportsbook||Sports Betting Partner(s)||Land-Based Partner||Launch Date||iOS?||Android?|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||SBTech||Resorts AC||Aug. 6||Yes||Yes|
|BetStars NJ||NA||Resorts AC||Sept. 13||Yes||Yes|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Betfair/IGT||Meadowlands||Sept. 1||Yes||Yes|
|William Hill NJ||NA||Monmouth/Ocean Resort||Sept. 1||Yes||Yes|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Scientific Games||Caesars AC||Sept. 6||Yes||Yes|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||Kambi||Monmouth Park||Aug. 23||Yes||Yes|
|888 Sport||Kambi||Caesars||Sept. 10||Yes||Yes|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||SBTech||Golden Nugget AC||Feb. 19||Yes||Yes|
|playMGM||GVC||Borgata AC||Aug. 22||Yes||Yes|
|Hard Rock Online||GiG||Hard Rock AC||Jan. 30||Yes||Yes|
|Resorts Online Sportsbook||SBTech||Resorts AC||Jan. 31||Yes||Yes|
|BetAmerica Sportsbook||SBTech||Golden Nugget AC||Feb. 2||Yes||Yes|
|bet365||NA||Hard Rock AC||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|Borgata Sports||GVC||Borgata AC||May 14, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Ocean Resort||William Hill||Ocean Resort Casino||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|Unibet||Kambi||Hard Rock AC||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|CG Technology||Stadium Technology||Meadowlands||2019||Probably||Probably|
There are also 10 open land-based sportsbooks in the state taking bets on MLB games:
|Casino/Racetrack||Sports Betting Partner||Launch Date||Sportsbook Name|
|Monmouth Park||William Hill||June 14||Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill|
|Borgata Sportsbook||IGT||June 14||Borgata Race & Sports Bar|
|Ocean Resort Sportsbook||William Hill||June 28||William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort|
|Meadowlands||Betfair/FanDuel||July 14||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Harrah's Sportsbook||Scientific Games||Aug. 1||Harrah's Sports Book|
|Bally's Sportsbook||Scientific Games||July 30||Wild Wild West Sports Book|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||SBTech||Aug. 15||The Sportsbook|
|Resorts Sportsbook||SBTech; DraftKings/Kambi||Aug. 15||DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts|
|Tropicana||William Hill||Oct. 25||William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City|
|Hard Rock AC||GiG||Jan. 30||Hard Rock Sportsbook|
The 2019 Masters tees off Thursday and, for the first time, anyone in New Jersey can now bet on golf’s biggest event.
Betting on the Masters can be as simple as picking the golfer you think will be putting on the green jacket inside Butler Cabin on Sunday evening and laying a few bucks down on it.
However, most NJ online and mobile sportsbooks are also offering several tournament- and player-specific lines for those who want to dive a little deeper.
Picking the outright 2019 Masters winner
Picking the outright winner of any PGA event before it starts can be downright tough, never mind who will win at Augusta National. That’s why you’ll see a positive (+) moneyline number beside every golfer on the board at all NJ sportsbooks heading into Thursday’s tee off.
Positive numbers mean big odds. The bigger the number, the more you stand to win if that golfer can become a 2019 Masters’ champion.
Of course, NJ sportsbooks will adjust these odds as the tournament progresses. That means the odds on the tournament leaders after the first two rounds are sure to go down. Plus, you may even find some negative (-) moneyline numbers heading into Sunday’s final round.
Negative moneyline numbers mean you’ll have to lay that number just to win $100 plus your bet back.
Add it up, and for the most part, the sooner you get a bet down on who you think will win the 2019 Masters, the better odds you’re going to get.
More 2019 Masters lines
As mentioned above, the betting lines on the 2019 Masters available at NJ sportsbooks extend well beyond just who will win it all.
You can bet on things including:
- Who will lead after the first, second and third rounds.
- A particular golfer’s final finishing position.
- The top finisher from a specific part of the world.
- Group and head-to-head scoring matchups.
There are even various props available.
Tiger Woods Masters props
Since four-time Masters’ champion Tiger Woods is the most popular athlete in the game, several NJ sportsbooks have put together a series of props surrounding Woods’ Masters performance this year.
For example, as of April 9, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering:
- +800 on Woods playing in Sunday’s final grouping.
- An odds boost on Woods winning it all, moving the line from +1400 to +2000.
- +500 on Woods making a triple bogey or worse in any round.
- +500 on Woods shooting -10 or better.
- +6600 on Woods making a hole in one.
- A 15.5 over/under on Woods’ birdies.
- A 12.5 over/under on Woods’ bogeys.
Plus, over on FanDuel Sportsbook, you’ll find Woods’ lines including:
- +2000 on Woods going bogey-free in the first round.
- +1200 on Woods to birdie the second hole in all four rounds.
- -120 on Woods to make an eagle on any hole.
- -200 on Woods’ first shot from the first tee to land in the fairway.
- +5000 on Woods making a hole in one.
- +100 on Woods’ lowest scoring round being over 68.5.
- +30000 on Woods winning both Wednesday’s Par 3 tournament at Augusta National and the 2019 Masters.
