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DraftKings Is Offering Insane 100-1 Odds on Oscars Best Picture Winner

BWanksCB - February 18, 2019

Grab your popcorn, get in on the action, and get ready for some drama. DraftKings Sportsbook is giving its new users a fun (and possibly lucrative) new way to enjoy the Academy Awards with DraftKings’ 100-to-1 odds on Best Picture promo.

Here’s how it works: Use this link to sign up and then place a bet on the film that will take home the Oscar for Best Picture. Helpful hint as you indulge your gambling Vice: The Favourite doesn’t always win, but if the wager hits, A Star is Born and DraftKings Sportsbook will pay out a bonus 100-1 odds on it. See what we’re doing here? Anyway, the promo, which is available to new DraftKings users, is limited to a $5 max bet, but a winning wager will pay $500. Users that win will be credited in the days following the Oscars.

Here are the current odds for this year’s Best Picture nominee from DraftKings:

Roma (-335)

Green Book (+450)

The Favourite (+1200)

BlacKkKlansman (+2500)

Black Panther (+2500)

Bohemian Rhapsody (+3000)

A Star is Born (+4000)

Vice (+10000)

This is the first year you’ll be able to bet on the Oscars legally in New Jersey. The Department of Gaming Enforcement has approved odds on 16 categories, obviously with Best Picture being the most popular.

DraftKings and other legal New Jersey sportsbooks have offered similar odds boost promos since betting came online in August, but this is the first time we’ve seen 100-1 odds on anything like this.

There will certainly be some restrictions as you will have to wager the winning amount at least once before being able to withdraw it, but this will undoubtedly be a popular promo and bring more casual bettors into the fold.

It appears that only three movies have a genuine chance at winning, making the offer that much more enticing considering the odds on the lowest of those is currently at only 12-1.

These sort of long odds promos are becoming more popular with New Jersey sportsbooks. For the Super Bowl, FanDuel offered 53-1 odds on the winner and then booked a loss for the game. These are generally seen as marketing costs to bring new players into the fold. That said, DraftKings offering 100-1 odds will provide some genuine value to new bettors, especially on action where there is a very clear-cut favorite. Claim the offer here.

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NJ Oscars Betting: Here’s How To Bet on The Oscars in New Jersey

BWanksCB - February 14, 2019

The 91st Academy Awards is most certainly a momentous occasion for New Jersey’s legal online sportsbooks. For the first time, companies like FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook are… wait for it… rolling out the red carpet… and offering legal betting odds outside the realm of sports and allowing you to bet on the Oscars. As a Garden State guy myself, I can’t say that I have ever really been into the Oscars, BUT I AM NOW.

I guess you could say that those within the film industry aren’t the only ones with a chance to win big on Hollywood’s biggest night! Am I right?

Whatever. Even the jokes in the opening monologue sometimes fall.

If you’re looking to get in on the Oscars betting action in NJ, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering up odds across 16 different categories on which films will take home the hardware during Hollywood’s biggest night. Betting options go well beyond headliner awards like Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress, and Best Director. DraftKings Sportsbook tells us they will offer similar options in the coming days.

Think the costume design by Mary Zophres in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was simply resplendent? Take a shot at +1800 odds.

Maybe you thought the makeup and hairstyling done by Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, Jessica Brooks in Mary Queen of Scots was positively radiant. HAMMER IT at  +650.

Haven’t seen any of this year’s nominated films? No sweat. With football season now over, fill the void and get caught up before the Oscars night on Sunday, February 24.

Here’s the full list of current Oscars wagering options:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actress
  • Best Actor
  • Best Director
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Original Song
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling

It’s worth noting that FanDuel and DraftKings feature different bookmakers, meaning you may see some different prices once DraftKings releases their odds.

The ability to bet on one-off events like this in NJ shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. New Jersey has said all along it would feature betting on events other than sports, including e-sports. The Oscars, though the outcome will be known by some, is a sanctioned event with an accounting firm holding the results. Expect there to be some limits on these bets, but this is just the start of live-event betting in New Jersey and, eventually, many other places in the US.

We also hear there will be a pretty incredible promo coming from DraftKings.

Operators were at first unsure if they would be able to offer action on the Oscars in New Jersey. We’re told they had to petition the DGE to offer all 16 categories, as for a time it looked like maybe only “Best Picture” would be available. But now the two leading sportsbooks in NJ are offering a full range of action.

You can bet on the Oscars at FanDuel here.

And you can bet on the Oscars at DraftKings 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.

Inside The SugarHouse Casino Sportsbook: An Interview with SugarHouse VP Evan Davis

Kyle Scott - February 14, 2019

I walked into SugarHouse Casino on a weekday. The last time I was there I had a Geno’s and played Roulette with Allen Iverson (true story, as I found myself a part of his unlikely 10-man posse). This time I was there to interview Evan Davis, a VP and general counsel at SugarHouse, about their brand new sportsbook… and eat a Geno’s.

