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Bart Shirley

Bart Shirley is a writer who covers the online gambling and sports betting industry as well as a poker player from Houston, Texas. He has a master's degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and a degree in English from Texas A&M.

The Five Best (Free) March Madness Bracket Contests You Can’t Miss In 2019

Bart Shirley March 18, 2019
Free Bracket Contest

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, or March Madness, is upon us once again. The annual event also heralds the fact that bracket contests are running all over the place. We’ve combed through them, and found the five best FREE March Madness bracket contests.

FanDuel Sportsbook – Bracket Madness

FanDuel Sportsbook recently claimed the top revenue spot for online sportsbooks in New Jersey. For March Madness, the site is apparently feeling generous.

FanDuel Bracket Madness will award $250,000 to players who score the highest in the site’s bracket competition. The top bracket will win a smooth $100,000.

Best of all, this contest is both completely free to enter and open to residents in all 50 states. In order to play, one must simply register for a free FanDuel account. Then, make sure to fill out a bracket before tip-off on March 21.

DraftKings Sportsbook – Brackets

DraftKings Sportsbook is one of the top online sportsbooks in the US right now. So, it’s fitting that the site has opened its app to the entire country for March Madness.

Brackets is a free-to-enter March Madness contest that promises big bucks for a group of players. Anyone in the US can join the contest and compete for their share of $64,000.

Additionally, players in DraftKings’ home state of New Jersey will have an additional opportunity to win big money. For a $20 bet, Garden Staters have the opportunity to play for a separate $100,000 prize pool.

Register at DraftKings to get into the action. There’s literally no reason not to try it.

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Yahoo! – Best Bracket Millionaire

Yahoo! Sports is offering one of the simplest and most direct bracket contests available. Like other “mainstream” sites, however, there is less divvying of the prize pool.

As its name implies, Yahoo’s Best Bracket Millionaire contest will award the top bracket a cool million dollars. To that end, there are no catches – the rules even mention a lump-sum check for $1 million.

However, that’s the only prize that Yahoo! is offering to its players. So, to paraphrase Maverick, there’s going to be an awful lot of broken hearts at the end of the contest.

Nevertheless, it’s a free shot at a million bucks, so why not take it? After all, somebody has to win.

Fox Sports – Cousin Sal Bets the House Bracket Challenge

Fox Sports is offering the most gimmicky of free bracket challenges available. The grand prize for this contest is a $4.5 million house in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Purportedly, the house belongs to Fox Sports personality Cousin Sal. He is “giving away his house” to any player who manages to guess the tournament 100 percent accurately.

A winning player can also choose to receive a $1 million lump sum check. We suppose that option is for players who desire more liquidity in their free March Madness bracket contests.

Considering that a perfect bracket has literally never happened, Sal is probably safe in his house. Instead, the top scoring bracket will receive a comparably paltry $10,000 for their troubles.

$10,000 is still a pretty good deal for guessing the outcome of basketball games. It isn’t a mansion, though.

ESPN – Tournament Challenge

ESPN, the top sports media outlet, unsurprisingly has its own tournament challenge. In fact, the “worldwide leader” will award a respectable $22,950 in prizes to players in the contest.

However, ESPN is also the most corporate of sports organizations. So, fittingly, its corporate relationships preclude it from the largesse of some of the other contests.

In fact, according to the contest rules, ESPN must award prizes that are both somewhat randomly distributed and are not actually cash. So, the combination of a Hawaii trip and site subscriptions are the basis of the company’s prize pool.

First prize for ESPN’s Tournament Challenge will be a five-night trip for two to the Maui Jim Invitational basketball tournament next year. The prize also includes $10,000 in Amazon gift cards.

The prize winner will come from a random drawing of the top bracketmakers in the contest. ESPN will select from the top 1 percent of returns to generate a winner.

Additionally, 60 randomly-drawn players in the top 3 groups will win ESPN+ subscriptions. The company will grant them a year of access, valued at $60.

Honorable Mention – Caesars March Pick’em Challenge

Caesars Casino is also offering an excellent prize giveaway for March Madness. Unfortunately, the March Pick’em Challenge is only available in New Jersey, so it bears only an honorable mention.

Nevertheless, those who are in or near the Garden State can compete for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. In fact, everyone who fills out a bracket on the Caesars will win a free $20 sports bet.

As with other bracket contests, players will accrue points based upon their correct selections in their brackets. Caesars will award prizes using a simple leaderboard.

