Hitting Paydirt: Behind The 888 Ball For NFL Week 15 In NJ Sports Betting

We are in the home stretch for NFL betting as the playoffs near. For Week 15 in NJ sports betting, we take a look at the odds and best bets at 888 Sport NJ.

Sports bettors had their day. They’ve had an entire month even.

Favorites reigned supreme heading into last week’s slate of NFL games. But in Week 14, the underdogs stepped into the spotlight and rained on bettors’ parades.

On Sunday alone, underdogs went 9-5 against the spread, including seven outright victories. One of the most noteworthy flops came in Oakland, where the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers fell flat on their faces against the Raiders.

Then, of course, there was the Miami Miracle, which featured the Miami Dolphins pulling off a 69-yard hook-and-lateral as time expired to upend the New England Patriots.

Funny enough, the Steelers and Patriots face off in Week 15. Another full schedule awaits, featuring games on four different days.

For sports betting in New Jersey, this week we take a look at 888 Sportsbook. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Tuesday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)

Certainly, the past few weeks have featured playoff-like matchups. But all pale in comparison to Thursday night’s game.

The Chiefs, already with a postseason spot secured, lead the Chargers by just one game in the AFC West, meaning the division title remains up for grabs. That said, a Kansas City victory clinches the outright crown.

A 10-point winner against LA in the season opener, Kansas City boasts the No. 1 offense in the NFL, guided by a MVP front-runner in QB Patrick Mahomes, who has a game-breaking route-runner in Tyreek Hill.

Yet its defense, one of the worst overall that has allowed the most passing yards per game, has been picked apart.

That bodes well for the Chargers, who have won 9 of their last 10. Los Angeles QB Philip Rivers is quietly having an MVP-caliber season, on pace for a career high in TDs and a career-low in INTs (as a starter). With a weapon like WR Keenan Allen, who has 1,074 yards and six TDs, the Chargers are potent offensively.

The Chargers enter as 3.5-point underdogs with a +148 on the moneyline. Flip the spread, however (as 888 offers alternate lines), and the Chargers, as 3.5-point favorites, pay +230 to cover.

Consider, too, several props offered at 888. With the first scoring play, for example, a home touchdown pays +163, home field goal +370, away touchdown +215, and away field goal +450. Additionally, taking the Chiefs to score first and win pays +148, while the same prop for the Chargers holds a +275 line.

Understand that 10 of Kansas City’s first scores have gone for touchdowns, while the Chargers have nine TDs. To boot, only once in six home games have the Chiefs not scored first; all five were TDs, and all five resulted in victories.

As for the Chargers, on the road, they have scored first just twice in six away games.

Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) at Los Angeles Rams (11-2)

The telecast of this Sunday night game will certainly focus much attention on Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz. Reports indicate he is out with a back injury.

The Rams come off their second loss of the season, a 15-6 setback at the Chicago Bears in which LA recorded a season-low in points.

Additionally, QB Jared Goff was picked off four times, and RB Todd Gurley II rushed for just 28 yards, his lowest output since his rookie season.

Los Angeles comes in as a nine-point favorite, one of the largest spreads at 888. Of its seven losses, Philly has lost by single digits six times. Still, the scene does not seem appealing for the Eagles.

With two MVP dark horses in Goff and Gurley, the Rams feature the third-best offense in the NFL, which will go against a Philly defense that is among the worst in the league. Conversely, the Eagles have lost 10 fumbles (second-most in the NFL), while LA ranks third in takeaways, which includes a second-best 11 fumble recoveries.

While the Rams have won only twice by double digits since Week 3, they still have an 11.9-point average margin of victory. The moneyline (+325 for Philadelphia) could draw risk-takers. But the props are interesting, and more reasonable.

The over/under for this game sits at 53.5 points, but 888 offers alternate totals. Beginning at 55.5 points, the over has positive payouts. In seven games this season, the Rams have been in games that finished with totals over 55 points (though the Eagles have done so only once). In fact, four LA games have gone for 65 or more points. This week, taking the over 64.5 pays +320.

Another interesting prop includes first-half action. The spread for Philadelphia in the first half sits at +5.5, which pays +102 to cover. And Philly scoring over 10.5 points goes for +116.

