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Juan Carlos Blanco

Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL and CFL, while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

FanDuel SportsBook Celebrates NBA Tip-Off With Trio Of Slam-Dunk Promos

Juan Carlos Blanco October 15, 2018
FanDuel Sportsbook NBA

It’s mid-October, which means the minds and bankrolls of sports bettors are still firmly focused on football. But, the tip-off to what could be one of the more intriguing NBA seasons in recent memory is upon us. Roundball should once drive a substantial amount of action at sportsbooks. In fact, it already has, in the form of futures.

As has been the case with college football and the NFL, betting interest in the league should be at an all-time high as it enters its first regular season under the new legalized sports betting landscape. The relocation of several of the NBA’s biggest stars this offseason certainly grabbed the attention of both the casual fan and sports bettor, building plenty of momentum for the 2018-19 campaign.

One of the states where it was impossible to plunk down any cash any NBA team just 12 short months ago – but where you can now plunge away to your heart’s content – is, of course, New Jersey. The Garden State is served by multiple sportsbooks, and one of its most prominent is celebrating the advent of the 2018-19 season with several enticing promos.

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The fast-paced Golden State Warriors have a well-earned reputation for disregarding pesky details like distance when uncorking shots from all over the court. The Oklahoma City Thunder have their fair share of scorers as well — even if Russell Westbrook misses Opening Night while recovering from recent knee surgery – while regional East Coast squads Boston and Philadelphia roll out multiple marksmen in their own right.

FanDuel Sportsbook gives you the chance to profit handsomely from the long-range acumen of one of the four clubs taking the floor for Tuesday’s Opening Night with the following promotion:

  • NBA: Thunder-Warriors, 76ers-Celtics
    • Get $5 in your account for every 3-pointer your team scores
    • Promotional Period: 10/11, 12:00AM EST – 10/16, 9:39PM EST
    • Wager: Moneyline Only, Minimum Bet $25
    • Max two wagers per user, 1 per game

The only safe way to bet on the Knicks and Nets

Looking for a risk-free way to get a little extra rooting interest in the local New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets? The way each club’s fortunes shape up this coming season, it’s likely to take a little alcohol, potential payout — or a combination of both — to hold fans’ collective attention spans for all four quarters on many nights.

At least FanDuel has you covered in that regard for their respective season openers. Make an investment in either squad and get it back, guaranteed, if they fall short:

  • NBA: Nets-Pistons, Hawks-Knicks
    • Bet the Knicks or Nets to win, get your bet back if they don’t (up to $100)
    • Promotional Period: 10/11, 12:00AM EST – 10/17 7:40PM EST
    • Wager: Moneyline Only
    • Max two wagers per user, 1 per game

Score a king’s ransom in The King’s West Coast debut

Luminaries like Damian Lillard and Lonzo Ball will be on the court for Thursday night’s Lakers-Trail Blazers season opener. However, with all due respect to their respective star power, it will pale in comparison to that of NBA royalty – namely, LeBron James, who’ll be making his Lakers regular-season debut.

FanDuel is celebrating The King’s City of Angels launch party by offering bettors a chance to literally profit from every point he scores, provided you think he’ll lead the Lakers to a season-opening victory:

  • NBA: Lakers-Blazers
    • $3 bonus for every point The King scores
    • Promotional Period: 10/12, 12:00AM EST – 10/18 10:40pm EST
    • Wager: Lakers Moneyline
    • Minimum Bet: $50

Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and take advantage of these can’t-miss promotions if you’re betting on the NBA in New Jersey!

Plenty Of Intrigue Surrounds First NBA Season With Sports Betting In NJ

Juan Carlos Blanco October 15, 2018
NBA Betting NJ

It’s an interesting time of year in the sports betting realm. Both pro and college football have a firm grasp on the betting public’s attention, and postseason baseball undoubtedly enjoys its fair share of action as well.

Yet somewhat under the radar, the NBA suddenly pops up in mid-October. For approximately the subsequent two weeks (depending on how long the World Series goes), it’s a sports betting fan’s (and sportsbook’s) delight — all three major sports are playing meaningful, wagerable games.

The pigskin will continue to draw plenty of attention all the way through Super Bowl LIII on the first Sunday in February. But this coming NBA season will hold no shortage of interest. Specifically, the movement of three prominent pieces on the league’s chess board – LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and DeMarcus Cousins – has led to some interesting futures props in New Jersey sportsbooks.

And not to be forgotten in all the offseason-moves-centered hype is a team that stood pat, but that returns a star who missed all but the opening minutes of last season – an already formidable Boston Celtics squad that stands to get even better with a healthy Gordon Hayward.

Even the NBA itself is combining the anticipation with its increasing embrace of the new legalized sports betting landscape – along with new partner MGM Resorts, it’s running an NBA Pick ‘Em: Team Win Totals contest that awards a cool $1 million to those who can specifically predict each team’s number of victories.

Ahead of roundball season, let’s examine how some of what’s transpired this offseason is reflected in current lines:

Los Angeles Lakers

  • FanDuel Sportsbook: +950 to win Western Conference/ +1100 to win NBA Finals
  • 888sport: +700 to win Western Conference/ +800 to win NBA Finals
  • BetStars: +900 to win Western Conference/ +900 to win NBA Finals

Never underestimate the power of the King. LeBron’s second exit out of Cleveland drew relatively less fanfare than his first one back in 2010, but it’s had a seismic effect on the way the Lakers are viewed by the oddsmakers. Los Angeles’ triple-digit numbers for both their conference and NBA title chances are especially striking when compared to other playoff teams.

