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Kyle Scott - September 19, 2018

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BetStars NJ Launches With Insane $500 Free Bet Promo

Kyle Scott - September 19, 2018

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app and they offer a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus, which you should absolutely take advantage of.

Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus.

BetStars is offering new customers up to $500 in free bets and 100 to 1 odds on any team to win the Super Bowl. Click on the link to get the offer. The Android app is available for direct download, while on iOS the sportsbook will live inside the PokerStars app until it is available as a separate app sometime within the next week.

To put that in perspective, Kambi, the company that powers DraftKings, SugarHouse and 888sport, offers the Eagles at +900 (or 9 to 1) to win the Super Bowl. The Patriots and Vikings are at +600 and +900, respectively. With BetStars’ NJ launch promo, you can get any of them at 100 to 1.

betstars sports betting

Bonus: $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the Super Bowl

Minimum Deposit: $10

BetStars NJ

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BetStars NJ promo fine print

Of course, there’s fine print. Most notably, you can only wager up to $5 on the 100 to 1 promo, and you can only bet on one team. But still, a $5 bet on the Eagles can pay out $500. NOT BAD!

For the $500 deposit bonus, their terms are a bit more restrictive and come with the expected caveats.

Place your first sport bet and get a matched Free Bet up to $50

Moreover, for every $150 you wager after that, you’ll get another $50 Free Bet up to $450 (bet a total of $1,350 to redeem the full value of your bonus)

If you already have a Stars Account, you can get started straight away! Use your existing Stars ID to start playing at BetStars and make the most of your Welcome Bonus!

BetStars is only available via the BetStars and PokerStars apps. Download now and enjoy everything we have to offer.

Minimum odds of +100 apply to all qualifying bets.

Still not bad. Certainly not as restrictive at 888sport’s similar offer.

 

BetStars NJ initial thoughts

I’ve spent a good chunk of the summer chronicling this stuff, and from the beginning it was clear that BetStars would be one of the top companies to challenge DraftKings and FanDuel. They are mobile-focused and have experience in New Jersey with their popular poker app. All of this means that, unlike the casino apps, they have more of a focus on technology to compete with the daily fantasy brands while also understanding the sports betting market. Continue Reading

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BetStars NJ Launches With Insane $500 Free Bet Promo

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app and they offer a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus, which you should absolutely take advantage of. Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus. BetStars is offering new customers up to $500 in free bets and 100 to 1

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Bonus: $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the Super Bowl

Minimum Deposit: $10

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Bird Droppings: Sometimes Ya Gotta Dump

Kyle Scott - September 17, 2018

Turdburglars.

That’s the first word that comes to my mind when I think about the game against the Bucs yesterday.

Turdburglars.

The Eagles, in their own right, almost snatched a turd of a win from the jaws of Fitzmagic, but it wasn’t to be. More compelling, however, is that we’ll collectively revel in the shit from a disappointing and unexpected loss to the surging(?) Tampa Bay Bucs, who now own wins over two of the presumed top teams in the NFC.

But I’m going to start this paragraph with a conjunction, because the first four started with the letter T. The Eagles were playing without, arguably, three of their best offensive players yesterday– Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, Darren Sproles, and then add in large chunks of Jason Peters, Mike Wallace and Jay Ajayi. It’s a borderline miracle they were in contention to pull that one out considering what they were working with offensively.

Sure, you might say that they won the Super Bowl last year without some of those guys, but that doesn’t absolve their absence of meaning. One of Wentz, Sproles, or Jeffery would have been good for an extra touchdown yesterday, which – math – would have led to a tie if you remove ALL CONTEXT and write only in theoreticals. That’s not how things work, and you play the hand you’re dealt, but I find it totally meaningless to overreact about the offense seeing as though it is nothing like it will be in a week or two, personnel-wise, once the gang gets back together and then Howie Roseman gets Josh Gordon. What?

