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BetMGM Sportsbook in NJ has a new customer offer that is hard to refuse. One touchdown by any team in one of the NFL playoff games will payout in free bets.

Hey Philadelphia Eagles fans, are you rooting for Andy Reid in Sunday’s AFC Championship game?

More importantly, are you taking the Kansas City Chiefs over the Tennessee Titans?

BetMGM Sportsbook is making the idea a little more enticing for new customers in the Garden State with the BetMGM Dollar Deal.

How does $200 in free bets sound?

All it takes is a $1 wager. NJ sports betting customers can even pick the wrong team and still win.

The only thing bettors need to worry about is one touchdown at any point from either the AFC or NFC Conference Championship games.

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No need to worry about studying the point spreads for this promo. The lines are not in play (Of course, there are no rules against making separate wagers.).

The offer is available for Jan. 18 and 19.

The first step is to register for an account using the link above. Here are the rest of the steps:

  • Deposit funds.
  • Use the promo code TOPBET.
  • Place a $1 moneyline bet on either the Chiefs, Titans, Packers or the 49ers to win the championship game.
  • As long as one of those teams scores a touchdown, participants will earn $200 in free bets.
  • This offer is valid through kickoff of the NFC Championship game (6:40 p.m. on Fox).

Normally, we would say not to count your money before the bet comes in, but it seems highly unlikely that it will be a touchdown-free weekend.

The over/under on the AFC Championship game (3:05 p.m. kickoff on CBS) is 51.5. On the NFC side, BetMGM has total points at 44.5.

Big NFL betting weekend

While the BetMGM dollar deal may sound great, the NFL playoffs are the time to build that bankroll.

After all, Super Bowl betting is just two weeks away.

On the NFC side, the Niners are a 7.5-point favorite over the Packers. San Francisco won the regular-season meeting convincingly, 37-8.

The stakes are much higher this time around.

On the AFC side, the Titans, the No. 6 seed, have been thriving in an underdog role. So far, they have knocked out the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.

Could the Chiefs be next?

The Titans are getting 7.5 points.

Of course, Reid and the Chiefs are well aware of what it’s like coming up short. They lost to the Pats, the eventual Super Bowl champs, last time around.

Super Bowl futures Final Four

It is not too early to put some money down on the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl. They currently have the best odds of the four reaming teams.

Here are the latest futures from BetMGM:

  • Chiefs +130
  • 49ers +150
  • Packers +650
  • Titans +750

With the possibility of earning $200 in free bets, there could be another big score coming on Feb. 2.

Talk about stretching $1.

Jersey Sides & Totals – NFL Championship Weekend Headliners

The final week of betting on the NFL before the Super Bowl takes place on Sunday with the Tennessee Titans at the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers at the San Francisco 49ers.

A changing of the guard in the AFC

The NFL playoffs this week start with Big Red.

The Chiefs find themselves in the driver’s seat and will host the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year.

Heading into the playoffs, conventional wisdom might have predicted either the New England Patriots or Chiefs traveling to the No. 1 seed Baltimore Ravens for this year’s title game. NJ sports betting customers are licking their chops for this one.

The Tennessee Titans disrupted that outlook with upsets wins at New England and Baltimore.

The Chiefs needed some magic of their own after being down 24-0 to storm back and thump the Houston Texans 51-31.

The Chiefs-Titans AFC Championship game matchup breaks some notable historical trends:

  • It will be the first time since 2010 that the New England Patriots will not play in the AFC Championship game.
  • Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes and Titans’ QB Ryan Tannehill also break a streak of the AFC Championship Game, including either Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger in the last 17 years.

Mahomes has been an NFL starter for two seasons and will host the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year, which is not a bad start to a career. On the flip side, there’s Tannehill, who is enjoying the best year of his career at age 31.

Tannehill was acquired in the off-season from the Miami Dolphins for draft picks and now is one game away from the chance to head back to South Beach for the Super Bowl in Miami on Feb. 2.

It looks like Tannehill’s long-awaited “breakout year” is finally here in the NFL Playoffs 2020:

NFL playoffs 2020 Championship Weekend facts & trends

Odds highlighted in green have changed since you last viewed this table.

