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The 2019 NJ Online Sportsbook Tournament Bracket Championship

Martin Derbyshire March 11, 2019

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.

Therefore, in the spirit of March Madness, NJ Gambling Websites has decided to rank NJ mobile sportsbooks from No. 1 to No. 8 and place them in a March Madness-style bracket.

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.



Power Play: Take A Shot At NHL Sports Betting In New Jersey

Martin Derbyshire February 19, 2019

The New Jersey Devils may be the state’s only NHL team, but the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and even the New York Islanders are close enough to have a ton of fans in the Garden State.

Put simply, NHL hockey is a big deal in New Jersey, especially since the launch of NJ online sports betting now allows fans to bet on games.

In fact, all licensed NJ sportsbooks and sports-focussed NJ gambling websites, offer a variety of simple and easy ways even casual fans of the NHL can bet on hockey games.

Basic NHL bets available include:

  • Moneylines
  • Puck lines
  • Futures
  • Totals
  • Parlays

How to bet on the NHL in NJ

NHL moneylines in NJ

Moneyline bets pay according to the team’s probability of winning.  You just pick a winner and book the bet at odds that are posted as either a negative (-) or positive (+) number.

A negative number indicates that the team is the favorite and represents how much you have to bet to win $100 plus your bet back. A positive number indicates that the team is the underdog and represents how much a $100 bet will pay.

NHL puck lines in NJ

Puck line bets in the NHL are moneylines bets with a point spread factored in. Because the average NHL game is decided by two goals or less, the puck line for just about every game is set at -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog.

All you need to do is make the correct prediction with that puck line factored in to win. Puck line bets are booked at odds that are posted on each team just like the moneyline.

NHL futures in NJ

NHL futures are bets on NHL teams involving something where the outcome will not be determined until a future date.

These are often bets on who will win the Division, Conference, or Stanley Cup Finals before the start of the season.

However, NJ sportsbooks will take futures bets on all 31 NHL teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. Just as long as the team you want to bet on is still in contention.

For the most part, the earlier it is in the season, the better the odds available. However, the odds on teams at the bottom of the standings will increase the season progresses.

NHL totals in NJ

NJ sportsbooks set a line on the total number of goals both teams will score on a game. You decide if the actual total will be over or under that line and bet on it.

NJ sportsbooks typically make the odds on totals -110. That means you have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back, whether you like the over or the under.

NHL parlays in NJ

NHL parlays involve combining two or more bets into one. Parlays pay better than the bets would individually. However, every bet that is a part of it must win for the parlay to pay. An NHL parlay could include different bets on one or more NHL games.

NHL in-play betting

Most NJ sportsbooks also offer live in-play betting on NHL games. This allows you to make bets during a game with odds that will fluctuate as the action does.

Bet on all the NHL action you want with a $500 risk-free bet at FanDuel Sportsbook NJ!

NHL betting tips

Betting on NHL games at NJ sportsbooks is an easy process. Picking winners is a whole lot harder.

Improve your picks by focussing on these three NHL facts:

  • There is a home-ice advantage in hockey. Home teams get the last line change and a whole lot more. They get that boost of confidence only playing in front of a home crowd can give a team. Most teams have a big edge at home, but there are some road warriors that have found a way to reduce it. Pay attention to the home and road records of teams to see who holds the real advantage.
  • Most NHL games are decided by a single goal. Plus, the majority feature five goals or less. There’s a palpable parity in the NHL, meaning there’s very little separating teams at the top of the standings from those at the bottom and underdogs regularly upset favorites. Look for lines that provide serious value while allowing you to take advantage of this.
  • Goalies have a huge impact on NHL games. Think of the starting netminder like a starting pitcher in a baseball game in terms of how much influence they will have on the outcome of a game. Bet on the best goalie and take advantage of the opportunity to bet against his team when he gets the odd night off. Plus, look for goalies on hot and cold streaks and bet accordingly. Momentum is real.

