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Brett Collson

Brett Collson is the managing editor of TheLines.com. With more than 10 years of experience in the gambling industry, Brett has covered poker, sports betting, and daily fantasy sports extensively. He also spent several years reporting on Major League Baseball and college basketball in Philadelphia. He now resides in Buffalo, NY.

DraftKings Sportsbook NJ NFL Week 1 Lines

Brett Collson September 6, 2018
DraftKings Week 1

The DraftKings Sportsbook launched statewide in New Jersey on August 6, giving all bettors in NJ a first look at the Week 1 NFL betting lines.

Below you’ll find the DraftKings spreads, totals and money lines for all 16 games on the Week 1 schedule, starting with the Falcons/Eagles game on Thursday, Sept. 6. The week closes with a pair of Monday Night Football games on Sept. 10.

(Lines updated 9/6/18)

NFL Week 1 Lines DraftKings Sportsbook NJ

Time (ET)GameSpreadLineTotalLineMoneyline
8:20 p.m. (Thurs)Atlanta Falcons
Philadelphia Eagles
+1
-1
-109
-112
O44.5
U44.5
-110
-110
-103
-120
1 p.m. (Sunday)Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints
+9
-9
-110
-110
O49.5
U49.5
-110
-110
+340
-455
1 p.m.Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Giants
-3.5
+3.5
-110
-110
O43.5
U43.5
-110
-110
-167
+138
1 p.m.Buffalo Bills
Baltimore Ravens
+7.5
-7.5
-112
-109
O40.5
U40.5
-110
-110
+260
-335
1 p.m.Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts
+3
-3
-115
-105
O48.5
U48.5
-108
-113
+130
-159
1 p.m.San Francisco 49ers
Minnesota Vikings
+4.5
-6.5
-110
-110
O45.5
U45.5
-110
-110
+225
-286
1 p.m.Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns
-4
+4
-110
-110
O45.5
U45.5
-110
-110
-215
+170
1 p.m.Houston Texans
New England Patriots
+6.5
-6.5
-110
-110
O50.5
U50.5
-114
-107
+215
-275
1 p.m.Tennessee Titans
Miami Dolphins
-1.5
+1.5
-110
-110
O45
U45
-110
-110
-124
+102
4:05 p.m.Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
+3
-3
-104
-118
O47.5
U47.5
-110
-110
+155
-190
4:25 p.m.Washington Redskins
Arizona Cardinals
+.5
-.5
-110
-110
O44
U44
-110
-110
-109
-112
4:25 p.m.Dallas Cowboys
Carolina Panthers
+3
-3
-112
-109
O42.5
U42.5
-110
-110
+123
-148
4.25 p.m.Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos
+3
-3
-115
-105
O42.5
U42.5
-110
-110
+128
-155
8:20 p.m.Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
+7
-7
-110
-110
O47.5
U47.5
-110
-110
+255
-335
7:10 p.m. (Monday)New York Jets
Detroit Lions
+6.5
-6.5
-110
-110
O45
U45
-110
-110
+225
-278
10:10 p.m. (Monday)Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders
-4
+4
-112
-109
O49.5
U49.5
-110
-110
-210
+170

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DraftKings Is Handing Out $1 Million In A Free Pick’em Game For NFL Week 1

Brett Collson August 16, 2018
DraftKings Pick'Em

DraftKings is giving away a shipload of money in NFL Week 1. And you don’t need to know anything about fantasy sports to win.

In a new promotion, presumably designed to get fantasy players fired up for the new DraftKings Sportsbook app, DraftKings is hosting a free $1 million Team Pick’em contest for the first week of regular season NFL games. Instead of picking players, as you’d traditionally do at DraftKings, you’re picking teams to win their respective matchup. Back to basics.

Pick more than half of the games correctly and you’ll win at least a little cash prize, splitting the $1 million pool with the rest of those participating.

