How New BetMGM NJ Sportsbook Customers Can Win $200 In Free Bets During NFL Week 7

NFL Week 7 is here, and new BetMGM Sportsbook customers from NJ can jump on a $10 moneyline promo where one TD results in a big payout.

Now that NFL Week 7 is here, new NJ BetMGM Sportsbook customers can bet $10 and win $200.

And no, there isn’t a catch where the Philadelphia Eagles must defeat the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday afternoon. Basically, pick an NFL team playing this week and if they score one touchdown, the $200, payable in free bets, is yours.

If we go by the NFL Week 6 results, the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers were the only two NFL teams not to find the end zone. So NJ sports bettors have pretty good odds of hitting the payout.

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How to get BetMGM $200 in free bets promo

NJ bettors do not need a BetMGM promo code to take advantage of this offer.

Simply sign up for an account using the link above. If you don’t have the BetMGM Sportsbook app, download it for your iOS or Android device.

Deposit at least $10 to cover the bet promo. Now, here’s the important part: Place an NFL Week 7 moneyline wager on any team. Sunday along with Thursday and Monday night games are all eligible. And if that selection finds paydirt, the $200 in free bets is yours.

Unfortunately, this offer does not apply to existing BetMGM customers. However, the sportsbook operator is constantly updating its promo and odds boost menus, which are available to all users.

NFL Week 7 moneyline plays

So the upside to this promo is NJ bettors have the opportunity to cash in twice.

For instance, if you think the Denver Broncos (+105) will win outright tonight versus the beaten-up Cleveland Browns, the odds would result in a double of the initial wager. Call it a potential added bonus to this BetMGM offer.

The Browns will be without starting quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder), along with running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (calf injuries). As far as potential Denver touchdown scorers go, wide receiver Courtland Sutton is coming off a game in which he caught eight passes for 94 yards and a TD.  Tight end Noah Fant is another option. He racked up 97 yards and a touchdown last week versus Las Vegas.

And speaking of the Raiders (-160), they’re playing in one of the most anticipating NFL Week 7 games for Eagles fans. Many of them are traveling to Las Vegas for Sunday’s game. If you think the Eagles (+135) are capable of pulling off the upset, the line favors the bettor.

But if you’re looking at things from a TD-scoring perspective, think Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. In last week’s loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs, he rushed for two scores and connected with Zach Ertz for another. His season tally is now at eight. So even if you take the Eagles moneyline and lose, but Birds offense finds the endzone at least once, the $200 in free bets would still be yours.

For the Raiders, QB Derek Carr has 10 TDs so far this season.  And with the total points set at 48.5, it seems highly likely both of these squads will find the endzone.

So, new BetMGM NJ bettors could consider either of these games a winning score.

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PlayUp Sportsbook Gains Full NJ Approval As NFL Week 6 And NHL Get Underway

PlayUp Sportsbook has officially joined the NJ sports betting market that has generated more than $6 billion in bets for 2021.

PlayUp Sportsbook is just getting the ball rolling when it comes to U.S. sports betting.

And the NJ sports betting market is a very big part of those plans. So when the company sent out a press release Thursday morning announcing that they are now fully operational in the Garden State, it was a pretty big deal.

Dr. Laila Mintas, PlayUp USA CEO, summed it up best by saying “this is a huge milestone for our business.”

Why NJ is a big part of the PlayUp Sportsbook game plan

The Garden State is not the first U.S. market for PlayUp and it certainly will not be the last.

PlayUp, based out of Australia, made its U.S. debut in Colorado back in March. At the same time, the operator was taking the necessary steps to get its app ready for NJ gamblers. This included working closely with the DGE to clear regulatory hurdles.

The PlayUp NJ app has actually been live since September, but that was considered the “soft launch” phase.

And talk about timing. New Jersey is on the verge of becoming the first legal U.S. sports betting jurisdiction to take in over $1 billion in monthly bets. Exactly what month this will happen is to be determined.

“New Jersey doesn’t just represent the largest market in terms of revenue for any operator, but it also is an indicator showing the market, both consumers and investors, that we have cleared the most stringent regulatory standards in the world,” said Mintas

“We have aggressive growth plans for our jurisdictional footprint in 2022 and going into other states with New Jersey approval in our back pocket is a positive sign for other regulators.”