Where to bet on the NHL in NJ

The following is a look at the complete legal NJ sports betting landscape, including every retail sportsbook location and NJ sports betting app where you can currently place NHL bets:

NJ sports betting apps

There are 13 NJ online sports betting sites in New Jersey booking NHL bets. Plus, there are more on the way:

Online SportsbookSports Betting Partner(s)Land-Based PartnerLaunch DateiOS?Android?
DraftKings SportsbookSBTechResorts ACAug. 6YesYes
BetStars NJNAResorts ACSept. 13YesYes
FanDuel SportsbookBetfair/IGTMeadowlandsSept. 1YesYes
William Hill NJNAMonmouth/Ocean ResortSept. 1YesYes
NAMeadowlandsDec. 11YesYes
Caesars SportsbookScientific GamesCaesars ACSept. 6YesYes
SugarHouse SportsbookKambiMonmouth ParkAug. 23YesYes
888 SportKambiCaesarsSept. 10YesYes
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 19YesYes
playMGMGVCBorgata ACAug. 22YesYes
Hard Rock OnlineGiGHard Rock ACJan. 30YesYes
Resorts Online SportsbookSBTechResorts ACJan. 31YesYes
BetAmerica SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 2YesYes
bet365NAHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
Borgata SportsGVCBorgata ACMay 14, 2019YesYes
Ocean ResortWilliam HillOcean Resort CasinoUnknownLikely Likely
Bally'sScientific GamesBally's UnknownLikelyLikely
Harrah'sScientific GamesHarrah'sUnknownLikelyLikely
UnibetKambiHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
CG TechnologyStadium TechnologyMeadowlands2019ProbablyProbably

NJ retail sportsbook locations

Currently, there are 10 land-based sportsbooks in the state that book NHL bets:

Casino/RacetrackSports Betting PartnerLaunch DateSportsbook Name
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillJune 14Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill
Borgata SportsbookIGTJune 14Borgata Race & Sports Bar
Ocean Resort SportsbookWilliam HillJune 28William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort
MeadowlandsBetfair/FanDuelJuly 14FanDuel Sportsbook
Harrah's SportsbookScientific GamesAug. 1Harrah's Sports Book
Bally's SportsbookScientific GamesJuly 30Wild Wild West Sports Book
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechAug. 15The Sportsbook
Resorts SportsbookSBTech; DraftKings/KambiAug. 15DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
TropicanaWilliam HillOct. 25William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City
Hard Rock ACGiGJan. 30Hard Rock Sportsbook

DraftKings Online Casino Ready To Add Live Dealer Games Via Evolution Deal

Barbara Nathan January 30, 2019

The DraftKings brand has already made its presence felt by New Jersey sports betting fans in a big way.

The recent launch of DraftKings Casino makes the company well positioned to become an even greater force in the NJ online gambling industry.

The NJ online casino game count is tiny when compared to its hefty competition. But now, DraftKings inked a deal with Evolution Gaming for live dealer casino games.

More about DraftKings and Evolution Gaming

On Jan. 24, casino gambling software company, Evolution, signed an agreement to provide DraftKings Casino with live casino games.

Evolution Gaming will use its studio in Atlantic City to live stream the games to the DraftKings Sportsbook app. The casino’s online and mobile players will be able to play baccarat and other games in real time with a real dealer.

However, no timeline was mentioned on when the live dealer games would launch.

James Stern, Evolution Gaming CEO for its US and land-based division, indicated that his company is excited about working with DraftKings.

He described DraftKings as “a young and dynamic company that has blazed a trail in recent years with its best-in-class technology and extensive knowledge of sports.”

Jamie Shea, senior director of the DraftKings Sportsbook NJ, sees the offering of live dealer games as a big step toward making DraftKings Sportsbook and Casino a “true, one-stop destination,” for a diverse group of bettors.

Live dealer games are popular in New Jersey

Golden Nugget Online Casino was the first NJ gambling website to offer live dealer table games, but its partner is Ezugi Gaming. That was back in August 2016.

Since then, NJ live dealer games have become enormously popular. Golden Nugget has added onto its live dealer game count and extended the operating hours. Other NJ online casinos have jumped on the bandwagon, too.

In fact, before DraftKings Casino’s launch, Evolution Gaming has been live streaming blackjack and other table games from the same Atlantic City studio to several other NJ gambling websites.

These include Resorts, 888 Casino, Hard Rock online casino and SugarHouse online casino.

The launch of DraftKings NJ online casino

On Dec. 17, DraftKings introduced its new NJ casino app for iOS and Android.

Initially, the casino didn’t have a web-based platform; it was only accessible on mobile devices and blackjack was the only game. However, the shared wallet with the Daily Fantasy Sports and sports betting platforms made it easy to log in the same way and switch to casino play.

Since the casino is integrated with the DraftKings sports betting app, there is no need to download a separate app.