On all three Garden State sportsbooks cited above, the Lakers check in with markedly better odds to be crowned champs than 2017-18 playoff teams like the 76ers, Thunder, Jazz, Raptors, Spurs and Trail Blazers. Make no mistake – despite the fact the Lakers offered reason for optimism with their play at times last season, there’s no way they come close to sniffing these odds without LeBron in the fold. This was a 35-47 team last season that returns three-fifths of their starting five and that arguably downgraded by swapping out Brook Lopez for JaVale McGee at center.

James’ massive effect on a team has been proven countless times (by comparison, a now LeBron-less Cavaliers squad is a whopping +55000 to win it all), but whether it’s enough for the type of line movement the Lakers have seen makes for a healthy debate.

Toronto Raptors

  • FanDuel Sportsbook: +320 to win Eastern Conference/ +1800 to win NBA Finals
  • 888sport: +375 to win Eastern Conference/ +1700 to win NBA Finals
  • BetStars: +375 to win Eastern Conference/ +1600 to win NBA Finals

The Raptors went from regular-season juggernauts to LeBron patsies – again — by the time their 2017-18 campaign wrapped up. Yet another postseason collapse made their 59-23 regular-season record seem hollow. They then made what could potentially turn out to be a move that’s has a neutral effect at best and could even represent a downgrade at worst – swapping out DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard.

If he’s 100 percent right physically, Leonard is arguably an elite difference-maker, especially on defense. But whether he’ll hold up for an entire season is anyone’s guess, regardless of how much due diligence Toronto undoubtedly performed before trading for him. Meanwhile, the Raptors essentially return the same cast – sans DeRozan – that fell short. That includes a 32-year-old Kyle Lowry that saw a drop of more than six points per game last season.

Irrespective of those factors, Toronto checks in with considerably better Finals odds than fellow 2017-18 playoff teams such as the Thunder, Jazz, Heat, Pelicans and Trail Blazers, and with the same chances as a promising Sixers squad. Toronto’s current numbers are clearly based on the health of one player, and like those of the Lakers, are fodder for plenty of discussion.

Golden State Warriors

  • FanDuel Sportsbook: -330 to win Western Conference/ -160 to win NBA Finals
  • 888sport: -286 to win Western Conference/ -200 to win NBA Finals
  • BetStars: -330 to win Western Conference/ -180 to win NBA Finals

Outside of LeBron, the Warriors likely made the most headlines this offseason with their acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins. Many cried foul at Golden State’s apparent quest to ensure no other team hoists the Larry O’Brien trophy for about the next decade. The validity of those complaints could probably be debated until next June’s Finals. However, it says plenty about the oddsmakers’ faith in the Warriors’ Big Four of Curry, Thompson, Durant and Green that they’re comfortably the odds-on favorites to repeat, even though Cousins’ exact return date from his Achilles injury remains firmly up in the air heading into the season.

Boston Celtics

  • FanDuel Sportsbook: -110 to win Eastern Conference/ +600 to win NBA Finals
  • 888sport: -106 to win Eastern Conference/ +525 to win NBA Finals
  • BetStars: -115 to win Eastern Conference/ +600 to win NBA Finals

Which team has the most potential to serve as the NBA’s savior from those dastardly Warriors? It’s the boys in green from across the country, which admittedly might need a good dose of the luck of the Irish to topple Golden State. However, while they’re not quite on the Warriors’ level with respect to securing an NBA championship in the eyes of the sportsbooks, the Celts are perceived as the highly likely favorites to emerge as the potential dragon slayers out of the Eastern Conference.

The numbers are driven not just by Boston’s remarkable, deep playoff run last season with a short-handed squad, but by the reinforcements they get back this season. The returns of a presumably healthy Kyrie Irving and Hayward arguably make the Celtics the deepest unit in the Eastern Conference. Moreover, the books also appear to be projecting a true breakout season for phenom Jayson Tatum, whose learning curve was undoubtedly accelerated by a large margin in the 2017-18 campaign while filling in for Hayward.

Boston’s talent and potential coaching advantage over the Warriors is such that they could be one key Golden State injury away from making those current Finals odds a bargain.

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Northeast teams hold plenty of regional interest

Of particular interest to Garden State bettors are the three teams within closest proximity. That includes the former home-state Nets, as well as the neighboring Knicks and 76ers. Of the three, only the latter has anything resembling bright prospects heading into the season. Nevertheless, here’s a look at where the trio of clubs stands in the eyes of the oddsmakers:

Brooklyn Nets

  • FanDuel Sportsbook: +21000 to win Eastern Conference/+55000 to win NBA Finals/32.5 projected wins total
  • 888sport:  +10000 to win Eastern Conference/ +40000 to win NBA Finals/31.5 projected wins total
  • BetStars: +15000 to win Eastern Conference/ +40000 to win NBA Finals/31.5 projected wins total

The Nets are projected to only bump up last season’s win total by four, although Brooklyn returns its impressive core of young players and has added reliable veteran Ed Davis to serve as an important part of the second-unit frontcourt rotation. While they have the misfortune of playing in the same division as the 76ers, Raptors and Celtics, the Nets could surprise a la last season’s Lakers and push for a win total in the upper 30s if the likes of D’Angelo Russell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and promising big man Jarrett Allen can stay healthy.

