Here’s Your Chance To Party With DraftKings Sportsbook At Resorts On Sunday

It’s been a couple weeks, but DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Atlantic City plans to party with former NY Giant Justin Tuck on Sunday at noon.

Justin Tuck knows a thing or two about the rivalry between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.

The former defensive end spent 11 seasons in the NFL, including nine with the Giants. Football fans visiting the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Atlantic City on Sunday, Dec. 9, may ask the former defensive end his thoughts about Sunday’s game between the two NFC East squads.

Tuck, who played in two Super Bowls with the Giants, will be in town for the “grand opening event” starting at noon. Fans, even those rooting on the Philadelphia Eagles, will have the opportunity to meet Tuck.

The party at DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook officially opened on Nov. 20. And former Giants are regulars at the celebrations.

Last month, Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson placed the ceremonial first bet. He picked the New York Yankees to win the 2019 World Series.

Fans will have to wait until Sunday to see if Tuck picks a winner in the Giants/Redskins game.

As of Thursday, the DraftKings Sportsbook app had the Giants listed as a 3.5-point favorite on the road. The Redskins have lost two starting quarterbacks to injury and are now relying on Mark Sanchez, who Tuck played against during his NFL career.

Sunday will likely be filled with several hours of NFL talk, but the celebration is just the latest example of the fruitful partnership between DraftKings and Resorts.

DraftKings an NJ sports betting powerhouse

DraftKings made history as the first company to offer legalized online sports betting in New Jersey in August.

Several months later, DraftKings remains the market leader in terms of online/mobile revenue.

Resorts Digital (DraftKings plus BetStars NJ) produced close to $5.1 million in sports wagering revenue for October. That’s just shy of 60 percent of the online/mobile totals in the Garden State.

Resorts had a temporary sportsbook

A temporary Resorts-branded retail sportsbook opened on Aug. 16. The space consisted of a 15-foot video wall, six betting windows, and an interactive lounge area.

A grand opening and ceremonial first bet was held for that space, too. But Resorts had bigger plans in the works.

From the original press release:

This sportsbook will act as a temporary sports betting location, with a larger, permanent sportsbook opening in the near future.

Resorts sent out another press release on Nov. 16 announcing the details of the DraftKings Sportsbook.

The new space features an ultra-high definition video wall, VIP area, five betting windows, and 12 self-service kiosks along with food and beverage options. Wagers also can be made from the stadium-style seats via the DraftKings Sportsbook app, in-game betting included.

For DraftKings, the retail sportsbook marks another first. Here’s what Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder of DraftKings, had to say:

“We are tremendously excited to launch our first physical presence in the state with such a trusted partner, and to service their loyal patrons.”

What about a Resorts online sportsbook?

While the retail sports betting offerings are complete, a Resorts-branded online sportsbook could be added soon.

Over the summer, Atlantic City’s oldest casino announced a partnership with SBTech “to offer its sportsbook solution to sports fans.”

There was talk of a September launch, but it remains a work in progress. Casinos and racetracks are permitted to have up to three online partnerships apiece. DraftKings, The Stars Group, and SBTech would make it three.

Resorts Digital currently offers two of the eight legal NJ online sports betting options.

FanDuel Sportsbook Makes History, Pays Out All Alabama Bets To Win National Title

In a surprise move, NJ sports betting’s FanDuel Sportsbook paid out all futures bets on Alabama to win the college football title a month in advance.

FanDuel Sportsbook did something this week that is unheard of in the sports betting world: Pay out futures on Alabama to win the College Football Playoff National Championship.

And this was done more than a month before the yet-to-be-determined teams take the field on Jan. 7.

The decision comes before No. 1 Alabama played in today’s SEC Championship Game against No. 4 Georgia (Alabama won, 35-28). The Crimson Tide were still awaiting official word that they would be one of the four teams selected to play in the College Football Playoffs.

Sounds too good to be true, right? There is no fine print here.

“Alabama’s historic and seemingly inevitable march to Levi’s Stadium deserved a history-making gesture to our customers,” said Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group, in a press release.

“While the college football season has not had too many surprises, we wanted to surprise our customers today, thank them for their loyalty, and prove there are More Ways to Win on FanDuel.”

Collecting the early payout at FanDuel Sportsbook

Any singles futures bets on Alabama were paid out to customers on Nov. 30. Any future wagers placed on the Crimson Tide after 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 are not eligible for the early payout.

Retail customers of FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with a physical bet slip dated prior to Nov. 30 can now redeem it for the full amount.

From the press release:

The early payouts apply to anybody holding a physical ticket on a bet placed at the Meadowlands or on its online sportsbook. In fact, FanDuel indicated that it already credited bettors accounts on the mobile app.

So yes, this is just for NJ sports betting fans.

FanDuel said when taking into account the Alabama championship futures that are involved in parlays, the early payout could be in the ballpark of $400,000.

Raffensperger commented:

“FanDuel is a customer first company and innovations like an early payout of a major sporting event is a great example of what can be done in a legal and regulated sports betting market to benefit the consumer. Even if Alabama loses its next game or doesn’t win the national title, this was something that we wanted to do to celebrate our customers and show why we are the most innovative and fun sportsbook in the United States.”

Bettors at FanDuel rolling with the Tide

FanDuel’s move is unheard of in the US sports betting world… at least so far as we know. But it’s something that happens every now and then in Europe.

One day, years down the road, there may be a trivia question about the first legal sports betting operator in the US to pay out future wagers more than a month before the final game is even played.

To be fair, the numbers have all signs pointing toward another Alabama national championship season. It would be their third in four years and sixth since 2009.

The odds to win another are currently heavily in Alabama’s favor. FanDuel had the 12-0 Crimson Tide at -280 to win the National Championship (the bettor had to wager $280 to win $100).

In FanDuel’s updated Friday night futures, Alabama remained way out in front of the pack at -250 while Clemson was next at +380 followed by Notre Dame at +1,400. Georgia and Ohio State were both at +1,800.