Jamie Foxx Puts A Hollywood Spin On New BetMGM Commercial

Jamie Foxx isn’t just starring in Hollywood films these days. He is the face of a new BetMGM commercial as well as future ad campaign.

BetMGM Sportsbook is looking to make a bigger splash when it comes to NJ sports betting. So incorporating the famous Fountains of Bellagio into its latest BetMGM commercial is a good start.

Signing Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx to do the commercial spots is what really will capture the attention of potential customers.

And more customers equals a bigger market share.

In case you haven’t heard, Foxx and BetMGM are working together in the new The King of Sportsbooks ad campaign.

Take a look.

Jamie Foxx adds entertainment value to BetMGM brand

The commercial appearances will not earn Foxx any Oscar or Golden Globes nominations.

But the focus here is on increasing market share and expanding the customer database. And not just in the Garden State.

The BetMGM app is available in ColoradoWest VirginiaIndiana, and Nevada.

And parent company Roar Digital, a joint venture of MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings, is continuing its rapid growth into other states.

In terms of picking Foxx over other big-name celebrities, Matt Prevost, Roar’s chief marketing officer, explains:

“Jamie is an exceptional talent and we’re proud to have him partner with us on our new campaign for BetMGM.

“The King of Sportsbooks campaign is the next step in the evolution of the BetMGM brand and Jamie brings a unique ability to tell our story in an incredibly creative and entertaining way.

“BetMGM exists at the intersection of sports and entertainment and Jamie fits this positioning perfectly; we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the BetMGM family.”

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More about the BetMGM ad campaign

Combining the sports and entertainment star power into a marketing campaign is just part of the deal.

Now that Foxx is on board, BetMGM is just getting started with pushing its sportsbook app, and maybe taking a bit more market share from its chief rivals (FanDuel and DraftKings).

The deal includes a variety of “traditional and social media advertisements.”

Plus, the legal sports betting capital of the world (for now) provides the perfect backdrop.

Frequent visitors to the Las Vegas Strip are familiar with the Fountains of Bellagio. Throughout the day, people line up outside of the resort to watch the water shows.

The movement of the fountains is synchronized to songs performed by Sarah Brightman and Andrea BocelliElvis Presley, Bruno Mars, and Lady Gaga.

If you’ve never seen it, here’s a look.

So using the Fountains of Bellagio as a canvas works well for advertising purposes. In this particular commercial with Foxx, BetMGM is creating a “sitting on the edge of your seat” experience.

Sort of like what takes place during the fourth quarter of a typical NFL betting Sunday.

The company is combining the “magic of sports brought to life on the Fountains.”

And watch closely at the BetMGM sportsbook commercial above. Do you notice Foxx levitating above water?

Call it an old Hollywood trick.

Foxx knows a thing or two about those.

It’s Game Time: 0-2 Eagles Get The Spotlight In Two NFL Odds Boosts At NJ Sportsbooks

With Sunday’s slate of Week 3 games on tap, NFL odds boosts at Fox Bet and FanDuel sportsbooks put the Eagles-Bengals matchup in the spotlight.

The bulk of the NFL Week 3 schedule is around the corner. Want a boost?

Odds boosts and promotions become more sophisticated by the week, earning increased prominence and attention in one’s weekly betting budget.

Two boosts spelled “cha-ching” on Thursday night. DraftKings returned+355 for the Miami Dolphins to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars and for the 31-13 final to be less than 48 points.

A Fox Bet boost awarded +200 for each team to score a touchdown in each half.

Very nice returns. But NFL Week 3 is not over yet. Let’s look at Sunday’s odds boosts.

Fox Bet: Eagles to fly high each quarter

Fox Bet NJ offers another attractive boost. Can the Eagles score in every quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals? It has been boosted from +125 to +200.

This merits a look.

The price makes this play attractive, along with the nature of the challenge. The appeal of this one is that it ensures relevance for each quarter of the game and pays on a broad outline — the team to score — rather than the yardage or touchdown considerations that can be left to chance.