New York Knicks

  • FanDuel Sportsbook: +21000 to win Eastern Conference/+50000 to win NBA Finals/29.5 projected wins total
  • 888sport: +5000 to win Eastern Conference/+30000 to win NBA Finals/29.5 projected wins total
  • BetStars: +10000 to win Eastern Conference/+30000 to win NBA Finals/29.5 projected wins total

Think the crosstown Nets with a slower pace and you have the Knicks, who also have some solid under-30 talent, especially if Kristaps Porzingis is able to return at some point. However, considering that’s far from certain, New York will have to rely on much surer propositions such as Tim Hardaway, Jr., Trey Burke and Enes Kanter, as well as ninth overall pick Kevin Knox. The Knicks also added what could turn out to be one of the better under-the-radar free agents of the offseason in Mario Hezonja, but the oddsmakers don’t see them having made a net improvement of even one full win. Porzingis’ potential season-long absence is certainly a factor in that assessment.

Philadelphia 76ers

  • FanDuel Sportsbook: +320 to win Eastern Conference/+1800 to win NBA Finals/53.5 projected wins total
  • 888sport: +300 to win Eastern Conference/ +1400 to win NBA Finals/54.5 projected wins total
  • BetStars: +375 to win Eastern Conference/ +1600 to win NBA Finals/53.5 projected wins total

The 76ers naturally carry the highest expectations of the three teams coming into the season. The books project a slight improvement in their win total as Philly returns their entire first unit from last season’s 52-win squad. A full season of health from Joel Embiid and Dario Saric could certainly push them closer to the 60-win mark, and Philadelphia should also benefit from the offseason acquisition of veteran Wilson Chandler to back up Robert Covington. Another x-factor will be the health of 2017 top overall pick Markelle Fultz, who was limited to 14 games during his rookie campaign due to a shoulder injury. The Celtics still represent a major roadblock to a division title for Philadelphia, but a playoff spot seems all but assured if key pieces avoid the injury bug.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Change Is No Slam Dunk With DFS Community

Juan Carlos Blanco October 9, 2018
FanDuel NBA

There’s one thing that’s a constant in daily fantasy sports (DFS). Well, besides the screenshot brags on Twitter.

Gripes. The player community hasn’t exactly been shy about voicing their opinion about things that haven’t sat well over the years.

Granted, a general rule of customer service is that it’s impossible to address every complaint or resolve an issue to unanimous satisfaction. But to their credit, industry leaders DraftKings and FanDuel have offered some grease to the squeakiest wheels over the years by adjusting their product accordingly.

This coming NBA season brings with it two such examples. For its part, DraftKings has decided to bring back the late-swap option for NBA after a two-season hiatus. Meanwhile, FanDuel recently announced some news that’s in a similar vein, but with a twist  – the site is changing a component of its full-roster-format contests by dropping the lowest score in any lineup:

Half-hearted attempt = late swap lite?

To an extent, this serves a similar purpose to a late-swap option. For example, contestants with a late scratch in their lineups won’t get penalized for it by having to take a zero. The NBA is notorious for wreaking DFS havoc with its last-minute real-world lineup adjustments. This change is an effort to neutralize the effect of such instances.

However, it falls short of serving as a true late-swap replacement. Contestants are still out of luck if they have more than one late-scratch player on their roster. The same applies if they have both a late-scratch player and another who also exits a game early with an injury and falls well short of their scoring expectation.

And, without an actual late-swap feature, players can’t fully capitalize by plugging in a player’s typically cheap replacement if it’s a late scratch that’s announced after the slate locks. Being able to do so would allow them greater, valued lineup flexibility elsewhere.

Announcement not exactly met with open arms (or wallets)

Think DFS Twitter took note of said shortcomings?

One look at the reactions underneath FanDuel’s Oct. 5 tweet tells the tale – the DFS community’s reaction seems to be a firm “thanks, but no thanks.” And, in many cases, that’s putting it nicely.

Respondents also brought up another couple of key strategical anomalies that FanDuel’s latest change brings about:

  • The ability for contestants to roll the dice by grabbing a minimum-priced that may not even be active, knowing that the player’s score (or lack thereof) will be dropped anyhow. In turn, they’ll have that much more salary flexibility to roster viable mid-range options and high-priced studs.
  • The possibility that the upper portion of a contest’s leaderboard gets drastically altered due to the lowest score in lineups being dropped. For example, an otherwise first-place finisher drops out of the top spot.

Change may be subject to change

As with any major change to a business model, there’s no doubt FanDuel had a healthy debate before implementing this one. And given the amount of pro/con discussion the whole issue of late swap has generated in the past, they were likely expecting to deal with a fair share of negative feedback.

But it’s unlikely they saw this level of backlash coming. If they did, maybe they wouldn’t have gone in this direction in the first place.

The move is clearly an attempt to appease the many customers who’ve cried foul about the NBA’s hyper-fickle injury/inactives reporting over the years. Yet sometimes, in an attempt to compromise on a polarizing issue, things can inadvertently be made worse. Given the potential nightmares that could ensue with the new policy costing someone large amounts of money, for example, it seems increasingly likely the company will at least tweak some aspects of it.

Meanwhile, with many players now proclaiming they’ll move all their NBA play to DraftKings due to them re-implementing late swap, FanDuel’s current approach is increasingly looking like nothing short of an airball.

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FanDuel Sportsbook Offering Risk-Free Bet On Yankees MLB Wild Card Game

Juan Carlos Blanco October 3, 2018
Yankees Bet

In its ongoing quest to make inroads in the nascent New Jersey sports betting market, FanDuel Sportsbook is currently running three promotions designed to seriously mitigate those pesky drains on one’s bankroll.

Baseball postseason takes center stage

Fall is upon us, so two of FanDuel’s current initiatives fittingly include the MLB playoffs, which kicked off Tuesday. The National League’s Rockies-Cubs wild-card marathon showdown got the postseason started, while the American League features a Yankees-Athletics winner-take-all battle Wednesday. The subsequent Division Series will carry us through the majority of October.