The temporary facility, located near the secondary entrance, is filled with large TVs, leather seats and tables and chairs, as one would expect. It’s thoroughly modern-looking, without all the vestiges of some of the old Race and Sports Books you see in other places where you feel compelled to wear a green visor and let it hover over your bet slip. But what matters is a super-large, configurable 14 x 7 LED screen, complemented by (my count) 13 other large screens, four of which display a wide-range betting action set by a combination of third-party data providers and SugarHouse itself. The latter puts its touches on the experience by offering props like a “Philly Special” Super Bowl bet if a quarterback catches a touchdown (one didn’t).

The sportsbook at SugarHouse casino has been open since December 16 and was one of the first to go live for Pennsylvania sports betting. The casino is owned by Rush Street Gaming, which also owns Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. The company, through its subsidiary Rush Street Interactive, already offers a sports betting app that has been live in New Jersey and is expected to launch soon in Pennsylvania, meaning the SugarHouse brand has been one of the unexpected leaders in the legal sports betting market here in the US. You can read our full review of the PlaySugarHouse app here.

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NJ Super Bowl Betting: Where to Bet on the Super Bowl in New Jersey

Kyle Scott - February 2, 2019

The Super Bowl is coming up, and if you’re in New Jersey, you might just be thinking about putting down your first legal sports bet, be it online or at one of the many physical sportsbooks. Either way, it will be a big day for NJ sports betting. Here’s our guide on where and how to bet on the Super Bowl in New Jersey.


Online Super Bowl betting

Most of you reading this are looking for the best online sportsbook or app to bet with, so we’ll skip the pleasantries and just get right to it. These are your best options– in order of desirable signup bonus:

Best online sportsbooks



Click to claim

$500 in free bets


$500 risk free bet


$250 deposit bonus


$500 in free bets


$10 free bet with no deposit


We have reviewed each of these extensively and have robust details on everything you need to know about betting in New Jersey right here. But for the Super Bowl specifically, here’s what you need to know about each of these apps. All of them are available on both iOS and Android and have desktop sites as well. Continue Reading

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Line Movement: Bettors Favoring Patriots and Under in Super Bowl 53

BWanksCB - February 2, 2019

This is part 5 in our week-long deep dive on the betting aspects of Super Bowl 53. For those of you in New Jersey, check out our list of all the best sportsbook signup bonuses. In PA and can’t bet online yet? That’s cool, find out when you can here, or just read the piece for an insightful, numbers-based preview of the game. Also, be sure to check out our other informative pieces on the big game:

Why the Patriots Can Cover the Spread in Super Bowl 53

Why the Rams Can Cover the Spread in Super Bowl 53

The Complete Guide to Ridiculous Super Bowl 53 Prop Bets

Super Bowl Coin Toss: Odds, History, and a Bettor’s Guide

Your Complete Super Bowl 53 Over Under Betting Guide

The Super Bowl is without rival America’s most heavily bet sporting event, and, if we’re being honest, many of us are going to take in this year’s contest because there will be financial implications. Whether it is block pools, prop bets, or good old-fashioned straight wagers, the game’s intrigue significantly escalates thanks to a little bit of action. With two weeks of time to immerse ourselves in the narratives, analyze the matchups, and, ultimately, consider how to approach wagers on this game, there’s no excuse to ignore any facet of it. That includes the shift of the betting market. As we close in on the weekend of the big game, now is a good time to examine where the money is going in the final days leading up to kickoff.


Money Continues to Back Patriots

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Super Bowl Coin Toss: Odds, History, and Bettor’s Guide

BWanksCB - February 2, 2019

If I’m being honest, I don’t have much juice for the Super Bowl 53 matchup. Tom Brady going for a sixth title against a Rams team that people in Los Angeles don’t even care about? No thanks. Besides, there’s still plenty of time to talk about the positional and schematic advantages on each side as we inch closer to the game and decide how to best attack the point-spread. So to help keep my attention on what I feel is a somewhat underwhelming this year, I’ve decided that this is the year that I’m going to own the prop betting market, and in order to do that, I have to own the Super Bowl coin toss.

Why wait four hours for a full-game bet to play out when you can get closure before kickoff. If you lose, there’s plenty of time to chase, and if you win? Get that money and pump it back in for some MORE ACTION. That’s next level degenerate stuff, and I’m here for it.

That’s how you Super Bowl.

At the very least, the coin toss should 100% be on your list of prop bets on Super Bowl Sunday. Be sure to throw some on the total, a side, and mix in a parlay or two, but if you’re not in on the coin toss, then are you even really betting the big game? I want you to be the person who jumps around the room like a total psychopath when that coin lands.