The slate for this contest includes the 15 games on Sunday and Monday. The Thursday night game on Sept. 6 between Philadelphia and Atlanta won’t count. Each game picked correctly will award 100 points.

Week 1 Prizes

  • 1,500 points (15 winners) — Split $300,000
  • 1,400 points — Split $200,000
  • 1,300 points — Split $150,000
  • 1,100-1,200 points — Split $200,000
  • 800-1,000 points — Split $150,000

In the event that nobody picks 15 winners, or even 14 winners, the top tier(s) of the prize pool will be redistributed over the next tiers. Here’s how it is explained by DraftKings:

For example, if no Entrants select fourteen (14) games correctly in Week 1 (Prize Tier 4 with prizing of $200,000), that Tier 4’s prizing shall be redistributed evenly over Tiers 1, 2 and 3, so that those Tier’s prizing would become $216,666.66, $266,666.66, and $216,666.66 respectively. Tier 5’s prizing would remain at $300,000.00. If multiple prize tiers are not reached, they shall be similarly adjusted and redistributed over the lower tiers.

So no matter how it plays out, $1 million will be going into the hands of customers in Week 1.

Pick’em for the whole season

There’s a season-long aspect to this, too. Basically, this is nothing like the DraftKings we know.

The Team Pick’em challenge will span across the entire NFL regular season, with a new contest and prizes every week, and additional prizes will be awarded to the players who score the most total points through the end of the season on Dec. 30. Weekly Bonus Points will also be given to players for completing tasks during any given Challenge Week. More details on that will come later.

Season Prizes

  • 1st: $10,000
  • 2nd: $5,000
  • 3rd: $2,500
  • 4th: $2,000
  • 5th: $1,500
  • 6th: $1,250
  • 7th: $1,000
  • 8th-9th: $750
  • 10th-14th: $500
  • 15th-24th: $400
  • 25th-39th: $300
  • 40th-59th: $250
  • 60th-89th: $200
  • 90th-134th: $150
  • 135th-194th: $125
  • 195th-274th: $100
  • 275th-294th: $75
  • 395th-544th: $60
  • 545th-744th: $40
  • 745th-994th: $20

For the full terms and conditions, visit DraftKings.

If you don’t already have a DraftKings account, sign up using the links below and find the Pick’Em promo on the Promotions page to make your picks. Plus, new players will receive $20 free when making their first deposit.

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TheLines Podcast Episode 15: EVERYTHING Happened In Sports Betting This Week

Brett Collson August 3, 2018
TheLines

What didn’t happen in the world of sports betting this week? Mississippi sports betting is now live. DraftKings Sportsbook launched in New Jersey, along with two Caesars sportsbooks at properties in Atlantic City. And that’s not even the half of it.

Matt Brown, Brett Collson and Eric Ramsey cover those stories and they other huge items that broke during the week. Plus, Smarkets CEO Jason Trost joins the show to discuss all of the movement in the U.S. and his plans to compete with the big players like MGM, DraftKings and FanDuel.

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @BrettCollson.

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TheLines Podcast Episode 14: The Growing Pains Of New Betting Operators

Brett Collson July 27, 2018
TheLines

There was more controversy at the new FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey this week. This had some asking: are sports betting operators rushing to launch before they’re ready?

On Episode 14 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Brett Collson and Eric Ramsey tackle this topic and the rest of the big news stories in sports betting from the past week. Plus, a discussion about the increasing rake at DraftKings and the need for more transparency from the big fantasy sports operators.

Show Timestamps

  • 1:58 — Will Mississippi heave sports betting by the start of football season?
  • 5:33 — A gambling story involving Derek Jeter and pennies
  • 8:32 — Former MLB slugger Ryan Howard invests in sports betting
  • 11:10 — A report about Brent Musburger that turned out to be a lie
  • 13:16 — Even during the dead of summer, strong handle numbers from the Meadowlands
  • 14:47 — More from the Meadowlands — non-story or another betting controversy?
  • 24:49 — Why mobile betting solves many issues
  • 26:24 — Numbers (and some chest beating) from the World Series of Poker
  • 37:08 — DraftKings drops a huge Week 1 contest, but bumps up the rake. Again.
  • 44:20 — Penn National gearing up for sports betting in Mississippi, West Virginia

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @BrettCollson.