However, we’re also in the heart of NFL season, which has already been responsible for some impressive sports betting numbers in New Jersey and other newly-minted sports betting markets around the country. So, FanDuel has a little Week 5 treat awaiting Garden State football fans as well.

Be a risk-free homer for AL Wild-Card Game

The first baseball promotion involves Wednesday’s Yankees-Athletics AL wild-card showdown. Want to put some money on the guys in pinstripes from across the river? Plunge away (up to $50)! You’ll get your money back if they falter:

  • AL Wild Card Game
    • Risk-free bet on the Yankees
    • Promotional Period: 10/2, 12:01 a.m. EST – 10/3, 7:59 p.m. EST
    • Event: AL Wild Card Game
    • Wager: Bet the Yankees to win outright
    • Placement Time: Wager must be placed on FanDuel Sportsbook by 8 p.m. EST on Oct. 3, 2018
    • Cash-back guarantee: Get your wager of up to $50 back if Yankees lose

A “tilt-proof” Division Series promotion, too

Bad beats are naturally one of the worst ways to see your cash go up in flames on a sports bet. Not to worry — FanDuel’s got you covered there for the AL and NL Division Series. Afraid that your moneyline wager will be ruined by a blown save or similarly unfortunate turn of events? Get your bet of up to $50 back if your team of choice has a late-game meltdown:

  • MLB Division Series
    • Bad luck / tough loss insurance
    • Promotional Period: 10/3, 12:01AM EST – 10/21 time TBD
    • Event: Any MLB Division Series
    • Wager: Moneyline, pre-live
    • Placement Time: Game time on each game day; games start 10/4 and could run through 10/21
    • Cash-back guarantee: Get your wager of up to $50 back if the team you picked to win blows their lead after the sixth inning and loses.

Pigskin props on the menu as well

Player prop bets are popular among bettors as an in-game form of engagement with a sporting event. An NFL game typically has a plethora of options in this regard. One of the most common involves trying to peg who’ll be the first player to cross the goal line in the contest.

With FanDuel Sportsbook’s Week 5 promo, take a stab at a skill player that’s highly likely to score and get your wager of up to $100 back if he hits paydirt at any point during the game other than for the initial touchdown.

  • NFL Week 5
    • 1st TD scorer
    • Promotional Period: 10/3, 12:01AM EST – 10/8 11:59pm EST
    • Event: All NFL Week 5 games
    • Wager: 1st TD scorer
    • Cash-back guarantee: Get our wager of up to $100 back if the player you picked doesn’t score the first touchdown, but scores a touchdown at any other point in the game.

Parlay Fever: U.S. Bettors Won’t Stop Chasing Big Wins (And That’s OK)

Juan Carlos Blanco October 3, 2018
Parlay

Most of us have done it at one point or another, in one form or another. Chased the “big payday” dream, odds be damned.

Maybe it’s plunking down a few bucks on the Powerball, especially on those weeks when it really swells up. Or entering a DFS contest with a couple hundred thousand entries and million-dollar grand prize. Or, if sports betting is more your speed, investing in a parlay or two on an NFL weekend.

Newsflash — the expected value (EV) on all of these is bad to varying degrees. Chances are you’re not going to be lounging on your own private island because you hit all seven numbers on your ticket or every guy in your fantasy lineup returned 5x on their salary. And it’s likely that one of your parlay teams lays an egg unexpectedly — Minnesota Vikings, we’re very much looking at you! — and ruins your four- or five-team train that could have scored you a handsome haul.

But even if you lose everything you put in, there’s an overriding point in every one of these cases … you had fun anticipating the possibilities! Specifically, the possibility of getting your initial investment back many times over.

Parlays have been a cash cow for decades

And yet, the numbers don’t lie – that fun can be quite a drain on your bankroll. The sportsbooks continue to run roughshod over bettors on parlays. Take this 25-year sample (1992-2017) from a research study by UNLV on Nevada casinos for starters:

  • Casinos posted a sub-20-percent win rate on parlays in only two years during that period, and never lower than 17.26 percent.
  • In turn, they posted a win rate between 23.33 percent and 29.79 percent in 10 years during that period.
  • And incredibly, they posted a win rate in excess of 30.0 percent the most frequently – 13 out of those 25 years.
  • All of those numbers add up to one especially jaw-dropping one: Silver State sportsbooks racked up an average 31.17 win percentage on parlays between 1992 and 2017.

Naturally, as good as those odds are for the books, they’re correspondingly crappy for bettors.

“The people creating the lines are extremely sharp and they are running the numbers to get the lines in favor so that the general public will lose more than they win,” observes professional handicapper and bettor Jon Price of Sports Information Traders. “When you add in the probability of winning a second or third bet with the contingency that all bets must win for the ticket to be cashed in increases the houses favor exponentially.”

Yet those slim chances didn’t prevent a total of $1.6 billion being placed on parlay wagers in Nevada casinos over that quarter-century period.

Meanwhile, the nascent Mississippi market serves as a tangible example of how “parlay fever” isn’t just localized in the desert. In their first full month of operation in August, 11 Magnolia State casinos took in over $1.5 million in handle on sports parlay cards alone. Notably, those figures were generated in a month where neither college football nor the NFL had yet kicked off their seasons.

Big parlay winners get plenty of attention

Again, the allure lies in the “what if”. Because when parlays do hit, they can hit big. And that’s more than enough of an enticement.