Key factors that determine the outcome: A team will often have at least three possessions in one quarter.

But sometimes it will be two, if a clock-eating drive carries over into a subsequent quarter, or if a team scores late in one period and their opponents get the ball to start the next quarter.

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This NFL odds boost includes a challenge

You may be on edge if the Eagles have a third-down play deep in Bengals territory late in a quarter.

You want an incomplete pass to end the drive so that a field goal can be kicked. But your moneyline, spread, or over-under bet for the game (even a quarter) may reflect the need for a touchdown.

Ah, gambling.

Nonetheless, this is an attractive play for bettors who like team-type props, versus those of individual players.

Can the Eagles score against the Bengals in NFL Week 3?

The Eagles scored in two quarters in their season-opening loss to the Washington Football Team. They tallied in three quarters of last week’s 37-19 setback to the Los Angeles Rams.

This NFL odds boost would have lost in those two weeks.

But now they face the Bengals, who did give up points in every quarter of their 35-30 loss to the Cleveland Browns last week. And this one is a price.

If the Eagles odds boost above doesn’t entice you, Fox Bet released several more on Friday morning.

One of them calls for Josh Allen to pass for more than 300 yards for the Buffalo Bills against the Los Angeles Rams.

It’s been hiked from +200 to +300. Allen did clear 300 last week against the Dolphins, but his propensity to run usually cuts into his passing numbers.

Cam Newton to rush for one touchdown and for the New England Patriots to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders is +270. Newton has four rushing TDs already this season.

FanDuel: Say goodbye to the vig

Here is a spread pick consideration for Philadelphia Eagles backers. Philadelphia -4.5 against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday has been boosted from -110 to +105.

What is this bet really? The elimination of the vig and then some.

The -110 price would represent the normal 10% vig, the price bettors pay for sportsbooks taking their action. One would normally wager $110 to win $100 (or $55 to win $50) on the Eagles.

Here, a FanDuel Sportsbook bettor can opt for the maximum $50 and win $52.50. It’s a few bucks and a large principle — a 15% boost in one victory.

Philadelphia -4.5 is down from the -6.5 line set on Monday. Bengals backers loved that opening line and those who bet early must be licking their chops about getting 6.5 versus the 4.5 on Friday.

The Bengals have covered in both of their games, despite being 0-2. The Eagles have not covered in either of their games in an 0-2 start.

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DraftKings: Profit boost rather than odds boost

DraftKings Sportsbook app did not try to capture a segment of the market with a specific boost.

It put every game into play. And all users are eligible for this.

Following an opt-in for all Week 3 NFL games, bettors will be issued a single-use profit boost to use on all games.

You must select the boost from your bet slip before placing your bet to apply the boosted price (20% profit boost will apply to the winnings, excluding the winning bet). The max bet is $50.

The profit boosts expire at the end of respective games and include live bets and same-game parlays. It excludes free bets, cash-out bets, voided bets, and odds boosts.

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BetMGM: Dog day afternoon?

We close with a BetMGM Sports promo that’s not an odds boost, but a parlay and a striking number.

The Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Los Angeles Rams will return a substantial +1200 if they all win.

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Why the long odds? All are underdogs, and two play on the road.

But they are not big underdogs. Chicago is +3.5 against the host Atlanta Falcons. The visiting Rams are +2 against the Buffalo Bills and taking so much money they have moved the line down from +3. The Minnesota Vikings are +3 against the visiting Tennessee Titans.

However, each team has a tough assignment.

Atlantic City Casinos Could Get Some Tax Relief, But Will It Be Enough?

The New Jersey General Assembly passed a bill that would provide temporary tax relief for Atlantic City Casinos, but how bad is it really in AC?

In light of the negative fiscal impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Atlantic City casinos, the New Jersey Legislature voted in favor of providing temporary relief to the industry.