The first place finisher will win an outstanding prize – a $250 sports bet every week for an entire year! Second place will receive a similar deal, only for $100 per week. The third-place finisher gets a Las Vegas vacation.

Other prizes include smaller, single free bets and stays at Caesars Atlantic City. Overall, this contest is one of the most generous and appealing of them all.

It’s just a shame that it’s only for folks in New Jersey.

The bottom line is that there is a ton of free money floating around this week. Make sure to take a shot at grabbing some of it.

DraftKings Sportsbook Offers Brackets Contest For New Jersey And Beyond

Bart Shirley March 12, 2019
Draftkings brackets contest

Filling out a March Madness bracket has become an American tradition. Since sports betting is an American thing now, too, it’s fitting that DraftKings Sportsbook has released its Brackets product.

Brackets will allow DraftKings customers to fill out their selections directly on the sportsbook app. Players can join public or private contests to pit their prognostication skills against others.

These contests are not necessarily a quest for bragging rights either. DraftKings is hosting a free nationwide contest that will award $64,000 in cash prizes.

New Jersey residents will have an additional option on top of that. For a $20 buy-in, Garden Staters can play Brackets for a $100,000 prize pool.

“As American sports fans during March Madness, we are all playing bracket contests with our friends, family and co-workers,” said DraftKings Chief Revenue Officer Matt Kalish, in a statement.

“By launching Brackets on DraftKings Sportsbook, we are bringing the number one-way fans engage with March Madness to the biggest stage—DraftKings’ industry-leading fantasy sports and sportsbook apps.”

Players across the country can access and fill out their brackets through iOS or Android devices. Bracket access is also available at

ALSO READ: The Five Best (Free) March Madness Bracket Contests You Can’t Miss In 2019

Partial bracket play will keep fans interested

One problem that bracket contests face is the conundrum of upsets. The NCAA Basketball Tournament has become almost synonymous with the underdog victory.

Unfortunately, these kinds of victories can and do wreak havoc upon predictions. A first-round loss from a player’s Final Four can kill their chances of any type of success.

The 2018 NCAA tournament had a perfect example of this kind of outcome. The University of Maryland – Baltimore County’s historic win as a 16-seed over the University of Virginia doomed thousands of prognostications across the country.

Many fans will simply throw up their hands when their initial predictions go down in flames. However, DraftKings has come up with a solution that will hopefully keep customers logged in.

Instead of one single tournament, DraftKings will host smaller contests after the tournament has already begun. Players will be able to fill out new brackets for both the Round of 32 and the Sweet 16.

In its press release, DraftKings also alluded that more contests for sports bettors and basketball fans are to come. So, all may not be lost if Cinderella comes knocking.

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What are the smart selections for March Madness?

Of course, the difficulty is knowing when and where an underdog will rise.

The tournament’s single-elimination format means that there are no second chances, and a flat performance from a great team can be deadly.

Nevertheless, DraftKings Sportsbook in NJ has published odds for teams it expects to go far in the tournament.

Here are some of DraftKings’ frontrunners (with odds in parenthesis) as of March 12:

To reach the Final Four

  • Duke (-200)
  • Gonzaga (-118)
  • Virginia (+100)
  • Kentucky (+200)
  • Michigan State (+200)
  • North Carolina (+200)
  • Tennessee (+200)

To win the NCAA Championship

  • Duke (+250)
  • Gonzaga (+550)
  • Virginia (+600)
  • Kentucky (+1200)
  • Michigan State (+1200)
  • North Carolina (+1200)
  • Tennessee (+1200)

However, these seven selections can only get players so far. In order to pick the winners, one must study each matchup intensely and make the smart statistical selection.

Or, one can simply choose their favorite mascot or school colors of each game. That works, too. Sometimes.

PointsBet CEO Relishes New Competition In Crowded New Jersey Market

Bart Shirley February 13, 2019

Australian sports betting company PointsBet debuted the ninth online sportsbook in New Jersey on Jan. 17. Needless to say, PointsBet CEO Johnny Aitken sounded pretty happy about it when he spoke with TheLines.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s exciting just to take bets.”

Aitken said the PointsBet app is the fourth most downloaded of all New Jersey sports betting apps. In just a week, the application is already closing in on the iTunes Store‘s Top 100 sports apps.