For what it’s worth, on average, the Rams have led by 4.4 points at the break, while the Eagles have trailed by 2.2 points. On the other side, LA has allowed 13.3 points in the first half to visiting teams (five times allowing 10 or more points), and Philly has scored 11.6 points per game on the road (three times scoring 10 r more points).

New Orleans Saints (11-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-7)

The front-runner for Super Bowl LIII returns to NFC South action with its first of two meetings against Carolina over the next three weeks.

Since dropping its season opener, the Saints have reeled off 11 wins in 12 games to earn a ticket as the team to beat to win the Lombardi Trophy.

Though it has posted two of its lowest-scoring games over the past two weeks, a loss to Dallas on Thanksgiving and a come-from-behind win at Tampa Bay last week, New Orleans still boasts offensive potency.

Saints QB Drew Brees, a strong candidate for the MVP, is on pace for a 13th straight 4,000-yards-plus season and potentially his most passing touchdowns since 2012.

The league’s No. 2 team in scoring, New Orleans also features the NFL’s top rushing defense, which will face a team that has struggled offensively in recent weeks.

After all, Carolina has lost five straight, including each of the last four that were decided by single digits. Cam Newton has thrown eight interceptions during that span, upping his season total to 12 picks that ranks fourth-most in the league.

While RB Christian McCaffrey has provided a bright spot (294 rushing yards, 205 receiving, five TDs over the last three games), Carolina’s defense has been pummeled. Opponents have averaged 30.4 points per game over the past five contests.

Lightning could strike, allowing the Panthers, as six-point underdogs, to pay off a +200 moneyline with an outright win. Though it seems unlikely.

For those risk-takers, an interesting prop exists with total touchdowns by Carolina, at 3.5. The over pays +128. A daring take, considering the Panthers have not scored more than three TDs since Week 9 and only twice on the season. New Orleans, meanwhile, has only once allowed more than three TDs since Week 3.

Long shots of the week at 888 Sportsbook

Arizona Cardinals (3-10) at Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

For the first time since 2014, the Falcons are guaranteed a losing season. That comes just two years after being two quarters away from the franchise’s first Super Bowl win.

Still, though, Atlanta remains in the hunt for the wild card. As slim as that hope may be. Every win counts, and the Falcons need help.

As nine-point favorites, Atlanta faces the worst offense in the league. That said, stranger things have happened. (Re: the 17-point underdog Buffalo Bills routing the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season.)

If such a miracle takes place, an Arizona win pays out +325.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8) at Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

Like essentially the entire NFC not currently in the playoffs, the Buccaneers still have postseason hope. The Ravens, meanwhile, are fighting for not only a spot in the playoffs but also the AFC North title.

The Ravens have come on strong of late, winning three of their last four. (Though they missed a golden opportunity to put away the Chiefs last week).

On the other side, Tampa will be gambling with QB Jameis Winston. Will the first-round pick have more incompletions (20) than converted passes (18) like last week? Or will he perform like the two games prior, when he threw for a combined 561 yards and four TDs with no picks?

As eight-point underdogs, the Buccaneers sit as a risky bet. But a win will certainly make it worth your while with a +285 moneyline.

MVP, Super Bowl predictions at 888

With just three weeks left in the regular season, let’s take a look at the favorites at 888 for postseason hardware.

  • Super Bowl: New Orleans, +325; LA Rams, +375; Kansas City, +500; New England, +700; LA Chargers, +1000
  • AFC Championship: Kansas City, +175; New England, +250; LA Chargers, +400; Houston, +800; Pittsburgh, +900
  • NFC Championship: New Orleans, +135; LA Rams, +160; Chicago, +550; Dallas, +900; Seattle, +1200
  • MVP: Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes, -155; New Orleans QB Drew Brees, +135; Seattle QB Russell Wilson, +2000; LA Rams RB Todd Gurley II, +2500; LA Chargers QB Philip Rivers, +2500

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As it has been well-documented, New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

Eight mobile sportsbooks complement the nine retail operations in the Garden State. A ninth NJ online sportsbook, PointsBet, is in a soft launch phase:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting, and futures.