Tennessee at Kansas City 3:05 p.m. on CBS

  • The Titans beat the Chiefs 35-32 in Tennessee in Week 10.
  • Dating back to 2014, the Titans have been the underdog in four games versus the Chiefs, and the Titans have won each of the four games outright.
  • Chiefs coach Reid has a 1-5 record in conference championship games.
  • Chiefs are 6-3 ATS at home in Arrowhead Stadium this season and are 5-2 ATS in the role of home favorites.
  • With the total currently posted at 52.5 at DraftKings, note that the Titans are 1-11 ATS in all games where the total is greater than or equal to 49.5 since 1992.

Game and player props of note

  • Derrick Henry over/under total rushing yards: 109.5.
  • Tannehill over/under passing yards 235.5 (Note: In the Titans’ two playoff wins versus the Patriots and Ravens, Tannehill has thrown for 72 and 88 yards, respectively).
  • Patrick Mahomes over/under passing yards 302.5
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Green Bay at San Francisco (-7.5 Total of 45) 6:40 p.m. on FOX

  1. This is Green Bay’s third NFC Championship title game in the last six years, having lost in Seattle in 2014 and Atlanta in 2017.
  2. The 49ers beat the Packers 37-8  in San Francisco in Week 12
  3. Packers were 3-1 ATS as road underdogs in 2019
  4. The 49ers were 5-4 ATS at home in 2019
  5. 49ers are 1-6-1 against the spread when favored by six or more points

Game and Player Props of Note

  1. Jimmy Garoppolo over/under total passing yards: 249.5
  2. Aaron Rodgers over/under total passing yards: 239.5
  3. Total Receptions: Davante Adams, 6.5; George Kittle, 6.5; Deebo Samuel, 3.5; and Emmanuel Sanders, 3.5.
  4. Total Rushing Yards: Aaron Jones over/under 64.5

When it comes time to make your bets for Sunday’s NFL Championship games, be sure to check-in with DraftKings Sportsbook. The DraftKings app offers a full menu of game action.

DraftKings is offering a 10-1 boost for a “superstar” player to score the game’s first TD.

For example, the Titans’ Henry is listed at 5.5-1 to score the first TD, DraftKings is almost doubling his odds in this promo to 10-1.

In addition to all the game and parlay action, there is plenty of futures betting on the Super Bowl.  

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My picks from the Jersey side

A 2-1 record on the divisional weekend brought my 2019 season slate to 28-28-1.

The Chiefs game looked hopelessly lost in the second quarter until they stormed back to win and cover versus the Texans.

The Seahawks offense came to life in the second half to drive the total points to 51 over the total of 47. The Titans not only covered but thoroughly dominated the Ravens 28-12.

My Divisional round recap

Week 2-1, 2019 Season 28-28-1

  • Chiefs -9.5 over Texans  (Chiefs 51, Titans 31)
  • Packers and Seahawks under 47 (Packers 28, Seahawks 23)
  • Titans +9.5 over Ravens (Titans 28, Ravens 12)

My Championship weekend selections

To make my three-weekend picks, we had to think outside of the box to put together three picks for Sunday. Here are my picks for Championship:

Chiefs -7.5 over Titans

After spotting the Texans 24 points to start last week’s game, the Chiefs outscored Houston 51-7 to win going away.

The Chiefs realize they can’t afford another slow start against a Titans team that jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in Baltimore last week and never looked back.

I think the Chiefs start early and don’t look back, ending the Cinderella run of the Titans with a convincing 38-13 win.

Ryan Tannehill under 235.5 yards

The Titans haven’t asked Ryan Tannehill to do too much in their upset victories against the Patriots and the Ravens, throwing under 100 yards in both games. The Titans game plan has been to hand the ball to RB Derrick Henry 30+ times per game.

Unless the Titans fall way behind early, I don’t see them dramatically changing this strategy.

While Tannehill’s posted passing yardage total of 235.5 seems almost too good to be true, especially since its 75 yards higher than his combined total of the last two games (160), I still think that under the total is still a good play here.

Packers and 49ers over 45 points

When the Packers lost at San Francisco earlier in the season, it was one of Rodger’s worst games of his career in an ugly 34-8 loss.

