Well, Hot Dog! DraftKings Puts Odds Up For Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

The 2020 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will afford some normalcy to NJ sports betting fans this year, with odds on the action at DraftKings Sportsbook.

On Independence Day weekend last year, there were NBA Playoffs and MLB, MLS, WNBA and NWSL regular-season events for New Jerseyians to bet on.

This year, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest may get some of that action.

While the NWSL will have matches on July 4, there is little other North American action to wager upon. Thanks to DraftKings Sportsbook, however, the unique nature of 2020 has somewhat of an amusing side.

Hot dog eating contest odds to fill the void

On Wednesday, DraftKings announced it had reached a deal with Major League Eating to become an official sponsor.

As a result, there are two ways DraftKings app users can get in on the fun in New Jersey.

Both ways center on Saturday’s annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. This year, ESPN will broadcast the contest from a closed location, and MLE has installed other safety precautions for participants.

DraftKings is offering a free-to-play pool contest for all users. That game comes with $25,000 in prizes.

New Jerseyians are fortunate to be in one of only three states in which DraftKings will offer betting markets on the contest as well. Currently, DraftKings is the only NJ sports betting app with such lines.

The app has two markets set on both the men’s and women’s events.

There is a prop that pits last year’s champions against the field and a totals market on the number of hot dogs those favorites will eat.

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The lines on Nathan’s at DraftKings

In the men’s contest, Joey Chestnut is seeking his 13th Nathan’s title. DraftKings has him as a -1250 favorite, with the odds on the field resting at +650.

Over on the women’s side, Miki Sudo will try to make it seven Nathan’s wins in a row. She is -835 against the field, which has +500 odds.

DraftKings sets the over/under on hot dogs eaten for Chestnut at 72.5, which is just shy of his Nathan’s record of 74. The odds reflect that record, as the over sits at -137 and the under at +105.

The sportsbook is less optimistic about Sudo’s consumption on Saturday. The line on hot dogs eaten for Sudo is 40.5.

In 2018, she hit a career-high of 41, so hitting the over would at least tie her personal best. DraftKings, accordingly, has her -143 to do that while pegging the under at +110.

Gathering information is just as key to handicapping these markets as any other. MLE has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, too.

What to know before you wager

Under normal circumstances, competitive eaters on the MLE circuit would be hitting their midseason strides.

The spread of coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of many MLE events this year, however.

Additionally, there’s a lack of fans to consider. Normally, Chestnut, Sudo and others would be performing to a raucous crowd on Coney Island in New York.

Just like in any other contest, the roar of the crowd can provide motivation. It remains to be seen how the competitors will handle any rust and the comparative silence on Saturday.

Regardless of the outcomes, the fact that the contest is happening and that New Jerseyians can wager on the event this year offers some sense of normalcy.

If Chestnut and Sudo retain their titles, it will be business as usual indeed.

NJ Sportsbooks Post Long Odds On Sky Blue FC’s NWSL Challenge Cup Chances

Two NJ sports betting apps have markets live for this weekend’s NWSL Challenge Cup, and Sky Blue FC is currently the longest shot to win the tournament.

The first-ever NWSL Challenge Cup will bring professional contact team sports back to North America this Saturday. For New Jersey’s club, Sky Blue FC, the odds forecast some turbulent weather.

Two NJ sports betting apps have Sky Blue FC as their longest shot to win the tournament. Another has the club as a heavy underdog to win its first match.

Planning to make a few bets on soccer in the days ahead? Here’s a preview of the upcoming NWSL tournament.

Sky Blue FC’s path in the Challenge Cup

The Challenge Cup will be played without fans in attendance in Utah. Eight of the NWSL’s nine clubs will vie for the Cup over the course of a month.

The Orlando Pride withdrew from the tournament earlier this week when six players and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, the other eight clubs will advance to the tourney’s quarterfinals.