Feast Your Eyes On These Three New Apple NJ Betting Apps

Apple finally approved the New Jersey sports betting apps of BetStars, 888 Sport NJ, and playMGM for inclusion in the Apple App Store.

In New Jersey, sports bettors keep asking the question, “Is there an app for that?”

The answer is mostly yes. However, for iOS users, the answer was NO for New Jersey mobile sportsbooks BetStars, 888 Sport, and playMGM. Until now.

After weeks of waiting, Apple finally cleared the trio of sports betting apps for inclusion in the Apple App Store.

All three sportsbooks have had Android versions of the mobile sportsbook available at the time of their online launch.

It’s a good thing, too. Android users account for 54.5 percent of the U.S. mobile market, while iOS is 44.3 percent.

Even so, iOS users have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for the latest additions that came just in time for Sunday’s NFL games.

New Jersey online sportsbooks

Now, all eight online sportsbooks can accept sports wagers on Android and iOS apps. Not all, however, have browser-based sports betting.

Mobile sportsbooks with browser-based betting:

Mobile sportsbooks without browser-based betting:

  • Betstars
  • playMGM

It is important to note that not having an online option may not be that much of a detriment. According to recent data, 65 percent of the time Americans spent online in 2017 was spent on a mobile device.

And 85 percent of the time spent on a mobile device was on an app. Those numbers are certainly going to continue to grow.

Mobile sports betting revenue driving the market

The three new additions to the Apple App Store came with a lot less pomp and circumstance then the launch of New Jersey sports betting.

Make no mistake about it, though, a mobile sports betting app is necessary to stay relevant.

The most recent sports betting revenue report shows mobile sports betting revenue surpassed land-based sportsbook revenue during its first full month of operation.

Retail sportsbooks reported $11.4 million in revenue, while online sports betting brought in $12.5 million.

Keep in mind not all mobile options were available for the whole month. Knowing that, expect to see more growth when October’s revenue figures come out. It doesn’t hurt that both the NBA and NHL return to the court and ice this month.

What the newcomers are up against

BetStars, 888, and playMGM definitely have some ground to make up. While iOS users may be fewer in numbers than their Android counterparts, they still represent a healthy portion of the population.

It is unlikely sports betting enthusiasts sat around waiting for the apps to launch. With the NFL season well underway, it is hard to imagine someone itching to place a bet deciding to sit it out.

Without a doubt, many of them went and found an app they liked and have been placing bets ever since.

All three companies have a digital presence through an online casino. Customers that were fans may have taken their business elsewhere while waiting for the apps to be approved.

Now it is up to the online sportsbooks to win back their customers and find some new ones. Of course, it is easier said than done.

The NJ sports betting market is crowded, and the competition for customers is fierce. It can’t be all about the lines, although, the lines better be competitive. There has to be a concentrated effort on branding and promotion.

The three newcomers may have an advantage in this area. Betstars and 888 both have global experience building a sportsbook. Meanwhile, playMGM has been operating in Nevada since the beginning of mobile sports betting.

All of the efforts to acquire customers comes at a crucial time. Neighboring Pennsylvania is busy preparing for its legal sports betting launch.

And the quest for customers will begin again. Most New Jersey sportsbooks plan to launch in PA, and they will be taking their best practices with them.

In this case, what happens in New Jersey is not likely to stay in New Jersey.

In-Play NBA Betting Is In Play, Thanks to Kambi

No bettor should be limited to money lines and spreads.

That seems to be the spirit of an announcement earlier this month from sports betting provider Kambi. The company said it has augmented its NBA betting options by adding pre-game and in-game wagering.

The goal of the changes, Kambi  Head of Live Basketball Stefanos Moysidis said in a statement, is to offer more complex betting options for a more complex NBA.

“The NBA has become extremely popular over the last few years, with the game becoming faster, smarter and teams relying on analytics more than ever before. Superstars are dominating games with a barrage of three-pointers and bettors are increasingly wanting to wager on high-profile players and choose their own lines. At Kambi, we have embraced these changes and developed our offering to cater to a new and more informed audience.”

These new offerings will be available through the three NJ sports betting sites they support:

Pre-game, in-game provide more action and nuance

Three of the types of bets Kambi added to their NJ sports betting platforms include type of field goal, next point scorer and total player points.

