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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Offering Up To $200 in Risk Free Bets This Weekend

Kyle Scott - October 20, 2018

When FanDuel Sportsbook first launched, we noted in our review that their initial deposit bonus – $100 – paled in comparison to what SugarHouse and BetStars were offering new players. We figured maybe they were resting on their brand recognition and felt they didn’t need to offer aggressive promotions to get new players to sign up. Whatever they’re doing is working, though, as evidenced by the fact that DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away the early leaders in legal online sports betting.

But FanDuel isn’t sitting still, and they’ve been offering up aggressive (and useful!) weekly promos to attract new bettors and keep current bettors engaged.

This week, in addition to a slew of bet guarantee offers, FanDuel is offering $200 in risk free bets.

Here’s the copy directly from their email:

Have a $200 Risk Free Weekend ON US! Just place any bets this weekend (10/19 — 10/21), and we’ll refund your net losses up to $200. But don’t wait too long — this offer expires Sunday (10/21/18) at 11:59pm ET. Eligible users credited Monday (10/22).

OK, so there has to be fine print, right?

The fully copy will follow, but here’s the gist: You basically have to place pre-game wager bets on the spread and the bets must settle (event completed) before the promotion expires, which should only potentially be an issue for Sunday Night Football. You also can’t use the “cash out” option to exit the bet early. If the net result of your bets is negative, your account will be credited the amount up to $200.

As with all sportsbook promotions, you can’t withdraw that credit until you wager the amount on eligible bets first. Pretty standard restriction there.

That’s it. The promo applies to current FanDuel Sportsbook customers and new players [sign up here] and the offer is in addition to the $100 deposit bonus and other weekly promos (though you can combine these) FanDuel offers.

You can hit the link to register for FanDuel to get these bonuses:

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Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100

Minimum Deposit: $10

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Established brand
  • Backed by Betfair
  • Excellent interface
  • Live betting view

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Carson Wentz and Mike Trout Taking a Loving Stroll on a Cool Fall Day Is Exactly What We Need Today

Kyle Scott - October 17, 2018

Need something to cheer you up after last night? Good. Because I have just the thing for such occasion– an adorable picture of Carson Wentz and Mike Trout taking a stroll through Haddonfield yesterday. Same pants, same stance, same unspoken love for each other that sustains you following a tough loss.

I wonder if they watched the game together.

H/T to reader Jared

Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The

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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Offering Up To $200 in Risk Free Bets This Weekend

When FanDuel Sportsbook first launched, we noted in our review that their initial deposit bonus – $100 – paled in comparison to what SugarHouse and BetStars were offering new players. We figured maybe they were resting on their brand recognition and felt they didn’t need to offer aggressive promotions to get new players to sign up. Whatever they’re doing is working, though, as evidenced by the fact that DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away

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Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz Went To The Gym Last Night

Kyle Scott - October 17, 2018

Good thing. Because it looks like they’re gonna need all the practice they can get.

I’m not here to cast doubt on anyone’s work ethic, or to overreact. The Sixers are going to be very good, fun and exciting this year. They’ll win a lot of games. Maybe 54 or more. But last night was such a kick in the pants because it was a reminder that, oh yeah, nothing has changed since last year.

The Process was not about being good or even great– it was about being transcendent. Being the Warriors. Winning multiple championships. This year, this specific year, is the one where the Sixers were presumed to be able to make that move into a true contender. Unfortunately, there’s nothing they or anyone can do about the Warriors, a super team for the ages, but the Celtics are a different story. They cut right through the Sixers’ path and have cemented themselves as the best team in the East, by a wide margin. These losses to the Celtics aren’t just run-of-the-mill defeats, a temporary advantage to one side in the midst of a bitter rivalry. No. Not even close. No matter how hard TNT tries to make that case. The Celtics are a class above the Sixers, and they’ve improved tremendously since last year by returning their two best players (though I think I can make a case for Jayson Tatum).

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Alshon Jeffery Is Great Soundbite

Kyle Scott - October 12, 2018

It’s easy to forget Alshon Jeffery’s incredible pre-Super Bowl interview where, worn down by the process of the week and it getting in the way of the Eagles beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl, he just owned this random TV interview.

He’s back at.

After an incredible game last night, with two touchdown catches and 74 yards receiving, Jeffery turned in an interview twofer. First up, ain’t nobody fucking with us:

Ain’t no… fucking with us noooooow, we’re on the move, huh!

A true classic.

And then, on that beautiful little screen to score his second touchdown, Jeffery notes that the Eagles took the play from the Patriots– you know, like the Philly Special 2.0 that Doug used in Week 1, brilliant:

Heh.