Time is ticking on Rodgers’ career, and this may be the 36-year-old’s last shot to win a second Lombardi Trophy. Expect a vintage Rodgers on Sunday night, even against San Francisco’s top-rated defense.

On the opposite side of the ledger, the 49ers have a potent offense that has consistently scored points all season and face a Packers defense that can be susceptible to the big play.

I expect the 49ers to prevail in tight, high-scoring affair 34-30.

NJ Sportsbooks Roll Out The Red Carpet With UFC 246 Viewing Parties & Promos

Yeah, it’s cold and apparently it might snow this weekend at the Jersey Shore. But c’mon, is that gonna stop anyone from seeing the return of Conor McGregor to the octagon?

You can watch UFC 246 at a variety of NJ sportsbook viewing parties.

Saturday night, the “Notorious” one is headlining UFC 246 and is facing Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The decade starts with a bang as the card features 12 fights on ESPN+, including Holly Holm.

Start your weekend off with a fun night in Atlantic City and maybe grow your bankroll before the conference championship games. We have your guide for some of the hottest spots in Atlantic City to watch UFC 246.

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The Book at Bally’s Wild Wild West

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Let’s start with one of the best spots in Midtown and one of the newest books on the Boardwalk. The Book opened in the summer and has quickly become a favorite at one of the most fun venues in AC.

Three massive screens surround the stadium seating and tables around the bar and book make for a perfect UFC 246 viewing party.

  • Those individual seats are going for $30, while the four-seat high-top tables are going for $125.
  • In the back, VIP seating starts at $150.

Food and beverages are separate from these deals.

Through the Boardwalk revival in the last couple of years, Bally’s has been a mainstay in the heart of the city and kept the course. Wild Wild West is still a great party spot with the mechanical bull, live music, and some of the best food options in town.

Throw in the betting options and it makes for a great laid-back night in the winter.

DraftKings at Resorts AC

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Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts Atlantic City,  has paired with the state’s first digital book and created a great space to watch games and wager. DraftKings Sportsbook has become one of the best venues at the Boardwalk’s north end.

You can’t beat the price to watch the fight at the expansive bar. It is FREE.

Looks like Resorts got the memo that the less a customer pays to get in the door, the more they can spend at the bar (or gamble, whatever’s your vice).

  • Preferred stadium seating is available for $25 each, while VIP prices start at $50.

Resorts recommend visitors call ahead to reserve seating before Saturday.

William Hill at Ocean Casino Resort

The William Hill Sportsbook has helped establish Ocean Casino Resort as the shining jewel of the north end of the Boardwalk. With an expansive floor plan and plenty of options for players, it’s a great place for big events.

No tickets appear for sale for Saturday’s UFC event. There are plenty of seats at the bar and the stadium seating in the main bowl.

For those who want to go upscale, there’s VIP seating available, along with the Skybox suite that fits up to 10 guests.

Contact resort staff for pricing and options.

Moneyline Book at the Borgata

Since opening on the marina in 2003, Borgata Atlantic City has been the gold standard in AC. By adding the Moneyline Sportsbook last summer, that bar has been raised even higher.

Get there early as it’s free general admission at the Moneyline and the Level One bar next door.

From 9 to 11 P.M., fans can meet Frankie Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion and NJ native.

Want to reserve seats for the night? Call ahead for details.

Saturday night is going to be a wild night of UFC action.

Call your crew, take the train down, whatever you want. Have fun out there, but wear a warm jacket because it should get windy.

NJ Sports Betting Closes Out 2019 With $4.5 Billion Handle, Sets The Stage For 2020

New Jersey sports betting handle came in at $557.7 million, 88% coming from mobile apps. The total 2019 handle was $4.5 billion, setting the stage for 2020.

New Jersey took in more than $4.5 billion in sports wagers for 2019.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released December’s revenue sports betting figures earlier today.

The monthly handle came in at  $557.7 million, which is a tad below the $562.6 million from November.

NJ mobile sports betting continues to dominate the market, accounting for $488.9 million of December’s total handle. It amounts to an eye-opening 88% of total wagers.

NJ sports betting revenue came in at $29.4 million, and that is a 41.4% year-over-year increase.