So, it’s possible that you could make dozens of bets in each quarter, ranging from putting money on LeBron James scoring the next bucket and that bucket being a three-pointer. Before the game starts, you can put money on how many points you think LeBron will score.

All of this enhances the experience for those taking advantage of the NJ sports betting market, which continues to grow as casinos and operators seek to expand customer options.

Kambi continues money-line, spread bets

While the company felt like it was important to offer additional betting options to enhance the pre-game and in-game experience, they’ve motored on with their traditional bets too.

In a recent Clippers and Pelicans match-up, Kambi lines included:

  • Money line
  • Point spread
  • Result at the end of the fourth quarter
  • Total points
  • Points by home team
  • Points by away team
  • Multiple bets by quarter
  • Multiple races (first to 5, 10, 15 points in a quarter)

NBA joins other sports on Kambi platforms

Kambi’s pre-game and in-game betting options are also available for MLB and NFL games.

At the time of publishing, PlaySugarHouse had various options for betting including:

  • “Mookie Betts to Strikeout in Plate Appearance 2”
  • Outcomes of specific pitches (i.e. home team, 3rd inning, first batter, second pitch)
  • Player-specific bets including Justin Turner or Manny Machado hitting home runs during the game

Kambi has shown a willingness to improve their product, something that benefits individual bettors and the NJ sports betting scene.

Hitting Paydirt: 888 Sport Is Enough For NFL Week 6 In NJ Sports Betting

What’s the word (and the lines) from 888 Sportsbook in NJ sports betting for NFL Week 6? Take a peek at 888 Sport NJ and its betting options for football.

With the midseason nearing, the true identities of NFL teams now begin to emerge.

Are the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, the two remaining undefeated teams in the league, for real? Could the Cleveland Browns climb from the depths of despair? Are the New England Patriots re-emerging as Super Bowl favorites?

Is anything left in the recovered throwing shoulder of Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, who’s thrown a jaw-dropping 121 passes over the past two games? Is the flash of Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson over? And — for the love of Mary, please — have we exhausted all overtime ties this season?

Naturally, NJ sports betting takes on a more serious approach rather than banking on a fluke or two. This space provides the help needed. And 888 Sportsbook has the lines to look at. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Tuesday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Washington Redskins (2-2)

Not much excitement surrounds either of these two NFC teams.

Yeah, Carolina features mold-breaking QB Cam Newton. Sure, the Panthers run out breakout RB Christian McCaffrey, a top-10 running back in the NFL. And, OK, Washington has enjoyed the resurgence of RB Adrian Peterson.

Other than that… eh.

The Panthers ride a two-game winning streak. But only because Graham Gano booted a franchise-record, and the league’s second-longest ever, 63-yard field goal to beat the New York Giants last week. Washington fared not as well, allowing 43 points in a 24-point loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Peterson’s status is questionable after he dislocated his shoulder during Monday’s game. That means QB Alex Smith and RB Chris Thompson will have to shoulder the offensive load for the Redskins.

Carolina has struggled defensively of late, as shown in Week 5 when the Panthers gave up 31 points to the lowly Giants. And with a top-tier defense, Washington has the potential to come out on top.

Simply covering as four-point favorites, Washington pays out +135 at 888 Sport NJ. Not sold on the Skins? Take Carolina outright, a win netting +106.

Los Angeles Chargers (3-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-2-1)

No team in NFL history has played in more overtime games through five weeks than the Browns. That is the arguable longshot-worthy bet of this matchup: another extra period for Cleveland.

Los Angeles has won two straight, including Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers rank eighth in the NFL with 27.4 points per game and face a Browns defense that has allowed the sixth-most yards per game.

Yet the Browns come off the franchise’s first AFC North win since 2015. They appear rejuvenated with rookie QB Baker Mayfield and feature a top-10 running back in Carlos Hyde while relying on a defense that has logged the most takeaways (15) than any other team in the league.

The Charges sit as one-point favorites, so 888 Sport seems on the fence. Forget who wins, however. Consider something deeper.