The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos For Week 6

Kyle Scott - October 11, 2018

Week 6 is upon us, and there’s a diverse range of betting options in New Jersey. FanDuel Sportsbook and BetStars, in particular, are offering strong promos. A part of any betting strategy that often gets overlooked is the value being offered by the books, whether that’s straight price or promos and incentives that can be used to your advantage.

Here’s a rundown of the best NJ online sportsbooks and most compelling offers for Week 6:

 

Easiest deposit methods

Bonus: First deposit matched up to $250

Code: CROSSINGBROAD

Minimum Deposit: $10

SugarHouse Sportsbook

21+ and Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler

SugarHouse Sportsbook doesn’t get nearly the same attention as DraftKings or FanDuel, but they are the sleeper thus far, partly due to their operating as an online casino for several years. The PlaySugarHouse Casino app, now branded as SugarHouse Sportsbook and Casino, benefits from having ironed out the kinks, particularly when it comes to deposit methods. If you can think of the method, you can probably do it at SugarHouse, including depositing in person at 7-11, which is crazy.

Additionally, their $250 deposit bonus has the fewest strings attached to it– you simply have to wager it once and then it can be withdrawn.

Their app is backed by Kambi, which means they offer almost entirely the same odds as DraftKings and 888, with the benefit of having other casino games built into the app.

To get your $250 deposit bonus, you can sign up for SugarHouse and download their Android and iOS apps here.

 

Best promotions

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Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100

Minimum Deposit: $10

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Established brand
  • Backed by Betfair
  • Excellent interface
  • Live betting view
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Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

BetStars NJ

21+. NJ only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler

This is a tie. FanDuel offers only a $100 deposit bonus, which is meager compared to its competitors, but they offer genuinely useful weekly promos.

This week they’re offering NFL “Close Loss” insurance, which will refund any moneyline bet up to $50 if the team you choose loses by six points or less. That’s outstanding! Depending on which side of the line you’re playing, that either gives you 6+ points of buffer on a favorite, or significantly better odds on an underdog. There’s a little bit of fine print – you have to use the bonus before it can be withdrawn – but this is an excellent and fair promo. There’s really no reason not to try it, especially if you feel strongly about a particular outright winner.

They’re also offering a similar promo on MLB playoff games.

You can access these offers by registering for FanDuel here.

BetStars, on the other hand, offers $500 in free bets (fine print, of course) and a range of rotating promos. Such as:

Bet $25 and get a free $5 bet— pretty straightforward, available every week

NFL 2 Minute Drill— if you place any NFL moneyline bet and your team is leading with two minutes to go and loses, you’ll get a refund up to $20

Super Boost— get a boost on football 3-bet parlays

Stars Stack— better odds on multiple players scoring touchdowns

Lock in Your Profits— similar to DraftKings, you have the option to cash out of live bets, which has been popular and adds a whole new dimension to betting

Spin and Bet— spin the wheel to get up to a 10x odds boost

These offers are bit a more random and probably don’t offer the sort of action you’d normally bet on, they can be a lot of fun and provide some value just about every day.

We also really like BetStars’ app. It’s not as slick or modern looking as DraftKings or FanDuel, but it just works and is simple to understand. We find BetStars often has pretty appealing odds as well.

You can download the BetStars app here. It is available on Android and, soon, iOS. The iOS app is set to launch on Sunday, so depending on when you read this it may or may not be available. The good news is that, for now, their sportsbook is housed inside the PokerStars app on iOS.

 

The popular one

Bonus: First bet matched up to $200

Minimum Deposit: $5

DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Ease of use
  • Variety of action
  • Modern interface
  • Live betting

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER.

21+. NJ only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details.

DraftKings is the biggest brand and the sportsbook most of your friends are probably playing. While they don’t offer the most enticing promo – they’ll match your first bet up to $200 – there’s no doubt it’s one of the best and more user friendly apps out there.

What we really like is their cash out option, which allows you to exit any bet you’re winning or losing at a reduced rate. It adds an extra layer of strategy to things, though be careful about hedging your winning bets– you’ll be tempted to work against yourself, so use this judiciously.

To get your first bet matched up to $200, you can sign up for DraftKings here.

 

Best free offer

888sport new jersey

Bonus: $10 free bet and $500 deposit bonus

Minimum Deposit: $10

888sport

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

888sport, while not having the most confidence-inspiring name for a US brand, is backed by the same provider as DraftKings and SugarHouse, Kambi, so the action is the same and they offer a free $10 bet with no deposit needed.

To get your $10 free bet, you can sign up for 888sport here.

