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Bill Gelman

Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. He has covered the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Parade, Philadelphia Big 5, high school sports, and Division I college football. Bill also spends time in Atlantic City writing about casino openings and expansions, special events and world championship boxing at Boardwalk Hall. He is now adding legalized sports betting in the Garden State to the list.

Bryce Harper Makes Big Impact On MLB Betting, Phillies World Series Odds

Bill Gelman March 5, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper odds

Bryce Harper mania is taking over the baseball world, especially in the Philadelphia area. As soon as his signing was made official on March 1, the sales of his No. 3 Phillies jersey went through the roof literally.

But in the NJ sports betting world, there are plenty of chances to get a cut of the Harper action. Keep in mind, with prop bets, it could take the full 182-game regular season to find out if your bet slip is a winner. And the chances of the Phillies winning this season have gotten better, according to a number of sportsbooks.

Here is a look at some of the Harper sports betting action.

Harper at the plate for the Phillies

The big question is will Harper live up to the hype that comes with a 13-year, $330 million contract. There is no doubt there will be plenty of up-and-down moments, but overall, he should certainly succeed in the hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

His career numbers in Philly are impressive.

In 50 career games, his slugging percentage is .564 is No. 1 all-time in the stadium’s history. It’s even better than first baseman Rhys Hoskins (.562), who has only played for the Phillies. The All-Star outfielder comes to the City of Brotherly Love with a .268 career batting average at the home of the Phillies with 14 home runs.

In terms of overall numbers, Harper has a career batting average of .279 with 184 home runs and 922 hits.

Harper homer runs

With a new season, comes over-under numbers related to Harper’s projected performance at the plate.  This includes home run totals for the season.

FanDuel Sportsbook NJ has the over/under line set at 33.5 (+100 for under/-120 for over).

FanDuel is taking things a step further with a prop bet on whether or not Harper will hit an opening day home run against the Atlanta Braves. Yes has odds of +320.

But will Harper be the Major League Baseball home run champion in 2019?

DraftKings Sportsbook NJ does not have the lefty as the early favorite (that belongs to New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton), he is certainly one of the top contenders.

Here are the odds from DraftKings:

  • Stanton: +700
  • Aaron Judge: +1000
  • Joey Gallo: +1200
  • Khris Davis: +1400
  • Harper: +1400
  • J.D. Martinez: +1600
  • Mike Trout: +1600

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What about Phillies and the World Series?

Could the Phillies win the World Series in 2019? It’s not out of the question. The oddsmakers seem to like the Phillies chances, too. Adding an All-Star like Harper to an already much-improved lineup will do that.

DraftKings has Philadelphia listed at +1000 to win it all. Only four teams have better odds, with one of them being the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Here is a closer look at the odds:

  • Boston Red Sox: +650
  • Houston Astros: +650
  • NY Yankees: +650
  • LA Dodgers: +800
  • Phillies: +1000
  • Chicago Cubs: +1400
  • Cleveland Indians: +1400

FanDuel also has the Phillies as one of the top teams, but with odds of +1200. The Cubs have the same odds.

The Phillies really haven’t been in the World Series conversation since 2009, when they lost to the Yankees in six games. A year earlier, Philadelphia defeated Tampa Bay for the franchise’s first world championship in 18 years.

The Phillies last winning season came in 2011 when they won a Major League-best 102 games.

National League East odds

The National League East could come down to Harper’s former team, the Washington Nationals, and his current team. The BetStars NJ sportsbook currently has the Phillies listed at 9/5 to win the division while the Nationals are 3/1. Overall, this could end up being a very tight race, minus the Miami Marlins (80/1).

The Atlanta Braves, who won the NL East last year, are 5/2 to repeat. They open the regular season on March 28 at Citizens Bank Park.

New Jersey Sports Betting: Which NJ Sportsbook App Is Best For You?

Bill Gelman February 19, 2019
NJ Sportsbook Apps

New Jersey legalized sports betting is expanding at a rapid pace. The sportsbooks available in the Garden State include seven Atlantic City casinos, two racetracks, and eight mobile online products available. And there are more to come.

In this article, we’re going to focus on the mobile apps available in New Jersey. Each of the sites have their strong points, and it really comes down to personal preference and searching for the best odds.

Here is a closer look at the eight options.

DraftKings Sportsbook

Land-based partner: Resorts Atlantic City
Available via: iOS, Android and web browser
Super Bowl Promo: Free $25 (no deposit) and bet match up to $500 (no promo code needed)

DraftKings, one of two DFS heavyweights to cross over to the sports betting world, surprised many by jumping to the front of the New Jersey mobile sports betting line on Aug. 16 — a full 16 days before MGM went live.