There’s no shortage of press when those explosive winnings do come to pass, too. The story of a $5 bet turned into a $305,000 payout on a William Hill progressive parlay card back in 2016 is one such example. And the big money isn’t just limited to wagers on team sports, either. Back in 2015, a bettor hit on a UFC parlay that converted his $1 investment into $48,291.

However, in a testament of what a dice roll these types of wagers can be, consider the first windfall was the result of an incredible 15-for-15 run in which the bettor nailed 12 college basketball winners and a trio of NBA games as well. The second involved the bettor correctly pegging a whopping nine underdogs to prevail on the UFC Fight Night 61 event in Brazil.

Predictably, parlay wagers are often panned by the sharps, who seem to have disdain for both the poor odds that they offer and the avalanche of attention that some of the big parlay winners get. However, even the sportsbooks themselves will gladly publicize the occasional butt-kicking they take on these bets, too. One look at the numbers cited in the UNLV study easily explains why.

Popularity of parlays to expand right along with sports betting

Given their significant popularity, logic would dictate that parlay betting will be a key part of sports betting’s gradual nationwide expansion over the next few years. In fact, the more the activity is made available to the masses, the more novice bettors with dreams of big returns on modest investments available to flock to parlays.

“I do believe that the popularity of parlay bets are going to surge through the roof in the next few years as the majority of states move to legalize sports wagering,” said Price. “Much like the lottery sells millions of tickets with extremely low probabilities of being paid out. At least with parlay bets the percentage of winners will be exponentially higher than the lottery, which is the biggest sucker’s bet that I’ve seen.”

One thing is certain: Given their proliferation and odds, parlay wagers are an important component of the sports betting ecosystem. They’re certainly helping sportsbooks stay in business, yet it’s not just a one-way street — and it’s that opportunity, no matter how remote, that keeps ’em coming back.

 

 

888sport: How To Sign Up, Deposit, And Start Betting In NJ

Juan Carlos Blanco September 27, 2018
888sport

888 Sportsbook brought its global presence to the New Jersey sports betting market in September 2018. The company already has online casino and poker offerings in the Garden State through www.888.com. It also runs an international version of its sportsbook in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, located on www.888sport.com.

888sport’s platform is powered by Kambi Group, which also provides the same service for SugarHouse and DraftKings Sportsbook in the Garden State. 888sport is a subsidiary of Gibraltar-based 888Holdings, founded in 1997.

888 Sportsbook is available to New Jersey residents of at least 21 years of age through both desktop and mobile platforms. The mobile app is available for Android on the Google Play Store, with plans to roll out on Apple devices in the future.

Creating an account on 888 Sportsbook

New users will need to begin by creating an account, which can be done through either the desktop or mobile version. Users click the “Sign Up” button in the upper right-hand corner of the desktop platform to initiate the process. After that point, users will need to provide the following information:

  • Full name, gender, date of birth, email and country of residence.
  • Confirmation of age.
  • A username and password, a security question and a corresponding security answer.
  • Mobile number and physical address.

Once they have filled out all relevant/required fields, an 888 account will have been created.

Deposit and withdrawal methods

Following account creation, users will need to make an initial deposit to fund their forthcoming wagering activity on 888 Sportsbook. Deposits can be made by clicking the Cashier button in the main lobby and then clicking on the Deposit button.

888sport offers its users a variety of both deposit and withdrawal methods. Their Accepted Payment Methods section, located within the Deposits tab, divides the deposit options into those that can and can’t receive withdrawals:

Deposit methods that can also receive withdrawals:

  • Bank transfer (ACH)
  • NETELLER
  • Cash
  • PayPal

Deposit methods that can’t receive withdrawals:

  • Visa credit/debit cards
  • Mastercard
  • Online banking transfers
  • PayNearMe

888 Sportsbook has a minimum required deposit of $10 for all methods.

Multi-faceted interface

888 Sportsbook’s interface features a similar design to that of the company’s online casino and online poker platforms.

Upon entering the lobby, users will find a quintet of clickable tabs running across the top, beginning from the left-hand side of the screen:

  • Sports A-Z: As implied, reveals an alphabetical listing of all wagerable sports
  • Live Betting: Provides users with live betting options upon clicking
  • Promotions: Details on all promotions
  • Getting Started: Features sections entitled Getting Started, How to Bet and Banking Info.

A search navigation bar sits in the upper portion of the home page as well, allowing users to search for wagers by sport, sports league or team. A vertical column running down the left-hand side of the home page has links for live betting. Additionally, it has betting options listed by most popular and further sub-categorized by sports leagues, sport or “888 Specials”.

The center portion of the home page features a series of featured available wagers classified by sport, along with corresponding odds. Clicking activates a betting slip that opens up on the right-hand portion of the screen and allows the user to enter the amount they want to wager.

Full selection of sports, bet types

888sport offers betting opportunities on a diverse selection of sports that makes it competitive with the rest of New Jersey’s online sportsbooks. These include:

  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • WNBA
  • NHL
  • CFL
  • All major NCAA-sanctioned sports, including football, basketball and lacrosse
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • MMA
  • Soccer (multiple leagues)
  • Horse Racing
  • eSports

888sport also offers a comprehensive array of betting options on these sports, including:

  • Spreads
  • Moneyline/Run lines
  • Over/under bets
  • Game and individual player props
  • Parlays
  • Teasers
  • Futures
  • In-play betting, which is enhanced by 888’s live-scoring visualizations during games.

