PlayUp Will Pay Up For New Jersey Online Casino Winners Under Caesars’ License

PlayUp online casino will augment the brand’s sports betting product thanks to the expansion of the company’s partnership with Caesars

Caesars Atlantic City has dispersed another iGaming skin, this time facilitating the entry of PlayUp online casino into New Jersey. With this development, the relatively new online gambling company will vie for a foothold in the US’ most mature iGaming market.

There’s no word yet on when this or its already-announced sports betting platform will go live in the Garden State. NJ online casino players should expect a competitive product from the get-go, however.

What we know about the PlayUp online casino

Right now, concrete details are scant. iGaming will be a new vertical for the company, which already offers robust daily fantasy, racebook, and sportsbook products in other countries.

The PlayUp Sportsbook is also currently operating in Colorado. NJ will be its first market for online casino products.

“I couldn’t be more excited to share with you that PlayUp has continued to acquire market access,” said PlayUP CEO Dr. Laila Mintas. “Now with Caesars casino, which is a very strong brand. The deal gives us immediate access into Iowa, Indiana, and iGaming in New Jersey, and gives PlayUp an addressable market of nearly $500 million USD. We will continue to acquire market access across the US and keep expanding.”

While PlayUp already has an NJ sports betting license under the auspice of the Freehold Racetrack, it still needs to secure regulatory approval for iGaming. Currently, there’s no official timetable for that.

Soon after receiving such approval, NJ online gamblers could start to get an idea of what the platform will entail. To compete, it will have to be quite robust.

Will there be apps, live dealer games, etc?

Right now, that’s all speculative. However, it’s difficult to imagine PlayUp would make a go at the NJ online casino market without such offerings.

All of the top players in the NJ iGaming market not only offer live dealer games and mobile apps but an ever-expanding catalog of slot titles and table game variants. Perhaps the biggest question right now is whether PlayUp will ever complete the trifecta and add online poker to its NJ menu.

That question could also go unanswered for quite some time. Building out the online casino product probably has all the company’s attention right now.

Comparatively, online poker brings in a lot less revenue. Thus, it’s probably a backburner item if a priority at all right now.

When the time comes for the PlayUp online casino to launch in NJ, expect to see more information about welcome offers and other promotions. Until then, simply know that yet another brand is making its foray into iGaming in NJ.

New Jersey Becomes Ground Zero For Lotto.com’s Online Lottery Ticket Sales

Through a partnership with QuickChek, Lotto.com ticket sales are now available as an option for New Jersey Lottery players.

If Lotto.com ticket sales become a widespread phenomenon throughout the United States, it will be another gambling innovation that New Jersey is responsible for. New Jerseyans now have access to the lottery courier service.

For New Jersey Lottery players the service means a new way to buy tickets and redeem them for prizes. Though the concept might be new for some Garden Staters, it’s quite simple.

How Lotto.com ticket sales work

Lotto.com’s system isn’t really proprietary or unique, though it is rare. It is just the second courier service certified by the New Jersey Lottery.

Essentially, the platform converts physical lottery tickets into digital tickets on customers’ behalf.  Another company that offers a similar service is Jackpocket, which was the first courier service to launch with the NJ Lottery’s blessings in December 2019. However, there are a few differences between Jackpocket and Lotto.com.

The first is that Jackpocket runs on a mobile app, while Lotto.com is a web-based platform. There’s no need to download an app to use Lotto.com.

Additionally, Lotto.com does not require users to deposit funds beforehand in order to make a purchase. Instead, Lotto.com customers pay for their purchases, with a service fee, as they go.

In NJ, Lotto.com has partnered with QuickChek, the state’s leading lottery retailer. When you place an order from Lotto.com, the website’s staff will fulfill your order at one of QuickChek’s locations.

Then, the personnel will create digital scans of your tickets. Buyers can check their numbers using the website and if the tickets turn out to be winners, arrange for delivery.

Upon receipt, the process for claiming prizes attached to the tickets is the same as if the players had bought the tickets in person themselves. It might not be long before New Jerseyans aren’t the only ones who can use the service.

NJ could be just the start

A press release says that Lotto.com has plans to expand nationally. That will partially depend on legal/regulatory approval.

New York seems a natural second market, as the New York Lottery has approved Jackpocket as a courier. In states that only allow retail sales, there’s a little bit of legal maneuvering that might be necessary.

Technically, all sales will happen in person. However, it’s the third-party aspect of this service that might conflict with some states’ laws.

To the extent that Lotto.com can navigate those issues in any state where they might come up, the product has a future. That journey, to whatever extent it runs, is beginning in NJ.

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BetMGM Adds NYRA Bets As First Horse Racing Partner

A new BetMGM-NYRA partnership will give app users more access to live races and replays along with more betting markets

New Jerseyans who can’t get enough of horse betting will soon have a chance to satiate their interests. A new BetMGM-NYRA partnership will expand the horse racing content and wagering options in NJ.