Deposit options are limited compared to others on this list, but PayPal was added as an important option for bettors. The $5 minimum deposit is light on the wallet, but $500 will earn you the full promo amount. Withdrawals are processed via checks and the Resorts casino cage.

Although the apps are separate, users of the DFS and sports betting sites enjoy the benefit of the sites being linked, including a shared wallet.

You can pretty much place a bet on any sport, cricket and darts included. DraftKings offers a complete menu of betting options, including in-play and cash out options.

The betting carousel is extremely user-friendly. And the geolocation technology is top-notch. If you’re not located in NJ, users will not be able to see the lobby. The app automatically logs users out after a short period of inactivity. Wagers can only be placed online as DraftKings does not have a retail operation.

For more information visit our DraftKings Sportsbook review page.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Land-based partner: Meadowlands Racetrack
Available via: iOS, Android and web browser
Super Bowl Promo: Risk-free bet up to $500 (with deposit)

FanDuel, another big-time player in the DFS world, merged with Paddy Power Betfair’s U.S. operations, resulting in the “largest online sports destination in the United States.” Name recognition is key, and so is having a strong sportsbook app.

There are several deposit and withdrawal options at FanDuel Sportsbook, making it easy to get in the action. The promo bonus is enough to attract attention, but several others are offering higher amounts.

Bettors can wager on all of the popular sports, and those not quite as popular. The full menu of betting options includes everything from moneyline to round robins, and of course the previously talked about in-play betting.

The live scoreboard feature allows users to track wagers and updated odds, with easy links to in-game bets. Sports betting rookies can take advantage of the informative FanDuel training camp.

For more information visit our FanDuel Sportsbook review page.

BetStars Sportsbook

Land-based partner: Resorts
Available via: iOS, Android; web browser in the works
Promo: New players earn up to $500 in free bets

The sports betting product is the newest under the Stars Group umbrella, joining the already established PokerStars NJ and PokerStars Casino.

The eight deposit methods ($10 minimum) include VISA, MasterCard, PayNearMe, eCheck, and casino cage, offering plenty of customer convenience. There are five withdrawal options.

Wagers are accepted on all the popular sports — football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer — and less popular sports such as tennis and cycling. Besides the popular wager options, there are in-game betting and cash out options. Odds boosts are available daily.

Users of the multiple Stars Group platforms have access to a shared wallet available to use in poker/casino and sports betting apps.

The iOS PokerStars NJ app highlights popular games with betting options and other sports posted above. The downside is bets cannot currently be placed via the web browser.

For more information, visit our BetStars how-to guide.

Caesars Sportsbook

Land-based partner: Caesars Atlantic City
Available via: Android, iOS and web browser
Super Bowl Promo: Upt to $300 in free bets on first deposit (Use promo code BETFREE10)

One thing missing from the Caesars Atlantic City property is a retail sportsbook. But sister properties Harrah’s and the connected Bally’s do have one. The flagship property took a different route by rolling out its mobile/online product first, and it’s combined with the previously existing casino app.

Besides the eight deposit methods, the lobby features a full menu of sports wagers grouped by sport, MLB, NBA and NCAA football games take center stage, but it’s easy to filter personal preferences.

Bettors will find money lines, point spreads, parlays, futures, teasers, and props, but in-game and cash out features are not included at this time.

Total Rewards members will enjoy the added perk of earning tier credits.

SugarHouse Sportsbook and Casino

Land-based partner: Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Available via: Android, iOS and web browser
Promo: First deposit match up to $250 (Use promo code PLAY250)

The brick-and-mortar SugarHouse calls Philadelphia home, but the digital version is holding its own in New Jersey thanks to its strong affiliation with the Golden Nugget — the state’s Internet/mobile gaming leader. As an added bonus the sportsbook is built into the previously existing casino app (featuring more than 450 table games and slots) for an all-in-one package with a shared wallet.

Users will enjoy the 10 deposit options — four of which can be used for withdrawals. All of the popular American sports are on the board with a variety of betting options available — jackpot parlay included. Everything is easily accessible via the very busy looking lobby, which may be distracting to some as a result of the rotating promo ads and news feed.

Operator Rush Street Interactive has played up the strength of its live betting options for football games with more than 300 offers available the first week of the NFL season. Cash Out option is available, too.

For more information, visit our SugarHouse how-to guide.


Land-based partner: Caesars Atlantic City
Available via: Android and web browser (iOS coming soon)
Promo: $10 Free Bonus (no deposit needed); First deposit match up to $500

888 Holdings continues to go all in with its New Jersey mobile/online offerings as 888sport joins 888poker and 888 Casino. 888 bills its sports betting platform as “among the finest in the world.” It was the seventh sports betting platform to go live in NJ. Users have access to a shared wallet between sports betting, poker, and casino.

Customers can choose between eight deposit options along with five withdrawal methods. The welcome promo is currently among the best being offered.