Like recent newcomers Barstool and Betway, PlayUp will be strictly an online operator. The press release touches on August revenue numbers as an example of why joining the NJ online sports betting market is such a big deal.

For the month of August alone, $613 million of $664  million in handle (or about 92% of all wagers) came via online apps. By the way, not including September results, which come out on Monday, the Garden State has already topped $6.13 billion for the year. And that total surpasses the $6 billion reported for all of 2020.

PlayUp also has bigger NJ plans

The PlayUp Sportsbook gained NJ market access via a land-based partnership with Freehold Raceway. It’s the second skin to launch under the license this year, with the other being Barstool Sportsbook. That brand debuted back in August.

While the majority of NJ sports betting apps are built with online casinos on the same platform, this is not the case with PlayUp. At least not yet.

Earlier this year, the company announced plans to launch PlayUp Casino via a partnership with Caesars Entertainment (NJ online casinos can not operate under a racetrack license). However, the company has yet to announce a timetable for when slots and table games will be available.

Horse betting could be in play, too

But will fixed-odds wagering on horse racing eventually be included as part of the app? NJ is the first U.S. state in which fixed-odds wagering is now legal.

According to the press release, the company is confident that it will be able toparlay its horse racing roots into an appealing product for NJ bettors.

Longtime horseracing industry veteran Dennis Drazin sits on PlayUp’s board and is bullish on the future of fixed-odds wagering for the racing sector.

“The future of gaming will be to offer every type of wagering on an app 24/7. Horse racing offers a unique opportunity to offer content on racing around the world,” Drazin said.

PlayUp Sportsbook building on Devils partnership

NHL betting fans, specifically those who follow the New Jersey Devils, may recognize the PlayUp logo and name. The two parties announced a partnership prior to the 2021 NHL season to help boost PlayUp brand awareness.

The deal includes a 1,200-square-foot PlayUp sports lounge on the Prudential Center‘s main concourse. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony is taking place prior to Friday night’s home game versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

The space includes more than 32 digital, LED screens.

And of course, NJ bettors can now place those hockey wagers (and other NJ sports wagers) using the PlayUp Sportsbook app.

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Ben Simmons Is Still Missing From 76ers Camp, But His Props Are Appearing At NJ Online Sportsbooks

We don’t know if or when Ben Simmons will be playing when the NBA regular season starts, but NJ online sportsbooks do have player props.

Where in the world is Ben Simmons? The Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard has been MIA since training camp opened earlier this month.

And anybody who follows NBA news very closely is well aware Simmons wants out of Philadelphia. At least that is what his camp is saying.

But will Ben Simmons magically reappear from his holdout when the Sixers open the regular season on Oct. 20 at the New Orleans Pelicans? NJ online sportsbooks have yet to post any lines on such a scenario.

However, no matter where Simmons ends up playing (the trade rumor mill has been spinning since the end of last season), there are several player props up on the board.

So since Simmons is keeping everybody waiting, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at these props.

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Ben Simmons at the foul line

We’ll just cut to the chase here. Simmons is not a good foul shooter as his career average is 59.7% from the line.

And in last season’s NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series versus the Atlanta Hawks, his numbers were even worse.  During the seven-game series, which Philadelphia lost, Simmons converted just 15-of-45 foul attempts. Do the math and it comes out to 33%. Yes, 33% in a playoff series.

So what are the odds Simmons makes his first free throw attempt of the upcoming season? What seems like a random question is actually a Ben Simmon special, or prop, available to DraftKings Sportsbook NJ customers.

Yes is -145, No is +125.

But at this moment, there is a much bigger issue to address.

Ben Simmons will play for …

Every once in a while sportsbooks will post odds for a prop bet centered around what team a popular player will be suiting up for next.

However, as of this week, there are no such odds at NJ sportsbooks related to Simmons. Illinois is another story. At the beginning of the summer, PointsBet made the wager available with the wording “Next NBA team Ben Simmons Will play for if traded.”

Keywords being “if traded.”

Portland was the favored destination at the time with +250 odds. A Simmons for Damian Lillard trade package was the hot rumor at the time.