BetMGM Sportsbook could become the app of choice for racing fans in NJ due to the integration of the New York Racing Association’s assets. At the very least, the additions will represent a serious upgrade.

What’s up with the BetMGM-NYRA deal?

Perhaps the most impressive part of NYRA Bets is the sheer volume of action and content on the platform. Over 200 tracks worldwide comprise the NYRA’s options.

The NYRA’s library of video content includes both live streaming and race replays. Betting on harness, quarter horse, and thoroughbred racing will span thousands of events around the globe.

BetMGM is set to bring all of that to a new standalone racing app to as many jurisdictions as possible.

“We’ve found a great partner in NYRA Bets and look forward to working with them to create a thrilling, interactive experience for horse racing fans on BetMGM,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt

While this is a first for BetMGM, it represents another expansion of the NYRA’s collaborations with gambling companies. This might be the most impactful association yet, though.

NYRA branching out with BetMGM

The NYRA also recently inked a deal with Jackpocket, the US’ first licensed third-party lottery courier service. It’s a pretty standard cross-promotional deal for both parties.

At its core, the BetMGM-NYRA deal is the same thing. Both BetMGM and NYRA could benefit from some new traffic from established customers of the other brand.

It makes sense because there’s likely to be some crossover in the two crowds.

“This is the type of partnership that reflects the importance of horse racing within the rapidly evolving sports betting marketplace. BetMGM has consistently led the charge to expand wagering opportunities for their customers, and we are thrilled that our horse racing content will soon be available on their platform,” said NYRA Bets President Tony Allevato.

NYRA Bets is hoping that BetMGM customers will stake some horses while BetMGM is trying to lure horse-racing fans into trying out online casino and online sports wagering. If any crossover does occur, neither company will look that gift horse in the mouth.

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Sling TV Viewers Can Now Access DraftKings Channel For Basketball Betting Information

Starting with basketball content, the Sling TV DraftKings channel is now available to viewers with more sports on the way.

There are a lot of places to get updates on New Jersey sports betting, like the very site you’re on right now. When it comes to wagering on basketball, the Sling TV DraftKings channel is a new option.

Dish Network has launched a new channel for its streaming television service with more sports on the way. While the channel is essentially a prolonged commercial for DraftKings Sportsbook, it has its uses.

Details on the Sling TV DraftKings channel

Sling TV announced the availability of its basketball-focused DraftKings channel on Thursday. Subscribers should now be able to locate it in the channel guide.

A press release says the channel offers real-time odds and game scores. It’s the first realization of a partnership between the two brands that first became public in March.

The same release also states that similar baseball and hockey channels are coming to Sling TV customers “in the coming weeks.” Undoubtedly, the eventual complement will also offer a football channel.

NJ bettors should note that the channel does not offer access to the online sportsbook. If some of the information on the channel catches your eye, you’ll still need to place your bet on one of your devices as normal.

The value for bettors here is in being able to “multi-task” during basketball games. Real-time information is crucial to successful in-game wagering.

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How the DraftKings Channel can augment live betting

It can often prove challenging to keep up with live betting markets for basketball games, especially if you’re trying to do so with a single device. Having a second screen simplifies the activity.

Of concern, however, is lag. That’s the issue that bettors who want to take part in live betting on a fast-moving sport like basketball often encounter.

First, there’s a gap between when athletes actually take action in a game and when DraftKings receives the information. Then, there’s an amount of time that the sportsbook needs to process the data and update its markets.

Then, of course, there’s the time necessary for bettors to act on the markets. That’s where a second screen becomes of greatest value.

Instead of switching between apps to check on games in progress and then the odds, all a Sling TV viewer has to do is take a gander at the television. The bettor can have the DraftKings app running on their phone at the same time, ready to pounce when the odds are favorable.

As technology improves, these concerns about lags for live wagering should lessen. Media companies like Sling TV can assist bettors now, though, with products like the DraftKings channel.

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PFL, DraftKings Get On The Mat Together Ahead Of 2021 Regular Season In Atlantic City

DraftKings has signed on as a sponsor and announced its unique PFL MMA betting markets ahead of the 2021 regular season, which starts Saturday.

PFL MMA betting and DraftKings Sportsbook go together like jujitsu and wrestling. The latter brings a powerful brand sponsorship while the former offers an intriguing new category of prop bets based on analytics and biometrics.

Just ahead of the 2021 Professional Fighters League 2021 regular season in Atlantic City, the two parties made their deal public. New Jersey bettors can familiarize themselves with the league’s roster this upcoming weekend.