In a vote on Thursday, the General Assembly moved the bill (S2400/A4032) to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk for his signature. The state Senate passed the bill back in June.

The ultimate goal of the legislation is to help casinos get back on their feet as well as resume hiring.

The bill allows for a reduction in taxes paid on gross gaming revenue. It also includes a monthly deduction against gross gaming revenue equal to the bonus and promo credits used by the casino’s customers.

According to the legislation, the pandemic “has clearly not just reversed the consistent track of economic improvement that the Atlantic City casino industry had worked very hard to achieve over the last several years, but also has set back the economy of an entire region that is greatly dependent on the jobs, tourism spending and purchases that the Atlantic City casinos generate.”

How bad is it at Atlantic City casinos?

2020 has been a frustrating year for many in the entertainment and hospitality industries, especially in Atlantic City.

When the coronavirus pandemic was at its height in New Jersey, Murphy shut down the casinos. Until the scaled-back reopening in July, Atlantic City’s casinos had to rely on just online gambling to bring in any sort of revenue.

Last month was the first full month that all nine Atlantic City casinos were open since mid-March.

All the casinos reopened at reduced capacity with a reduced number of games and machines for customers to play on as well as a ban on indoor dining.

Indoor dining returned with similar restrictions in September.

All of these various factors played a role in a considerable drop in revenue compared to August 2019.

A drop in casino win across the board

According to a press release from the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), the total gaming revenue posted in August was $326.3 million. Last year, $352.8 million was earned, a 7.5% decrease.

On its own, that decrease isn’t much. And the reason for that lies in the strength of NJ online gambling sites.

In August, $87.8 million in NJ online casino revenue was brought in compared to $41.1 million last year, an increase of 113.6%.

There was also a year-to-year increase in NJ sports betting revenue as $39.5 million for the month, up from last year’s amount of $25,210,342. The majority of that revenue was also online.

Land-based casino win, however, is another story. Eight casinos saw year-over-year decreases between 14% and 55% in August.

The only outlier was Ocean Casino Resort, which grew by only 1.4% year-over-year.

CasinoTable & OtherSlot MachinesAug 2020 TotalAug 2019 Total% Change
Bally's$ 3,915,944
$ 11,540,973$ 15,456,917$18,756,628-17.60%
Borgata$ 11,671,996$ 28,821,017$ 40,493,013$71,925,945-43.70%
Caesars$ 6,444,970$ 14,766,485$ 21,211,455$30,920,635-31.40%
Golden Nugget$ 1,515,939$ 7,747,523$ 9,263,462$20,684,016-55.20%
Hard Rock$ 12,586,066$ 20,287,550$ 32,873,616$38,456,242-14.50%
Harrah's$ 5,278,263$ 16,234,162$ 21,512,425$31,125,574-30.90%
Ocean Casino$ 6,340,123$ 18,034,934$ 24,375,057$24,050,2961.40%
Resorts$ 3,182,446$ 10,718,845 $ 13,901,291$18,889,794-26.40%
Tropicana$ 4,004,543$ 15,961,030$ 19,965,573$31,671,211-37%
Total$ 54,940,290$ 144,112,519$ 199,052,809 $ 286,480,341-30.50%

Note: Atlantic City poker rooms were open in August 2019, but remain closed as of September 2020. The total gaming revenue in August 2019 includes poker.

AC casinos struggle to maintain growth

The industry’s total gaming revenue last month was only $1.618 billion compared to last year’s $2.278 billion, a 29% decrease.

These numbers continue the downward revenue trend that Atlantic City’s casinos are on this year. The first-quarter numbers were down 65% compared to the previous year. That included the first two weeks of the casino shutdown.

The second-quarter numbers were much worse as there was a $112 million, or 85%, decrease compared to last year. This was the quarter that was completed affected by the shutdown.

The back-to-back quarterly losses come on the heels of a period where Atlantic City casinos saw a 21-month streak of growth come to an end.

