Football season is underway and sports betting fever has officially hit New Jersey.
For those keeping track, the latest count returns eight online sportsbooks vying for avid and novice sports bettors alike.
The problem in choosing a sportsbook is not the lack of information; it is too much of it. The process is overwhelming with the onslaught of material all focused on getting you to place that first bet.
Here is a comparison of the latest online sportsbooks to accept sports wagers in the Garden State:
A little background on New Jersey’s newest sportsbooks
BetStars is the sports betting product of The Stars Group, the parent company of PokerStars. PokerStars, of course, is the global poker room that also operates in New Jersey.
The FanDuel Sportsbook is the first online sports betting product for a company more known for daily fantasy sports. The FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands was one of the first retail sportsbooks in the state, opening July 14.
It carried that partnership online and has agreements with IGT to provide the technology.
888 Sport probably has the most online sports betting experience of the three. It has been in the sports betting business since 2008. It partnered with Kambi for its NJ sports betting platform and operates under the Caesars license.
All three sportsbooks have experience with creating an easy-to-use product. They make the process of placing a sports bet as easy as 1-2-3 (literally).
- Choose your sport and select the game.
- Choose a bet and set the amount on the betting slip.
- Pull the trigger and place the bet.
Games and sports betting options
All three sites accept wagers on the major sports:
- Football sports betting
- Baseball sports betting
- Hockey sports betting
- Soccer sports betting
- Tennis sports betting
- Golf sports betting
- Boxing & MMA sports betting
888 Sport, however, offers the largest selection of sports of the three and includes:
- Premier League
One way a sportsbook attempts to innovate is through bet types. Each book is looking for the latest and greatest type of bet to attract more customers.
Of course, the major bet types are available across the board:
- Point spread
- Live in-game betting
Unique and innovative bets
Each site tries to put a little bit of different spin by offering a unique bet type. 888 Sport and FanDuel have Teasers. BetStars has Round Robbins.
Teasers are parlay bets where the bettor adjusts the point spread across the bets in the parlay. Because of the advantage to the bettor, it often results in a lower payout.
Round Robbins is a BetStars generated bet with all the possible combinations of a parlay bet. For instance, if you make eight selections and want to combine them into all possible four-bet parlays, BetStars will create all possible parlays from your selections.
Some differences between the three NJ sportsbooks
While there is a lot of things that are similar between the three books, there are differences that set them apart.
- A common wallet: BetStars is the only one of the three that has a common wallet between it’s tied to PokerStars NJ.
- Browser-based sportsbook: FanDuel and 888 Sportsbook offer browser-based access to their sportsbook. BetStars does not.
- Mobile apps: All three sportsbooks have an Android app. But with iOS, it’s a different story. 888 Sport does not yet have an iOS app, and BetStars is linked from the PokerStars NJ app.
- Deposit options: Bettors have a variety of deposit options at each book. The big difference between the three is 888 Sport and FanDuel offer PayPal while BetStars does not.
It pays to shop around in the NJ sports betting market
The big difference might just come down to the lines. Each book sets their own odds, and as such, it pays to shop around for advantages.
It seems as if every sportsbook has had complaints about the lines at one point or another. The very vocal sports betting market will help keep the lines in check.
Even so, the odds are not standardized, and if you are familiar enough with every sportsbook, there may be more favorable betting opportunities at one site over another.
The very best advice when choosing a new sportsbook is to do your homework and try not to get too married to one book over another. Doing so might mean missing out on some great odds.