Anyway, the defense was more of the issue yesterday, particularly Jalen Mills. Who…  um… didn’t live up to his pre-game hype: Continue Reading

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Premier League Picks For Week 5

Kyle Scott - September 14, 2018

Your humble tout grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory in Week 4, rolling a winning Saturday into a Sunday that took away all the profits and then some. Fortunately, the international break provided ol’ Paddy with the time to research some winners (and replenish the money clip) for Week 5.

Here Paddy’s picks in the Prem this weekend:

WATFORD v. MANCHESTER UNITED

It was United’s convincing 2-0 win over Burnley that sent my winnings back to the book two weeks ago; I predicted a draw, and Burnley did not cooperate. Call me stubborn, but I’m going right back to the same well in this match.

Jose Mourinho’s club is off to what amounts to a terrible start at United — two wins, two losses (one of them a hiding by Tottenham Hotspur.) Complicating things for Mourinho this week is the fact that many of his most crucial performers spent the past two weeks on international duty. Goalkeeper David de Gea, striker Romelu Lukaku, winger Marcus Rashford and all-everything midfielder Paul Pogba all made appearances in international play, while Watford had no player near the level of any of United’s stars exerting themselves in glorified friendlies. Continue Reading

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888sport Goes Live for Online Sports Betting in New Jersey

Kyle Scott - September 10, 2018

888sport became the sixth online sports betting site to go live in New Jersey today.

The brand, owned by the similarly named 888holdings, which will use the Caesars license, has been targeting an early NJ launch since the spring.

While it might not be familiar to US customers, 888 is a major European betting company, sponsoring several English soccer clubs including Birmingham City. They already offer several New Jersey online gambling brands for casino and poker to join its NJ online sports betting offering.

In a statement, 888 CEO Itai Frieberger indicated that he sees the US market as a major area of growth:

“The launch of 888sport.com in New Jersey is a major milestone for the company in our ongoing expansion across the regulated US online gaming market,” said Chief Executive Itai Frieberger.

“We now have our sport, casino and poker products all operational in the US and are continually developing our proposition, brands and technology to ensure that the group remains exceptionally well positioned to capture the potentially significant future growth opportunities as new regulation allows,” added Frieberger.

Kambi will power 888sport

888sport’s betting app will be powered by Kambi, which underpins the sportsbook for both DraftKings and SugarHouse, meaning the lines and odds presented in these three apps, with a few exceptions, will be identical. Each provider does have the ability to request custom action – such as how DraftKings offers betting on daily fantasy totals – but they may have to pay extra for that privilege. For the average bettor, this means they can’t get any different odds across the three sites and that it will ultimately come down to preference on interface and bonus offers.

888sport promo code

As of yet, 888sports isn’t offering any sort of signup bonus or promo code in New Jersey, but seeing as though they are a relatively new brand to sports bettors in the US, I would be shocked if they didn’t offer something substantially aggressive to win prospective customers from DraftKings, FanDuel, SugarHouse and others.

Mobile-friendly interface

It’s clear early on that the sportsbooks that feature a mobile-friendly interface will lead in legal US sports betting. Apps from PlayMGM and Caesars look awful compared to DraftKings, FanDuel, and even SugarHouse. 888sports offer a clean, mobile-focused interface that will instantly be familiar to younger players.

888sport history

888sport is actually based out of Gibralter and was founded in 2008. They’ve focused heavily on social media to promote their brand. They became one of the first non-US companies to be approved for online betting in 2013, when Nevada granted them a license to operate.

The company itself launched in 1997 and has become popular largely through its poker properties. But over the last few years their revenues began to soar as mobile betting took off. They have won three major gaming awards including Online Bingo Operator of the Year at the IGA Gaming Awards, Best Bingo Marketing Campaign from EGR, and Best Digital Operator at the Global Gaming Awards in Las Vegas.

We will have a full review of 888sport’s NJ betting app soon.

Everything You Need To Know About Betting on Football in New Jersey This Weekend

Kyle Scott - September 8, 2018

The time has come. The first full weekend of college football and NFL betting is upon. For those of you in New Jersey, you already have a wide range of options for both online betting and in-person betting at sportsbooks. This is our guide for where and how to bet on football this weekend in New Jersey.