Casinos and hiring during a pandemic

While AC’s casinos are up and running at a limited capacity now, the impact of the months-long shutdown will be felt into 2021. That’s something that is not lost on Assemblymen John Armato (D-Atlantic) and Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic).

“We all know that the casino industry is vital to the success of the local finances and to the over 30,000 individuals it employs,” Mazzeo said in a Press of Atlantic City article.

“Atlantic City will be feeling the downturn in the economy like the rest of the state and country. Ensuring that we do not intentionally worsen that or place any extra burden on the taxpayers is our top priority,” Armato added.

That being said, the new bill does require something of casinos in return for tax relief. Casinos in Atlantic City must make a “good faith effort” to hire as many former and new employees as possible.

In the last few months, casino management had to get creative in order to making the most of the restricted opening in July. Hard Rock Atlantic City, for example, moved their VIP high-roller lounge from indoors to an outdoor ocean view tent.

“We’ve been able to bring back about 60% of our employee base, so not everyone,” said Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock AC.

“We can’t fill our hotels because we can’t put as many people in our hotel elevators, nor do we have enough seating outside to supplement all those guests if we did fill our hotel rooms.”

The local effect of an Atlantic City casino downturn

The fiscal impact that the city itself will experience due to the casino shut down is already being felt by the city and its businesses. But it will also be felt in next year’s municipal budget.

According to the PILOT bill, which was enacted in 2016, Atlantic City’s nine casinos pay a portion of their annual earnings to the city instead of taxes for 10 years.

The casinos paid the city $150 million last year, a number that will not be achieved this year due to the pandemic, according to the state’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

“DCA projects that 2020 gross gaming revenues will be lower, which will result in lower PILOT payments to the City of Atlantic City in 2021,” Lisa Ryan, a DCA spokesperson, told the Press of Atlantic City.

Despite the expected lower PILOT payment for 2020, the DCA still feels that there will not be any real impacts to Atlantic City’s budget for next year.

However, Michael Busler, a public policy analyst and finance professor at Stockton University, has a less-than-optimistic view.

“I think (the casinos) are going to have a tough time even meeting the amount that they have to pay (for 2021),” Busler said.

Coming Down The Stretch: Where The Phillies Stand As The MLB Playoffs Loom

The Philadelphia Phillies odds of making the MLB playoffs are much better than the New York Mets, but the New York Yankees are the team to watch.

The Philadelphia Phillies weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays is going to be filled with tense moments.

How it plays out will determine whether or not the 2020 Phillies squad is a postseason contender. Yes, the playoffs are starting next week.

Welcome to the most exciting part of MLB betting season.

The New York Mets, on the other hand, are on the brink of officially being eliminated. As of this morning, their chances of making the playoffs were down to 1.7%.

Over in the American League, the New York Yankees have clinched a playoff spot. The Bronx Bombers head into today’s game as the No. 5 seed. This could change once today’s scores are final.

Basically, with each team still having three or four regular-season games left to play, the standings are tight enough that there is plenty still up in the air.

The good news is there is still time to place a postseason wager. Here is a look at the futures still available via NJ sports betting apps.

What are the Phillies odds of making the MLB Playoffs?

The Phillies are struggling at the wrong time.

When they opened a four-game series against the Washington Nationals this week, every game obviously had postseason implications.

So dropping three of the four didn’t help the Phillies chances. They went from being the No. 8 seed (second NL Wild Card team) to the No. 10 seed.

But the Phillies are still in the hunt.

Wednesday’s 12-3 victory over the Nats, combined with losses from other teams in the mix, increased the Phillies odds of making the playoffs.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, the odds of making the playoffs were closer to 30%. The percentage has increased to 49.6%, but will likely shift again after today’s games are played.

Here is a closer look at where the Phils stood as of this morning:

The first is clinching one of the two Wild Card spots. With several teams still in contention, a sweep of the Rays will put the Phillies two games above .500. But the Rays are hot tickets to win the World Series.