PointsBet is not a standard sportsbook

Naturally, people are interested in new things. However, in the crowded New Jersey market, a garden-variety sportsbook might struggle to stand out after the initial interest.

Thankfully, PointsBet comes with its unique product. Its signature game, points betting, rewards players based upon the magnitude of the final margin of victory.

So, a player will win or lose a multiple of his or her stake in a points bet. The distance from the given line or total acts as a multiplier on the bettor’s stake.

For example, PointsBet has given the over/under for the margin of victory in the upcoming Super Bowl to be 10 points. Let’s say that a player wagers $10 on the over.

After the game, the final score is 36-28. Since the margin is only eight points, the player would lose $20, since he was wrong about the outcome by two points.

Conversely, let’s say the final score happened to be 40-28. In that case, the player would win $20, since he was correct about the outcome by two points.

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Points betting has a learning curve, but it’s worth it

Needless to say, the concept of points betting is a new one to American sports bettors. Aitken acknowledged that getting players up to speed is one of the company’s goals.

“It’s an education piece — even more so in America (than Australia),” he said. “It’s a unique product. There is this sort of learning curve to it, so that’s a challenge for us moving forward.”

Nevertheless, Aitken felt confident that the product would quickly become a favorite for many players. The nature of the game promotes an environment that is both high-risk and high-reward.

Aitken mentioned that some professional bettors had already tried the signature product. He said they reported that it made their hearts pound for the first time in decades.

So, the appeal of such a game is clear. There is no such thing as garbage time with points betting. Even the beginning of the game warrants attention for players who have a points bet going.

“Everything matters,” Aitken said. “It elevates the watching experience.”

Aitken wants to shake things up in New Jersey

This elevation of the moment is symbolic of Aitken’s overall vision for the company. He wants a company that is both aggressive and anti-establishment. That attitude is part of the reason that one of PointsBet’s new ambassadors is NBA great Allen Iverson.

“(Iverson) embodies what PointsBet is all about,” Aitken said. “Going after the establishment. A slick, modern brand. Swagger.”

Aitken’s ethos is also why the company stood alone offering refunds to Saints bettors after the controversial NFC Championship Game. In fact, he said that PointsBet would continue to look for those opportunities to extend goodwill toward their clients:

“We (want) to be seen as the bookmaker that has the client’s back. I believe it will set us up for the long-term.”

Saints/Rams Controversy Shows Flaws In NFL Position On Game Integrity

Bart Shirley January 22, 2019
NFL Integrity

American sports fans are likely to remember this year’s NFC Championship Game for a missed pass interference call. However, the uproar over the blown call highlights an unintended consequence of sports betting‘s proliferation across the country.

In the offending play, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman ran over New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis well before a pass from Saints quarterback Drew Brees reached the pair. Virtually everyone who observed the play, including Robey-Coleman himself, believed that he committed defensive pass interference.

Unfortunately, the seven officials on the field saw nothing but clean play. Instead of becoming an automatic first down, the play forced the Saints to settle for a field goal.

The Rams ended up winning the game in overtime. Saints fans have been crying foul ever since.

The unintended consequence of widespread sports betting

Normally, a blown call like this would generate the usual results. The league would declare that its officials missed the call (which the NFL already has), but the outcome from the game would stand as played.

Now, with sports betting available in eight states, sports leagues may not be able to get off so easily. The results of a match now bear significant financial consequences, and those lighter in the wallet might not go so quietly.

Whether the lawsuit will find few sympathetic ears in the court system remains to be seen. However, the very last thing that leagues would want is an obligation to answer litigation claims on every single match.

A do-over simply isn’t doable

Unfortunately, the leagues’ greed for integrity fees placed them in the crosshairs for these claims last year. Whether the leagues realized it or not, allying themselves with the notion of preserving game integrity made them responsible for ensuring fair outcomes.

If the sports leagues are to receive any remuneration for this task, then bettors will expect game officials to perform with almost no margin for error. Since that standard is impossible to achieve, situations like Sunday’s game are likely to occur over and over again.

One possible solution is to attempt to resolve these kinds of situations after the fact. In other words, the leagues could:

  • Set aside outcomes from games
  • Require teams play a rematch
  • Rule that the other team won the game

In fact, hundreds of thousands of Saints fans are demanding the second option right now. They want a rematch of Sunday’s game. Unfortunately, this solution bears its own set of inescapable problems.