 

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

BetStars NJ’s iOS App Is Expected To Launch on October 14

Kyle Scott - October 10, 2018

As you know, we’re big fans of the BetStars NJ sports betting app. Why? It is the most compelling of the non-big-brand-sites– DraftKings and FanDuel.

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Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

BetStars NJ

21+. NJ only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler

BetStars, which is owned by Canadian company The Stars Group and has had a lot of success in Europe, is a mobile-first product built on the PokerStars platform. They brought their sports betting app to the US last month on Android, but App Store hold ups and other apparent delays have pushed the iOS app release back to this weekend. Previously, the BetStars sportsbook was available inside the PokerStars app on iOS.

Representatives from the company tell us that the iOS app is due to launch on October 14, with their web-based interface on schedule for November 1.

This would be the first international sportsbook to offer an iOS app. 888sport appeared to be in a similar iOS delay, and we have no word on when their app will go live on iPhone or iPad.

PointsBet, an Australian company, has partnered with casinos in New Jersey and New York, but they are not live yet.

William Hill, though technically a British company, has a US arm and has launched its iOS app.

According to Google Trends data, BetStars has lagged behind DraftKings and FanDuel in terms of interest, for the obvious reason of not having anywhere near the same level of brand recognition. At least not yet. They have held off on their marketing push until the iOS app arrives.

 

A modern betting app

BetStars is the best of the international brands competing in the US betting space. First and foremost, they offer a user-friendly app. It lacks the slick interface of FanDuel and the familiarly of DraftKings, but it’s clean and simple and just works. The learning curve is very low.

 

Strong promotions

One of the things we’re seeing from the legal sportbooks so far is the ability to offer unique promos and bets during this acquisition phase. In additional to traditional signup bonuses and deposit matches, which we’ve detailed on our NJ online sports betting page, many of the operators have been offering unique bets, guarantees, and odds boosts.

Out of the gate, BetStars offers all three.

While their 500-1 Super Bowl odds promo ended on September 30, they still offer $500 in free bets as their signup bonus.

Currently, they are also running a series of boosts and promos.

Bet $25 and get a free $5 bet— pretty straightforward, available every week

NFL 2 Minute Drill— if you place any NFL moneyline bet and your team is leading with two minutes to go and loses, you’ll get a refund up to $20

Super Boost— get a boost on football 3-bet parlays

Stars Stack— better odds on multiple players scoring touchdowns

Lock in Your Profits— similar to DraftKings, you have the option to cash out of live bets, which has been popular and adds a whole new dimension to betting

Spin and Bet— spin the wheel to get up to a 10x odds boost

Overall, these are just really fun options. I wouldn’t recommend basing your entire strategy on any promo offer, however they can add a casual element to the betting experience, while also occasionally being a good strategic play.

 

So while BetStars has been slow on the uptick, they are worth checking out, both for the user-friendly interface and the range of fun promos and options they offer for casual and experienced bettors. You can download both the Android and iOS apps by clicking bet now.

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Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

BetStars NJ

21+. NJ only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler

 

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

I Don’t Want LeSean McCoy Anywhere Near The Eagles

Kyle Scott - October 9, 2018

I am well beyond rooting or not rooting for players based on whether or not I actually like the person. But LeSean McCoy is a special sort of scumbag. Bad, violent shit keeps following him.

To recap:

Party bus incident where a women was allegedly forcibly removed from a bus.

Hateful, mean spirited baby mama drama.

Literally him on video kicking beating up an off-duty police officer with no charges being filed.

His former girlfriend allegedly being beaten in a home McCoy paid for, by associates of McCoy, who may or may not have watched the whole thing on security footage. [For real, how has this just disappeared?]

The Eagles need a running back. I’d take anyone (except Orleans Darkwa) but McCoy. He’s an egotistical maniac, who has multiple times been accused of being a party to or involved in violent behavior, who has been accused of beating his child and his dog, was who accused to doling out STDs to teammates girlfriends, who publicly blasted the mother of his children, who can’t even tip like a grown man. No thanks.

Garry Cobb Wants The Eagles To Stop Having Sex

Kyle Scott - October 9, 2018

Fuck everything.

I don’t really get the existence of G Cobb. Decent guy– met him a few times doing Great Sports Debate. But he is like the archetype of the former-player-turned-local-TV-guy-pseudo-celeb-failed-congressional-candidate. You know, the type of guy who exists in our mediasphere because he wears SUITS and has a mustache that looks like it can (and has) tickled nether areas with an aplomb that would make sex-toy-shop feathers blush. Girl, how did he get in there?!?!?!

He also fucks. Which is something he explained on FOX Good Day yesterday after saying that the Eagles should, most certainly, not do that prior to games: Continue Reading

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