Online betting capabilities and other casino games have since been added. In fact, since Jan. 1, DraftKings online casino offers a choice of the following five games:

  • Blackjack: Minimum bet $1, maximum bet $100
  • Roulette: Minimum bet $1, maximum bet: $1,000
  • Double Double Bonus Video Poker: Minimum bet: 10 cents, maximum bet $200
  • Wheel of Fortune slot game: Minimum bet 50 cents, maximum bet $500
  • Cleopatra slot game: Minimum bet 1 cent, maximum bet $600

As you can see, the betting ranges are wide enough to accommodate almost any type of player. Demo play is another option.

Granted, compared to other NJ online casinos that offer hundreds of games, this meager offering hardly even qualifies as a casino. But a site has to start somewhere.

Given DraftKing’s track record, its ambitious plans for 2019, and the new agreement with Evolution Gaming to offer live dealer games, DraftKings is certain to get bigger and better.

An international powerhouse

DraftKings, based out of Boston, was founded in 2012 as a daily fantasy sports (DFS) betting operator.

In just six short years, the company has expanded its services. It now offers DFS wagering in 11 professional sports in eight countries, including the US, Canada, UK and Australia.

DraftKings is the world’s largest DFS website, currently servicing 10 million customers worldwide.

But for the Garden State, DFS wagering is just the tip of the iceberg. Through its licensing arrangement with Resorts and a future live dealer casino, DraftKings diversifies its offerings to appeal to a much broader spectrum of bettors.

Score Super Bonuses For Super Bowl 2019 From DraftKings, FanDuel

Daniel Smyth January 23, 2019

Super Bowl Sunday is inching closer and, as the big day looms, two NJ online sports betting sites are yards ahead of the competition.

That’s right, just like the Patriots and the Rams, DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook have scored proverbial touchdowns with their new customer offers.

For you as a first-time sports bettor, that can only mean one thing: tons of added value.

Before we line up these deals, it’s important to kick off with a caveat. As lucrative as these sports betting bonuses are, they’re not suitable for everyone. Put simply, you can only bag the following offers if you’re a new customer.

Now, the upside here is that online sports betting is still fairly new in New Jersey. Therefore, the chances are that most of you aren’t already members of DraftKings or FanDuel. However, if you are, these betting bonuses aren’t for you:

  • All new customers at DraftKings can receive $35 when they create their first account, plus a matched bet worth up to $500.
  • FanDuel first-timers can receive a risk-free bet worth up to $500 after registering an account and making their first deposit.

Make the right plays to score some extra cash

As you can see, that’s some serious value just in time for the Super Bowl. Naturally, the money isn’t just going to fall into your lap. In fact, you’re going to have to run a few plays if you want to boost your bankroll.

Fortunately, there aren’t many obstacles in your way. As long as you can follow the simple steps below, you’ll be able to scoop up to $1,035 in NJ sports betting value before Feb. 3:

DraftKings Welcome Bonus instructions

  • Follow our secure DraftKings sports betting app sign-up link to create your first account.
  • Input your details and wait for your no deposit bonus to be activated.
  • Once set, you’ll find seven free bets worth $5 each in your account. These bets are valid for 30 days and are non-cashable. Additionally, you won’t receive your stake back if any of these bets are successful.
  • After using your free bets, make a deposit and DraftKings will match your opening wager up to a maximum of $500. Again, this bet is non-cashable and you’ll have 30 days to use it.
  • Finally, only your profit from this bet will be credited to your account.

FanDuel Welcome Bonus instructions

  • Use our FanDuel sports betting app registration link to create your first account.
  • Input your details and make your first deposit.
  • Place an opening bet and FanDuel will activate the risk-free bonus.
  • If your opening bet wins, you’re a winner. If it loses, FanDuel will refund your stake up to $500.
  • All rebates are issued as site credit. Bonus funds are non-cashable but you can use them to make real money wagers. Any subsequent winnings can be withdrawn once you stake your bonus amount using real cash.

Different propositions, same great value

Clearly, there are two different scenarios here. However, each one is potentially lucrative. For example, if you join DraftKings before Super Bowl 2019, you’ll have two options. Either, you can use one or more of your $5 free bets to wager on the big game. Alternatively, you can clear these credits before February 3rd and use your matched bet to stake a larger amount on the action. Either way, you have the opportunity to put down someone else’s money and profit when things go your way.

For those who choose to ante-up at FanDuel, the strategy is simple: bet big on the 2019 Super Bowl without any worries. As long as it’s your opening bet, you’ll receive your full stake back (up to $500) if you make a bum pick. Of course, if you win, it’s happy days. However, the beauty of this bonus is that you can make a prediction and it won’t matter if you’re wrong.