For one thing, the practical aspects of playing a professional sports match are not simply a matter of finding a field and having the teams or individuals meet there. The tremendous effort to hold an NFL, NBA or any other type of major sporting event cannot occur on a whim.

The other issue, at least in terms of the league declaring a new winner or voided outcome, is the liability the league would incur from the other side of the bets. Bettors who initially won their wagers only to have them voided might have an even stronger civil claim against the league for (ironically) interference.

The leagues need to run screaming from the word ‘integrity’

So, the only real solution is that the leagues need to back away from the notion of themselves as guardians of game integrity. As some sports betting industry experts tweeted yesterday:

Instead, they need to run their games with as many legal disclaimers as their lawyers can imagine. In other words, the leagues should disavow any presumption of fairness associated with their matches, and place the liability on the viewers and bettors for any decisions made based upon the game outcomes.

Otherwise, this situation with the Saints game will be a minor incident. After all, it was probably an honest mistake. Imagine the fallout if a scandal involving actual malfeasance ever surfaces.

DraftKings Sportsbook Boosts First Bet Match To $500

Bart Shirley December 31, 2018
DK Sportsbook

Placing your first bet on any online sportsbook can be intimidating. Thankfully, DraftKings Sportsbook is making sure that new players in New Jersey can ease into sports betting with a free wager to get started.

DraftKings Sportsbook is now offering to match all first bets onsite up to $500. This deal, which is more than double its previous amount of $200, will give players more freedom and flexibility to see how things work.

How the $500 First Bet Match works

This promotion is open to newly-registered DraftKings accounts (here’s a how-to guide to get started). Simply make a first wager and see what happens.

Whether that first bet wins or loses, a Free Bet for the same amount will soon appear in the player’s account. In effect, DraftKings is doubling the bet amount for the first go-round.

There are a couple of caveats, however:

  • The first is the timing of the bet — a player must place his or her wager within 30 days of registration in order for the bet to be eligible.
  • The other issue is that the Free Bet is not a negotiable instrument. Bettors cannot simply exchange the Free Bet for cash – the new money must be put back in play. However, players will keep any winnings from the Free Bet.

This promotion is active right now, but won’t last forever. Players need to be sure to make their first bet by Jan. 21, 2019.

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What new players to DraftKings Sportsbook will find

DraftKings Sportsbook was the first online sportsbook to debut in NJ and it has maintained its dominance through innovative and intuitive design and operation. New players will likely be surprised at how easy it all is.

The first thing that greets players to the mobile site is the betting carousel. This design feature places bet suggestions on a wheel that mobile users can then rotate to see more options.

These suggestions are not just stock opportunities, however. Each player’s betting carousel is customized according to the player’s preferences and betting history.

The result is that no two players will experience the same DraftKings. Instead, each will find prompts for wagers they would be most likely to make, anyway.

DraftKings Sportsbook also offers incredible flexibility with its variety of wagers. Almost every type of bet and betting limit is available for players to craft their betting patterns. There are even betting limits that are less than a dollar.

Players also have options to guard against last-minute defeats or parlay legs that seem unreliable in hindsight. The DraftKings live ticket system allows bettors to cash out their tickets at almost any point during the game(s).

The bottom line is that DraftKings leading the field in New Jersey for a reason. With the site doubling players’ first bets up to $500, there’s no reason not to try out the sportsbook this month.

FanDuel Sportsbook Now Offering New Customers A Risk-Free Bet Up To $500

Bart Shirley November 18, 2018
FanDuel Sportsbook

If you haven’t joined FanDuel Sportsbook yet, now might be the time. Now through the end of the year, you can get up to $500 back from the sports betting giant.

Nobody likes to join a new website and immediately find themselves in a hole. So, new customers to FanDuel will receive a Risk-Free Bet Up To $500. This promotion awards players a 100 percent refund on their first bet up to $500.

Lose your first bet and the refund will hit your account in the form of a free bet. FanDuel will refund the wager within 72 hours of the bet placement.

Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, players have to lose the bet in order to receive compensation. A player can’t win their first bet and expect a free bet, too.

Players will also have to play through whatever Free Bet amount they receive. In other words, if they get that $500 back, they’ll have to wager an equivalent amount to be able to withdraw it.

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If you go through us, it’ll be even sweeter

Here at TheLines, we don’t often toot our own horn. However, if you’re already thinking about getting on this free $500, you should make sure to sign up through our link.

All you have to do is click this link and follow the signup instructions. Then, make your first deposit, and you’ll be all set.

