Promos, odds boosts, and free bets… oh my. Must be NFL Week 1 at New Jersey online sportsbooks.
Players love sportsbook enticements because they increase value and often eliminate the natural “vig” of 10%. Operators love them because the props entice new players. And current players, too.
Bettors can target Thursday night’s opener, the rest of Week 1, or the entire NFL 2020 season. Of course, this is just a selection, and it’s only Week 1. Who knows what will happen in the next 17 weeks.
Anyway, let’s dive in and see what NJ sports betting apps have to offer.
Thursday Night Football odds boosts and no-brainer bets
There is still some time left to jump on DraftKings’ no-brainer prop. To celebrate the NFL’s 101st season, DraftKings Sportsbook lets you bet on the Kansas City Chiefs at +101 against the Houston Texans on Thursday night.
It’s called the biggest no-brainer ever because, well, it is.
The maximum bet is $50, and you must select the boost in your bet slip before making the wager. This excludes live bets, parlays, free bets, cash out bets, voided bets, and odds boost. And of course, it’s one qualifying bet per user.
And here’s a mini no-brainer odds boost at DraftKings.
Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes combining for more than 4.5 passing touchdowns between them for Thursday night. It has been boosted to +140.
What’s deceiving is that Kansas City runs the ball more near the goal line than one would think and both quarterbacks are rushing touchdown threats. Nonetheless, this gets a piece of my bankroll.
Sunday NFL free bets and promos
For Sunday games you have some time to think, but here are a few good ones from a few of the top NJ sportsbooks.
DraftKings: Making an impossible bet possible
The Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win is boosted from +334 to +380.
The Colts are -400 on the moneyline as an eight-point pick against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The New England Patriots are -295 against the Miami Dolphins as a 6.5-point favorite.
You can’t play either team on the moneyline, but here you can by taking them with the Buccaneers, who are +148 as a standalone moneyline bet against the New Orleans Saints. They are 3.5-point underdogs.
FanDuel and a Monday Night Football bet
FanDuel Sportsbook has several beauties.
One is the Road to 55 promo, a nod to Super Bowl 55.
Bet $50 on any NFL team to win Super Bowl 55 and gain $5 in site credit for every regular-season game the team wins. If that team wins 10 games, for example, your real bet was zero, plus the possibility exists for that club to win it all.
FanDuel tantalizes New York Giants bettors for Monday Night Football, too. The G-Men to win outright in a game that hits 48 points or higher has been boosted to +420. That’s a sweet price if the Giants can win a shootout.
Here’s a nice odds boost: The Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, and Indianapolis Colts all to win. Hiked from +171 to +210.
Now, you can’t touch the Ravens at -360 against the Cleveland Browns and the Colts at -420 against the Jaguars. But combine them with the big-risk bet, the Vikings, who are -156 against the Green Bay Packers for a game in which they are only favored by 2.5 points entering the week.
Bet three teams with big minus moneyline numbers, they all win, and you have +210.
PointsBet: The rainmakers make it rain
Barkley, Bell, and free bets. Need we say more?
OK, we’ll say more.
PointsBet NJ has a season-long promo in which Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants or Le’Veon Bell of the New York Jets provide you money every time they score.
All it takes is a $25 bet in the NFL Futures Props Promo Markets. When you bet, you will receive a $6 free bet for each touchdown the player you selected scores after each game.
But be advised: Free bets will be paid out within an hour of each game and are valid for only one week of issue.
So put them right back in play.
BetMGM and a $20 free bet just because
To be fair, these NFL free bets from BetMGM Sportsbook are for both Thursday and Sunday games.
But they deserve a mention here because all customers have to do to get the free bet is log into their BetMGM account.
BetMGM is gifting users in New Jersey $10 free on Thursday ahead of the Chiefs-Texans NFL opener. Then, on Sunday, BetMGM will give users another $10 free.
Not too shabby.