Your Complete Wild Card Weekend Betting Guide

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Postseason football. College football’s championship game. A full slate of NBA, NHL, and college basketball games.

Yes, please.

If you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now is the time to get involved with so many great games on tap across multiple sports and sportsbooks offering extra incentives with aggressive sign-up bonuses and promos. Just be sure to hit the “bet now” buttons or links to take advantage of these deals, as some of them are exclusive to our audience.

For those of you in Pennsylvania, PA online sports betting is coming soon.


DraftKings Sportsbook

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Before we get into the weekend offerings, we have tell you about how you can win a free seat at DraftKings Sportsbook’s National Championship next weekend. It’s an awesome opportunity.

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Here’s how it works. Just register for our exclusive daily fantasy qualifier on Sunday. The winner of that contest gets a seat ($10,000 value) at the DraftKings Sportsbook championship table the following weekend with an opportunity to win the $1,000,000 top prize. The qualifier is completely free to play and, if you win, your bankroll at the Sports Betting National Championship will be 100% covered.

Meanwhile, DraftKings Sportsbook recently increased their $200 free bet offer, which they’ve been running pretty much open-ended since their launch last August. To match some of the offers put forth by competitors, DraftKings is now offering a $500 free bet. If you’re thinking about signing up, we strongly urge you to take advantage of what we think is the best offer to date.

Here’s how it works—just use our link to sign up and DraftKings will match your first wager with a free bet up to $500. It works the same way as the previous $200 bet, only, you know, more. Use your matched free bet within 30 days of making your first wager, and you’re good to go. It’s that simple.

Once you’re signed up, there are plenty of fun and unique promos to take advantage of this weekend with DraftKings Sportsbook, including the recent rollout of its blackjack, video poker, roulette, and slot games.

On Saturday, Wild Card Weekend kicks off and DraftKings has you covered with eight special odds boosts on the Texans-Colts and Seahawks-Cowboys game. It’s more of the same on Sunday as DraftKings runs it back with eight more boosts  on the Ravens-Chargers and Eagles-Bears showdowns.

DraftKings is also giving its members a new way to wager on all of the games. Similar to its football pools, DraftKings is now offering NBA and NHL Sportsbook Pools. Users can bet small to win big in a pool-style pick’em format nearly every night.

Both FanDuel and DraftKings are offering outstanding promos and specials this weekend, so if you want to see more, read our DraftKings vs. FanDuel comparison on which sportsbook is better.


FanDuel Sportsbook

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As always, new FanDuel users get a $500 risk-free first bet.

Here’s how it works: new users will get a site credit worth up to $500 if they lose their first bet. Losses are refunded into accounts within 72 hours. Quite literally, FanDuel is giving users a no-risk, can’t-lose opportunity just for signing up.

Football bettors can take advantage of FanDuel’s Wild Card risk-free bet. Make any parlay bet on Wild Card games and get up to $25 back in site credit if you lose. It’s pretty simple. Meanwhile, if you’re looking to hit a bigger payout and want to try your hand at a parlay, then you may want to try the odds boost FanDuel has on NFL Wild Card Weekend home teams. Take the Bears, Cowboys, Texans, and Ravens each to win in a four-team parlay with a +900 pay out.

As basketball fans know, NBA games are often a tale of two much different halves, so it’s wise to take advantage of FanDuel’s NBA OT Insurance. Don’t fall victim to excruciating overtime losses. Bet the moneyline on any NBA game, and if your bet loses, get up to $25 of your wager back in site credit.



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We like BetStars NJ because of its straightforward interface and variety of fun and useful promos. They’ve also recently approved the signup experience, so for those of you who had trouble early on, we suggest giving them another shot as the whole process is easier now.

BetStars continues to offer up to $500 in free bets (with some caveats). They’ve been running this offer occasionally throughout the football season, so while it’s not entirely time sensitive, there’s no guarantee as to how much longer they will use it.

BetStars also offers boosts on winning parlays with three or more legs, StarsStacks that provide bigger odds, payouts on players to score touchdowns in featured NFL games, and unique event promotions like the NFL 2 Minute Drill.

Also be sure to take advantage of BetStars’ NBA Free Bet Refund. Place a moneyline bet on any NBA game, and get up to a $20 free bet if your team loses in overtime.


SugarHouse Sportsbook

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SugarHouse also runs daily specials, including individual team and player prop odds boosts in select NBA, NHL, and NFL games. More importantly, its sign up bonus remains excellent and easy to cash on. New users will receive a 100% match on initial deposits up to $250. The thing we like most about SugarHouse’s offer is that there is only a 1x wager requirement to redeem your winnings. It’s basically free money, so if you haven’t signed up yet, I suggest doing so. Free money is good.


888sport NJ

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888sport will give you $10 just for signing up with no deposit required, but if you sign up, they, too, offer an enticing bonus.

Users that place bets on any of this weekend’s NFL Wild Card games will receive a free $10 bet on the Alabama-Clemson NCAA National Championship Game. Those looking to bet on college basketball will want to check out 888sport’s NCAA Challenge. Place a parlay bet of at least three legs at odds of -200 or higher on college basketball games and double your winnings up to $100 daily.

888sport new jersey

Bonus: $10 free bet with no deposit

Minimum Deposit: $10


  • New and exciting
  • Mobiled focused
  • $10 bet with no deposit
  • Super clean interface

Full disclosure: We are an affiliate of legal New Jersey sports betting sites, so we may receive a commission if you use our links.

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  • An Inquiring Mind January 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Houston -2, Cowboys -2.5, Chargers +3, Eagles +6.5……there is your money to be made!

  • BRIANDAWKINS#20 January 5, 2019 at 2:07 pm



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