Now the chatter seems to be more about what properties are up for sale and if Simmons is rethinking his decision to hold out.

He was a no-show for the 76ers preseason opener versus the Toronto Raptors. And the team hit him for a hefty fine in the neighborhood of $360,000.

With the regular season now less than weeks away, that total will very quickly extend into the millions.

Defensive Player of the Year NJ odds

One thing Ben Simmons is known for being is a strong defender. As a result, NJ sportsbooks list him among the favorites to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The current FanDuel Sportsbook odds have Simmons No. 2 on the board at +500. Only Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who won the award last season, has better odds at +380. Simmons finished second.

The next three names on the board are:

  • Anthony Davis, Lakers +500
  • Giannis Antetekounmpo, Bucks+800
  • Myles Turner, Pacers +850

Current Simmons teammate Joel Embiid, at least at the time of this writing, is listed at +1200. Speaking of Embiid, he is once again one of the favorites to win NBA MVP.  Only Luka Doncic (+480) of the Dallas Mavericks and Antetekounmpo (+700) are ahead of him.

Speaking of futures, has anyone seen or heard from Ben Simmons yet?

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NY Giants NFL Week 4 Betting Preview: Big Blue Still Looking Up At Rest Of NFC East

The 0-3 New York Giants head to New Orleans as at least a touchdown underdog, making NJ bettors still ponder what week first win will come.

Plan B has come early. New York Giants fans and New Jersey online gamblers have a safety valve, courtesy of the NJ sports betting industry.

What happens when a team starts 0-3, as the New York Giants have before invading the 2-1 New Orleans Saints as a decided underdog?

Betting saves the day.

Gamblers have a full plate of options from NJ online sportsbooks, some of which can soften the pain inflicted by a bad team.

Yes, the Giants trail the NFC East division-leading Dallas Cowboys by two games.

No. they can’t manage the last two minutes of a game.

But alas, gamblers can wager into the trend.

Like with previous games,  there are questions surrounding the New York Giants this week.

Can the Giants keep it close?

DraftKings Sporrtsbook gamblers issued a resounding “no” early in the week, favoring the Saints with 73% of the spread handle when the line was New Orleans -7. That sentiment helped drive the line to 7.5 by midweek.

Gamblers don’t expect the Giants to score much. The over-under is a modest 42 by modern-day NFL standards and only 38% believe the game will reach that total.

There are few bargain hunters in the moneyline realm. New Orleans obtained 90% of the spread handle despite an unattractive -320 moneyline (that was at -335 early Thursday morning).

The Giants have been in high-underdog territory like this before. But they have come through.

Big Blue has covered the spread in its last 12 road games against NFC opponents and has a big spread to work with.

New Orleans has won its last 15 October games.

What Happened to Jameis Winston, hero of the ‘over’?

The interception prop of 0.5 at +125 at DraftKings starkly reveals his new life. Jameis Winston was once good for three a game.

The New Orleans quarterback was football’s first 30-30 man a couple years back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was a rueful distinction of 30 or more passes and interceptions.

This made Winston the hero of “over” bettors everywhere because he could throw a Pick 6 followed by a touchdown pass.

It also prompted Tampa Bay to bring in Tom Brady while Winston went to New Orleans.

Everybody won. Brady seized a Super Bowl for the Bucs and Winston learned Sean Payton’s system in New Orleans. When Drew Brees retired, Winston won the starting job this year.

In two of his three games, he has thrown no picks. He has only tossed two for the year against seven touchdowns. Winston is playing a controlled game to this point.

He was 13 of 21 for 128 yards as the explosive New Orleans offense ran the ball 38 times in a 28-13 win against the New England Patriots.

Here’s a Caesars Sportsbook prop that evaluates another end of the equation.

Winston is -115 to throw for more than 199.5 yards. Sounds simple in the pass-happy NFL, right? Ironically, he has yet to clear 200 yards in any game but has tossed seven touchdowns against only two picks. His highest passing yardage total so far came during NFL Week 1 versus the Green Bay Packers (148).

Can Daniel Jones continue to play fairly well?

The Giants’ quarterback is averaging 260 yards passing per game, easily on track to reward “over” bettors for his season’s yardage total. He also has thrown no picks in three games.