Of its five games this season, Cleveland has gone to overtime three times. Feeling daring? Tab this matchup as the fourth OT game for the Browns. Should Cleveland and LA head to an extra period, 888 Sport pays out +850. That’s a lavish dinner right there.

Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) at New England Patriots (3-2)

Finally, it seems the Patriots, after dismantling the Colts 38-24 last Thursday, are back on track. New England’s first true big test, though, comes during Sunday Night Football.

Two of the league’s top offenses result in 888’s largest over/under for total points (59.5). Interestingly, despite Kansas City standing as one of two remaining unbeaten teams, the Chiefs enter as 3.5-point underdogs.

Yet it is KC that should come out on top.

Despite the Patriots putting up back-to-back 38-point games, despite the Chiefs allowing the most yards per game, Kansas City has all the tools to walk away victorious.

Patrick Mahomes leads all QBs with 14 touchdowns while recording a mere two interceptions. Kareem Hunt is a top-10 running back in the NFL, and Kansas City, facing one of the best takeaway teams in the league, has turned the ball over just three times. That leads the NFL.

Other than New England’s home field advantage, there’s no reason to believe the Chiefs have no shot at staying undefeated. And with a +150 payout for a straight-up win, it’s a decent payday for a KC victory.

Long shots of the week

The law of averages indicates that the Rams will slip up at some point. During the past few weeks, this space attempted to predict LA’s trip. Naturally, Week 6 seems like another opportunity to call the Rams’ first loss.

It appears unlikely, frankly. The Rams (5-0) have racked up the most yards per game in the NFL and rank third in points scored. They boast a top-10 defense and scoring threats all over the field.

The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, have lost three straight. They were blown out by the New York Jets last week and have a defense that sits in the lower tier of the league.

But Los Angeles, as much as it can, stumbles a bit into this interconference matchup. The Rams had to erase a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Seattle Seahawks 33-31 last week. And arguably, Denver (2-3) has more weapons to deal with.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay has shown explosiveness, averaging nearly six yards per rush, and WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas provide downfield threats. The second-highest moneyline belongs to this game, as a win by Denver, a 6.5-point underdog is listed at +235.

The biggest 888 Sportsbook payout on a straight-up win would come via an Arizona Cardinals victory.

After picking up its first win of the season last week, Arizona (1-4) visits the Minnesota Vikings (2-2-1) as 10-point underdogs. Why? The league’s worst offense belongs to the Cardinals.

Yet Minnesota has disappointed already this season. A 17-point favorite against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, the Vikings lost. So who’s to say it won’t happen again?

Arizona has versatile RB David Johnson and a still-developing rookie QB in first-round pick Josh Rosen. And at +370 for a Cardinals win, why not bank on the Vikings to flounder once more?

Taking note of NFL promos at NJ sportsbook apps

At 888 Sport, three promotions have money going back to the bettor after placing wagers.

First is the sportsbook’s exclusive signup bonus. “Bet Bet Bet on 888,” the promo says. When users sign up, 888 Sport will reward new members with $10 without the need for a first deposit.

Another welcome bonus worth noting is 888 Sport matching the first deposit/bet made by new users.

A minimum $10 wager is required, made on an event with odds of -200 or higher. Once bets are settled, 888 Sport will match the first deposit, up to $500. One note about this promo, per the sportsbook: “Bonus amount and winnings generated from it must be wagered at least six times.”

An NFL parlay challenge also exists at 888 Sport. Users must wager $20 or more on at least three NFL parlay bets between Thursday and Sunday. A $5 instant bonus will come from the sportsbook the following day. This offer is valid once a week per player.

Lastly, 888 Sport offers daily and weekly challenges. Users who bet $50 or more on any sport with odds -200 or higher will get a $5 bonus the following day.

Completing that daily challenge three times in one week will net users another $10 bonus.

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As has been widely reported, New Jersey has become the trendsetter in terms of regulated sports betting.

No other state, outside of Nevada, matches the boom, excitement, and headlines generated by the Garden State sports betting industry. In large part, New Jersey has benefited from a strong mobile market.

Eight products are currently available in New Jersey (including the platforms offered):

The expansive list of mobile sportsbooks in New Jersey includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting, and futures.