NJ online sports betting

There are five licensed sites and apps ready to take your bets in NJ. DraftKings, FanDuel, SugarHouse, PlayMGM, and Caesars are all officially live. William Hill, the popular Nevada bookmaker owned by a British company of the same name, was in soft launch last week, but is not currently listed by the New Jersey DGE as an approved vendor. Which to choose? Well, in these early stages and with the generous bonuses being tossed around as sportsbooks aim to acquire customers, we recommend signing up for as many sites as possible. Odds vary quite a bit between each of them, and several offer unique action – such as DraftKings’ cash out option – so it’s worth shopping around.

DraftKings Sportsbook

The first to go live in New Jersey, DraftKings, along with FanDuel, will obviously be a major player in legal sports betting. According to several sources who work at the company, up to 30% of their workforce is technology employees, meaning their focus is on creating a superior mobile app. While not perfect, DraftKings Sportsbook looks and feels great right out of the box. The company got some early backlash on the price of their odds, which were higher than offshore sportsbooks, but they have come down. DraftKings Sportsbook is run by Kambi, who sets not only prices for DraftKings but also SugarHouse. In terms of user interface, though, DraftKings is clearly a step ahead.

DraftKings Sportsbook review.

App availability: iOS and Android

DraftKings bonus: DraftKings will match your first bet up to $200, meaning that whatever amount you wager on your first bet, you’ll have a second bet for that amount waiting for you.

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.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Just going live on Thursday, FanDuel’s interface is awesome, and the best of the bunch so far. It just looks good. One of the best things it has going for it is its live data visualization built right into the in-play bet areas. This is one of the things we wish DraftKings would implement. FanDuel doesn’t offer betting on as many sports as its counterparts, yet, as their focus is on the more traditional American sports, which doesn’t matter unless you want to get really exotic.

FanDuel Sportsbook review.

App availability: iOS and Android

FanDuel bonus: This is the one area where FanDuel isn’t competitive. They offer only a deposit match up to $100 on your first deposit.

fanduel sportsbook review

Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100

Minimum Deposit: $10

FanDuel Sportsbook

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

SugarHouse Sportsbook

Though not as slick as either DraftKings or FanDuel, SugarHouse puts its sportsbook inside its PlaySugarHouse casino app, which is a solid feature for those of you who like to play other games. Their odds are the same as DraftKings by virtue of using Kambi. And while their interface isn’t as good as the others, they offer the best bonus.

SugarHouse Sportsbook review.

App availability: iOS and Android

SugarHouse bonus: SugarHouse will match your first deposit up to $250, which is by far the best bonus offered by the NJ sports betting sites.

Bonus: First deposit matched up to $250

Code: CROSSINGBROAD

Minimum Deposit: $10

SugarHouse Sportsbook

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William Hill, PlayMGM, Caesars

We included all three of these together because all come from the “traditional casino” or sportsbook realm. Their sites and apps, so far, are subpar. PlayMGM is available only on Android. Caesars and William Hill have poor interfaces. All of them lack a variety of action. At a quick glance, their lines aren’t any better than our three top choices. While it can’t hurt to download and try these apps, we think they have a long way to go to compete in the space.

Deposit methods

This is something that often doesn’t get much attention from potential bettors, but the ease at which you can deposit and withdraw from betting apps is a major factor in the overall user experience.

At the start, DraftKings has had some issues with credit card companies that they are working through. They do accept all major credit cards and PayPal, however.

FanDuel offers several more options.

And SugarHouse is by far the best in this regard, offering up the following methods: checking account, credit or debit card, Neteller, PayPal, Cash @ Casino Cage, and wire transfers. You can even deposit at 7-11s. They have experience as an online casino in New Jersey, and it shows.

