A new era of NFL betting blurs traditional sports betting lines, with Barstool Sports social media influencers both sharing bets with its internet audience but also having a vested interest in Barstool Sportsbook itself. After Week 1, those who backed them are hoping for more success with Barstool Sportsbook Week 2 bets.
It was a mixed bag of serious and delirious – props and parlays promoted by different bloggers from various Barstool shows to offer wagers in the “Bet With Barstool” section of the sportsbook app.
Most bets were outside-the-box, off-the-wall props, reflecting at least a creative change-of-pace in the increasingly-crowded sportsbook climate. Rather than present odds from sharp books armed with algorithms, Barstool created a prop board reflecting a festive, party atmosphere.
“Dude, look at this.”
These wagers were offered by people in beards, jerseys and jeans. These “Stoolies” don’t crunch numbers. They bust chops, especially amongst themselves. The bet can be made over an app or a beer.
Barstool’s entry to this space is unconventional. It doesn’t roll out “experts” to weigh in on established betting lines but instead creates its own props and parlays. The book places the names of its influencers on unique bets. Some are funny. Some are realistic and most are creative.
But is Barstool actually making its audience money? The bets may be offered tongue-in-cheek at times, but they count as real money when offered to bettors on the Barstool Sportsbook app.
This season, TheLines will track how well NFL offerings in the “Bet With Barstool” section of the app perform for bettors, assuming the same $100 bet each time. Here’s how Week 1 went.
Bet With Barstool 2021 Tracker
Overall Record: 1-5
Net Profits on $100 bets: -$200
Bet With Barstool NFL Week 1 Results
Only one wager connected out of six NFL bets offered in the Bet with Barstool exclusives section of the Barstool Sportsbook app.
Big Cat’s Can’t Lose Bet
It also could have been called the ‘Can’t Find’ bet, as it could not be duplicated at other sportsbooks. It was the first to cash and only could have been offered by Barstool.
Result: $300 profit
Rone’s Gambling Corner
Here’s a real coulda-woulda-shoulda that nearly paid big … but didn’t.
Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles to each score a touchdown and for the underdog Eagles to defeat the host Atlanta Falcons. Yowza.
That was a hefty +1776 (God Bless America) and logical in the sense that if Philadelphia prevailed, both of those developments were realistic.
One did. Smith caught the first touchdown of the game (a sweet +1200 at DraftKings), the Eagles as +3.5 underdogs crushed the Falcons 32-6 and yet Hurts, who loves to run for touchdowns, did not get in.
Balls, Eddie and Clem
For those not familiar with Barstool, yes. Two of those are real nicknames. This was an imaginative first-touchdown prop. Pick three selected teams – the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers – to score the first touchdown in their respective games.
That bet went south when Philadelphia scored the first TD against Atlanta.
The Advisors Mortal Lock
The Stu and Dave Portnoy special. This had the New England Patriots -2.5 against the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers -1.5 against the Washington Football Team.
Odds: boosted from +260 from +325.
It did seem like it was on the road to being a mortal lock after the Chargers covered and New England was knocking on the door for a late TD, trailing 17-16. A late Patriots fumble unlocked a fatality.
Result: Not a Mortal Lock
Dave’s Booster Parlay
Portnoy the Patriots fan tried to ride his hometown team. New England quarterback Mac Jones to throw for more than 1.5 touchdowns, Damien Harris to go over 68.5 yards and the Patriots teased down to -2.5 from -1.5.
What gamblers felt they were betting was the Harris yardage total because Jones looked like he would adapt quickly to the NFL and get two scores. And the Patriots were being given a point on the spread.
Harris did his part with 100 yards, but Jones only had one TD and the Patriots lost. Without the late fumble, Jones would have been forced to try an end zone toss. If that gets home, so does that bet. Alas …
Result: Zero Pizza
Power To The People
How did Barstool handicap the Monday night promo for the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders? Was it the usual group of 250 analysts supplying in-game odds to the books? Nope. It was social media.
Barstool offered a unique exclusive for the matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders. It was the People’s Pick. The book took a Twitter poll. Raiders tight end Darren Waller was the choice of the people and thus boosted to score the first touchdown.
Odds: boosted from +950 to +1300
It was eye-opening both for the size of the boost and for its origin. The people picked it. But the people lost it. The Barstool Sportsbook Week 2 Monday Night Football odds boost will try to get back to .500.
Result: The Black Hole
Final Bet With Barstool Week 1 Results
The People’s Pick has that same community sizzle as promos like Hammer the Over on DraftKings. Bettors are teammates. We’ll see if Barstool Sportsbook Week 2 promotions can turn profitable for its audience after a rough start to the NFL season.
Week 1 Record: 1-5
Net Profits on $100 bets: -$200