Although the tournament starts Saturday morning, Sky Blue won’t be one of the teams to kick off the action. Here’s the schedule for Sky Blue’s four opening-round matches:

  • Tuesday, June 30, 10 p.m. EST v. OL Reign
  • Saturday, July 4, 12:30 p.m. EST v. Utah Royals FC
  • Wednesday, July 8, 10 p.m. EST v. Houston Dash
  • Monday, July 13, 10 p.m. EST v. North Carolina Courage

Sky Blue FC will play in the quarterfinals round as well, which is scheduled for July 17 and 18. At that point, it’s win or go home.

The championship match is slated for July 26.

CBS will air all opening-round matches. CBS All Access will stream quarterfinal and semifinal matches, then the title match will be back on CBS.

Sky Blue has a challenging road ahead of it to capture the Cup.

That’s part of the reason FanDuel Sportsbook and SugarHouse online sportsbook, and William Hill Sportsbook are so low on their chances.

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Anything but clear skies in the NWSL lines

FanDuel and William Hill both have futures markets live on their NJ apps right now. Here are the odds as of Friday morning:

ClubOdds to win at FanDuelOdds to win at William Hill
North Carolina Courage+185+110
Chicago Red Stars+400+350
Portland Thorns+500+650
OL Reign+650+1000
Utah Royals+850+900
Houston Dash+1000+1200
Washington Spirit+1000+1000
Sky Blue FC+2600+4000

SugarHouse doesn’t have futures for the entire tourney. But it does have 14 different markets on Sky Blue’s opening match against OL Reign.

On a three-way moneyline for Tuesday night’s match, Sky Blue is +300 right now.

The over/under on total goals for the match is currently 2.5, with the better action of +100 on the under. SugarHouse doesn’t expect both teams to net a goal during the match, offering odds of +114 on just one side finding the back of the net.

For NJ bettors who want to put some money down on Sky Blue but play it safe, SugarHouse has a Double Chance market for Tuesday’s match. Taking Sky Blue or Tie pays out -112 if either scenario takes place.

The book also offers many Correct Score options. The odds on Sky Blue 1-0 sit at +1150 right now.

For bettors looking for a Draw No Bet wager, Sky Blue is +200 there. The over/under on Sky Blue goals only is 0.5, with the under sitting at +180.

Naturally, these lines are only as relevant as they are realistic. To determine that, it’s necessary to size up the Reign and Sky Blue.

Sky Blue FC vs. OL Reign: Handicapping Tuesday’s match

The OL Reign finished in fourth place in the NWSL standings last season, despite a slew of injuries that sidelined several key players.

Many of them are back and healthy for the Cup.

The Reign have also made some additions to their roster, most notably forward Sofia Huerta and defender Alana Cook.

Perhaps the note of greatest importance about the Reign roster that bettors should be aware of is who the club will be without, however.

Forward Megan Rapinoe chose to opt out of the Cup, leaving the club without the offensive pressure she creates. Rapinoe’s presence with the club last year was minimal, however, as she only appeared in six matches total.

Expect the Reign to continue to get their offense from 2019 Rookie of the Year Bethany Balcer, who found the net six times last season.

Sky Blue’s best chance to win this match might be to hope new faces in new places for the Reign might lead to some breakdowns.

Speaking of new faces in new places, McCall Zerboni could power Sky Blue’s offense on Tuesday night. Zerboni had a shot to make the 2019 USWNT World Cup roster but was sidelined with a knee injury.

After rehab, she finished last season with North Carolina and helped the Courage win the championship. An offseason trade brought her to New Jersey.

Her presence in the midfield could help Sky Blue maintain possession, a weakness for the club last season. If the club can get one or two openings, it may be able to steal a win on Tuesday.

The return of professional contact team sports is a welcome one for all sports lovers. For bettors in NJ, the Challenge Cup presents some good wagering opportunities as well.

What’s Up With Lawn Bowling And Other Random Sports On NJ Sports Betting Apps?

Obscure sporting events like lawn bowling aren’t a placeholder for bigger events for New Jersey sportsbooks. They are just a glorified commercial.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has approved a lot of obscure sporting events for betting over the past few weeks.