Look around at the various NJ sportsbooks to see exactly which bets each is offering on the 2019 Masters.
Watch the Masters, beat the sportsbooks
Of course, the best way to beat the sportsbooks is to pick a side you like and shop around for the best available price on the bet.
Other than that, golf is like any other sport in that actually watching the game will give you the best betting insights.
The 2019 Masters will be from April 11 through April 14, and the action will be broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday and Friday, and CBS on Saturday and Sunday.
Plus, there’s a live stream at Masters.com and the Masters’ mobile app for iPhone and Android devices.
Additionally, there will be live coverage of featured groups, Masters on the Range, Amen Corner, and Holes 15 and 16 available on Masters.com and the Masters’ app.
Masters betting tips
Finally, if you’re looking for info on the 2019 Masters, and a little insight into who will win the 2019 Masters before tee off on Thursday, remember that:
- All of the past five Masters’ champions were coming off a win or runner-up finish in their last eight events.
- Ten of the past 11 winners made the cut the previous year.
- Ten of the last 12 Masters’ champions came in ranked inside the Top 30 golfers in the world.
- Neither the defending champion nor the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world has won in more than a decade.
Recently, our team here at NJ Gambling Websites put together a 2019 NJ Online Sportsbook Tournament Bracket Championship in honor of this year’s March Madness tournament.
We ranked the top eight NJ online sportsbooks & sports betting apps and placed them in a March Madness-style bracket.
After announcing our little tournament to the masses, we took to Twitter to let the people (aka YOU) decide.
For each matchup, we created a poll, and let the people of Twitter decide the fate of each NJ online sportsbook.
After all the votes were tallied, here’s how the first round played out:
No. 1 seed DraftKings defeats No. 8 seed William Hill
Yes, DraftKings is currently the leading daily fantasty sports (DFS) operator, but how did they take down a legit sports-betting giant like William Hill so easily?
DraftKings’ three keys to victory
- Preparation: DraftKings had been eyeing up the competition long before sports betting was legalized in NJ, and it became the first fully legal NJ online/mobile sports betting platform.
- Integration: The DraftKings’ DFS platform and its online sportsbook share the same interface and online wallet, making it convenient for customers in more ways than one.
- Easy, fast and fun: DraftKings break down any complicated subject matter into simple terms, and it offers a ton of betting options, including both traditional and modern bets to keep everyone happy.
The company known for its PokerStars platform becomes a No. 2 seed and dominates 888sport.
BetStars’ three keys to victory
- Mobile app: Downloading the BetStars app is significantly quicker than most NJ sports betting apps, which inspires confidence in the security of the platform.
- Promos and bonuses: When it comes to player promotions, BetStars is at the top of its game. From huge new player sign-up bonuses to simplified matched bets, it does it all.
- Customer service: The parent company for BetStars, the Stars Group, strives to provide quality service to its players, across all the platforms. This type of customer support goes a long way, obviously.
No. 6 seed SugarHouse upsets No. 3 seed FanDuel
SugarHouse looks to be the next Cinderella story as it stuns FanDuel in a photo-finish upset.
SugarHouse’s three keys to victory
- OG of Integration: SugarHouse was the first of its kind to merge its NJ online casino and sports betting app on creating the shared wallet.
- Betting innovators: SugarHouse Sportsbook is well-known for its in-game betting, bet variety and innovative options, like the ever-popular jackpot parlay.
- New player bonuses: SugarHouse treats its new players quite well with a generous first-deposit bonus of up to $250. Use promo code PLAY250 to claim yours. However, FanDuel does have a $500 risk-free bet offer, but sometimes less is more.
Even though they came in as a small underdog, PointsBet embarrassed Caesars without even breaking a sweat.
PointsBet’s three keys to victory
- Spread betting specialist: PointsBet is well-known for its unique wagering option to betting the spread, in which it provides added benefits. For example, bettors have the opportunity to increase its winnings based on the size of the team’s lead.
- Attractive welcome bonus: PointsBet offers a huge welcome bonus worth up to $1,050 in free bets. Use promo code PLAY50.
- Winning opportunities: PointsBet offers high-risk, high-reward wagering, and NJ bettors can’t get enough.
Click below and make your vote count to see which NJ online sports betting site wins it all!
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament will be as exciting as it ever in New Jersey this year.
That’s because of the plethora of NJ online and mobile sportsbooks now available to anyone with an internet connection.
The list of operational NJ mobile sportsbook market is now up to 13. Plus, there are more on the way.
However, ALL OF YOU will decide the tournament fate of each NJ online sports app.
Throughout the next few weeks, we’re going to create polls on our PlayNJ Twitter Page to determine the winners of each match-up… and ultimately the overall champion.
But first, let’s take a closer look at our top four seeds.
Check below for detailed descriptions of all the new player bonuses and March Madness promos the top-ranked mobile sportsbooks in the state have to offer.
Plus, discover why these particular NJ mobile sportsbooks rose to prominence and how they’re planning to stay there.
No. 1: DraftKings Sportsbook
DraftKings Sportsbook gave itself a head start on the rest of the NJ mobile sportsbook market by launching first. It quickly became the top-grossing sportsbook in the state and still holds that position now.
