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BetStars NJ Review and $500 in Free Bets Promo

Kyle Scott - October 22, 2018

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus.

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 sports betting

Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

BetStars NJ

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Interface
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Odds
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Bonuses
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Deposit methods
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Stability
7
Variety of action
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Review

BetStars NJ is a very good sports betting app. It is clean and easy to use. Odds and action are laid out in an obvious way, and unique odds boosts and promos are clearly called out and add an element of fun to the app. The deposit methods and aggressive promo make it worth trying for anyone looking for an alternative to the big US brands.

8.17
Very good

BetStars NJ promo

BetStars is offering new customers up to $500 in free bets. Click on the link to get the offer and to download the app. Here’s all the details:

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.

Not bad.

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. While I wouldn’t recommend basing your entire strategy on any promo offer, they can add a casual element to the betting experience, while also occasionally being a good strategic play.

Sports offered

As expect, BetStars, which uses its own proprietary technology platform, offers action on just about every sport you can imagine, including:

Baseball

Basketball

Boxing and UFC

Cricket

Cycling

Darts

Football

Golf

Hockey

Motor Sports

Rugby

Soccer

Tennis

Deposit methods

Being familiar to the online gambling space, BetStars predictably offers a range of deposit options: Visa, MasterCard, eChecks, PayNearMe, PokerStars Play+, Neteller, Resorts Casino, Instant Online Banking, Skrill and PayPal. This is probably second only to SugarHouse Sportsbook and the wide range of options they 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.

The most important thing is initial customer acquisition. While DraftKings and FanDuel have largely (and rightfully) relied on their well-established brand names, the casino sportsbooks and international companies will have to get inventive to lure new customers. So far, PlayMGM and Caesars haven’t done anything to stand out – no deposit bonus, lack of iOS app, poor interface – while several others have done well to differentiate themselves.

PointsBet, an Australian sportsbook which isn’t even live yet in New Jersey, will offer spread betting that allows users to win (or lose) multiples on over-under bets. Really interesting. Meanwhile, BetStars comes out swinging with an attention-grabbing bonus that almost guarantees new sign ups.

App availability

BetStars’ NJ sports betting app is available on Android and iOS and, soon, through a web-based interface. Their iOS app originally lived inside PokerStars until a standalone version was released on October 21, 2018.

BetStars’ app has been live in Europe for some time and it will carry over the same general look and feel, with US-based promos and call to actions. Here are some BetStars NJ screenshots:

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Things we like

BetStars NJ offers odds boost on popular stacks. For instance, for Thursday Night Football tonight, you can get Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon and AJ Green to all score at +350– all from the click of a banner at the top of the app.

BetStars NJ also offers the popular cashout option which allows users to minimize their losses or ensure a profit before the end of an event.

And while BetStars’ mobile interface isn’t maybe the most fancy or modern – that one goes to FanDuel – it’s super clean and easy to read. Almost like Google, it just makes sense. All the information is laid out in a clean and easy to read way. It’s no frills, but highly functional, which is exactly what you want when your own money is on the line.

Meanwhile, players will also enjoy the Super Boost feature which offers pumped up odds and better payouts on predetermined parlays.

The app’s cleanliness and entertaining offers makes for an easy to use and fun wagering experience.

History

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 launched their sports betting app in the US in late September in New Jersey under the Resorts Digital license, which is also used by DraftKings.

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 had held off on their marketing push until the iOS app arrived, so now you can expect to see more of their branding.

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.

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.

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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Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

BetStars NJ

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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:

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

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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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BetStars NJ Review and $500 in Free Bets Promo

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus. 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. Bonus: $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the

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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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The Weal Deal

JoyOnBroad - October 17, 2018

Going into the 2018 offseason, Flyers forward Jordan Weal was considered by many to be a frontrunner for the vacant 3C position behind Sean Couturier and former #2 overall pick Nolan Patrick. As training camp unfolded, Weal found himself being supplanted by a somewhat surprisingly strong stretch of play by Mikhail Vorobyev. Fast forward to the regular season and Weal was a healthy scratch in three of the first five games, including two straight to start the season. It seemed inconceivable that coach Dave Hakstol would turn to Weal with the game on the line. That’s exactly what he did. Following a 6-5 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers – the team’s first home win – there were plenty of questions centered around the second line center, notably the decision to make Weal the third shooter:

Crossing Broad: When you make the decision to use [Weal] in the shootout, is that decision based on how the game is going, or is that something you’ve though out in advance?

Hakstol: A little bit of both. If you remember, Jordan had a great stretch for us last year where he was our first shooter. He was really effective, then he went cold. He struggled a little bit after that. He was a guy that coming into the game was in my top 4. As the game goes on, we made the final decision. I knew who 1 and 2 were gonna be coming into tonight. Like I said, I had a top 4, he was in that top 4. It seemed like an obvious decision to me as we got to that three spot.

So what was Weal thinking on that play? When asked if he had a pre-determined move, he said, “[It’s] Not every day you see the opposite hand goaltender there, so, I’ve always wanted to be lefty, so I thought I’d try something that only lefties can do on the regular guys and Jake’s move is so effective when he comes down with speed. Just sneaks it in under the stick there, so I thought I’d give it a try… I’ve done it in the past, but every time Jake does it, I love it. It only works when you’re coming down on the blocker side. I thought I’d give it a go.”

There was a belief that Weal’s confidence in the shootout could’ve had something to do with him netting his first goal of the season. Another reporter asked if the fist pump after his regulation goal was an expression of some relief. “Yeah,” he said, ” it was just a bunch of hard work again by our line. We’ve been on the same page getting pucks and going to work, playing below the the goalline.”

Confidence was a common theme in exchanges with his coach:

Reporter: Ron [Hextall] has talked about Jordan Weal as being a guy who gets in his own head. Did he need a game like tonight or do you think the confidence was there?

Hakstol: I think he had that game two nights ago where he felt good. He didn’t have the numbers to show for it like he did tonight. But that game came Saturday afternoon. He played very well, his line played very well. The challenge for him was to come out and do that again tonight. That line did exactly that. They went out and played a hell of a game. Jordan, give him alot of credit, I believe he played really well tonight. Not just offesnively because there’s some numbers behind his name. I thought he was good in the faceoff dot in our defensive zone. He knew what he was doing if he won a draw, lost a draw, and I thought through the game his coverage was good. Pretty complete game.

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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

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

Minimum Deposit: $10

SugarHouse Sportsbook

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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

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
betstars sports betting

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

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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.

betstars sports betting

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.

betstars sports betting

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.