Could a 30-30 record do the job?


Losing two or three of the games will only complicate the playoff formula.

The second option: The Phillies could also get in by overtaking the Miami Marlins for second place in the NL East standings.

Yes, we’re talking about the same team that won seven out of the 10 games during the season.

The Marlins, who hold the advantage over he Phils, enter tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves up a half-game in the standings. Atlanta has clinched the division crown and is currently the National League’s No. 2 behind the Dodgers.

New York Mets likely to miss the cut

For the Mets, a 2021 postseason run is a much more likely scenario at this point. The team is 25-31 with only four games against the already eliminated Nationals remaining.

New York took the field tonight two-and-half games behind the Phillies. So even though the Mets are still listed on the board, those futures bets from months ago can be tossed away.

These days, the bigger headlines are the off-the-field news of Steve Cohen finalizing his deal to buy the Mets.

So the smarter bet here may be the over/under line on how much money New York will spend during the off-season (if such a wager was actually on the board).

Looking at the National League betting field

So bettors who wagered on the Phillies or Mets to win the National League should hold those bet slips (even though the odds of either franchise winning remain a longshot).

The Los Angeles Dodgers, with an MLB best 38-16 record, are still the big favorites. Here is a look at the National League futures as of 10 a.m. ET.

Team DraftKingsFanDuel Fox Bet
Padres +500+500+450
Braves +600+600+600
Cubs +700+750+700
Reds +2000+1700+1700
Marlins +1800+1800+1800
Phillies +2000+1800+1800
Cardinals +1800+1800+1800
Brewers +2000+2300+2000
Mets +3300+3600+3000

Are the New York Yankees still AL championship contenders?

Based on the current odds, the Yankees are still the American League team to beat.

But there is stiff competition. 

DraftKings Sportsbook has the odds of New York winning the AL crown at +280. However, the Rays (+300), who are up 3.5 games in the AL East standings, are hot on their tails. Plus, they won eight of the 10 games in the season series.

But the Yankees are getting healthy at the right time and have won 11 out of their last 13 games.

Based on the odds, there are several other teams with a legitimate shot of advancing to the World Series.

Here is a closer look at the American League playoff picture as of Friday morning.

World Series favorites and underdogs

So there is still a lot to be decided this weekend.

Teams will be locking in their respective postseason positions over the next several days.

Most bettors will likely defer from putting big money down on the Phillies to win it all. Between inconsistent play and other teams simply being deeper in talent, there are more attractive options out there.

Plus there is the fear of backing a really bad bullpen.

The Yankees, who are getting healthy again, are the more attractive option. Besides being 7-3 over their last 10 games, they have a +47 run differential.

The Dodgers (+122) and Padres (+79) are the MLB leaders in run differential. The Phillies are +3.

Come the playoffs, should the Fightin’ Phils make it, those numbers will not matter. When the 2020 season is on the line, winning the next game is what it’s all about.

And as far as winning it all goes, here are the current World Series favorites from DraftKings:

And you thought Sundays were only reserved for NFL betting.

Thursday Night Football Odds Boosts Put Spotlight On Dolphins-Jaguars QBs

With NFL Week 3 looming, New Jersey sportsbooks break out the odds boosts for the Dolphins vs. Jaguars matchup on Thursday Night Football.

What’s the first sign of the upcoming NFL week, besides the chatter?

Odds boosts. They arrive in time for the Thursday night games and progress closer to Sunday’s kickoffs. They come in varied forms and reach different betting sectors, from individual to team props.

It’s important to know which ones are simply fun and which may entice a strong wager, perhaps one of the most important bets you’ll make this week.

Let’s assess some for the Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football.

DraftKings has a strong odds boost lineup

We’ll start off with a good pick from DraftKings Sportsbook. Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew to throw for more than 250.5 yards and the Jags to win has been boosted from +130 to +150.