Comprehensive support services

888 Sportsbook offers 24 hour, seven-day-a-week support services for its customers. The Support Department can be reached via 1-800-494-0364 or via the e-mail address [email protected]

SugarHouse Sportsbook: How To Sign Up, Deposit, And Start Betting In NJ

Juan Carlos Blanco September 24, 2018
SugarHouse Sportsbook

SugarHouse SportsBook is now live in New Jersey with legal, real-money sports betting. The platform is powered by Kambi Group, which also operates the platform of Garden State competitors 888sport and DraftKings Sportsbook.

Unlike some other New Jersey operators, SugarHouse has directly implemented their sportsbook into their online casino offerings via www.playsugarhouse.com. Consequently, customers who already utilize the company’s online casino have the benefit of a shared wallet they can utilize across both platforms. SugarHouse operates in New Jersey under the license of Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City.

Additionally, customers can accumulate Loyalty Level Points and Bonus Store Points – both features of SugarHouse’s iRush Rewards program – through their gameplay on either the casino or sportsbook platform.

Creating an account on SugarHouse Sportsbook

New users will need to begin by creating an account, which can be done through either the desktop or mobile version. Users click the orange “Join Now” button in the upper right-hand corner of the desktop platform to initiate the process. After that point, users will need to do the following:

  • Create a screen name and password.
  • Provide an e-mail address.
  • Enter any applicable promotional code.
  • There is also an expedited registration option near the bottom of the screen where existing customers can use their Rush Rewards or SugarHouse Casino4Fun account to register with SugarHouse Sportsbook.

Deposit and withdrawal methods

Following account creation, users will need to make an initial deposit to fund their forthcoming wagering activity on SugarHouse Sportsbook.

SugarHouse Sportsbook offers its users a variety of both deposit and withdrawal methods:

  • ACH/eCheck
  • Neteller
  • Online Bill Pay
  • SugarHouse prepaid card
  • PayPal
  • Cash (in person at Golden Nugget Casino)

An additional method for withdrawals only is checks.

Multi-faceted interface

SugarHouse Sportsbook’s homepage interface is relatively straightforward and user-friendly.

Upon entering the lobby, users will find five clickable tabs running across the top, beginning from the left-hand side of the screen:

  • Get Started: Allows customers to establish an account on SugarHouse Sportsbook.
  • Promotions: Provides details on all current special promotions.
  • Rewards: Provides details on iRush Rewards program.
  • Help Center: Provides answers to frequently asked questions about bonuses, promotions and sports betting in general.
  • Casino: This link takes customers directly to SugarHouse’s extensive online casino offerings.

The homepage is anchored by a center panel that displays a “Live Right Now” listing of wagering options. Users can also perform a search for a specific sport, league or team through a search bar located right above the main center panel.

The betting options in the center panel can be customized by sport through the clicking of a vertical listing of tabs in a column on the left-hand side of the page. A “My Bet History” tab is located at the top of that listing and allows users to view their archive of sports wagers on the site.

To place a wager, users click on the tab for the specific game and specific bet related to that game they wish to make. Doing so activates a betting slip that will pop up on the right-hand side of the screen, which will pre-populate with the wager type and related odds. Once the user fills in the dollar amount they wish to stake and hit the “Place Bet” button, the bet is finalized.

The betting slip also contains links to both the Help Center and the customer’s bet history underneath at its very bottom.

Full selection of sports, leagues and bet types

SugarHouse offers customers a comprehensive selection of available leagues to wager on in that left-hand column. Currently, that list consists of:

  • NFL
  • MLB
  • College Football
  • NHL Preseason
  • Tour Championship
  • Premier League
  • MLS
  • Liga MX
  • Serie A
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga
  • UFC

SugarHouse also lists all betting options by sport directly underneath the leagues listing. The sportsbook appears to go beyond other competitors in the state with some of its offerings, which include:

  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Hockey
  • Motorsports
  • Rugby Union
  • UFC/MMA

SugarHouse Sportsbook offers customers the expected full array of betting options found in other Garden state establishments, including:

  • Spreads
  • Moneyline/Run lines
  • Over/under bets
  • Game and individual player props
  • Parlays
  • Teasers
  • Futures
  • In-play betting
  • Cash Out live ticketing system- Users can cash in a live bet before the contest being wagered on is finalized.

Live Support

SugarHouse Sportsbook customers can access the company’s support department through either a Live Chat feature or E-mail from 9:30 a.m. to 2 am ET. The links to access both forms of assistance are located within the Help Center tab near the top of the home screen.

FanDuel Sportsbook: How To Sign Up, Deposit, And Start Betting

Juan Carlos Blanco September 16, 2018
FanDuel Sportsbook

The mobile version of FanDuel Sportsbook is live and offering real-money sports betting in New Jersey.  The fully operational version of FanDuel Sportsbook is available to those physically located in the state through a desktop platform, as well as through iOS and Android devices.

FanDuel Sportsbook first made its debut at a physical location back in mid-July when it opened at Meadowlands Racetrack. Now that FanDuel has gone mobile, anyone located in the state can place legal wagers on the app.

How to get started

Downloading the FanDuel Sportsbook app and is easy. Below you’ll find the step-by-step instructions for downloading FanDuel Sportsbook for iOS and Android devices:

  • Click on the FanDuel Sportsbook download link on your device to direct you to sign up page. If you already have an active FanDuel DFS account, click on “Want to register with your FanDuel account?” and follow the subsequent instructions. Otherwise, enter your details on the registration page. Once finished, click the box agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy and hit the green “Sign Up” button.
  • You will advance to the app download page. Click on the download button at the bottom of the screen. Once the app downloaded to your device, click open and log into the FanDuel Sportsbook using the email linked to your account.
  • You’re now eligible for the $100 match on your first bet! Follow corresponding instructions for making an initial deposit. Deposits are accepted via credit card.