There is a full menu of popular pro and international sports all types of wagers available, in-game betting included. Everything is easily accessible from the lobby that includes a running scoreboard of current games.

iOS users will need to wait a tad longer as the web browser still has the “coming soon message.”

For more information, visit our 888sport how-to guide.

William Hill

Land-based partners: Monmouth Park and Ocean Casino Resort
Available via: Android, iOS and web browser
Promo: $50 cash after reaching $50 in total bets

William Hill is investing heavily in New Jersey with retail operations at Monmouth Park (where New Jersey’s first legal sports bet was accepted) and Ocean Casino Resort, with another one in the works at the Tropicana.

William Hill’s hard push in NJ comes as no surprise being that they bill themselves as “America’s sports betting leader.” Besides operating 100-plus sportsbooks in Nevada, the company rolled out the New Jersey version of its Android and web browser platforms in time for the NFL season. The iOS app was launched in late September 2018.

The deposit and withdrawal methods are a bit limited compared to some competitors, but William Hill has been doing this for a long time, so the system is working. All of the major sports are on the board with a full variety of betting options, live betting included. Everything is easily accessible from the lobby.

The welcome promo is not as attractive as others — $50 in free money compared to much larger deposit matches at 888sport, BetStars and DraftKings.

Web browser users may experience some confusion if connected to the informational website, which includes links to the Nevada version of the app. Customer service representatives are in hand to help resolve the issue. Instead of searching Google Play, Android users will have an easier time downloading the app via

playMGM Sportsbook

Land-based partner: Borgata
Available via: Android devices
Promo: None at this time

The Borgata is the top-performing casino in Atlantic City and is regularly ahead of the pack with its offerings. The MGM-owned property was ready to go with its retail operation the first day sports bets were accepted in New Jersey. Some were likely surprised that the playMGM Sports Android app was not the first to launch. For now, it’s completely separate from the casino and poker apps.

While MGM has name recognition, the app seems extremely basic compared to the Las Vegas version that is designed with strong graphics. The betting options are displayed within the individual sports menus. Users will not be able to access the lobby without creating/logging into account — another difference from the Las Vegas version. No deposit is required to check out the app.

Seven available deposit options make it easy to get in the game.

The biggest remaining question is when, as in when will the app be available to iOS and web browser users? Combined with a lack of a promo offer, bettors may find others options on this list more attractive.

Seven Days Of Giving: Get $60 In Free Bets At DraftKings Sportsbook Without Depositing

Bill Gelman November 20, 2018
DraftKings Free Bet

Thanksgiving weekend will offer plenty of wagering opportunities, especially with two extra Thursday games. Many enjoy pairing the turkey and pumpkin pie with a side of sports betting.

And here is where the news gets even more appetizing: DraftKings Sportsbook is offering New Jersey bettors $60 in free bets when they sign up for an account. This offer can be claimed by following the steps listed below between 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 8:20 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Nov. 26:

  • Visit the DraftKings Sportsbook sign-up page.
  • Complete the registration process and six $10 free bets will appear in your account within minutes.
  • If you decide to make a deposit, you will be eligible to take advantage of the free bet match up to $200.
  • Payout will be based on winnings only and not the original free bet stake.
  • The six free $10 bets must be used within 30 days of initial registration.

Plenty of bets on the table

This week’s NFL slate offers a full menu of intriguing betting possibilities for New Jersey residents to enjoy this $60 in free bets offer:

Game Time DraftKings Odds
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Thursday, Nov. 22
12:30 p.m. ET
Washington Redskins
Dallas Cowboys
Thursday, Nov. 22
4:30 p.m. ET
Atlanta Falcons
New Orleans Saints
Thursday, Nov. 22
4:30 p.m. ET
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
Oakland Raiders
Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Bucs
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
Seattle Seahawks
Carolina Panthers
Sunday, Nov. 25
1 p.m. ET
Arizona Cardinals
LA Chargers
Sunday, Nov. 25
4:05 p.m. ET
Miami Dolphins
Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, Nov. 25
4:25 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Steelers
Denver Broncos
Sunday, Nov. 25
4:25 p.m. ET
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, Nov. 25
8:20 p.m.
Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans
Monday, Nov. 26
8:15 p.m.

DraftKings offers the sports betting and fantasy combo

DraftKings, already well known as a daily fantasy sports leader, made headlines over the summer by becoming the first bookmaker to offer legal mobile/online sports betting in the Garden State. There are separate sportsbook and DFS apps and web browsers, but players enjoy a shared wallet and easy, one-click access between the two offerings. It means crossover players can use their sports betting winnings to enter a fantasy football contest and vice versa.

Besides the desktop version, the DraftKings Sportsbook app is available for IOS and Android users. Click here to download and receive your FREE $60 in bets if you’re in New Jersey.

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