FanDuel Sportsbook continues to dominate

FanDuel Sportsbook continues to lead the field of 17 operators. Meadowlands Racetrack (FanDuel’s land-based partner) reported $14.5 million in revenue, more than $12 million of which came via mobile devices. Overall, that is a 59.3% year-over-year increase.

PointsBet NJ accounts for a small portion of that number.

Resorts Digital claimed the No. 2 spot with $9.3 million, the majority of which comes from DraftKings SportsbookFox Bet and Resorts sportsbooks also fall under the license.

The online arm of Resorts Atlantic City also took in $11.9 million from internet gaming revenue. Total gaming revenue came in at $21.2 million, which crushes the land-based number of $11.9 million.

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Overall NJ sports betting picture

Here is a breakdown of how the 17 NJ mobile apps and 10 retail sportsbooks fared by license holders.

Property (Online)Online RevenueRetail RevenueDecember Total
Bally's (Caesars, 888)$64,759 $108,437$173,196
Borgata (BetMGM, Borgata Sports)$995,096$1,277,103$2,272,199
Golden Nugget (BetAmerica, GN Online) $66,306$102,524$168,830
Hard Rock (Hard Rock online, Bet365 NJ, Unibet)($294,442) ($51,182)($345,624)
Meadowlands (FanDuel, PointsBet)$12,089,277$2,425,216$14,514,493
Monmouth (William Hill, SugarHouse, TheScore Bet)$1,939,962$617,410$2,557,372
Ocean Resort (William Hill)$1,230,059($67,260)$1,162,799
Resorts (DraftKings, Fox Bet, Resorts Online)$9,331,085($406,493)$8,924,592
Tropicana (William Hill) $71,715$32,958$104,673

Borgata makes a December leap

Borgata remains the dominating force of the Atlantic City casino industry. The property earned $64.7 million in total gaming revenue for the month.

But the bigger story for the  MGM-owned property is the huge 1258.6% increase it saw in NJ sports betting revenue for the month. The $2.27 million makes the $167,241 from the previous December look like pocket change.

Ironically, the retail number ($1.27 million) slightly topped mobile ($995,096).

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It seems likely this hot streak will continue at least through the first quarter of the new year.

January includes college football’s national championship game and NFL playoffs.

Additionally, Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner on Feb. 2. The two teams will be determined this weekend.

Then it’s time to get ready for March Madness betting.

Who knows, a $600 million month could be on the horizon.

Tigers Wild With Tonight’s National Championship Game Betting

NJ sportsbooks, FanDuel and DraftKings, offering several ways to bet on LSU Tigers vs Clemson Tigers. Early Masters betting on Tigers Woods also in play.

The College Football Playoff National Championship game is tonight in New Orleans. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN. 

The culmination of college football betting season comes down to the No. 1 LSU Tigers versus the No. 3 Clemson Tigers.

FanDuel Sportsbook has LSU as a 5.5-point favorite. Here is the wagering breakdown as of Friday:

  • 82% of bets and 83% of the money for LSU is on the spread.
  • 68% of bets and 50% of the money for Clemson is on the moneyline.
  • 59% of bets and 50% of the money is on the over.

Of course, NJ sports betting customers have options beyond the traditional point spreads, moneylines and total points.

Current college football playoff odds

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  • A qualifying wager must have odds of -200 or greater.
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There is no doubt that touchdowns will play a major factor. LSU is averaging 48.9 points per game. Clemson is scoring 45.3 a contest. The over/under is 67.5.

It makes perfect sense that FanDuel would build a promo around scoring with its college football touchdown bonus

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  • The max payout is $25.

But it’s not the only wager in which touchdowns will come into play. Total points (67.5) are a major factor with the two odds boosts:

  • LSU to win and 70-plus total points score (now paying +270).
  • Clemson to win and 70-plus total points scored (now paying +580).
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Tiger Woods and the Tigers

It seems only fitting when the Tigers are playing the Tigers, somehow, someway that Tigers Woods enters the equation. Of course, he is not playing today.

DraftKings has posted six odds boosts, two of which fall under the Tiger and Tiger category. Let’s call it very early Masters’ betting (the tournament takes place April 9-12):

  • Clemson Tigers to win and Woods to win the Masters (now paying +3300).
  • LSU Tigers to win and Woods to win the Masters (now paying +1600).