Deposits and withdrawals

FanDuel Sportsbook offers customers multiple methods for both deposits and withdrawals. As with other gaming sites, FanDuel provides a disclaimer for its customers about certain banks declining credit card transactions pertaining to online wagering companies and provides a comprehensive list of same.

Deposits can be made at FanDuel Sportsbook through the following methods:

  • Credit/debit cards (Visa and Mastercard).
  • FanDuel Prepaid Card, which can be applied for on the website of parent company Betfair.
  • PayPal
  • ACH (echeck)
  • Online bank transfer (with selected banks set up for online bill pay)
  • PayNearMe
  • Check

Withdrawals from FanDuel Sportsbook can be made through the following methods:

  • ACH/E-Check
  • Check
  • FanDuel Pre-Paid Card
  • PayPal

Now that you’ve got the boring stuff out of the way, it’s time to start looking around at what FanDuel Sportsbook has to offer.

Comprehensive array of betting options, user-friendly format

As with the brick-and-mortar version, FanDuel Sportsbook offers the typical comprehensive array of wagering options, including:

  • Spreads
  • Moneyline/Run lines
  • Over/under bets
  • Game and individual player props
  • Parlays
  • Teasers
  • Round robin

FanDuel Sportsbook’s interface boasts a user-friendly design that bears some similarities to the company’s daily fantasy sports platform. Upon log-in, users are greeted with a lobby that has a rotating “carousel” of current betting options that are typically customized to that individual’s wagering history on the site.

Directly underneath a trio of tabs allows users to sort out all betting options by the following criteria:

  • Popular
  • Live
  • Upcoming

Upon clicking any of these tabs, users will find the selections sorted by sport and game or match. Each entry will further display odds for the Spread, the Moneyline or Run line, and the total. Clicking on a “More Bets” tab located in the bottom right-hand corner of each game’s entry reveals any additional wagering options, such as props on the margin of victory of either team.

To place a bet, users simply click on the tab containing the line they wish to wager on. That activates a betting slip on the right-hand side of the screen, which features “wager” and “to win” boxes. Once the wager amount is inserted, the “to win” box automatically populates with the potential winnings based on the odds.

The bet slip contains clickable tabs running horizontally across the top with options for Standard, Teaser (bets on minimum of two teams) and Round Robin (bets on minimum of three teams) wagers.

Wide selection of sports leagues available for wagering

Sports selections are also arranged vertically down the left-hand side of the screen. FanDuel offers a thorough assortment of options that consists of:

  • MLB
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • MMA
  • Tennis

Sports not in season have their own unique set of “offseason” betting options. For example, before the NBA regular season tips off October 16, bettors can wager on the following:

  • Futures (Team odds on winning league championship, conference title, division title)
  • Team Wins
  • Player Futures (i.e. individual player odds on end-of-season awards and All-Star selections)
  • Playoff Specials

The latter portion of the left-hand column also includes the following relevant ancillary links that contain pertinent general information about FanDuel Sportsbook’s features, terms of use and overall use:

  • Betting Guide – provides novice users with a basic overview of different types of sports bets
  • Terms and Conditions
  • House Rules
  • Responsible Gaming
  • Support

Upstart AAF Swinging For The Fences With Sports Betting Initiative

Juan Carlos Blanco September 11, 2018
AAF

Charlie Ebersol is likely lethal at the tables.

Give legendary TV executive Dick Ebersol’s son and Alliance of American Football (AAF) co-founder credit – the guy can keep a mean poker face when necessary. He set that tone right from Day 1 where his fledgling spring football league is concerned, blindsiding the sports world — including the returning XFL, which the younger Ebersol had ironically just directed an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary about — when he suddenly announced the AAF’s existence in March.

AAF, MGM announce unprecedented working relationship

The ensuing months brought an impressive slew of coaching hires that included several prominent names. Just as important, the league came out of the gates already in possession of a television deal with CBS Sports Network, including an agreement for CBS to show both its inaugural and championship games on its main channel. And, Ebersol also hinted at the league’s desire to have an “integrated fantasy experience” that users could engage in while watching AAF games.

At the time, we openly speculated the AAF was developing an in-game fantasy platform, a version of the popular pastime that is a relatively close cousin to prop betting. And since we were already reading the tea leaves, we also threw out the possibility/theory that the AAF eventually cozying up to the new legalized sports betting landscape certainly wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

Lo and behold, Monday brought the news that the AAF is doing just that. And like many other aspects of its ongoing development, the league’s latest announcement came about rather unexpectedly:

ESPN’s Darren Rovell provided a number of interesting nuggets about the league’s plans with respect to sports betting, including:

  • MGM has signed on to serve as the league’s exclusive in-game gambling partner for the first three seasons.
  • The AAF will provide free live streaming of its games on its proprietary app, and fans in states with legalized online wagering will be able to place a wide array of in-game bets as those contests unfold.
  • How the odds for those wagers are calculated will be unique — the league will outfit all players with wearable technology that will generate data vital to MGM’s oddsmakers as the game progresses.
  • Not only will the data drive in-game lines, it will reportedly be bettable as well. In other words, expect to be able to plunk down some cash on how fast (or plodding) Birmingham’s Trent Richardson is on his next carry, for example.
  • And in what likely qualifies as the most eyebrow-raising news in a collection of intriguing details — the more a player’s props are bet on, the more cash he’ll earn above that which is stipulated in his contract.

League not shying away from potential blowback, controversy

There’s plenty to unpack in what qualifies as the first-of-its-kind exclusive in-game betting rights deal between a sports league and a gaming entity.