This is a good price.

The yards should be attainable, as Minshew threw for 339 on Sunday when the Jags authored a shootout with the Tennessee Titans, losing 33-30.

Minshew Mania was in full force, as he led the Jags back from a big deficit.

Conversely, the Dolphins allowed 417 yards to the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills in a 31-28 loss. If you think Minshew’s team can follow with a win, this is the most realistic prop on the board.

What you’ve got for this prop +150 is a moneyline favorite of -157 in the Jags and a yardage total Minshew normally hits.

Worth the attempt.

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A moneyline victory for the Dolphins

Go to the flip side of the moneyline. The Dolphins to win outright and the game to stay under 48 points now pays +355, up from +325.

This is an intriguing prop because a moneyline victory by the Dolphins is feasible. They opened as a 1-point underdog and it became +3 on Tuesday.

Still, being an underdog by a field goal or less represents a realistic win chance.

The tricky part will be keeping this game under 48 points. The Jags-Titans scored 63 points, and the Dolphins and Buffalo Bills clicked for 59 points last week.

Do you think this can go 10 points lower and the Dolphins can prevail? Miami doesn’t win many shootouts, so there is sentiment that if they win, it will be a lower-scoring game.

DJ Chark odds boost

Crap shoot: If you take a stab in the first touchdown department, DJ Chark has been boosted from +900 to +975. A nice payout becomes even nicer.

But how much will he play? Chark is battling a chest injury and will be limited. A chest injury impacts a player’s ability to reach out for the pass.

Will the Dolphins be nursing him on a short week, trying to preserve him for the long haul? First touchdowns are tough calls anyway because they have a limited time frame.

Fox Bet: Money in the TDs

Here’s a good one with a history of coming out.

Fox Bet NJ offers an odds boost if each team scores a touchdown in each half. The odds have been hiked from +125 to +200.

In Week 2, Miami scored touchdowns in each half of a 31-28 setback to the Bills.

Jacksonville tallied touchdowns in both halves in losing one of the week’s most thrilling contests, 33-30, to the Tennessee Titans.

Both teams have freewheeling, talented quarterbacks. Neither team has much of a defense.

PointsBet: Dolphins-Jags boosted to playable

Minshew and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for 667 passing yards in NFL Week 2. They are presented as a prop of 500 yards between them and reduced from -140 to -110 at PointsBet NJ.

Not attractive at -140 but a play, maybe a strong one, at -110.

This is a sensible number, as you can forecast either quarterback to get hot. If either team falls a few points behind, it’s must-throw. The odds on the prop indicate there is roughly a 50% chance of the yardage being reached.

And they both cleared the number last week. Can they do it again?

The boost brings this wager into play.

This is a nice companion ticket to the over-under 48 play. You are doubling down on hopes of offense and rooting against freak plays, like a deflection that gets picked off in the end zone.

Why odds boosts are a good bet

Odds boosts are a significant benefit for players because a boost often eliminates the effect of the vig.

That’s the 10% premium gamblers pay the books for the privilege of taking their bets. At one time, it was how books made money. They balanced the books on each side, took their cut, and pocketed some revenue.

But the new age of gambling, with high-volume play and quick-betting access, makes book-balancing difficult. Operators now toss out enticements to lure action, especially on isolated Thursday night games.

Players must decide which props and odds boosts have the best value. In budgeting terms, a good feeling on a Thursday Night odds-boosted prop may be more beneficial than a Sunday bet you don’t love.

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Five DraftKings Casino Games That Score Big With Sports Fans

With NFL, NBA and NHL in action, DraftKings Casino has sports-themed online table games. Here are five blackjack and roulette games worth checking out.

DraftKings built their reputation on sports — first as daily fantasy, then as a sportsbook. With the growth of DraftKings Casino, it only seems logical to have some sports-themed online table games as well.