FanDuel is one of the only sportsbooks that consistently has promos

A $500 refund is worth attention for most people. However, it’s pretty much par for the course at FanDuel Sportsbook.

So far, FanDuel is one of the few sportsbooks that consistently has promotions running in New Jersey. Here are some of the other promos available at FanDuel right now:

  • CFB Parlay Insurance
    • Place a parlay bet on Saturday college football games in November
      • The parlay must have at least 4 legs
    • All teams involved must have odds less than -200
    • If you make all but one leg of the parlay, FanDuel will refund up to $25 of your bet
    • You can do this promotion up to four times – $100 in refunds
  • NFL Close Loss Insurance
    • Place an NFL moneyline bet
    • If your team loses by six points or less, FanDuel will refund up to $50 of your bet
    • You will have to wager through any refunds before you can withdraw
  • NBA Parlay Insurance
    • Place a parlay bet on November NBA games
      • The parlay must have at least 4 legs
    • If you make all but one leg of the bet, FanDuel will refund up to $25
    • You can potentially receive $100 in refunds.

None of these promotions are going to make or break the bank. The important thing is that FanDuel understands how painful a loss in sports can be.

The last thing a sports fan wants after a tough loss is to find themselves lighter in the wallet. So, choose FanDuel for your sports bets, and you can wager with the assurance that FanDuel will help make it right if things go wrong.

FanDuel Shares The Risk With Free Bets On Giants And Eagles In New Jersey

Bart Shirley September 21, 2018

Supporting local teams like the Eagles, Giants, or Jets is important for building a sense of community. In that spirit, FanDuel Sportsbook‘s Local Locks promotion makes it painless to throw your support behind one of those teams.

This weekend, FanDuel is insuring the first moneyline bet you make on one of those teams. The site will replace up to $100 in the form of site credit if you lose your bet.

To enter, simply log onto your FanDuel Sportsbook account and place a bet on either the Eagles-Colts game or the Giants-Texans game. If you don’t have a FanDuel account, you will need to sign up for one to enter this promotion. Much like a playthrough requirement on casino websites, you will need to use the bonus funds before you can withdraw any of them.

Any unused funds will disappear from your account after seven days. So, make sure you get back in the game soon if this bet doesn’t go your way.

Local locks are a good thing after last week’s games

It’s probably for the best that FanDuel is offering some insurance on these teams. Heaven knows that New Jersey bettors want to see the hometown teams win. However, it’s hard to put money on either of them after they both lost in Week 2.

There’s no need to rub salt in the wound about what happened to the Jets this week. The men in green suffered a nasty loss in the last two minutes of the Sept. 20 game against the Browns and dropped to 1-2 on the season.

If you happened to bet on the Jets before yesterday, you are already set for this promotion. You will receive your cashback bonus by next Wednesday.

For Giants fans, they are currently the underdog in their upcoming showdown with the Texans. FanDuel currently has the crew from the Meadowlands at +215 against the Houston Texans.

Eagles fans may have a little better proposition for themselves if they actually want to win their bet. FanDuel expects the Philadelphia team to beat the Colts, with the defending world champions favored at -290 on the moneyline.

Thankfully, whichever team you take, the worst you can do is break even. FanDuel will definitely pay you back on this one, no matter the odds.

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Payment Options Continue To Be An Issue For US Online Sports Betting

Bart Shirley September 11, 2018
Paypal DraftKings

This past weekend, PayPal secured a partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook as a payment provider. The deal allows DraftKings to keep abreast with its rivals in the burgeoning US sports betting market.

As it stands, PayPal now has deals with five of the seven online sportsbooks in New Jersey. 888 Sport just joined the party in the Garden State on Monday, and PayPal is one of its deposit options. But despite the deals with PayPal, getting money on and off online betting sites isn’t as seamless as gamblers and operators would like.

An issue in America

PayPal finds itself in a very tight competition for the American deposit fee in sports betting. American banks have made depositing into gambling websites a tricky proposition for many bettors, particularly when it comes to credit cards.

In fact, according to Legal Sports Report, credit card decline rates have never dropped below 50 percent since New Jersey launched online gambling. Still, even with so many credit cards unable to deposit, New Jersey residents put money online with credit cards 20 percent of the time.

According to Eilers and Krejcik, the vast majority of deposits occur via eCheck or prepaid cards. Electronic wallets like PayPal only account for 5 percent of deposits. However, the revenue is so large that payment processors can’t afford to ignore the market.