For example, the use of data stemming from the wearable technology could be a point of contention from other leagues’ players’ unions, considering they’ve already preemptively expressed opposition in general about its use in such a context. Although, with no such entity currently existing in the AAF, that would only amount to pointed criticism for the time being.

This much is clear — the AAF is not pussyfooting around the “gambling” conversation.

Instead, it’s unapologetically integrating it into its very fabric, literally and figuratively. And while skepticism may abound — especially with respect to the player salary tie-in — certain aspects of this deal could serve as an important precedent for how pro sports leagues and sports betting come to coexist.

AAF’s approach markedly, refreshingly different

The AAF’s full embrace of gambling is notable from one other standpoint — the contrast it represents from the problematic, complicated relationship other professional leagues have historically had (and continue to have, for that matter) with sports betting.

The NBA has been markedly more progressive than its counterparts in certain aspects of its approach. The latest evidence of such is its own newly-minted three-year deal with MGM, one which calls for the latter to serve as the league’s “exclusive gaming partner” and use official NBA and WNBA data in its “land-based and digital sports betting offerings.”

However, the likes of the NFL, NHL and MLB mostly remain testy and apprehensive about the subject for a number of reasons, including:

  • Public image, to an extent.
  • Game-integrity concerns.
  • A lack of integrity fees they insist are necessary to manage those concerns (the NBA remains in line with the other leagues on this front).

Meanwhile, the AAF looks set for a full-blown whirlwind romance with sports betting. We’re talking wine-and-dine, rose-petals-on-the-floor, Netflix-and-chill level. And it’s a bold but prudent move at that. After all, if you’re going to try and succeed where so many others have failed, you’ve probably got to roll the proverbial dice in certain spots.

In that sense, attaching yourself to a product with encouraging early returns, plenty of growth potential and a well-earned reputation as a proven fan engagement magnet isn’t a bad bet at all.

Image courtesy of AAF/Facebook

DraftKings Sportsbook App: Here’s How To Get Started

Juan Carlos Blanco September 10, 2018
DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook is now live for all New Jersey residents via one of Resorts Atlantic City Casino’s online sports betting licenses. The DraftKings Sportsbook smart device application is available for download on both iPhone (iOS) and Android platforms.

“I am excited to begin this new chapter in our story by officially launching what I believe to be the most innovative, mobile sports betting product in the U.S.,” said Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings. “We have put immense thought and significant resources behind the development of DraftKings Sportsbook and I’m confident that sports fans in New Jersey will enjoy using it to make the experience of watching the games even more interesting and thrilling.”

TheLines readers in New Jersey qualify for a generous introductory promotion when trying DraftKings Sportsbook for the first time. DraftKings will match your first bet up to $200 upon initial deposit. Taking advantage of this offer is as easy as clicking the links below and following the required steps. There are no additional promotional codes required:

The Best DraftKings Sportsbook Bonus Available Online

Instructions for iPhone and Android Devices

Below you’ll find the step-by-step instructions for downloading DraftKings Sportsbook for iOS and Android devices:

  • DraftKings SportsBook AppClick on the DraftKings Sportsbook download link on your device to direct you to the app in the iOS and Android store. Make sure you allow DraftKings to use your device’s location so it knows you are located in New Jersey.
  • If you already have an active DK DFS account, click on “Already have a DraftKings account?” and follow the subsequent instructions. Otherwise, click “Sign Me Up” and enter your details on the Sign Up page. Once finished, click the box agreeing to the terms of use and privacy policy and hit the green “Sign Up” button.
  • You will advance to the app download page. Click on the download button at the bottom of the screen. Once the app downloaded to your device, click open and log into the DraftKings Sportsbook using the email linked to your account.
  • You’re now eligible for the $200 match on your first bet! Follow corresponding instructions for making an initial deposit. Deposits are accepted via credit card.

Deposits and withdrawals at DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook users can share a wallet with their DFS accounts on the site if they have one. Transfer of funds from the daily fantasy side for use on Sportsbook is possible once the individual has played through their DFS deposit.

DraftKings Sportsbook currently offers several options for depositing:

  • Credit card (Visa, Mastercard)
  • Debit card (Visa, Mastercard)
  • Bank transfer

Additionally, DraftKings has added PayPal as a deposit option. The availability of PayPal is particularly important, considering that there are still issues with banks declining an elevated percentage of credit card transactions.

Withdrawals are currently processed via a physical check or via the teller cage at Resorts Casino Atlantic City, the operator whose license DraftKings Sportsbook operates under.

Navigating the DraftKings Sportsbook interface

DraftKings Sportsbook features a betting carousel upon log-in, which will typically feature bets customized to the user’s personal wagering history on the site. Users are able to click on any featured bet open a betting ticket and place their wager.

There is plenty of uniformity between DraftKings’ DFS interface and that of its sportsbook. For example, like their DFS lobby, the sports betting lobby features a horizontal navigation bar across the top that highlights the different leagues and sports for which bets are being accepted. There is also a dropdown tab dubbed “Sports A-Z” where the user can examine all wagerable sports in alphabetical order.

Once a user selects a sport, all available wagers for that sport will display on their screen. This will typically include options for betting on point spreads, money lines, point totals, futures, parlays and props.

Upon a bet being selected, a bet slip pops up to the right-hand side of the screen, allowing the user to populate it with the amount they wish to wager. Users can then track open bets through two different tabs located above the aforementioned horizontal navigation bar:

  • My Bets – lists all of the users’ active bets
  • Live In-Game – lists the current potential payout of any active bet if the user wanted to take advantage of DraftKings’ live in-game ticketing system.

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