DraftKings and PFL MMA betting

On Tuesday, the PFL announced it has designated DraftKings as its official daily fantasy and sportsbook partner. Markets for the first event of the season, set for this Saturday, April 23, are live now.

In exchange for its sponsorship money, DraftKings gets more than that title. The venue for the bouts, which is Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City for the entire 2021 regular season, will be adorned in DraftKings signage. DraftKings will get mentions during the fight broadcasts, which will be available on several different platforms throughout the six events.

This Saturday’s action starts at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN+ then continues on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. The card features 10 fights, highlighted by Clay Collard vs. Anthony Pettis. Pettis is a -590 favorite on the moneyline as of Tuesday morning.

NJ bettors also have the option of wagering on whether or not the fight will go the distance.  Yes is +130, No is -177.

In addition to the betting markets where permissible, DraftKings plans to offer PFL pools. During the PFL’s 2019 season, activity in those games garnered over 30,000 submissions nationwide.

However, it’s the potential ramifications for the future that the PFL presents that might be of greatest intrigue to bettors. Regulators in NJ might need some convincing in order for it to reach its potential, though.

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Prop bets based on analytics, biometrics

PFL’s fights are unique in the MMA universe because the broadcasts share a wealth of information about fights in progress. The league’s proprietary SmartCage technology shares data like fighter location and the speed of fighters’ kicks and punches.

There is also biometric data in the mix as well. So far, that’s consisted of fighters’ estimated caloric burn and heart rate.

According to the press release, “this data will eventually allow for innovative and distinctive prop bets.” For that to happen in NJ, though, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement would have to be on board.

Currently, prop wagers based on analytics and athlete biometrics like this are not permissible. In order for that to change, regulators will likely need to be convinced that the data is free from manipulation and reliable.

If successful, the PFL could be instrumental in opening up such markets in NJ. For the time being, there is still plenty of action on these fights for DraftKings customers in NJ.

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DraftKings MLB Bet $1 Win $100 For Opening Day Is A Slow, Hanging Curve For NJ Bettors

The 2021 season is about to start and a DraftKings MLB Opening Day promo for New Jersey bettors hits right in the sweet spot.

If you’ve never tried DraftKings Sportsbook before and you get into baseball, it’s time to take your swings. The only way you miss out on this DraftKings MLB Opening Day promo is if you stake a team that ends up on the short side of a no-hitter.

As the New York Mets, New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies start their 2021 seasons, the book has yet to be written on how they’ll fare. With this NJ sports betting promotion, though, it’s likely bettors will turn $1 into $100.

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Details of the DraftKings MLB Opening Day promo

The most crucial piece of information here is that this deal is just for new DraftKings customers. Don’t worry, DK vets. The NJ sports betting app has MLB promos for you, as well.

The Bet $1 Win $100 promo for first-time users is pretty simple. After you register your account (via the link above), deposit at least $10. Then, place a moneyline wager of at least $1 on any MLB team for any game taking place from April 1 to April 30.

If any player on the team you stake gets a hit, you get the $100 bonus. For example, say you put at least a dollar on the Yankees to beat the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday.

Then, say New York infielder DJ LeMahieu gets a hit in his first plate appearance of the game. You qualify for the promo credit at that point regardless of how the rest of the game goes.

If the Yankees were to win the game, you would also get your winnings from your straight bet as well. Your payout there would be based on how much you wager and the odds at the time, as always.

It’s important to note the conditions and terms here, though. This isn’t defensive indifference from DraftKings, letting you steal $100.

The fine print on the deal

The $100 is essentially site credit, issued as four $25 free bets. There’s a playthrough requirement, which means you must make further wagers using the credit before you can withdraw any of the funds.

Additionally, if you win any subsequent bets, you’ll just get the profit off your wager, not including any of the promotional value.

Finally, you have to use the free bets within a seven-day period. Any unused credit expires after seven days.

So, how do things look for the Mets, Phillies, and Yankees getting at least one hit in their first regular-season games of 2021? Actually, pretty fantastic.

Matchups for Thursday for regional MLB teams

The matchups for all three teams look great in this regard. All three teams have multiple batters who have performed admirably in the past in matchups with their opposition’s scheduled starters.

A highlight of the crowd of five players with at least six ABs against Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu is LeMahieu, who is hitting .261 off Ryu in his 23 career ABs. Fellow Yankees Clint Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton both have .333 averages in six ABs.

For Philadelphia, catcher JT Realmuto is the best candidate to deliver here. He has 18 career ABs against Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried, with a .389 average.

The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer has perplexed many hitters throughout his career, but two Mets have decent track records here. Michael Conforto has hit .379 off Scherzer in 29 ABs while Jonathan Villar comes in at .313 in 16 ABs.

DraftKings can’t do anything about whether the team you stake wins its Opening Day game. It can, however, start your season off right with a promo like this.

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