It is vital for NJ online sportsbook operators, but not for the reason you might think.

Such operators don’t really expect the NJ sports betting crowd to generate a ton of action on darts and lawn bowling. Of course, it will never replace the level of activity MLB, the NBA, and the NHL would typically create right now.

These markets are more of a means to an end than the actual end for sports betting apps in NJ.

The purpose that obscure sporting events serve for NJ online sportsbooks

Like every business, legal online sportsbooks in NJ need revenue to survive. For example, NJ sportsbooks took in almost half a billion dollars in handle in Feb.

The revenue they are going to get from wagering on these events won’t compare to more popular sports, and they know it. The handle for these events will likely be a mere fraction of its potential.

So why push for the DGE to approve them if they aren’t profitable?

First off, there’s little cost involved in making a request of the DGE for approval for new markets.

Other costs are significant for online sportsbooks, however. One of those significant costs is customer acquisition and retention.

That requires a constant flow of markets for customers to wager upon, which requires a continual flow of sporting events.

Creating markets for these less-popular events may represent a net loss. Even so, it’s still less expensive than having to reacquire the customers, and the sportsbooks would lose if they just stopped creating markets altogether.

This form of marketing is crucial for the state, as well. NJ’s treasury depends on revenue from the billions of dollars gambled each year.

While brick-and-mortar Atlantic City casinos and NJ sports betting operations are shut down, online action becomes even more crucial. Online casinos and sportsbooks are part of that.

Unfortunately for sportsbook operators, this may be the plan for a while. It does not look like the spring sporting events they usually depend on will resume any time soon.

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Major US sports may return in late May

To this point, MLB, the NBA, and the NHL have no concrete plans for resuming their suspended seasons.

The PGA just released a revised tournament schedule for its major events, and they plan on moving everything to the fall.

The Kentucky Derby has been postponed to the Friday before Labor Day, and the Indianapolis 500 will tentatively run on Aug. 23.

The issue also expands past the US.

The English Premier League suspended its season, and the Olympic Committee postponed the next Summer Games until next year.

Even the most optimistic plans could change at any time, however. It’s all based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, availability of facilities, and conflicts with other events.

It could be months before major US sports resume, and even then, there’s no guarantee that they will not suffer further interruptions.

Until then, NJ online sportsbooks will have to keep pushing markets like Belarus Premier Soccer and table tennis hoping, it will be sufficient to keep customers engaged until some form of normalcy returns.

Daily Double Up Allows New Jersey Bettors To Get More Of A Good Thing

Can you have too much of a good thing? DraftKings doesn’t believe so. 

One of New Jersey’s leading online sportsbooks is showcasing its new Daily Double Up promotion.

This limited-time opportunity gives winning bettors the chance to net more money. 

However, the window of opportunity is closing soon, so you should act now.

Take Advantage Of DraftKing’s Daily Double Up Promo

Details on the Daily Double Up  

This promotion, only available at DraftKings Sportsbook, runs through tomorrow, Feb. 5.

Anyone in New Jersey who is eligible to bet legally can participate. 

If you don’t have a DraftKings Sportsbook account, registration is easy. You can sign up on your computer or mobile device.

To register at DraftKings, all you need to do is share a bit of your information and time. 

If you already have a DraftKings account, then you’re good to go.

Next, you make a deposit and opt into the Daily Double Up promotion. 

Then, you place at least one bet before the contest expires.

Take advantage of this great deal

Only bets that settle on the same day will qualify for the Daily Double Up promotion. 

Furthermore, only one winning bet is eligible for added value each day. So, if you win more than one wager within a day, DraftKings will select your bet with the highest net winnings (total returns minus the original wager) for the promotion. Then the bet will pay as usual.

The following business day, DraftKings will credit your account with DK Dollars to the value of the qualifying wager’s net winnings, up to $100.

For example, suppose you place an NBA bet today on the New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks game and end up walking away with $50 off that bet. 