In fact, that’s the beauty of both welcome offers and, in turn, the reason you should use them to make some bold bets. When it’s your own money, the prudent strategy is to do some research, assess the betting lines and go with a conservative pick. For instance, based on recent results, most would agree that the Patriots are favorites heading into the final showdown. At this stage, you can get odds of -139 on a straight win for the Patriots. Based on the evidence, this seems like a solid bet. However, when you’re using bonus money or you know there’s no risk, you can afford to be more outlandish.

Take a shot at glory with these NJ sports betting bonuses

Naturally, the more outlandish you are, the better the odds will be. Indeed, while the Patriots may be favorites, the returns on a straight win bet will be low. In contrast, if you placed money on the Rams at +115, you’d get more bang for your buck. Taking this further, you could make a prop bet on the number of passing yards Rams’ QB Jared Goff will make during the game. With a specific prediction like this, the odds are going to be more attractive which, in turn, provide better returns.

Under normal conditions, we wouldn’t usually advocate this strategy. But, in this situation, it’s perfect. Put simply, if you’re a sports betting newbie and you want to get the most value from the 2019 Super Bowl, our NJ online bonus picks are the way to do it. Regardless of whether you play it safe or go for a Hail Mary, the conditions are in your favor right now.

BetStars Vs. DraftKings Sportsbook: An NJ Mobile Sportsbook Comparison

Martin Derbyshire December 3, 2018

DraftKings Sportsbook and BetStars NJ are two NJ sports betting apps that both operate under the Resorts sports betting license.

In fact, the two mobile and online sports betting operations have combined to help Resorts Digital become the state’s top-grossing sports betting licensee, with more than $16.5 million in gross NJ sports betting revenue reported up to the end of October 2018.

Of course, to this point, it has been a lot more DraftKings than it has been BetStars. However, it’s still worth comparing two of the top dogs in the burgeoning NJ mobile and online sports betting market.

Here’s a basic rundown of what each is all about:

DraftKings Sportsbook app

DraftKings Sportsbook launched in August 2018. It was the first online sports betting app in the US to launch outside of Nevada. DraftKings Sportsbook has emerged as the NJ online market leader, and it really is the standard by which all other NJ mobile sports betting apps are compared.

The app features impressive functionality and a huge variety of betting options.

There’s a great bonus offer for new players and different promotions running all the time.

Things like in-play betting, betting carousels, and new office-style Sportsbook Pools have helped DraftKings Sportsbook become the NJ mobile sports betting app market leader and the innovations keep on coming.

BetStars NJ

BetStars NJ is essentially the PokerStars NJ entry into the NJ mobile sports betting market.

However, it stands on its own as a mobile sports betting app designed for more than just online poker players who are looking to bet on sports between hands.

The app launched in September 2018, and its gaining in popularity because of intuitive and easy-to-use software and competitive betting lines.

The Stars Group behind it might be better known for its PokerStars NJ online poker product, but those poker and online casino platforms are integrated with BetStars, allowing it to take advantage of some synergies.

Either way, BetStars NJ is a rock solid entry in the NJ mobile sports betting market that’s great for more than just players on PokerStars’ NJ gambling website who like to bet on sports.

DraftKings vs. BetStars

Now, let’s take a look at a site-by-site comparison of key app features:

Welcome bonus

New players get $25 free just for signing up at DraftKings Sportsbook. There’s also no bonus code required. Just sign up for a new account using our exclusive link and get $25 free. Easy.

The offer also includes a free bet of up to $200 matching your first deposit.

BetStars, on the other hand, offers a welcome bonus that includes up to $500 in free bets.

Using this exclusive link to sign up, players will get a first bet up of to $50 matched with a free bet. They’ll get another $50 free bet when they bet another $150 and they can do this nine times for a total of up to $500 in free bets.

The Bottom Line: Money talks and the last time we checked $500 says more than $225. Therefore, BetStars has the   Welcome Bonus.

Competitive Lines

Sharp sports gamblers go where the lines are.

DraftKings has been the top dog in US daily fantasy sports since it launched in 2012 and seems to understand this better than most. DraftKings Sportsbook consistently offers the most competitive lines in the NJ market.

However, it pays to shop around, as there are sportsbooks apps that beat DraftKings on specific lines all the time, BetStars included.

The Bottom Line: It looks like the NJ market is checking DraftKings first and rarely leaving. It’s got the edge on lines right now, but it’s a competitive market and sharps shop.