Since launching its online casino in New Jersey in late 2018, DraftKings Sportsbook has expanded its product to other states and gone public. Online casino revenue has fueled a huge chunk of the company’s growth, despite the coronavirus-induced stoppage of major sports.

And a lot of the DraftKings-branded casino games are exclusive to the site, which means only DraftKings will have a football blackjack game.

Sports table games at DraftKings Casino

With most of the major sports in action in September, including some that usually aren’t, it seems fitting that a sportsbook like DraftKings should have a selection of sports-themed games.

And by that, we mean the games are based on traditional casino play but with a sports twist.

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Cross-selling gives DraftKings online casino an edge now that sports are back in play. But, are the sports-themed games as unique as they claim?

To answer that question, NJ Gambling Sites decided to give some of those games a test run. And since the NFL is back, we’ll start with a few touchdowns.

Click on a game image below to jump to the details and gameplay. 

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1. Touchdown Blackjack

Touchdown Blackjack combines blackjack and football, with NFL franchises as the teams involved. Start on your 20-yard-line and drive down the field with wins, helped by doubling down and splits. Yardage is added somewhat randomly from hands.

Without downs, players don’t have to punt. Yardage will only be lost if the dealer hits blackjack.

The game runs on standard blackjack rules, with an eight-deck shuffle, 3:2 payout on blackjack with 2:1 on insurance. Players can bet $1 to $5,000 on the cash version, and there is a demo version to try out first.

After scoring the touchdown, players can kick extra points and restart another drive. This creates a unique spin on blackjack and, yes, will likely help distract players from the money being lost. So watch your cash flow.

2. Touchdown Roulette

This is a similarly formatted game to blackjack but on a 00 roulette board. Players can make multiple bets to move down the field.

Touchdown Roulette does have first down yardage markers. Higher payoff bets such as single numbers yield bigger gains. Players can bet between 10 cents and $5,000. Bets can be undone before the ball starts to roll.

There are graphics to show progress with a score, down and distance, and time.

Roulette is not as straightforward in terms of gameplay as blackjack as possession will change to the opposition.

3. Hockey Blackjack

Hey, we’re at the NHL Stanley Cup Finals so might as well do some hockey.

This game has the same format as the touchdown blackjack, with eight-deck shuffles, 3:2 blackjack playoff, and 2:1 insurance. Like most casinos, dealer hits on 16, hard or soft, and stays on 17.

Players are allotted one hand per deal. The sports games do not allow multi-hand play, at least in the demo.

The user interface on the DraftKings casino games are easy to operate. With a touch, bets can be doubled, changed, or renewed for the next hand. During play, it’s easy to hit, stand, double down, or split pairs.

Unlike Touchdown Blackjack, the main focus of hockey blackjack is the player’s balance. With the cash game, the amount focuses on the account balance.

4. Basketball Roulette

How’s this for a unique opener? Basketball Roulette on DraftKings Casino greets you with a welcome voiced by longtime NBA broadcaster Dick Stockton (or a very good facsimile).

There are excellent graphics and exciting sounds with the bright layout around a halfcourt with a bucket and three-point line. Each turn starts with a basketball shot, which begins the spinning wheel.

The board is a standard 00 roulette grid. Players can bet 10 cents and up on each square or possibility. Select a chip denomination to get started.

The easiest way to make new selections after each turn is to click or tap the board. That clears all previous bets and allows for new wagers.

Selecting an option again will multiply the amount bet. Computer players can click on the arrows in the top-right corner for full-screen play.

5. Basketball Blackjack

The traditional green felt of a blackjack table has been replaced once again. Basketball Blackjack features a parquet-style hardwood.

The player’s spot occupies the center court tipoff circle, while the dealer occupies inside the three-point arc. Very nice touches.

Like the other branded DraftKings blackjack games, this has shuffled eight decks, one hand per turn, and blackjack pays 3:2 with insurance paying 2:1. The dealer must hit on 16 and stand on 17.