Putting The Pieces Together: A Closer Look At 888 Sport And Its NJ Sports Betting App

As the seventh NJ online sports betting app to enter the market, 888 Sport comes with experience, a variety of bets, and an integrated online casino app.

If you hadn’t heard yet, 888 Sport is alive and well in New Jersey. It joined the market on Sept. 10, becoming the seventh online NJ sports betting site.

The launch of 888 Sport marks the first time the well-known European sports betting company offers a complete suite of sports betting options in the US.

Just prior to the soft launch, 888 Holdings chief executive Itai Frieberger talked about the milestone in a press release:

“The launch of 888sport.com in New Jersey is a major milestone for the company in our ongoing expansion across the regulated US online gaming market and provides 888 with a unique and truly multi-product proposition in what is currently the largest regulated US state.”

Don’t know much about 888 Sport? Here’s a breakdown of the sportsbook app, its history, and the betting options and sports available.

What to expect from 888 Sport NJ

888 Sport has more than 10 years of global online and mobile sports betting experience. That experience translates to a well-run operation and user-friendly platform.

Bettors place bets via the 888 Sport website or the mobile app on Android. (An iOS app is unavailable for now.) Placing bets is a seamless process that makes the bet amount and the potential win very apparent.

Getting started at 888 Sport

For the most part, 888 Sport is like any other NJ online sports betting app. This makes getting started fairly easy for new players at 888.

However, if you are already a card-carrying member of 888 Casino or 888 Poker NJ, there’s nothing more you need to do. The three 888 sites are interconnected, with one account tying all of them together.

This makes it seamless for bettors to move around the NJ gambling site and experience all three online gambling types. Conveniently, each section of 888 is color coded: green for casino, blue for poker, and orange for sports betting.

Sports and sports bets

888 Sport also has a substantial list of sports available for wagering. The company puts a greater emphasis on American sports for its NJ sports betting client, for obvious reasons.

Along with a huge selection of sports, 888 Sport NJ has a wide variety of betting options, including:

  • Straight Bet/Moneyline
  • Point Spreads
  • Totals (Over/Under)
  • Parlays
  • Teasers
  • Propositions
  • Futures

Popular innovations at 888 Sport

888 Sport launched with an in-game betting option called “Bet Live.” Players can make a wager on specific in-game events at any time during the match. Live betting is fluid and as such the odds change based on how the game progresses.

Bettors can also look for an exciting new feature by Kambi, 888 Sport’s partner. The Teaser+ feature recently received approval from the DGE.

Teaser+ takes the popular teaser bet to a new level. A teaser bet contains multiple point spread options in one single bet. A teaser is attractive because the bettor can adjust the spreads to be more favorable, often resulting in a lower payout.

In a regular Teaser bet, the adjustment applies to each wager in the teaser bet even if the matchups are not equal. The Teaser+ bet solves that problem by using alternative lines instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.

The alternative lines take into account several variables about the matchup resulting in rates that are more reflective of the games in the bet.

888 Sport and NJ online gambling

888 Sport first launched a sports betting product in Europe in March 2008. The launch completed all four key online gaming segments for the parent company, 888 Holdings:

  • Casino
  • Poker
  • Sports
  • Bingo

Fast forward to 2011, the company reached a partnership agreement with Caesars Interactive Entertainment to launch online gaming in Nevada pending regulation.

It wasn’t until 2013 that 888 launched its US-facing sites. 888 Poker is available in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware, and 888 Casino is available in NJ only. All three NJ-facing sites use the Caesars Atlantic City online gambling license to operate.

It is no surprise that the company expanded its agreement with Caesars to bring 888 Sport to the Garden State. To facilitate the launch, it also expanded its longtime partnership with the company’s global sportsbook provider, Kambi, as mentioned above.

Frieberger touted 888’s accomplishment at being the only operator in all three regulated US online gambling markets.

“888 has been committed to developing its position in the US since launching in Nevada, the first regulated US state, nearly six years ago and today we are the only operator with a presence in all three regulated US states.

“We now have our sport, casino, and poker products all operational in the US and are continually developing our proposition, brands, and technology to ensure that the group remains exceptionally well positioned to capture the potentially significant future growth opportunities as new regulation allows.”