Odds and pricing

A lot has been made about how the legal sportsbooks have inferior odds or are “more expensive.” In some cases this has been true in the early going, but the lines are on par with Las Vegas. To be clear, legal sportsbooks have to pay taxes and, thus, may not always compete with offshore books on prices. We’ve explained this tradeoff at length on our page of sports betting sites, but the gist is that you pay for a superior experience and the relative safety of betting with a regulated casino. But negative publicity about expensive odds, particularly when it comes to DraftKings and FanDuel, has been overblown. Though they have different odds, they are on par with what you’ve come to expect. In fact, the casino apps in several cases are offering much more expensive bets. The upside is that sites like DraftKings, FanDuel and SugarHouse offer a wide-range of betting options, making it possible to find a sweet spot.

Promo codes and bonuses

While we don’t recommend choosing a sports betting app solely based on its bonus, these sportsbooks are offering up a lot right now to acquire customers. You benefit from that.

Here are the top three promos for NJ online sports betting:

SugarHouse Sportsbook

First deposit matched up to $250.

DraftKings Sportsbook

First bet matched up to $200.

FanDuel Sportsbook

First deposit matched up to $100.

Casinos

Besides online sports betting, you can bet in-person at multiple locations throughout New Jersey. Here are all of the casinos that offer sportsbooks right now.

Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Race and Sports Book

Bally’s Casino Hotel Sports Book

Golden Nugget – The Sports Book

Harrah’s Casino Hotel Sports Book

Resorts Sports Book

The Meadowlands Racetrack

Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill

Ocean Resort – William Hill Sports Book

Sports betting tools and guides

Monster Roster

Based in the Sixers practice facility, Monster Roster offers individual game and prop picks based on an algorithm that ranks confidence from 1-5 stars. Does it work? Monster Roster guarantees that 52.5% of its picks will win or they won’t charge you for the day. They went 11-2 on the first day of the NFL season.

BetQL

They offer powerful analytics in slick iOS and Android apps.

AccuScore

A popular brand, AccuScore simulates games thousands of times and show you the outcomes.

We’ve put together a comprehensive sports betting guide that includes a how-to for beginners, guides for live betting and teasers, and state-based guides for Delaware and New Jersey.

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.

fanduel sportsbook review

Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100

Minimum Deposit: $10

FanDuel Sportsbook

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

Bonus: First deposit matched up to $250

Code: CROSSINGBROAD

Minimum Deposit: $10

SugarHouse Sportsbook

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

The One Tom Dropped T-Shirt Now Available

Kyle Scott - September 7, 2018

It was the same play the Pats used. The one Tom dropped.

Indeed it was. Get “The One Tom Dropped” t-shirt. Printed on super-soft poly cotton blend, just like the first one.

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Bird Droppings: Doing It Twice

Kyle Scott - September 7, 2018

These Thursday Night Football openers for the Super Bowl champs are meant to provide a platform for a city, team and its fans to throw one last party to recapture the magic of last season. The only problem is that, this time, it includes an actual football game and rarely does it go according to plan.

All of the trappings and vestments of assorted pomp and its requisite circumstance are there – the trophy, the banner, the familiar highlights, and the chants – but beyond some branding and framing, the production usually feels much different.

But for the Eagles last night, this was some weird 2017 cosplay shit. Like some draw me like one of your French girls, Jack shit. Only in this case the French girl is Matt Ryan panicking in the red zone, and the drawing is just a diagram of a famous play. Dan Quinn might as well have been dressed as April O’Neil for Doug Pederson to be his Master Splinter, because last night was a fetish-y reprisal of all the legends you’ve come to know and love with vigor. From the jersey patches with LII on them, to the opponent, to the TV-facing-left end zone, to the QB injury, to the storyline, to the play, to the ritual cucking of Tom Brady with devastating post-game quotes, everything about last night was an ode to the Champions.

This similarity applies to the Falcons as well, as they’ve now lost at the Linc three years in a row, with a high of 15 points for a grand total of 37 in the three Lols. Right on down to Matty Icccccccccccce, who crawls back into his shell at the mere whiff of adversity, throwing up a balloon to Julio Jones on the side of the end zone to end the game. Continue Reading

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