It’s not his fault that receivers are dropping passes and that the offensive line has abandoned him at key junctures. He is the only Giant really playing hard.

Jones rushed for a two-point conversion last week and had a beautiful long TD scamper against the Washington Football Team called back for a penalty.

The Giants need to give him some help.

Can the Giants reward bettors early?

Another Caesars’ prop will tempt Giants bettors who have seen them score the first touchdown twice in three games. The Giants are +145 in this category.

Line shoppers observe a prop at DraftKings and Caesars that reveals the value of half a point.

The Giants have not been scored upon in the first quarter of a game. Hard to square that with an 0-3 mark, yes, but they have come out strong each time.

If bettors seek to parlay that into a winning ticket, DraftKings has the Giants at +2.5 and +100 for the first quarter, along with +185 if they win it.

Caesars has the same idea but considers the Giants +3. That gives bettors a push if the Saints are leading by a field goal. That changes the price to -125.

Bettors who buy points often pay about 25 basis points, changing a +100 price to -125. It’s often a good deal.

More props on Jones, running back Saquon Barkley and the Giants receivers will go up closer to game time.

There is no prop for self-inflicted wounds, however.  The Giants’ clock management at the end of the last two games has been horrific.

What about Big Blue getting win No. 1?

Some New Jersey BetMGM backers actually saw this 0-3 start coming.

New York won its first game in Week 6 last year. It paid +1000 to bettors who made that wager before Week 1 last year.

The G-Men are moving that bet into focus with their bad start.

When will the Giants win their first game?

Should they spring an upset this weekend, the number is +1200. If it happens against the Cowboys in Week 5 it would be +1600.

If the Giants don’t win their first game until Week 6, it would have to be against the Los Angeles Rams, 3-0, and pay +2000. After that, odds would go even higher.

Although some bettors wagered into this, the fan base expected much more. The Giants had gone 6-5 after an 0-5 start and nearly won the NFC Least. That now looks moot.

DraftKings reflects the team’s lowered expectations in a relatively new adjusted team-by-team betting prop.

Big Blue, expected to win at least seven and perhaps eight, have an over-under of 4.5 victories, with -115 juice on each side.

The Giants can do their own version of Jim Mora’s “Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?” rant from several years ago about the Saints.

That statement can apply to the Giants, who are -2000 not to make the postseason, +1000 to do so.

The numbers reveal the likelihood that the NFC East will be a one-playoff-team division. Only the division champion, the Dallas Cowboys are 2-1 atop it now, will probably be good enough to reach the playoffs.

Big Blue needs to make a move while it’s still in the same zip code as the NFC East leaders.

But if they don’t, the bettors still can.

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Deuces Wild: PlayUp Makes Garden State Debut With Soft Launch, Makes It 22 NJ Sportsbook Apps

The PlayUp online sportsbook app is open for NJ sports bettors as soft launch and testing period got underway over the weekend.

It’s no secret PlayUp Sportsbook has been on the verge of joining the NJ sports betting market.

Exactly when has been the big mystery or unknown. Well, until now. Over the weekend, just in time for NFL Week 2, PlayUp Tweeted:

 

 

 

 

 

The Australian-based company has a market access deal via Freehold Raceway’s license. Keep in mind, during the soft launch or testing phase, NJ online sports bettors may experience a limited operational window like this one from Saturday:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NJ online sportsbook app count is now at 22 and includes the recent SuperBook launch.

What we know about PlayUp Sportsbook so far

The NJ sports betting market is the second U.S. jurisdiction for the PlayUp brand. Colorado was the first, back in March.

The company has plans to enter other U.S. markets as well.

As far as betting markets go, the menu is a pretty extensive one. Here is a small sampling.

  • NFL and NCAA Football
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • Table Tennis
  • PGA (including Ryder Cup)
  • MMA

Keep in mind, PlayUp also plans on joining the NJ online casino market via a market access deal with Caesars Entertainment.

The PlayUp brand may sound familiar to New Jersey Devils fans as the NHL club has a betting partnership, which includes the brand logo appearing on the Prudential Center ice and boards.

Freehold Raceway doubles down on skins

Those who follow the NJ online sports betting industry closely are well aware that Freehold Raceway has been coming up empty in the NJ sports betting revenue department.