Of course, as with all New Jersey online and mobile sports betting providers, bettors must be in New Jersey to place a bet at 888 Sport.

888 Sport, BetStars, FanDuel: The Basics Of The Latest NJ Sports Betting Apps

Look no further for a quick comparison of the latest online sportsbooks in the NJ sports betting market: BetStars, FanDuel, and 888 Sport.

Football season is underway and sports betting fever has officially hit New Jersey.

For those keeping track, the latest count returns eight online sportsbooks vying for avid and novice sports bettors alike.

The problem in choosing a sportsbook is not the lack of information; it is too much of it. The process is overwhelming with the onslaught of material all focused on getting you to place that first bet.

Here is a comparison of the latest online sportsbooks to accept sports wagers in the Garden State:

A little background on New Jersey’s newest sportsbooks

BetStars is the sports betting product of The Stars Group, the parent company of PokerStars. PokerStars, of course, is the global poker room that also operates in New Jersey.

The Stars Group and Resorts expanded their partnership to launch online sports betting only recently. The sportsbook runs on proprietary software and first opened its doors globally in late 2015.

The FanDuel Sportsbook is the first online sports betting product for a company more known for daily fantasy sports. The FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands was one of the first retail sportsbooks in the state, opening July 14.

It carried that partnership online and has agreements with IGT to provide the technology.

888 Sport probably has the most online sports betting experience of the three. It has been in the sports betting business since 2008. It partnered with Kambi for its NJ sports betting platform and operates under the Caesars license.

All three sportsbooks have experience with creating an easy-to-use product. They make the process of placing a sports bet as easy as 1-2-3 (literally).

  1. Choose your sport and select the game.
  2. Choose a bet and set the amount on the betting slip.
  3. Pull the trigger and place the bet.

Games and sports betting options

All three sites accept wagers on the major sports:

  • Football sports betting
  • Baseball sports betting
  • Hockey sports betting
  • Soccer sports betting
  • Tennis sports betting
  • Golf sports betting
  • Boxing & MMA sports betting

888 Sport, however, offers the largest selection of sports of the three and includes:

  • Bowling
  • LaCrosse
  • Premier League
  • Esports

One way a sportsbook attempts to innovate is through bet types. Each book is looking for the latest and greatest type of bet to attract more customers.

Of course, the major bet types are available across the board:

  • Point spread
  • Moneyline
  • Totals
  • Props
  • Parlays
  • Live in-game betting

Unique and innovative bets

Each site tries to put a little bit of different spin by offering a unique bet type. 888 Sport and FanDuel have Teasers. BetStars has Round Robbins.

Teasers are parlay bets where the bettor adjusts the point spread across the bets in the parlay. Because of the advantage to the bettor, it often results in a lower payout.

Round Robbins is a BetStars generated bet with all the possible combinations of a parlay bet. For instance, if you make eight selections and want to combine them into all possible four-bet parlays, BetStars will create all possible parlays from your selections.

Some differences between the three NJ sportsbooks

While there is a lot of things that are similar between the three books, there are differences that set them apart.

  1. A common wallet: BetStars is the only one of the three that has a common wallet between it’s tied to PokerStars NJ.
  2. Browser-based sportsbook: FanDuel and 888 Sportsbook offer browser-based access to their sportsbook. BetStars does not.
  3. Mobile apps: All three sportsbooks have an Android app. But with iOS, it’s a different story. 888 Sport does not yet have an iOS app, and BetStars is linked from the PokerStars NJ app.
  4. Deposit options: Bettors have a variety of deposit options at each book. The big difference between the three is 888 Sport and FanDuel offer PayPal while BetStars does not.

It pays to shop around in the NJ sports betting market

The big difference might just come down to the lines. Each book sets their own odds, and as such, it pays to shop around for advantages.

It seems as if every sportsbook has had complaints about the lines at one point or another. The very vocal sports betting market will help keep the lines in check.

Even so, the odds are not standardized, and if you are familiar enough with every sportsbook, there may be more favorable betting opportunities at one site over another.

The very best advice when choosing a new sportsbook is to do your homework and try not to get too married to one book over another. Doing so might mean missing out on some great odds.