Those who don’t like Tiger’s chances can stick with the Tigers:

  • First offensive play to be a pass attempt (now paying +105).
  • Clemson to score first, total game points over 69.5, and Clemson to win (now paying +760).
  • LSU to score first, total game points over 69.5, and LSU to win (now paying +365).
  • Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow to record over 6.5 combined passing touchdowns (now paying +140).

So, either way, the Tigers are a safe bet tonight.

SugarHouse Sportsbook NJ Shares Betting Trends For NFL Divisional Round

The PlaySugarHouse team said Wild Card weekend was “everything we wanted it to be.” Now comes the “exciting follow-up” of the Divisional round.

Will the road teams be the story of the NFL divisional round?

SugarHouse Sportsbook customers, who backed away from home teams during Wild Card Weekend, made out well.

The Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans, who were both underdogs, and Seattle Seahawks all prevailed.

The Houston Texans were the lone home winner.

They play at the Kansas City Chiefs (3:05 p.m. Sunday) and will take the field as a 9.5-point underdog. All four home teams enter the weekend as favorites:

  • Vikings +7 at San Francisco 49ers (4:35 p.m. Saturday)
  • Titans +9.5 at Baltimore Ravens (8:15 p.m. Saturday)
  • Seahawks +4 at Green Bay Packers (6:40 p.m. Sunday)

But this is the playoffs where backing the favorite is far from a guaranteed win.

Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the parent company of PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers, said the first weekend of the NFL playoff season was “everything we wanted it to be.”

“Betting interest in the Eagles-Seahawks game was strong and the game went down to the final two minutes. The losses by New England and New Orleans show how balanced the playoffs are and that the underdog teams are playing very well.

“This has set up a compelling second round of the playoffs and we are excited for it.”

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NFL divisional round betting trends

Rush Street shared an updated betting breakdown on Friday afternoon.

The 49ers are receiving 63% of the moneyline tickets and 81% of the handle. As far as the spread goes, 58% of the tickets and 56% of the spread handle is on the Vikings.

Here is a closer look at some of the other action:

  • The Ravens have 71% of the moneyline tickets and 95% of the handle against the Titans.
  • The Chiefs are receiving 75% of the moneyline wagering.
  • Green Bay bettors have accounted for 65% of the spread handle.

Eagles fall short of expectations

Of course, the eight remaining teams are looking to punch a ticket to Miami. That will be decided next weekend.

However, the Super Bowl betting picture looks quite different from when training camps opened.

The Eagles winning the big game seemed like a realistic possibility. They were listed at +500, good enough for the third-best odds on the board.

If only there were an over/under on the number of injured players. It includes Carson Wentz getting knocked out of his first career playoff game against Seattle with a concussion.

Backup Josh McCown did complete 18 of 24 passes, but none of them were touchdowns. Eagles lost 17-9.

Is it the end of the Patriots dynasty?

Bettors who backed the Patriots (+315) at the start of the season have losing tickets, too.

This is the first time since 2010 that Tom Brady and crew have failed to make it to the AFC Championship game. Three of their six Super Bowl titles came over that same time.

Of course, there was that 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

This time around, the Titans spoiled the championship plans, 20-13.

A shift in Super Bowl odds

With the Pats, Eagles, and Saints (+400 in August) all out,  there is some fresh intrigue with the remaining eight teams.

The Chiefs (+400) are the lone franchise listed among the early favorites still in the hunt. There is still time to place another Super Bowl bet.

Here are the current odds from SugarHouse:

  • Ravens +200
  • 49ers +325
  • Chiefs +350
  • Packers +800
  • Seahawks +1200
  • Vikings +1400
  • Texans +2800
  • Titans +2800

The Ravens, winners of 12 straight games, are certainly the NFL’s hottest team right now and looking like a smart play. Like last weekend, there is always the possibility of an upset.

Stetz said the second week of the playoffs should be an exciting follow-up to last week. In other words, it’s another week where things could go either way:

“How much momentum will the first-round winners be able to carry over now that they play the top teams that earned the first-round byes?

“The underdogs surprised a lot of people last week. Can they do that again or are teams like the Ravens, Packers, 49ers and Chiefs just too strong?  We’ll find out.”

Current odds for NFL divisional playoff games

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