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TheLines Podcast Episode 13: Outrage At The FanDuel Sportsbook Opening

Brett Collson July 19, 2018
TheLines

The FanDuel Sportsbook is now live in New Jersey, but the opening drew a lot more negative attention than we could have imagined. What was the intent of the high vig on Day 1? Matt Brown, Brett Collson and Eric Ramsey break down this topic and the other big news items from the past week in sports betting.

Plus, a wrap of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas where Justin Bonomo won the Big One for One Drop for $10 million. Is he having the greatest year in the history of poker?

Show Timestamps

  • 1:59 — World Cup recap and 2022 odds
  • 6:08 — DraftKings enters New York sports betting
  • 9:07 — FanDuel online sportsbook to open by football season?
  • 10:45 — Meadowlands/FanDuel sports opening was a disaster … or was it?
  • 14:30 — DraftKings teases online sportsbook product
  • 16:22 — Interesting comments from MLB commissioner about sports betting
  • 26:33 — Bryce Harper and the Home Run Derby betting drama
  • 30:14 — World Series of Poker wrap
  • 37:52 — Just how impressive is Justin Bonomo’s 2018 run? DEBATE

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @BrettCollson.

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TheLines Podcast Episode 12: FanDuel Beats DraftKings To Sports Betting

Brett Collson July 13, 2018
TheLines

FanDuel is set to launch its sports betting product on July 14 at The Meadowlands race track in NJ. Soon we’ll be seeing FanDuel sportsbooks popping up all over the country. What a difference a few years makes.

In Episode 12 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Eric Ramsey break down what to expect from the DFS giant in the new space, along with all of the biggest news in the sports betting industry from the past week.

Show Timestamps

  •  1:43 — STATE WATCH: The latest in Colorado and Iowa sports betting
  • 2:40 — Another tennis match-fixing scandal? How the leagues and sportsbooks react
  • 8:14 — New Jersey sports betting revenue numbers: good, bad, or too soon to tell?
  • 14:15 — And how’s Delaware doing?
  • 15:30 — FanDuel Sportsbook becoming a reality, launching in New Jersey this week
  • 20:42 — What the hell is the new Carolina Panthers owner talking about?
  • 24:34 —  Madness at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas
  • 30:00 — Thoughts on Phil Hellmuth
  • 35:15 — Tiger vs. Lefty for $10 milly

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

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TheLines Podcast Episode 11: When Will We Have Online Sports Betting In NJ?

Brett Collson July 6, 2018
TheLines

Sportsbooks in New Jersey and Delaware have been accepting legal bets for weeks. But the wait is on for online operators in the Garden State to flip the switch and open up even more possibilities for bettors.

In Episode 11 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Eric Ramsey update the latest happenings on that front, including a possible delay for new operators like DraftKings and FanDuel in NJ. Plus, the crew discusses a controversy in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and the potential need for ‘integrity fees’ in future eating events.

Show Timestamps

  •  1:18 — Nevada and Delaware sports betting numbers
  • 3:56 — World Series of Poker setting records
  • 6:39 — Daily fantasy tennis debuts at DraftKings
  • 8:40 — Scandal at the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest
  • 11:12 — FanDuel founders won’t get paid for sale to Paddy Power Betfair
  • 15:19 — Eric’s report from New Jersey
  • 18:29 — What to expect with online sports betting, starting in NJ
  • 22:20 — A delay for online platform providers?
  • 23:50 — LeBron James shakes up NBA futures market … sort of
  • 28:30 — Why the WSOP Main Event continues to grow

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @DustinGouker.