So, what are the options?

Most New Jersey online sportsbooks offer several types of deposit options — and some options within those types. Here are those options, with examples of each:

  • eCheck
    • ACH
    • Telecheck
  • Dedicated prepaid card
  • Credit card
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
  • eWallets
    • Neteller
    • PayPal
  • PayNearMe (service through 7-Eleven)
  • Online banking
    • Wire transfer
    • Online bill pay
  • Other (cash at land-based casino cages)

With that in mind, here’s what each New Jersey online sportsbook accepts. Bear in mind that this list can change at any time – check with the individual sites for confirmation.

Online SportsbookCredit CardeCheckPrepaid CardeWalletPayNearMeOnline BankingOther
YesNoCaesars cage
FanDuelYesNoYesPayPalNoNo No
playMGMYesYesNoNetellerYesYesBorgata cage
SugarHouseYesYesYesNetellerYesYesSugarhouse cage
William HillYesYesNoNoNoNoIn-person at sportsbooks


The only other spot in America that has any kind of mobile sports betting is Nevada. West Virginia can offer mobile betting, but is not ready to do so yet. Here’s a list of the mobile sports betting apps in Nevada:

  • Superbook (Westgate)
  • playMGM (MGM Resorts International)
  • STN Sports (Station Casinos)
  • B-Connected Sports (Boyd)
  • Golden Nugget
  • Caesars
  • Treasure Island
  • William Hill
  • South Point
  • Atlantis Reno

However, Nevada’s foray into online sports betting is a bit quirky. All of its online betting occurs through apps alone — no websites exist.

Furthermore, every app is intimately tied to an existing land-based sportsbook. Play on those apps is supposed to be a mere extension of playing in the live book itself.

That focus carries over to the deposit options in Nevada. The only universal deposit method is an in-person deposit at the app’s home sportsbook.

Other than that, options are a bit scarce. Three casinos – Westgate, Station Casinos, and MGM Resorts – offer debit cards that can accept credit cards, other debit cards, or electronic fund transfers.

Aside from that, the only other option is using PayNearMe for a William Hill deposit. PayNearMe is a bill pay service that operates through 7 – Eleven, of all places. Players can also deposit cash directly into William Hill self-service kiosks.


The defining characteristic of European sportsbook banking is the variety of options. The differences in currency and banking practices mean that European sportsbooks must have at least one option for every country.

Take 888 Sport, for example. A quick count of its payment methods reveals that there are 38 different ways a bettor could put money on the site.

Not every one of these works for everyone, though. Some of them are specific down to a country, such as Multibanco (Portugal) or Verkkopankki (Sweden).

Even William Hill, which is the top sportsbook operator in Nevada, offers more options overseas. It’s simply the nature of the beast.

However, with that increased flexibility comes increased complexity. Navigating the various legal situations on the European continent means that entire armies of people have to work to ensure compliance. One saving grace about the American situation is its existence under one, albeit annoying, law.

If those don’t work…

In terms of online depositing in America, there are a couple of options that you might want to consider. Some of these other methods have significant drawbacks, like fees or compliance issues, that make the process more onerous than necessary.

So, the first recommendation is Neteller. Neteller has worked in the payment business since 1999. It is also virtually universal in the American market. Its fees are fairly low, and there’s little to no concern about security.

The other recommended option if PayPal and Neteller aren’t available is a prepaid debit card. Other than that, there’s no substitute for depositing cash at the cage. If you don’t mind the inconvenience, there’s no question that the deposit will go through.

It’s simply a matter of choosing the right option for you.

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Kambi Aims To Revolutionize Sports Betting Parlays With The Teaser+

Bart Shirley September 7, 2018

European sports betting company Kambi has unveiled a new twist on parlays. The company is distributing the Teaser+ for immediate integration into online platforms like DraftKings Sportsbook and SugarHouse ahead of the NFL season in the U.S.

What even is a teaser?

For sports bettors new to the game, this announcement probably sounded like some kind of industry jargon. However, Teaser+ may end up becoming a close friend of many.

For those who are unsure, a teaser is a type of parlay bet. In a parlay, the bettor makes a single wager on a combination of events.

In order to win, the bettor must guess correctly on every single leg of the bet – for example, every team he or she bets must cover or beat the point spread. Obviously, making multiple correct picks is more difficult, and parlays come with higher payouts because of their increased risks.