Actually, the New Jersey racetrack didn’t open its Parx-branded retail sportsbook until the 2020 NFL betting season. And up until recently, they did not have any NJ online sportsbooks operating under its license.

Now there are two. Barstool Sportsbook got the ball rolling with its August launch. PlayUp is the second.

It’s expected that Parx online sportsbook will take the final spot. However, there is no timetable or news regarding a potential launch. Its online casino operates under the Ocean Casino Resort license.

In terms of what the additions of Barstool and PlayUp do for Freehold’s sports betting totals will unfold over the next several months. And with the NJ sports betting market likely looking at its first-ever $1-billion month sometime this fall, the Garden State market is one PlayUp can’t ignore.

NJ Sports Bettors Place $665 Million In August Wagers With Bigger Months Ahead

Now that NFL season is here, August’s NJ sports betting handle could soon look minuscule compared to an anticipated $1-billion month.

Now that NFL season is officially here, it seems highly unlikely the NJ sports betting monthly handle will come close to hitting August numbers again anytime in the near future.

This is because the $665 million in bets reported for August will likely look minuscule once September numbers are released next month. Why?

Well, it’s no secret the Garden State is on the verge of making history this NFL season with multiple months of wagers exceeding $1 billion. More on this below.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, here’s a closer look at the August results.

NJ sports betting revenue August 2021

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released August figures on Thursday. Out of the $665 million wagered, $612.9 million came from online bettors. It amounts to a tad over 92%.

NJ sports betting revenue came in at just over $52 million, which is up 31.7% year over year.

Remember the big difference between 2021 and 2020 is the fact that Major League Baseball had the summer spotlight to itself.

Last summer, NBA and NHL teams were playing following their respective pandemic-forced shutdowns.

Overall, several NJ license holders put up solid August results.

Meadowlands Racetrack, led by FanDuel, sets the pace

The NJ sports betting story is still trending in the familiar direction of the Meadowlands Racetrack dominating the market. Out of the $52 million in revenue, $26.9 million came via the Meadowlands Racetrack. While the DGE does not break results down by the 21 operators, it’s understood that FanDuel Sportsbook is responsible for the bulk of it.

However, PointsBet also operates under the license. Going forward, starting with September results, SuperBook is now live via a market access deal with the Meadowlands. This means the North Jersey racetrack now has all three of its allotted online skins filled.

But to put the FanDuel/Points Bet results in perspective, the nine Atlantic City casinos reported a combined total of $22 million. This would be both mobile and retail. Keep in mind Bally’s Atlantic City currently only offers retail wagering via its FanDuel-branded book.

Other top August NJ sports betting performers

More than half of the AC total comes from another strong performance by Resorts Digital. The trio of DraftKings SportsbookFox Bet, and the Resorts-branded app combined for $12.9 million. Out of that total, nearly all of it came via mobile devices.

The understanding is DraftKings was the biggest contributor to this equation.

Borgata, led by BetMGM,  was the next closest (and a very distant third) with $4.7 million.

NFL betting season + NJ bettors = $1 billion?

Looking ahead, this theory on NJ sports betting handle breaking the $1-billion plateau is not some crazy random thought.

Sure, at one time, when the industry launched in 2018 the concept of it happening may have sounded insane. However, all it takes is one look back at 2020 results to see it’s only a matter of when, not if, it will happen.

In December 2020, Garden State bettors set a new national record with  more than $996.3 million in total wagers

Now there are some additional factors that could contribute to hitting the mark:

  • All nine Atlantic City casinos (for the first time ever) have a retail sportsbook.
  • Barstool Sportsbook, SuperBook, and Betway Sportsbook all recently launched, expanding the mobile market to 21 apps.
  • William Hill has been rebranded to Caesars Sportsbook (you may see a commercial or two when watching football).

Ironically, NJ was on target to crack $1 billion even without these new additions.

“With only a few college and NFL preseason games, August still showed the outsized effect football has on the sports-betting industry,” said Valerie Cross, analyst for PlayNJ.com. “Even if September falls short of $1 billion in wagering, we will likely get there before the end of the year.”

Oh, by the way, NJ sports gamblers have now pushed the year-to-date total past $6.1 billion.

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