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TheLines Podcast Episode 10: More Excitement In New Jersey (Feat. Marky Mark)

Brett Collson June 29, 2018
TheLines Podcast

Things we learned in sports betting this week: Gov. Phil Murphy is not a sharp bettor, DraftKings is still really good at PR, and New York sports betting still has a fighting chance in 2018.

Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Brett Collson break down these topics and more in Episode 10 of TheLines Podcast. Plus, how many hot dogs could you eat in 10 minutes? And would you bet on it?

Show Timestamps

  • 1:24 — Plan B for New York sports betting
  • 3:30 — Pennsylvania slowly making progress
  • 6:02 — A DFS court case in Indiana heats up
  • 8:00 — Quick! Check your FanDuel account
  • 9:13 — Gov. Murphy lost the first legal bet in NJ
  • 13:50 — Oceans Resort sportsbook opens, featuring  Mark Wahlberg
  • 16:05 — More developments in New Jersey
  • 19:15 — Hot dog betting at DraftKings?
  • 23:35 — STATE WATCH: Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois
  • 24:57 — DFS handle/revenue numbers and what to expect going forward
  • 31:32 — World Series of Poker chatter

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @BrettCollson and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!

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TheLines Podcast Episode 9: The Good News … And The Bad

Brett Collson June 22, 2018
TheLines Podcast

A lot happened in sports betting on Thursday. It looks like three more states will soon be joining Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware with legal sports betting before the end of the year.

But New York and Pennsylvania? Not … so much.

In Episode 9 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Dustin Gouker and Brett Collson cover the latest news on the industry front. Plus, Dustin rants about the Pittsburgh Pirates wanting a sports betting ‘royalty’ fee to cover stadium costs.

Show Timestamps

  • 2:41 — Congress sports betting hearing is PPD
  • 3:50 — Phil Mickelson’s penalty at the U.S. Open
  • 8:13 — Poker! Online bracelet events at the World Series of Poker thriving
  • 12:40 — William Hill partners with pro soccer team in the U.S.
  • 14:12 — Rhode Island greenlights sports betting in 2018
  • 16: 29 — How many states will have legal sports betting before 2020?
  • 17:45 — West Virginia and Mississippi won’t be left behind
  • 25:48 — And then … there’s New York
  • 31:50 — … And Pennsylvania
  • 36:51 — DraftKings making sports betting moves
  • 46:10 — FanDuel > DraftKings?
  • 48:27 — Dustin gets angry about a baseball franchise

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @BrettCollson and @DustinGouker.

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TheLines Podcast Episode 8: Live From New Jersey!

Brett Collson June 14, 2018
TheLines Podcast

June 14 was another historic day in U.S. sports betting as New Jersey became the second state post-PASPA to accept a legal sports bet.

This week, Eric Ramsey from Legal Sports Report joins the podcast from New Jersey where the first bet was placed at Monmouth Park on Thursday. Ramsey paints the scene in the Garden State ahead of the official launch.

Plus, Dustin Gouker provides an update on some of the other states trying to advance sports betting here in 2018, and the whole crew picks on Mike Francesa.

Show Timestamps

  • 2:00 — Quick Hits: Baazov, Freeman, and DFS growth
  • 9:00 — Mike Francesa’s brilliant new sports betting innovation
  • 14:55 — Eric Ramsey reports from Jersey
  • 19:50 — When will this DraftKings sportsbook thing happen?
  • 21:50 — Recap from Delaware
  • 23:00 — When will mobile betting be available?
  • 25:04 — STATE WATCH! Latest from Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Mississippi and California
  • 28:20 — Congress looking at sports betting
  • 30:10 — MLB criticizes Nevada’s sports betting regulations
  • 35:15 — Sports betting expansion will draw younger bettors
  • 41:55 –The LeBron James hand injury and transparency

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey and @DustinGouker.

Also be sure to rate, review and subscribe to TheLines Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!