Enter the teaser. A teaser allows the bettor to receive an adjustment on each game’s point spread in his or her favor. In return, the player receives a reduced payout amount.

Essentially, teasers appeal to sports bettors who are generally too risk-averse to attempt a parlay wager. A teaser is a way to hedge against the difficulty of pulling off a successful parlay.

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Okay, so what is a Teaser+, then?

Custom teaser rates

The problem with the traditional teaser is that the line adjustment is applied uniformly across all legs of the parlay. However, not all games and matchups are created equal, and the adjustments end up being too much or not enough.

Teaser+ solves that problem. Instead of using blanket odds tables, Kambi uses alternative lines generated in-house that takes the team selections, match factors, and other variables into account.

The result is a group of teaser rates that are more precise for each wager. According to the press release, Teaser+ rates almost always result in a more generous adjustment than traditional teaser rates.

Pushes are no longer a problem

Another issue that bettors face in traditional parlays and teasers is when the teams push on the spread. Typically, since a push is decidedly not a win, the parlay drops that leg of the bet and pays (or doesn’t) with the reduced odds of a lower-tiered parlay.

Teaser+ basically breaks down parlays into individual bets. Because of that, the Teaser+ can treat ties like pushes and keep the teaser alive for its remaining legs.

This flexibility even works in a two-team bet. Teaser+ would simply push one game and pay the other as a single game wager.

“Kambi’s Teaser+ has the potential to fundamentally change how both operators and bettors consider teaser bets,” said Kambi CEO Kristian Nylen, in a press release. “Our modern approach (is) a step away from the current one-size-fits-all system (and) deliver(s) a fairer and more advantageous price to the player.”

Kambi continues to lead in sports betting innovation

Teaser+ is already live at the two Kambi-powered sportsbooks in New Jersey: DraftKings Sportsbook and PlaySugarHouse.

Both DraftKings and PlaySugarHouse are already operating another Kambi product, Cash Out. Cash Out is a groundbreaking live ticket system that allows players to receive payouts on open tickets at any time during the match.

Players can even cash out after preliminary legs of a parlay. Essentially, every wager on DraftKings or PlaySugarHouse is now an in-game bet.

The payoff amount adjusts according to how the match or matches are proceeding, and obviously, players pay a premium for the reduction of risk. Still, the Cash Out system is nothing short of revolutionary, since players can hedge against last-second losses or the weakest leg of a parlay.

Teaser+ is not quite that much of a paradigm shift. However, players who were considering dipping their toes into the world of parlays should welcome the addition.

The result of Kambi’s innovation is a more intuitive and customized teaser system. Ultimately, it’s a win for both sportsbook and player.

FanDuel Sportsbook NJ NFL Week 1 Lines

Bart Shirley September 5, 2018
NFL Week 1 Lines FanDuel

The NFL season is fast approaching, especially for brand-new sportsbooks in New Jersey. With the FanDuel Sportsbook launching its mobile app on Sept. 1, we have listed the very first FanDuel Sportsbook NFL Week 1 lines below.

These FanDuel Sportsbook NFL lines originally opened at Meadowlands Racetrack when it opened for business on July 14. The location, merely six miles from New York City, puts the new book in a position to manage hordes of betting New Yorkers.

The new sports betting facility also holds the distinction of being the only sports wagering location within walking distance of a major sports stadium. The sportsbook is in the same complex as MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets.

Week 1 action begins Thursday, Sept. 6 with a matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

(Odds updated 9/6/18)

FanDuel Sportsbook NFL Week 1 Lines

Time (ET)GameSpreadLineTotalLineMoneyline
8:20 p.m. (Thurs)Atlanta Falcons
Philadelphia Eagles
1 p.m. (Sunday)Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints
1 p.m.Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Giants
1 p.m.Buffalo Bills
Baltimore Ravens
1 p.m.Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts
1 p.m.San Francisco 49ers
Minnesota Vikings
1 p.m.Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns
1 p.m.Houston Texans
New England Patriots
1 p.m.Tennessee Titans
Miami Dolphins
4:05 p.m.Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
4:25 p.m.Washington Redskins
Arizona Cardinals
4:25 p.m.Dallas Cowboys
Carolina Panthers
4.25 p.m.Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos
8:20 p.m.Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
7:10 p.m. (Monday)New York Jets
Detroit Lions
10:10 p.m. (Monday)Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders

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