Tomorrow, DraftKings will credit $50 worth of DK Dollars into your account.

You could turn that credit into even more winnings. 

DK Dollars are essentially free money to use on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Each qualifying bet during the Daily Double Up promotion could mean a greater return on your original bet. 

It’s all about betting wisely.

Rules to play by 

While DraftKings offers traditional lines like point totals and spreads on today’s games, more creative bet types are also eligible for this promotion. 

Bettors who go those routes need to know the house rules here.

For round robin bets, the largest winning portion of the wager becomes eligible for this promotion. 

However, there are some ways that you may unwittingly disqualify from the Daily Double Up, so it’s good to be aware of its exclusions.

Any wager made using a free bet is not eligible. The same goes for any wager that uses odds boosts.

If you use the cash-out feature to settle a bet, that makes the wager ineligible as well. 

With most promos, bets that represent both sides of a market are ineligible.

If you like some of today’s or tomorrow’s action anyway, there’s no reason not to take advantage of this offer. The opportunities to essentially double your winnings are few and far between.

NJ Sports Betting Fans Celebrating New Year’s With 4 College Bowl Games

New Year’s Day 2020 features four college bowl games that give New Jersey sports betting customers some opportunities to cash out.

Taking advantage of some stellar college football bowl betting opportunities should be a top New Year’s resolution, especially for New Jersey sports betting customers.

Legal online sportsbooks in the Garden State have a lot of tantalizing lines on New Year’s Day college bowl games, including:

  • Citrus Bowl
  • Outback Bowl
  • Rose Bowl
  • Sugar Bowl
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NJ Sportsbooks college bowl betting lines

Sports betting apps in New Jersey predict close finishes in all four contests. With the lines set, the key to betting wisely is information. There are a few important matters that bettors should take note of.

Betting on the Citrus Bowl

One of the games slated for 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 1 features a Big Ten-SEC tumble. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan Wolverines clash in the 2020 Citrus Bowl.

Bama is the favorite in this one as far as legal sports betting in New Jersey goes.

Bama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won’t play in this game but the Crimson Tide have history on their side. Alabama is 6-1 straight up and against the spread in its last seven games against a Big Ten opponent.

To strengthen the case for the Tide, Michigan is a miserable 0-16 SU and 7-9 ATS over its previous 16 contests in which the opposition was favored.

Mac Jones has filled in admirably for Tagovailoa, throwing for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Betting on the Outback Bowl

The other 1 p.m. ET contest is also a Big Ten vs. SEC match, and it involves another team from the Heart of Dixie. The Auburn Tigers face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 2020 Outback Bowl.

The script stays consistent, as once again the SEC team is favored.

While Minnesota’s defense struggled in its final three regular-season games, its reputation shows in the point total. In five of the last six games involving the Golden Gophers, the over was hit.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games as favorites. While there may be some continuity concern with head coach Gus Malzahn calling the plays on offense himself, the over for this game looks like a can’t miss.

Betting on the Rose Bowl

For Big Ten fans, New Year’s Day 2020 is a treat. A third team from that conference, Wisconsin, faces Oregon out of the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. ET.

This game represents the first of those three instances in which the Big Ten team is favored, however. That spread is smaller than its predecessors, as Garden State books predict a close one.

The Rose Bowl points to the opposite conclusion. The Badgers and Ducks both finished the season with top-1o defenses and boast one of the best defensive lines (Oregon) and secondaries (Wisconsin) in the nation.

Both teams went 7-6 on the Under during the regular season. While that’s not a strong record, coupled with the personnel it’s probably the safest bet out of this game.

Betting on the Sugar Bowl

The SEC gets a third appearance in the 8:45 p.m. ET nightcap. The Sugar Bowl pits Baylor against Georgia this year.

The Big 12 team is the underdog in its lone New Year’s Day slot. Again, New Jersey sportsbooks call for a tight contest.