Betting variety

Both DraftKings Sportsbook and BetStars offer a wide variety of betting options, including:

  • Moneylines
  • Point Spreads
  • Futures
  • Over-Unders
  • Parlays
  • Cash Out Options
  • Round Robins

BetStars also offers something called Odds Boost that allows players to enhance their original bets. However, DraftKings also has Odds Boosts and counters that with a huge variety of In-Play Betting options and Sportsbook Pools.

The Bottom Line: DraftKings gets the edge again with its increasingly popular In-Play Betting options.


Both BetStars NJ and DraftKings Sportsbook offer a good variety of deposit and withdrawal options and responsive customer service.

However, BetStars parent The Stars Group was built on the back of the best customer service department in online gambling and DraftKings is little more than a startup in this regard.

The Bottom Line: DraftKings is working on it, but BetStars gets the nod since it is firmly entrenched working alongside the best support team in the business.


Both the BetStars and DraftKings Sportsbook apps have been built using high-quality software that is user-friendly and intuitive.

Both make it easy to sign up for an account, get money on and off, and make bets.

The Bottom Line: It’s pretty hard to choose between the two in this category. However, the ever-so-slight edge goes to BetStars because of the seamless transition it offers players between the sportsbook, online poker, and casino games. Really, who doesn’t want that?

Overall comparison of NJ online sports betting apps

BetStars and DraftKings Sportsbook are among the best NJ online sports betting apps available in what is a growing market.

DraftKings Sportsbook gets the overall edge because of the weight that must be given to categories such as Betting Variety and Competitive Lines. After all, these are the things sports gamblers truly prize in a sportsbook app. The rest is just gravy.

BetStars has a lot of gravy, but it also has a lot of ground to cover to catch up with DraftKings Sportsbook as the top NJ sports betting app in the market.

In the end, DraftKings Sportsbook is the top-grossing sportsbook app in NJ and it’s easy to see why. A focus on giving the sports betting community exactly what it wants has given it the edge and it’s an edge it’s likely to keep.

In fact, it’s hard to think of anything that can derail the DraftKings Sportsbook train going forward. Unless sharps are forced to move over because BetStars starts giving away so much on its lines.

DraftKings Sportsbook Pools Splash Into NJ Online Sports Betting

Marco Cerino November 11, 2018

DraftKings has added a new way for players in New Jersey to bet on sports. The site added Sportsbook Pools to its mobile sportsbook last week, the latest innovation from arguably the top site in NJ sports betting.

“Millions of Americans have been playing in sports pools for years with their friends and coworkers, and now one of the most popular ways that fans can get ‘skin in the game’ is live on DraftKings Sportsbook,” said Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder of DraftKings, in a release.

“DraftKings Sportsbook Pools features simple predictions, such as picking the winner of each NFL game weekly, combined with the potential to win jackpot-style prizes. This product will unquestionably make every game more exciting for DraftKings Sportsbook players of all levels.”

The basics of DraftKings Sportsbook Pools

Think of it like an office pool with basic questions, simple answers, but jackpot results.

To play, sports fans are asked a few questions related to outcomes in a specific game or series of games. Any sport can be part of the Sportsbook Pools. Players choose from the provided responses and submit their entry. Winners are based on the number of correct picks as the sports games are played.

This new game offers higher stakes and substantially higher rewards. In Week 10, for example, the inaugural buy-in is $20, with a minimum prize pool of $200,000. Other weeks will vary in cost and prizes.

The pool links to new and existing DK Sportsbook accounts. Players can view the contest from outside New Jersey but can only wager and cash out at a verified location in the Garden State.

DraftKings Sportsbook an NJ sports betting powerhouse

DraftKings has successfully pivoted from daily fantasy sports to single-event betting in New Jersey. The site has managed to connect the two in player profiles and even offers bets on athletes’ fantasy performances for upcoming contests.

But the NJ online sports betting market is young and growing. DraftKings, as of September, is the leader of the pack, posting the lion’s share of NJ online sports betting revenue of all eight mobile sportsbooks.

The Boston-based company has expanded into New Jersey with offices in Hoboken and Jersey City, along with offices in the Big Apple. The company is planning to move into permanent offices in NJ by early next year.

DraftKings already operates a Team Pick’Em to determine the winners of weekly games and distribute prize money based on correct picks. However, this is free to enter and winners earn small payouts.

Sportsbook Pools keeps the innovation coming at DraftKings and in a big way.

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