However, the reason it’s the No. 1 seed is clearly the user-friendly nature of its software. DraftKings Sportsbook employs software with its own sports betting language that is far easier to follow than most typical sports betting jargon. The app asks questions of its users and turns the answers into bets. Users have what seems like a simple two-way conversation about a wager and the traditionally complicated process of placing a bet is transformed.
It’s an innovative approach to sports betting that goes beyond just posting the odds and the numbers prove its working.
DraftKings Sportsbook has all kinds of sports and bet types available and the lines are competitive enough that the app appeals to hardcore sports bettors. However, its unique approach to betting is clearly drawing in novices as well.
The app is also as quick and responsive as any on the market.
Signing up is a simple process, and if you do it through this exclusive DraftKings Sportsbook link, and you’ll get $25 in free bets. Plus, DraftKings Sportsbook will match your first bet up to $500 when you make a deposit.
Additionally, partner Resorts Casino Hotel is running a free-to-enter bracket challenge out of TDraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts retail sports betting operation. There’s $1 million up for grabs if you can pick all 63 March Madness games correctly and various other prizes available for advancing to the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, and Final Four with a perfect bracket.
DraftKings Sportsbook is currently dominating the mobile sportsbook market and would have to be considered the No. 1 seed in any legitimate ranking.
No. 2: BetStars
BetStars is the No. 2 seed on the NJ mobile sportsbook market side of the bracket primarily because it leads the league in promotions.
Sign up for an account through this exclusive BetStars NJ link, and you’ll be entitled to up to $500 in free bets.
BetStars will match your first bet up to $50. Then, they’ll give you another $50 in free bets every time you bet an additional $150 until you’ve reached $500 in free bets.
But there’s more. In March, BetStars is offering the following promotions:
- Tuesday Sports Free Bet: Place a bet between 6 and 7 pm on Tuesdays and get a free bet up to $100.
- Bet of the Day Challenge: Complete a daily challenge and win up to $1,000 in free bets.
- Bet $25, Get a $5 Free Bet: Bet $25 throughout the week and get a $5 free bet.
- Protect Your Bet from Late Goals: Get a refund of up to $20 if a late goal turns your bet into a loser.
- Up to 100 Percent Added to Winnings: A parlay bonus adding a free bets bonus to all winning parlays with three or more legs.
- NBA Free-Bet Refund Up to $20: Get a refund of up to $20 if the NBA team you bet on loses in overtime.
- LeBron Lifeline: Bet on the Lakers’ moneyline and get a free bet up to $20 if they lose and if LeBron James scores 35 points or more.
- Bet $50, Get $50: Bet $50 on an NBA game on Friday and get a $50 In-Game free bet.
- Lock in your Profits: A cash-out option to ensure you get paid before a comeback turns a winning bet into a loser.
A solid No. 2 seed
Don’t be surprised if BetStars eventually runs one, but so far there’s no word on a March Madness promotion.
Other than that, the app features easy-to-use software and a massive menu of sports and betting options.
Add it up, and BetStars is a solid No. 2 seed in the NJ mobile sports betting market.
No. 3: FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel Sportsbook is the online and mobile arm of NJ’s top-grossing retail sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands.
It’s no surprise to see FanDuel as the No. 3 seed, considering how easy the app is to navigate and how welcoming it is to both novice and expert bettors.
There have been a few hiccups with the lines, but FanDuel Sportsbook is now settling into a spot among the top NJ mobile sportsbooks.
FanDuel’s daily fantasy sports site ran a massive free-to-enter NCAA brackets contest in 2018, so don’t be surprised to see FanDuel Sportsbook take up that mantle this year.
The site already runs a plethora of promotions, including one for college basketball regular season games. FanDuel Sportsbook’s College Basketball Halftime Insurance gives players up to $25 in site credit back if any moneyline bet lost when the team held a halftime lead.
Additionally, FanDuel Sportsbook offers new players signing up for an account through our FanDuel Sportsbook link a $500 risk-free bet. It comes in the form of a refund of up to $500 if you lose your first real-money bet.
The app is user-friendly, and the betting process is simple and well laid out. All factors that help make FanDuel Sportsbook the No.3 seed in the NJ mobile sports betting market.
No. 4: Caesars Sportsbook
The No. 4 seed in any March Madness bracket may not wow anybody, but it should be a solid performer that is grounded and consistent. Caesars Sportsbook fits in well in this spot.
Its promotions include only the standard stuff. New players who sign up using the promo code BETFREE10 will get $10 in free bets with no deposit required. Plus, a 100 percent, first-deposit bonus of up to $300.
Caesars Sportsbook and online casino are completely integrated. Players share a wallet, making the transition between sports betting and casino games completely seamless.
Caesars has all the college basketball standards covered as well. That means Caesars will post competitive lines on all March Madness games. Plus, in-game betting will be available as well as NCAA basketball futures.
All in all, Caesars Sportsbook isn’t a No. 1 seed quite yet. However, it is a solid performer that displays the kind of consistency you should expect from a No. 4 seed in the NJ mobile sports betting market.