Bottom line: I want you to set the tone of your Super Bowl party. So I recently spent hours – multiple hours – researching all of the major trends and information related to the outcome of a distinguished coin tosser standing at midfield and flipping a commemorative hunk of rare Earth metal into the air. Let’s get into it, and let’s dominate the Super Bowl coin toss.


Super Bowl Coin Toss History

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DraftKings Sportsbook Super Bowl Odds and $600 Promo Offer

Kyle Scott - February 2, 2019

Like the rest of the legal New Jersey sports betting sites, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering an inventive Super Bowl signup bonus to new players, along with a free-to-play squares game and odds boosts.

Free bet up to $600

DraftKings has increased their initial signup bonus for the week by offering free bets up to $600.

Here’s how it works:

Deposit at least $5 and receive a $100 free bet, and then your first bet will be matched up to $500. Previously, they only had the $500 first bet match. You can claim the offer here.

Other sportsbooks, such as BetStars, do offer $500 bonuses, but this is the first total value we’ve seen hit $600.


Free squares game

More in line with what you’re expecting for the Super Bowl, DraftKings is offering up a free squares game. Pick a square, and then the columns will be randomly generated at the start of the game. Winners will share from a $53,000 cash prize pool, and for every 100k entrants, they’ll add additional cash prizes.

Here are the details on how to play from their website:

draftkings squares game

You can play the squares game here.


Super Bowl odds

DraftKings Sportsbook is powered by Kambi, so they feature the same current odds as SugarHouse Sportsbook and 888sport.

Patriots -2.5 (-117)

Rams +2.5(-105)

Over-Under 56 (-119 over, -112 under)

As with most Super Bowl spreads, the lines have been pretty well hammered into place, with a vast majority of the action and money falling on the Patriots, bringing them up from -1 at the start. The Patriots side of the line is inching upward slightly, however. The over-under has come down from 56.5, where it was for most of the week, with the under becoming more expensive at that price. It will be interesting to see if any late money pushes the Patriots over the all-important 3-point plateau.


Odds boosts

DraftKings Sportsbook is also running several unique odds boosts for the big game:

1/31 Thursday Big Game Countdown Specials*

The countdown to the Super Bowl is on and DK is premiering new boosts everyday up until Sunday. Be sure to check out our special Gatorade Shower Boost available only this Thursday + daily odds boosts on the best basketball action of the night including the 76ers – Warriors showdown!

2/1 Friday Big Game Countdown Specials*

Check out our Special ‘Doink’ Boost available only this Friday and our Parlay Friday boosts! DK is also unveiling a huge Gronk boost you will not want to miss!

2/2 Saturday Big Game Countdown Specials*

The big game is almost here, and the boosts are not stopping! We’re unveiling 3 of our biggest boosts yet featuring our Fat Man TD Special + daily boosts on the best college basketball of the day!

2/3 Big Game Sunday Specials*

The Big Game is finally here and DraftKings is celebrating by offering boosts all day long! We’ll have boosts on the biggest props that you want to bet on featuring Brady, Goff, Gurley, Gronk and so much more. The boosts won’t stop at kickoff either – check back throughout the game to see some of the live surprises we have in store!

2/4 Post Super Bowl Specials, including Kyler Murray to the Giants*

Invest all your winnings from the Big Game with special boosts on the biggest Monday Night NBA and College Basketball games, as well as taking a chance that Kyler Murray goes to the Giants!

2/5 Big NBA/College Stars night including Lebron/Zion and Dennis Smith Jr*

Tuesday features action from the NBA and NCAA’s biggest teams and stars, including teams like Kentucky, UNC, Michigan St. and the Sixers, as well as a special crossover Lebron and Zion boost and New York’s newest Knick, Dennis Smith Jr!

2/6 Wednesday Grab Bag*

Wednesday’s boosts feature the top teams from the NBA and NHL, including the Rangers, Maple Leafs, Rockets, and Warriors, along with stars like Steph, Klay, Kemba, and Doncic!

*Prices to be finalized each morning. Markets subject to change.


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Why The Patriots Can Cover The Spread In Super Bowl 53

BWanksCB - January 31, 2019

This is part 4 in our week-long Super Bowl deep dive on the betting aspects of Super Bowl 53. In PA and can’t bet online yet? That’s cool, find out when you can here, or just read the piece for an insightful, numbers-based preview of the game. On Monday, we covered Super Bowl prop bets. Tuesday, the over-under Yesterday, why the Rams can win and cover. That brings us to why the Patriots–the team EVERYBODY (yawn) has counted out–can win and cover.

I’m well aware that the Rams have scored 32.4 points per game this season, that Aaron Donald may be football’s most disruptive force, and that the Rams overcame a 13-0 deficit on the road in a hostile environment to knock off the Super Bowl favorite Saints, but this the Patriots we’re talking about here. New England has scored 78 points in two playoff games and there is a reason the Patriots are playing in their ninth Super Bowl in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era–because they’re the greatest quarterback and coach duo of all-time. Ever. Period.


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