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer‘s recovery from the concussion he suffered in the Big 12 title game is the biggest storyline for the Sugar Bowl. If Brewer can’t go, inexperienced Gerry Bohannon will see his second consecutive big-game start for the Bears.

No matter who starts for Baylor, Georgia’s chances will depend on their own quarterback’s performance. Jake Fromm has a great opportunity to not only end his junior campaign on a high note but perhaps improve his NFL Draft stock in this one as well.

Regardless of the outcomes of all four of these games, New Jersey college football betting fans should see some college football betting wins. Those who do will see their 2020 start off with a bang.

NFL Week 17 Lines Have Some Opportunities For New Jersey Bettors

Lines at New Jersey sportsbooks for NFL Week 17 include some enticing moneylines, alternate spreads and prop bets for a handful of games.

Another NFL regular season is coming to a close as another calendar year winds down. NFL Week 17 provides some opportunities for New Jersey bettors to cash out before either ends.

Several franchises need to win their games to secure a playoff spot or better playoff positioning this week. Bettors can take advantage of that urgency and opposing teams’ desires to play the spoiler.

A lot on the line in NFL Week 17

While a few of the games on Sunday, December 29 have no postseason implications, many contests have a lot riding on them. The implications include:

  • A first-round bye in the AFC
  • The AFC’s second wild card
  • Home-field advantage in the NFC
  • Both NFC first-round byes
  • The NFC East and West divisions

There are 11 games on Sunday with some kind of postseason gravity to them. The nuances in each game make some alternate spreads, parlays and prop bets attractive.

One of those contests involves the Philadelphia Eagles. All the signs point toward a decisive Eagles win and there will likely be plenty of NFL betting action in support of Philadephia this holiday weekend.

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Eagles likely to cover and hit the over on Sunday

The New York Giants come into this contest without any wins over any team above .500 on the season. New York is 2-5 at home ATS this season as well.

Philadelphia has covered in its past two games. It’s easy to make an argument that it should be the most-motivated team come Sunday.

The Eagles enter Sunday’s game with a lot on the line. A Philadelphia win not only gets them into the playoffs but guarantees them at least one home game as the NFC East champion.

A loss, on the other hand, opens the door for Dallas to win the division. That would mean the Eagles could start their offseason early, as the only way that Philadelphia is getting into the postseason is winning its division.

DraftKings Sportsbook offers an attractive line on the spread for this game. Taking the Eagles -4.5 would pay out +105 if Philadelphia covers.

FanDuel Sportsbook takes that further with a spread/total parlay. Taking the Eagles -4.5 and the over on 45.5 has a line of +260 right now.

PointsBet Sportsbook has one of the best alternate spread bets available. If Philadelphia wins by at least two touchdowns, bettors would reap the benefits of the +265 offering there.

If the first score of this game is an Eagles touchdown, William Hill Sportsbook would pay out +155. Other games have attractive bets as well.

The article was written on Dec. 24. Updated lines are here:

Below are a few recommend wagers, organized by game and then New Jersey legal sportsbook:

Green Bay at Detroit

The Packers come in with a chance to nab the NFC’s top seed with a win and some help. The Lions are 26th in scoring defense so far this season.

Miami at New England

The Patriots need a win to avoid having to play in the wild-card round. The Dolphins are dead-last in the league in scoring defense.

New Orleans at Carolina

The Saints can similarly claim the NFC’s top seed with a win and some help. Only the Dolphins have been worse this season in scoring defense than the Panthers.

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City

The Chiefs can score that first-round bye if they win and get an assist from the Dolphins. There will be some scoreboard watching going on in this one, so don’t be surprised if Kansas City pulls its starters if the Patriots get off to a significant lead early.

Washington at Dallas

The Cowboys have to win this game to have any hope of winning their division. Washington is 24th in scoring defense coming into this game.

Just like every other season, NFL Week 17 this year promises some dramatic finishes. Whether that also means a payoff for those who take part in legal sports betting in New Jersey depends on how well bettors fill out their tickets.